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Adrian Peterson’s surgery is deemed a success

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As expected, Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is wasting no time when it comes to repairing his damaged knee.

On Monday, the team said Peterson would undergo surgery to repair a torn ACL within seven to 10 days.  Four days later, the procedure has been performed.

Per the Associated Press, Dr. James Andrews informed coach Leslie Frazier that the surgery was “successful” and that Peterson is “resting comfortably.”

That said, rarely if ever does a team announce that a player got butchered.  Time will tell whether the ACL repair was indeed successful from the perspective of the future use of the knee hard-charging NFL running back.  Also, the immediate aftermath of the procedure entails the risk of a possible infection, like the one Patriots quarterback Tom Brady developed following his ACL/MCL surgery in 2007.

Still, the fact that the ligament repair occurred so quickly should be viewed as a positive step.  But many more positive steps will be required before Peterson is ready to play come Week One of the 2012 season.

It would be unwise, however, to bet against him.

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48 Responses to “Adrian Peterson’s surgery is deemed a success”
  1. vicktator says: Dec 31, 2011 12:12 AM

    So they didn’t accidentally amputate him?

  2. kilo0986 says: Dec 31, 2011 12:13 AM

    I wish you the best AP. The league isnt the same without you.

  3. steelerhypocrite says: Dec 31, 2011 12:20 AM

    Did you know he has killer handshake?

  4. greatminnesotasportsmind says: Dec 31, 2011 12:20 AM

    At least the Vikings had something successful this year.

  5. whitecastleisafoodgroup says: Dec 31, 2011 12:20 AM

    Speedy recovery AP.

    Bears fan,

    Walks

  6. tdstevie says: Dec 31, 2011 12:40 AM

    As a die hard packer fan, I wish him nothing but the best. A tremendous player like him needs to return as soon as possible.

  7. ballsooharduniversity says: Dec 31, 2011 12:49 AM

    you know what wasnt a success? the end of my fantasy season… wrong time to get injured AP

  8. trbowman says: Dec 31, 2011 12:57 AM

    Sounds good and all, but when has a surgery for a football player not been declared a success?

  9. staff2cj4td says: Dec 31, 2011 1:00 AM

    and you already know the league will schedule Minnesota at Green Bay week 1 to get GB an easy victory with AP out!

    take a look at the schedule the last few years, GB always has the schedule in their favor! Such A F’n JOKE!!!

  10. 4512dawg4512 says: Dec 31, 2011 1:03 AM

    Best RB in the NFL right now. You’ll be alright A.P

  11. sunsation3413 says: Dec 31, 2011 1:04 AM

    Wishing you a speedy and successful recovery AP. Hope you come back better than ever!

  12. kingviking414 says: Dec 31, 2011 1:06 AM

    No matter who you cheer for, no matter what teams you like or dislike, no one can argue that this guy is a class act.
    Good luck A.P.!!!
    Get well and come back and tear up the league!!!!

  13. charliewade says: Dec 31, 2011 1:08 AM

    The fact that the surgery happened so soon after the injury doesn’t mean a thing other than the swelling happened to subside quicker than happens in most patients.

    That fact doesn’t have anything to do with the ligament or cartilage that was subsequently found.

    No team is ever going to say, ‘Well, gosh, it looks like a bomb went off in his knee, we certainly didn’t expect that’. The only thing that matters is when he gets back onto the field and is able to cut and play without hesitation. Only then will anyone (AP included) find out if he’s actually back from that injury…. or if he goes the way of TD.

  14. colinsnooks says: Dec 31, 2011 1:15 AM

    Nice Spanish subtitles.

  15. hrtbrokeskinzfan says: Dec 31, 2011 1:31 AM

    Not a team out there doesn’t wish they had a Adrian Peterson in the backfield. Get well young man.

  16. gb4mn0 says: Dec 31, 2011 1:35 AM

    vicktator says:
    Dec 31, 2011 12:12 AM
    So they didn’t accidentally amputate him?

    ——————————————-

    No I don’t believe they did but what they should amputate is the diseased, disgraced, 3rd rate, slip-shod, sad sack, rag-bag team from the NFL that AP plays on.

  17. lilrob10201 says: Dec 31, 2011 1:42 AM

    vicktator says:

    So they didn’t accidentally amputate him?
    ——————————————
    Only if his surgery was done in Chicago.

  18. packmanfan says: Dec 31, 2011 1:44 AM

    I feel bad for him that he is on a team that will never win a SB.

  19. madmike66 says: Dec 31, 2011 1:45 AM

    I’m sure there will be a lot of snarky comments in this thread, but 2 things should really be food for thought here.

    1) Peterson is a gem in the NFL’s crown right now, and all NFL fans should hope he has a complete recovery.

    2) How lucky we are to live in an era of medicine like we have today. Because I remember not just 10 or 15 years ago when an ACL tear meant the end of a running back’s career, period. Now a RB tears his ACL and is back in less than a year.

    Just think of how far medicine has come across the board in just the last decade. Amazing.

  20. vikesfan320 says: Dec 31, 2011 1:54 AM

    I would take AP out there on crutches playing in the secondary over any DB’s the Vikings have starting this week.

    In all seriousness though, get well AP! You are one of the very few bright spots on the Vikings through all the madness that goes along with cheering for this team.

  21. 12thmanhawks says: Dec 31, 2011 1:54 AM

    …in other news Rex Ryan is still big fat bastard.

  22. kowboydmac says: Dec 31, 2011 1:57 AM

    I wish no ill will upon anybody, but I will shed some dim positive light on his injury.

    AP’s style of play is a tad reckless. If this injury slows him down, then he will be forced to play a bit more patiently.

    Regardless, I’ve no doubt AP will be back in 2012 with a renewed vigor. You’d be foolish to doubt this guy’s heart.

  23. hardjudge says: Dec 31, 2011 1:59 AM

    For all of you out there, his nickname is AD for all day, not AP which are his initials. AP was started by bloggers who did not do their background homework on AD while he was at OKLAHOMA.

  24. 11wheatd says: Dec 31, 2011 2:01 AM

    Why rush him week 1? Just put him on PUP for the first 6 weeks until he’s actually ready to go. Just take a look at Cedric Griffin and see what happens when you rush players back from ACL surgeries. He was a great corner until he tore both his ACLs back-to-back seasons, now he probably shouldn’t be starting even for the Vikings.

    Wish you well on your recovery though AP.

  25. andyreidisfat says: Dec 31, 2011 2:11 AM

    Andrews is the best in the world at these type of injuries, it may take time but ap will get back to full strength

  26. fittytuckin says: Dec 31, 2011 2:25 AM

    We’ll know 2 years from now.

  27. packersownerandshareholder says: Dec 31, 2011 2:32 AM

    Like this comment if you think Adrian Peterson is a future Hall of Famer

  28. linvillegorge says: Dec 31, 2011 2:47 AM

    He’s a great RB and I hope he comes back 110%. However, I fear he’s going to have a career reminiscent of Barry Sanders. Great individual stats, but doing it on a poor team. The Vikings have to figure out that QB situation. They were a nice blip on the radar with Favre, but unfortunately Favre was already 112 years old. They need to figure out whether Ponder is the answer or whether they need to jump on RG3 if he’s there. I’d take RG3 and trade Ponder for whatever I could get.

  29. allday296 says: Dec 31, 2011 2:57 AM

    If anybody can do it AP can, hope to see you full strength Adrian, any real football fan looks forward to your return

  30. binarybulge says: Dec 31, 2011 4:22 AM

    From a Pack fan, hopefully he can somehow come back strong. He’s a great player to watch and an even better person. I’m no doctor but I worry about guys who have multiple serious injuries like that.

  31. teamnorsecore says: Dec 31, 2011 5:12 AM

    kilo0986 says:
    Dec 31, 2011 12:13 AM
    I wish you the best AP. The league isnt the same without you.
    ……
    120+ people give thumbs up to an unbiased, classy, supportive comment directed towards a great NFL player, 12 pathetic Packer fans give the thumbs down. Way to go Sconi!!!!

  32. tdotbronco says: Dec 31, 2011 5:50 AM

    Sucks to see s great player go down like that. Hopefully he comes-back 100%. Great memory highlights u have giving us.

  33. staffordsyear says: Dec 31, 2011 5:55 AM

    When this guy was drafted i said he wouldnt last 5 years in the league (its year 5)..This may not be the end of his career but i doubt he will ever be the same.

  34. greenmeattruck says: Dec 31, 2011 5:57 AM

    They also TJed his elbow in hopes that they can get a decent Qb.

  35. teamnorsecore says: Dec 31, 2011 5:59 AM

    kilo0986 says:
    Dec 31, 2011 12:13 AM
    I wish you the best AP. The league isnt the same without you.
    ……
    120+ people give thumbs up to an unbiased, classy, supportive comment directed towards a great NFL player, 12 pathetic Packer fans give the thumbs down. Way to go Sconi!!!!

  36. patriotsadw says: Dec 31, 2011 6:28 AM

    I thought this mans legs were made of solid steel… Phony!!

  37. patriotsadw says: Dec 31, 2011 6:50 AM

    @kilo0986

    I wish you the best AP. The league isnt the same without you.

    ———————————————————————————–

    The FANTASY football leagues aren’t the same without you*. The NFL is still the same because the Vikings don’t mean anything to football.

  38. bamasleeper13 says: Dec 31, 2011 6:53 AM

    Packer fan, but you have to love a player like this. All the best AP!

  39. deeppurple23 says: Dec 31, 2011 7:08 AM

    Best wishes and speedy recovery AP.

    From a fan perspective, the fact that he was ready for surgery five days after the injury is amazing, that means the swelling was down.

  40. worldwidebleater says: Dec 31, 2011 7:19 AM

    I’ve never heard any team come out and say after a player’s surgery “Wow the Doc really f-ed that one up. We’ll be lucky if he can hand out towels next season.”.

  41. macbull says: Dec 31, 2011 7:22 AM

    Ever hear of a surgery on a high profile athlete deemed “unsuccessful”.

    What goes on in the operating room, stays in the operating room.

    Only time will tell how successful Peterson’s surgery was.

    …good luck AP

  42. knew8411 says: Dec 31, 2011 11:34 AM

    Yeah they always seem to be successful, only time will tell. I know if it were me, the last thing I’d wanna hear, while on the table is “oops” or “that didnt go so well.”
    AP Keep your faith, I wish you the best….God Bless You

  43. toolkien says: Dec 31, 2011 12:22 PM

    It’s going to be a year before Peterson is back to near normal, regardless of when he actually starts. And he will likely have lost a step. And he’s always been fumble prone, so I think the AP stock will be down for good. Since he started from a position higher than normal, he might still have a few good seasons, but all time greatness may now be out of his reach (i.e. no HOF). The HOF has a segment which is about longevity. Guys might have a great start to their career but if they sputter out there after, they are not HOF caliber. Peterson probably has joined that group (Terrell Davis, Ahman Green).

  44. gripless says: Dec 31, 2011 12:22 PM

    Quit praising this guy. His actions were selfish. He was 80% and wanted to play in a meaningless game so he could juice his numbers to clock more money. I heard he demanded to play. Now instead of protecting one franchise player you lose potentially 2 (peterson & luck). Poor coaching and leadership from Frasier.

    Quit calling this guy a beast and leader. A leader would have thought about his team for the long term and not played.

    I’m a huge Vikings fan but this team is so screwed up with no compass nearby to help them navigate out of this dysfunctino. Get a stadium and general manger and work from there. Let the gm decide to keep Frazier or not.

  45. laeaglefan says: Dec 31, 2011 12:41 PM

    Short of the patient dying on the operating table, virtually EVERY surgery is deemed “successful” by the doctor performing it.

  46. deconjonesbitchslap says: Dec 31, 2011 2:11 PM

    the best thing the vikings can do is hold him out all year 2012. terrell davis had very similar situation with his knees (same age) and never recovered, and TD would have gone down as the greatest RB of all time, hands down if not for his injuries.

    do not rush a knee injury. if you rush peterson back to play in sept. or oct next year, which is what Frazier is hoping, you’ll destroy his career. in that case,it’s not if he gets hurt again, but WHEN. keep the egos in check and just be patient for 18 months.

  47. contra74 says: Dec 31, 2011 6:29 PM

    gb4mn0 says:
    Dec 31, 2011 1:35 AM
    vicktator says:
    Dec 31, 2011 12:12 AM
    So they didn’t accidentally amputate him?

    ——————————————-

    No I don’t believe they did but what they should amputate is the diseased, disgraced, 3rd rate, slip-shod, sad sack, rag-bag team from the NFL that AP plays on.
    ———–
    Interesting how there are many packer fans on here wishing him well yet youre the only packer fan with nothing but hate to spread. How sad.

  48. teamnorsecore says: Jan 1, 2012 12:21 AM

    contra74 says:
    Dec 31, 2011 6:29 PM
    gb4mn0 says:
    Dec 31, 2011 1:35 AM
    vicktator says:
    Dec 31, 2011 12:12 AM
    So they didn’t accidentally amputate him?

    ——————————————-

    No I don’t believe they did but what they should amputate is the diseased, disgraced, 3rd rate, slip-shod, sad sack, rag-bag team from the NFL that AP plays on.
    ———–
    Interesting how there are many packer fans on here wishing him well yet youre the only packer fan with nothing but hate to spread. How sad.
    …….
    That is gb4mn0’s MO contra74…….dude is a joke and knows nothing about football so he has to come on here and bash the Vikings. He is just bored in his trailer hanging out with Mommy.

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