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Vikings bracing for very bad news on Peterson

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When the left knee of Vikings running back Adrian Peterson caved inward during a third-quarter tackle against the Redskins, it looked bad.

Based on the initial examination, a league source tells us it is bad.

The only question at this point is how bad the injury will be.

Per the source, it is strongly believed that Peterson tore the ACL.  An MRI on Sunday is expected to confirm that specific injury.

The separate question is whether and to what extent other knee ligaments are damaged — the MCL, PCL, and LCL.

It could end up being the worst knee injury suffered by any Vikings player since Daunte Culpepper tore the ACL, MCL, and PCL in 2005.  He never had the same mobility.  Until Peterson plays again, Vikings fans will fear the same fate for their franchise tailback.

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59 Responses to “Vikings bracing for very bad news on Peterson”
  1. francheyes says: Dec 24, 2011 4:25 PM

    They can’t even lose right. I’m so sick of this team.

  2. purpwalk says: Dec 24, 2011 4:40 PM

    this doesn’t suck for luck, it just sucks. so what good is today’s win? AD’s blown out knee, no chance at the first pick, and stuck with a concussed QB

    so, do we get some cute saying now, stuck without luck? garbage

  3. americankris says: Dec 24, 2011 4:41 PM

    Joe Webb is so damn fast
    The offense is actually legit when he plays

  4. captaintriumph says: Dec 24, 2011 4:49 PM

    Frazier thinks he can save his job by going all-out for a win, but all the fans now think he’s a bigger idiot than ever. A devastating knee injury to Peterson, Ponder injured too…and lose a chance at the #1 and #2 pick. Brilliant!!!

  5. vikescry1 says: Dec 24, 2011 4:56 PM

    look vikes your going through a tough time right now. i don’t believe ponder is your future, but then again you have a lot of holes on your team. things will get turned around so keep your head up. every team has bad years, i look forward to better games against you in the future. (a packers fan)

  6. trojanwarrior007 says: Dec 24, 2011 4:57 PM

    Irsay and the Colts thank you very much. Indy still has to throw their last game next week tho because I don’t trust the Rams.

  7. vikescry1 says: Dec 24, 2011 4:58 PM

    p.s. although i do love poking fun at your expense, as i do with any other nfc north team. but i guess that why it’s calleda rival, right… tee hee

  8. bleed4philly says: Dec 24, 2011 5:00 PM

    All he does is win.

  9. henson58 says: Dec 24, 2011 5:01 PM

    Only a Vikings fan would complain about a win. I’ve come to the assumption Vikings fans are idiots. Fans like that don’t deserve a team I hope the vikes pack up and move to LA

  10. stevenfbrackett says: Dec 24, 2011 5:29 PM

    Webb has always been an impressive backup. Let’s see if he has grown into being a starter.

  11. jimmysee says: Dec 24, 2011 5:35 PM

    If Ponder is NOT the future, then the Vikes wasted a high first round pick. Another good reason to dump the GM.

    The Vikes personnel department is second rate.

  12. vikesfansteve says: Dec 24, 2011 5:39 PM

    AP just has a sprained knee. The dude wanted his 1000 yds, that’s why he was playing.

  13. vikesfansteve says: Dec 24, 2011 5:40 PM

    jimmysee says:
    Dec 24, 2011 5:35 PM
    If Ponder is NOT the future, then the Vikes wasted a high first round pick. Another good reason to dump the GM.

    The Vikes personnel department is second rate.

    Once again, the Vikings DO NOT HAVE A GM!!!!!!!!

  14. meatloaf025 says: Dec 24, 2011 5:42 PM

    Webb was playing for his job, literally, as if they get Luck maybe his time is over.

  15. henson58 says: Dec 24, 2011 5:51 PM

    I’ve not seen a lot of vikes games but it seems like they haven’t gave Webb a fair shake at qb. He seems like a playmaker to me. Ponder is garbage I’m amazed he went in the 1st rd.

  16. burm61 says: Dec 24, 2011 6:57 PM

    If the Vikings don’t go QB in the first round of the draft, they should give Webb a year at QB. He has more potential than Ponder.

  17. cusoman says: Dec 24, 2011 7:23 PM

    Why is everyone talking about Webb in this story? This could be big news in a bad way… I mean, this kind of thing is why pro sports teams get big dollar insurance premiums on their large scale contracts, but AP is one of only 2 legit offensive weapons on this team. If it’s a torn ACL, there’s no chance in hell he’ll run as smashing as he has all of his career.

  18. 8man says: Dec 24, 2011 7:27 PM

    Hoping for the best for Viking fans. Good luck, AP.

  19. paulieorkid says: Dec 24, 2011 7:30 PM

    (1) Vikes lose franchise back Adrian Peterson to a devastating and career-threatening knee injury in a meaningless game
    (2) Vikes win meaningless game to give them a showy 3-12 record — just enough to ensure they have no shot at Luck.

    High price to pay to go from 2-13 to 3-12.

    Was it worth it Viking Nation?

  20. fmlizard says: Dec 24, 2011 7:33 PM

    This day will be talked about 10 years from now by Vikings fans, on multiple levels.

    Has there ever been a franchise that had a worse day in NFL history on a day that they won?

  21. donmajik7 says: Dec 24, 2011 7:46 PM

    Coming from a die hard Packer fan this is the kind of injury you hate to see any NFL player even a hated rival. Hope he bounces back to full strength to keep the rivalry at least somewhat competitive and to keep a stellar career from ending due to a blown out knee.

    For those complaining he was playing in a meaningless game, do you believe a competitor like A.P. would sit out if he felt he could go regardless of the teams record in week 16?!?!

  22. beastofeden says: Dec 24, 2011 7:48 PM

    Ap’s career was on the down side anyways. Running backs come and go.

  23. tatum064 says: Dec 24, 2011 7:48 PM

    Well, they have a high pick – they were looking at Kalil of Southern Cal, but it could may well be Trent Richardson….tough could-be career ending injury to a would-be first ballot HOF RB.

  24. sterling7 says: Dec 24, 2011 7:50 PM

    People, people, people Joe Webb is no answer, just how much football have you been exposed to? Joe Webb is a career backup at best and a nice change of pace, but give me a classic drop back quarterback with some escapability and the brains to throw the ball away when needed to anytime. Don’t get worked up on Joe Webb’s running ability. Do you honestly believe in your right mind Joe Webb can pass? He had a nice throw to Kyle Rudolph but Joe Webb is not a starter. Joe Webb would be a disaster starting every week, just play him to run and force him to pass-enough said. All you experts on KFAN (Mr. I don’t know much about football Chad Hartman) and St. Paul Dispatch Tom Powers who hates football but writes about it, know next to nothing when it comes to football. Christian Ponder has absolutely no offensive line, no receivers, and not even a tight end (goodbye Shiancoe). Kyle Rudolph has potential but the graveyards are full of people with potential. Ponder needs help and lots of it. There is no one quarterback in the league that can help the Vikings, and the Vikings need the first 10 first round draft picks just to be competitive again. I’ve been watching the Vikings since 1968 and man this is bad. Give Ponder decent receivers, a decent offensive line and decent tight ends and you’ve got your quarterback for the next 13 years. Do you honestly believe in your right mind Aaron Rogers could fare any better with this incredible lack of offensive talent? And oh my God the secondary, they’re like the Visa card-they’re everywhere the football is not? How about a new secondary coach and a new defensive coordinator? Too bad about Adrian Peterson because the Vikings have four talents, Adrian Peterson, Percy Harvin, Jared Allen and the punter Chris Kluwe.-no Kyle Rudolph doesn’t count, you game plan for the forementioned but you don’t game plan for Kyle Rudolph anymore than you game plan for Visanthe Shiancoe, maybe in the future but not now. I am sticking with my Vikings because I can’t walk out on them. I don’t know how or when we’ll fix this and being the Vikings things could get even worse-how I don’t know. But I am sick and tired of the incompetence but I guess I’ll have to see it through!

  25. blackqbwhiterb says: Dec 24, 2011 7:51 PM

    “Just because you’re winning, don’t mean you’re the lucky one.”- W. Axl Rose

  26. fmlizard says: Dec 24, 2011 8:03 PM

    This day may be looked back on in history as the final nail in the Vikings coffin in Minnesota.

    The Adrian Peterson / Andrew Luck Vikings were a lot easier sell in the state legislature than the Joe Webb / Toby Gerhart flavor.

  27. raiders4life says: Dec 24, 2011 8:04 PM

    What a shame! Peterson overcame that horrible broken leg he suffered in college. I pray the dude can beat the odds and make another comeback. He’s a unique talent and tremendous guy. Get well fast AP.

  28. manhorse69 says: Dec 24, 2011 8:05 PM

    Sucks for AP. Really sucks. Guy is a great player and plays with a lot of heart and pride. Fun as hell to watch play and plays a brand of football most fans love. It’s a loss for football fans if he’s nit able to return to 100%

  29. mewelde says: Dec 24, 2011 8:06 PM

    AP: I hope and pray for good medical news and for a speedy return and hope that you can have a Merry Christmas. You’re the man!
    Joe Webb: Another great fill in job. Keep on working. Take advantage of any and all opportunities.
    Percy: You are amazingly tough for a little guy!
    Merry Christmas all. And yes, that hit so reminded me of Daunte’s hit in Carolina.

  30. zaktmt says: Dec 24, 2011 8:09 PM

    Webb compromises this teams draft order for the 2nd year in a row. Beats the Eagles and the Vikes move down 5 spots in the draft. Now they pretty much getting the 3rd overall pick. Unless they win again they could really compromise their position in the draft.

  31. shaggytoodle says: Dec 24, 2011 8:15 PM

    americankris says:
    Dec 24, 2011 4:41 PM
    Joe Webb is so damn fast
    The offense is actually legit when he plays
    ________________

    Too bad they were too busy messing around with a grandpa at the position instead of finding out if he can play or not.

    Now they have Ponder.

    I hope the injury doesn’t hamper Peterson’s career moving foward, but it will be tough to believe that it won’t have an effect on his style of game the next few years.

  32. milehighsal says: Dec 24, 2011 8:25 PM

    AP can comeback from this and be the same RB as before. The term to fear is “microfracture surgery.” Orthopedic surgery advancements have increased recovery ten-fold in just the past 5 years. Remember, McGahee had a very bad knee injury and came back 100% from it. And that was almost 10 years ago. AP will be fine as long as there’s no microfracture surgery. Then he’s toast.

  33. coleman121280 says: Dec 24, 2011 8:29 PM

    Pull the pin and toss the grenade, blow it up and start completely over. We won the game that would of been our saving grace from this career changing injury by Drafting Andrew Luck but have now fallen out of the Matt Kalil sweep stakes too. I believe ponder to be good he just lacks a good OL,WRS not including Harvin, a good head coach, faith in his coaching staff after they willing started McNabb knowing Christian was probably the better overall choice.

    I’m a fan, I’ve bled purple and gold for 31 yrs. I have only had my heart broken by 4 NFC championship game losses, that’s not even holding a candle to the hardcore viking fans that had to witness 4 Super Bowl slip by.

    But today was the saddest day in my purple and gold life. The sight of that injury and knowing Frazier will be back next year honestly tears me up inside…

  34. saintsly says: Dec 24, 2011 8:43 PM

    Must have been the “Dirty Play” of the Saints.
    Nah…………Nobody(Even the Saints ) WANTS TO SEE THIS HAPPEN TO ANY PLAYER. Get well soon AP………………Saints Fan.

  35. captaintriumph says: Dec 24, 2011 8:43 PM

    I’m so tired of having coaches who have to learn on the job, as in make all kinds of mistakes before they learn. Any idiot knows you don’t go into a season with Bernard Berrian as your #1 receiver. And any idiot knows you don’t play Peterson when he already has a high ankle sprain – in a meaningless game you actually benefit from losing. Dumb!

  36. captaintriumph says: Dec 24, 2011 8:50 PM

    For all you guys talking about how good Webb is…well sorry he’s not. He just happened to be the only one playing like his job depended on it. Except of course for Peterson, who for whatever reason insisted on playing with a high ankle sprain…and congratulations, you blew your knee out. And thanks a lot Webb for ruining our draft position 2 years in a row. You’ll no doubt stink if we ever put you into an important game.

  37. cameran0804 says: Dec 24, 2011 9:03 PM

    I hope AD will make a full recovery. It’s to bad this has to happen to a great human being & I know he WILL be back to shut you haters up. I can’t believe there allready is a bunch of people saying trade him or his career is over. This guy is a special & rare player & human being for all he does off the field & for the twin city communities & all he does for kids with the football for good program!! God Bless you adrian & us TRUE fans will see you in september ready to run that rock!!

  38. fwippel says: Dec 24, 2011 9:03 PM

    This post was about losing Peterson, and what are most of the posts about? Joe Webb playing well enough to cost the Vikings a higher draft pick. If you Viking fans are that negative, you need to get a life.

    In Webb’s short playing stints this year, he’s been impressive. It’s hard to see how that’s a bad thing.

    As for Peterson, as a Viking fan, I’m sick about this. I hope he make a full recovery.

  39. coleman121280 says: Dec 24, 2011 9:12 PM

    I saw Daunte’s knee get nuked in the same fashion and I know deep down, my AP is never going to be the same explosive player he once was. Why was he playing with a high ankle sprain. PFT was ran a “AP wants to play for his fantasy owners” article.

    Leslie Frazier should have made a tough, hard, methodical football sound decision. In classic cliche Frazier quotes “do whats best for the team” and not start a franchise RB with a high ankle sprain play.

    When asked after the press conference by a reporter what Frazier can build off of going into next season, he said “the guys never quit out there”…… “so when we get the right guys at key positions, we can build off that”

    NO Les, they didn’t quit on you, they just don’t listen to the plays called in on defense, show up in shape, trying to run route’s hard ALA’ berrian.

    I think it’s more when we have the right coaching staff in place we can build off of that!……..

  40. vikinghater says: Dec 24, 2011 9:22 PM

    paulieorkid says:Dec 24, 2011 7:30 PM

    (1) Vikes lose franchise back Adrian Peterson to a devastating and career-threatening knee injury in a meaningless game
    (2) Vikes win meaningless game to give them a showy 3-12 record — just enough to ensure they have no shot at Luck.

    High price to pay to go from 2-13 to 3-12.

    Was it worth it Viking Nation?
    —————————————————–

    Yeah Viking Nation…Now about 4 of you!!!

  41. vikingsfan1994 says: Dec 24, 2011 9:26 PM

    Hope you get well soon Adrian. You’re a top 10 Viking to me.

    But lets focus on the hit that sent him into this state. DeJon Gomes is a dirty player in my eyes. He had a wide open shot on AP and he went for the knees. Next time be a man and wrap up instead up lauch yourself at his knees. It’s not like me to wish bad for others but I hope you get whats coming for you Gomes.

    And Frazier, you are a nice guy, but not HC material. You can stay, as a DC.

    Finally, whats up with the NFL. No helmet to helmet hit on Ponder? Get outta here ref.

  42. nitzenbaum - not yer momma's 'skins fan says: Dec 24, 2011 9:42 PM

    Man, what a crybaby. Gomes was coming in to tackle a fast running AP. Not dirty. Unless you were on the field, you don’t know that AP wasn’t cutting to the left slightly away from Gomes.
    And Fletcher hit Ponder with his shoulder pad…just cause Ponders helmet jerked back does not mean Fletcher’s helmet hit him. I guess you think he is dirty too.
    You need to write a note to your rookie QB telling him to get on the ground quicker. This ain’t college.

  43. adm350 says: Dec 24, 2011 9:42 PM

    Well, at least they can draft to RB now that they blew the Luck sweepstakes. Hate to see a great player go down. Even if he’s a Vike. Get better soon. I had ACL replacement and got back to full recovery in 6-9 mos working …….AP has much better insurance then me lol, He’ll be back by next season. Godspeed.

  44. nbcstinks says: Dec 24, 2011 10:03 PM

    AP’s injury is what it is. Something like that can happen to any player anytime. It’s tragic, but just bad luck.

    Regarding Webb…minus his first start against the Eagles last season, the only time he has ever looked good is when he’s coming off the bench. Give the opposition a week or two to scheme and he looks no better than a certain rookie named Ponder. If anything he actually looks less accurate.

    Webb is NOT the future of the Vikings. Ponder is.

    And just glad to see Gerhart coming into his own. He’s gonna be needed to show up big time next season while AP rehabs that knee.

  45. nbcstinks says: Dec 24, 2011 10:06 PM

    And P.S.

    As a lifelong Viking fan, I know all about Daunte Culpepper. And let me tell you, AP is no Daunte Culpepper.

    AP is a beast. He’ll be back…with a vengeance…

  46. evomike06 says: Dec 24, 2011 10:11 PM

    As a skins fan I hope AP recovers and can get back to form. He is one of those running backs that makes FB fun to watch. That was definitely a gruesome hit to the knee though, but i dont think gomes meant to do it, unfortunately its part of the game when u have big fast guys flying around on the field… But like every one else said y start him in the first place with a ankle sprain and risk injury. Please have a fast recovery AP!

  47. nflofficeadmin says: Dec 24, 2011 10:34 PM

    He had a great career. If its over it will be a shame, but it was a heck of a ride. Albeit, a short one. Thanks AP.

  48. emperorzero says: Dec 24, 2011 10:36 PM

    I’m not sure if there is a team I hate more than the Vikings, but I think Ponder is a legit quarterback. At 3 the Vikes have a shot at Blackmon or one of the tackles (Kalil or maybe even Martin). Those are the kinds of guys the Vikes need. Taking Luck would just mean the Vikings wasted their first rounder in ’11.

  49. 305phinphan says: Dec 24, 2011 10:47 PM

    The Vikings should have shut down AP after his injury a few weeks ago. He had no business playing the rest of the season since there season was already lost.

    AP is a fast healer and I wish him the best but I really hate to see one of the best players on and off the field get injured when they shouldn’t have even been on the field.

  50. aljack88 says: Dec 24, 2011 10:52 PM

    coleman121280 says:

    Leslie Frazier should have made a tough, hard, methodical football sound decision. In classic cliche Frazier quotes “do whats best for the team” and not start a franchise RB with a high ankle sprain play.
    …………………………………………………………………………….

    The Steelers were foolish to start Big Ben last week and were lucky that he didn’t further injure himself. They smartened up for today’s game.

    The final decision in determining whether AP plays or not isn’t AP’s. I don’t think a true hearted player ever wants to sit out a game even if he isn’t fully healthy. That’s why they have medical experts and management personnel to access the risks. Whoever had the final say to let AP play today should be out of job tomorrow. The Vikings lost more than a RB today, they lost a real gem; one that could take years of draft picks before finding another.

    Bozo decision of the 2011 season

  51. goforthanddie says: Dec 24, 2011 10:57 PM

    Way to lose the franchise RB in a meaningless game. Someone should be canned for this.

  52. vikesfan024 says: Dec 24, 2011 11:03 PM

    Reading these comments is both hilarious and embarrassing. I love how some people think they are doctors and can predict the future for Adrian. Frank Gore has had major surgeries on both knees and is still a beast.

    Fans that complain because someone gets hurt in a “meaningless” game are truly pathetic and clueless. Ask Peterson if he thinks this game was meaningless and if he would have sat out and he will say absolutely, no.

    Football is a violent game and these guys know very well they could get injured on any play.

    Let’s keep some positivity and hope for the best for Adrian and this team.

    Vikes fan for life, regardless of record, coach, stadium, etc. If all of you people are such football geniuses, then why don’t you work in the NFL?

    Clueless!

  53. cags777 says: Dec 24, 2011 11:18 PM

    I took a break from the game to enjoy a nice Christmas dinner with my family. I was saddened to learn about AP’s injury when I turned on the TV again. Truly sad and devastating. Best wishes for a speedy recovery. SKOL!!!

  54. deadeye says: Dec 24, 2011 11:19 PM

    AP, may your recovery be swift and complete. You deserve better.

    And now to rail against the Viking FO and fan base for 1 minute. Last offseason I suggested to a group of Viking fans that it would be in everyone’s best interest to trade AP. Predictably, all the Viking fans said, “No way, he’s our best player! You’re crazy, we need to put more good players around him!”

    Well, one of the reasons I made that suggestion has now come to pass. At the time my argument was:

    “Minnesota is rebuilding. The best case scenario is that by the time the team is restocked, AP won’t be able to contribute anymore because RBs have a short shelf-life. Trade him now for multiple high picks, and in the process let him go play for a team that can win it all. The worst case scenario is that AP gets hurt and the team gets nothing for him. Furthermore, if he does get hurt, the Vikings will have to eat whatever part of his contract is guaranteed.”

    Minnesota’s lack of vision has caused them to waste the value the AP offered them. Now he probably won’t play a single down in 2012, and if he comes back in 2013, he’ll be an old and expensive RB coming off a devastating knee injury. Way to go Vikings!

  55. jerrykill4pres says: Dec 24, 2011 11:23 PM

    donmajik7 says:
    Dec 24, 2011 7:46 PM
    Coming from a die hard Packer fan this is the kind of injury you hate to see any NFL player even a hated rival. Hope he bounces back to full strength to keep the rivalry at least somewhat competitive and to keep a stellar career from ending due to a blown out knee.

    For those complaining he was playing in a meaningless game, do you believe a competitor like A.P. would sit out if he felt he could go regardless of the teams record in week 16?!?!
    ————————————————– donmajik, i hate to be the bearer of bad news to ya bud, but even with AP, the rivalry won’t be “competitive”.. Which sucks to have to say. But let’s face reality here. GB is 5 years ahead of MN, and that’s at a minimum. Our QB needs 2-3 years to be very good. That’s if he has it in him. We need alot of help on defense, WR, and OL… Your QB makes this rivalry completely “uncompetitive” in my mind. Plus, look at the age of your team, they are going to be super bowl contenders for atleast the next 5 years. If they can shore up their defense a little bit more, this year could easily be repeated and shoot for 19-0..

    I’ve been saying since october.. GB over NE in the superbowl… GB’s loss last week took the pressure off of them. They won’t lose until maybe sometime after september 2012.

  56. jessethegreat says: Dec 25, 2011 12:19 AM

    vikings coaches are just plain stupid. They’re screwing over the next regime of Vikings coaches by playing Peterson at less than 100% with no chance of playoffs. This team is doomed to fail with people like this running the organization.

  57. realistic1225 says: Dec 25, 2011 3:31 AM

    First off all…lets all kee Adrian and family I’m our prayers and hope for the best.
    Now lets be realistic. Even though the Vikings have lost two great players becauase of something that could happen any given Sunday, they came together and did what they set out to do. Win as a team. Big ups on how they kept their composure as a team and came out with a W. Injuries are the most dreaded part of the game and happen to anyone. Lets not criticized anyone for doing their job and not throwing down their pride and giving up for any reason. That’s not what professionals do. Its the NFL, not Madden.

  58. coleman121280 says: Dec 25, 2011 2:00 PM

    Whoever had the final say to let AP play today should be out of job tomorrow. The Vikings lost more than a RB today, they lost a real gem; one that could take years of draft picks before finding another.
    ====================================

    That would be the head coach.

  59. coleman121280 says: Dec 25, 2011 2:02 PM

    aljack88 says:
    Dec 24, 2011 10:52 PM

    Whoever had the final say to let AP play today should be out of job tomorrow.

    ====================================

    That would be the head coach.

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