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Mike Zimmer: Adrian Peterson’s knee “has calmed down now”

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson leaves U.S. Bank Stadium on crutches after an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016, in Minneapolis. The Vikings won 17-14. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King) AP

They’re still awaiting the results of an MRI this morning, but there’s some sense the news on Adrian Peterson could be something other than the worst case scenario.

According to Ben Goessling of, those close to the Vikings running back said they hoped he had avoided major injury after injuring his right knee in last night’s win over the Packers.

“He might miss a week. I don’t know if he will or not,” Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said. “Whatever it was has calmed down now, so we’ll see.”

That will allow a lot of Vikings fans to breathe, after seeing their franchise back carried off the field, unable to put any weight on his leg.

Peterson was on crutches and wearing a big black brace around the knee, but did not talk to reporters.

The former MVP, who has recovered from a massive left knee injury to rush for 2,097 yards in 2012, was off to a slow start this year anyway. He had just 50 rushing yards in his first two games.

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23 Responses to “Mike Zimmer: Adrian Peterson’s knee “has calmed down now””
  1. 700levelvet says: Sep 19, 2016 6:08 AM

    The video thru the Applebee’s or whatever it was…absolutely priceless… Shame no one had a switch…

  2. jkcreighton says: Sep 19, 2016 6:23 AM

    Probably told the knee, “calm down or I’ll beat you with a switch”. Works on the kids.

  3. skoobyfl says: Sep 19, 2016 6:59 AM

    Whip him into shape.

  4. REDSKINSFOREVER says: Sep 19, 2016 7:41 AM

    Not sure who this franchise pissed off but they seem cursed. Hope he is ok, Bradford might stop the other team from stacking the box.

  5. numba1wiscosportsfan says: Sep 19, 2016 8:23 AM

    Big PACK guy here. Yikes! Hope the rushing champ is ok and the vike’s can get that rushing attack going again, for their sake. Nice game last night vike’s fans, you deserved it. And great stadium. GO PACK


  6. Floriosqueens says: Sep 19, 2016 8:33 AM

    AP looks done and they are probably better without him. He can’t hit a hole anymore.

  7. youradarnfoo says: Sep 19, 2016 8:40 AM

    please don’t be hurt seriously ap! please I pray for you.

  8. youngs79 says: Sep 19, 2016 8:55 AM

    Bradford > Rodgers
    Diggs > Nelson
    Viking’s Defense > Packer’s Defense
    Zimmer > McCarthy

    Vikings are the better team and the better team won.

  9. cribbage12 says: Sep 19, 2016 9:19 AM

    After his first 2 games, sadly, Vikes fans are hoping the damage is limited to a torn ACL, dislocated patellar and a grade 3 meniscus tear.

  10. tjacks7 says: Sep 19, 2016 9:28 AM

    Zimmer is a great coach but he should really think about resting some of the Vikings older, seasoned, players against significantly inferior opponents.

  11. mikebyrne1502 says: Sep 19, 2016 9:31 AM

    Bradford is not better than Rodgers…. Please take that back, it’s just and absurd comment.

  12. leatherface2012 says: Sep 19, 2016 9:35 AM

    how many championship belts did Rodgers put on last night?

  13. zerotrophiessince1961 says: Sep 19, 2016 9:52 AM

    Yeah Youngs. The Vikings were the better team last night. Want a cookie?

    Let’s see how it ends up in December. ARod plays like anything more than an average QB, and Green Bay would have won last night.

  14. leatherface2012 says: Sep 19, 2016 10:11 AM

    cribbage12 says:
    Sep 19, 2016 9:19 AM

    After his first 2 games, sadly, Packer fans are hoping the once great aaron Rodgers can win a game.

    there, fixed it

  15. lambeaudungbarn says: Sep 19, 2016 10:11 AM

    I wonder what the Call-in-sick percentage was in Green Bay
    Land this week.
    I have a friend who Married into a big Packer Family. He said he can hardly talk to them for about a week after a Packer loss… ESPECIALLY if it is to the Vikings..
    Poor Bastard..

  16. packmanfan says: Sep 19, 2016 10:12 AM

    Can’t feel bad for him for two reasons.
    1. I’m a Packers fan. Hate the Vikes.
    2. He beats his kids. Looks like karma is catching up to the abuser.
    And if you give me thumbs down, then that means that you are OK with child abuse.

  17. packmanfan says: Sep 19, 2016 10:14 AM

    youngs79 says:
    Sep 19, 2016 8:55 AM
    Bradford > Rodgers
    Diggs > Nelson
    Viking’s Defense > Packer’s Defense
    Zimmer > McCarthy

    Vikings are the better team and the better team won.

    Just for that game.
    I’m sure you will post similar ones for each Vikings loss for the team that beats them. Right?

  18. vikingdoode says: Sep 19, 2016 10:19 AM

    Dancer the Prancer

  19. senxic says: Sep 19, 2016 10:45 AM

    Anyone who actually thinks Bradford is better than Rodgers is just an idiot.

    Bradford did outplay him last night, though. This is just a single game.

  20. In Teddy We Trust says: Sep 19, 2016 12:03 PM

    On it’s face, it seems preposterous to suggest that Bradford is better than Rodgers. But are we thinking of the 2014 Rodgers or the Rodgers we’ve seen for the last 20 games? He can still throw a Hail Mary better than anyone and he’s a master at throwing it deep and getting a pass interference call, but no one can say that he’s playing as well as he used to.

  21. milkcan44 says: Sep 19, 2016 12:17 PM

    I know they spent $1.5 billion on the new palace, but I have an old beat up golf cart I could donate to haul injured players off the field.

  22. mnvikes1961 says: Sep 19, 2016 12:51 PM

    Shaun Hill had more yards than did Rodgers did in game 1. Rodgers is aging fast and is in decline-mode.

  23. usdcoyotesfan says: Sep 19, 2016 9:56 PM

    Rodgers shouldn’t be blamed for the fact that his receivers are too slow to get open downfield.

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