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Gerhart’s knee injury won’t keep him from participating in OTAs

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On December 24, Vikings running back Adrian Peterson suffered a torn ACL in his knee.  On January 1, Vikings running back Toby Gerhart suffered a knee injury of his own, a torn MCL.

The goal for Peterson is to be ready to go by Week One.  The goal for Gerhart is to be ready for the start of Organized Team Activities.

“I should be able to do everything once we get back,” Gerhart tells Jeremy Fowler of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.  “I’m still strengthening the quad, and the MCL has healed on its own.  The key is just doing more running.  I still get a little soreness when I run, but that goes away the next day.  I’m on track.”

Gerhart, a second-round pick in 2010, will be relied upon as the lead dog as Peterson continues to heal.  Even after Peterson returns, Gerhart will likely get plenty of touches this season, given that Peterson will still be working his way back toward his prior form.

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9 Responses to “Gerhart’s knee injury won’t keep him from participating in OTAs”
  1. blacknole08 says: Apr 12, 2012 4:10 PM

    Peterson’s ACL, Gerhart’s knee… will the Vikings have any healthy RBs to start the season?

  2. purplepridehasadownside says: Apr 12, 2012 4:31 PM

    Short answer to above…NO.

  3. purplepridehasadownside says: Apr 12, 2012 4:36 PM

    But…The Vikes will have some fine talent on the field, there can be little doubt of that.

  4. ugk612 says: Apr 12, 2012 4:42 PM

    I can see the Vikes drafting a very late round(6th or 7th) running back or signing a college free agent running back.

  5. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Apr 12, 2012 4:47 PM

    blacknole08 says:Apr 12, 2012 4:10 PM

    Peterson’s ACL, Gerhart’s knee… will the Vikings have any healthy RBs to start the season?

    Even if you only read the headline you should know that Gerhart’s injury won’t keep him out of OTAs, let alone the start of the season.

  6. canadianvikingfaniii says: Apr 12, 2012 7:24 PM

    The Vikings have Caleb King on the roster still right? I don’t see the problem of giving him a shot, if AP or Toby can’t go or are limited.

  7. tremoluxman says: Apr 12, 2012 9:27 PM

    Toby is a good RB and a real hammer on LBs and DBs. He doesn’t have the speed and pizzazz of AP, but he’s a good enough fill-in until AP is 100%. I wouldn’t want to tackle either one of them. Toby is a punisher.

  8. josiewales69 says: Apr 12, 2012 10:48 PM

    toby is a beast he will get better with a little more playing time. him and a.p. will make a hard hittin 1-2 punch

  9. gb4mn0 says: Apr 15, 2012 12:45 AM

    The vikequeefs blow!

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