Minnesota Vikings star running back Adrian Peterson underwent successful surgery this morning to repair a torn lateral meniscus, the Vikings announced.
.@AdrianPeterson had a successful lateral meniscus repair this morning.
— Minnesota Vikings (@Vikings) September 22, 2016
Peterson is expected to be out 3-4 months which could set him up for a possible December playoff run is the rehabilitation process goes well.
It was also reported that in addition to the meniscus tear, Peterson also suffered a mild sprain of his LCL that will not require surgery,
The Vikings have signed veteran running back Ronnie Hillman to help fill the void left at running back with Peterson out for an extended period of time. Jerick McKinnon and Matt Asiata are also expected to see an increased workload.
“Obviously, it’s hard to replace a running back like Adrian Peterson,” Minnesota Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford said. “When Adrian is in the game, everyone is loading the box, trying to stop the run, which gives us a lot of one-on-one matchups on the outside. It also makes our play action pretty effective. When they see him coming downhill, everyone is stepping up to stop the run. There are some things we took advantage of with him in the game. We’ll have to see how defenses will play us from here on out.”
There are some doubts about Peterson coming back from the injury better than ever. After suffering an ACL Tear in 2011, he rushed for 2,097 yards in one of the most dominant seasons by a running back ever. However, at age 31, the odds are against Peterson, just like they were back in 2012.
For his career, Peterson has 11,725 rushing yards on 2,412 rushing attempts to go with 102 total touchdowns.
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