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Conflicting reports emerge regarding whether Adrian Peterson also has a torn LCL

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - SEPTEMBER 18:  Adrian Peterson #28 of the Minnesota Vikings warms up prior to a game against the Green Bay Packers on September 18, 2016 at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Vikings have acknowledged that running back Adrian Peterson has a torn meniscus. In the aftermath of the news that he’ll have surgery to repair the problem and could miss the next three or four months, ESPN has reported that Peterson also has a torn lateral collateral ligament (known as an LCL) in his knee.

The only problem? A member of the local media covering the team on a regular basis reports that the ESPN report of a torn LCL is “false.”

That’s the word from Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press: No torn LCL for Peterson.

It’s unclear whether an LCL tear did or didn’t happen will alter Peterson’s anticipated return date. Obviously, however, the less that needs to be done to the knee during surgery, the lower the chance of infection or other complications that would delay his return to 100 percent.

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46 Responses to “Conflicting reports emerge regarding whether Adrian Peterson also has a torn LCL”
  1. sportmigos says: Sep 21, 2016 5:31 PM

    bet it was that moron chris mortenson lying again.

  2. idiedpretty says: Sep 21, 2016 5:32 PM

    HA. Subterfuge is the nature of the NFL.. He is most likely fine.

  3. packerpauly says: Sep 21, 2016 5:35 PM

    Whatever it is, I hope AD gets back to the field soon. He’s been a thorn in my team’s side for years, but he sure is fun to watch on the field. I’ve never seen a back bounce-cut quite like he can.

  4. weepingjebus says: Sep 21, 2016 5:35 PM

    “11 out of his 12 LCLs were torn.” — BSPN

  5. thegrey7 says: Sep 21, 2016 5:41 PM

    Will ESPN cite what reporter got this info?

  6. turboreattore says: Sep 21, 2016 5:43 PM

    If it’s a torn medial meniscus, no way he has to stay out 3 months. Even if it’s the lateral meniscus the time can be one and half month. If it’s 3 months clearly something bigger had happened.

  7. cribbage12 says: Sep 21, 2016 5:43 PM

    Hate to borrow a line from Trump, but “Lyin’ Zim says Peterson is still day-to-day…”

  8. MiamiDolphinsNation says: Sep 21, 2016 5:45 PM

    Conflicting reports?
    Sounds like a Belicheat story, doesn’t it?

  9. toykofilthblasterlovespftpoet says: Sep 21, 2016 5:46 PM

    Maybe it was ESPN’s Adam Schefter who will pull another JPP public medical records debacle Adrian style!

  10. bassplucker says: Sep 21, 2016 5:47 PM

    The guy could not put weight on his leg at all. It won’t surprise me it all if more damage winds up getting reported than was released initially.

  11. liquidzoo says: Sep 21, 2016 5:50 PM

    A false report coming out of ESPN?

    Shocking…

    In other news, water is wet and Arizona is hot…

  12. tylawspick6 says: Sep 21, 2016 5:51 PM

    espn lied again? no way!

  13. pftpoettwo says: Sep 21, 2016 5:56 PM

    We are still well on our way to raising another division title banner! Does it get any better than that?

  14. shonelikethesun says: Sep 21, 2016 5:58 PM

    I’ve had a bucket handle meniscus tear. The knee locks on a bent position and can’t be straightened because the “bucket handle” flips behind the knee cap. It’s very painful. Recovery for me was pretty easy. I was walking in a week and could have run after two or three. Keep in mind I’m not cyborg AP.

  15. sirmetaphor says: Sep 21, 2016 5:58 PM

    It’s been a great run and Vikes fans appreciate AP, but he probably won’t wear Vikings purple again, unless he takes a 75% pay cut.

    As far as this year goes, if they actually make the playoffs without him, would they want him back?

    Remember, this is a guy who barely understands the playbook, can’t catch, can’t (won’t) block, and consistently fumbles during the biggest games of his life.

  16. shaggytoodle says: Sep 21, 2016 5:58 PM

    Maybe ESPN was still under the “Illusion” that Zimmer was going to let him play since his status was undetermined yesterday.

  17. lindacaseauthor says: Sep 21, 2016 5:59 PM

    turboreattore says:
    Sep 21, 2016 5:43 PM
    If it’s a torn medial meniscus, no way he has to stay out 3 months. Even if it’s the lateral meniscus the time can be one and half month. If it’s 3 months clearly something bigger had happened.
    ——————–
    AP tore his meniscus all the way through. Without surgery he could have problems through the season and even affect the long term stability of his knee. AP made the wise choice. But this makes the repair more complicated as well as the rehab. He won’t be able to move on the knee as quickly thus the 3 months. Stupid ESPN and their conspiracy theories. They’re so anti-Viking anyway. They were so very obviously perturbed that we beat their honeys, the Turd Bays.

  18. jackedupboonie says: Sep 21, 2016 6:08 PM

    He’s listed as day to day, expected to have 4 200+ yard games in October…it’s just a knee transplant, Adrian will be even better in a couple weeks.

  19. carpalboss says: Sep 21, 2016 6:13 PM

    turboreattore says:
    Sep 21, 2016 5:43 PM
    If it’s a torn medial meniscus, no way he has to stay out 3 months. Even if it’s the lateral meniscus the time can be one and half month. If it’s 3 months clearly something bigger had happened.
    ———————————————————————
    An average “repair” of a meniscus would consist of trimming the torn part away. However, truly repairing the meniscus (reattaching the torn portion with absorbable spikes or suture) would be a more involved recovery and could easily justify the 3 month time frame.

  20. styxrogan says: Sep 21, 2016 6:15 PM

    Vikings season spiralling outa control

  21. shaggytoodle says: Sep 21, 2016 6:15 PM

    I love all the critique towards GBs offense all week, when the Vikings offense has scored 2 TDs in the last 3 games dating back to the post season.

    Yet they wonder why the media doesn’t have them going to the Superbowl.

  22. packercpa says: Sep 21, 2016 6:18 PM

    Lots of medical experts on this site. Must have stayed at a Holiday Inn Express.

  23. lindacaseauthor says: Sep 21, 2016 6:28 PM

    I jus wanna say to Vikings fans, we have a deep, talented roster with a lot of lethal pieces in place. We finally have a chance to remake our offense now, as we would have had to do next yr anyway without AP. Throw in Zim and the talented coaching staff and their innovative and smart plays and the way they can make in-game adjustments, and we’re sitting pretty. So just hang on and enjoy the ride all the way to Houston.

  24. The Truth says: Sep 21, 2016 6:34 PM

    I don’t ever remember a start to a year as boring as this year. I truly think the game has been ruined . Pre game shows filled with yelling and screaming fools and criminals, Nitwits protesting the anthem that don’t know the words to the anthem, a league filled with mediocre teams that make every thursday and monday night unwatchable, replays on everything that have slowed the game to a crawl and last but not least ( and this will shock the uninformed) ELEVEN ACTUAL MINUTES OF ACTION IN 3 1/2 hours ! A very very bad product. I have all but gone completely to the college game

  25. qbarrel says: Sep 21, 2016 6:34 PM

    ESPN – The World Wide Leader in something that rhymes with fullship

    ….is that better, my moderator friends?

  26. vegasdestroyer says: Sep 21, 2016 6:39 PM

    Assuming Rapoport report right – Vikings RB Adrian Peterson, in addition to his torn meniscus, has a mild LCL sprain that won’t need to be repaired surgically -he could be back in a month- with a brace. Reports that he has played his last game are nuts.

  27. smarterthanyouoryours says: Sep 21, 2016 6:49 PM

    Too bad, but maybe best in the long run.

    This will give Viking fans a whole extra year to figure out when to be loud and when to be quiet.

    Study some game film from Seahawks and Chiefs home games to get the hang of it.

    HTH

  28. vikes8480 says: Sep 21, 2016 6:59 PM

    LOL, once again, no Packer trolls. They sure disappeared after the Vikings took care of them on Sunday night. LOL.

  29. blowfishes says: Sep 21, 2016 7:01 PM

    Before Bridgewater’s injury, then as he was the starting QB and still on his rookie contract, the chances of Peterson returning next year without a contract restructure was around 90%

    Now that Bridgewater is out and possibly still recovering next year, the Vikings have Bradford as a high priced insurance policy. The chances of Peterson returning next year with our a contract restructure is 50% at best… and that was before he injured his knee!

  30. pkrlvr says: Sep 21, 2016 7:16 PM

    LOL, once again, no Packer trolls. They sure disappeared after the Vikings took care of them on Sunday night. LOL.
    ——
    Too bad the same can’t be said for your Viking brethren….they troll us in their stories and ours. You’d think they’d won the sb after a 3pt win that was decided by the refs.

  31. stellarperformance says: Sep 21, 2016 7:16 PM

    Peterson doesn’t want it known he is more seriously injured than first reported, because it may affect his value after the Vikings dump him…….which would be the smartest thing they’ve ever done. Peterson is seriously on the downside of his career. Hell, it sounds like half that aged team is on the downside.

  32. shlort says: Sep 21, 2016 7:21 PM

    All the doctors on the comments are funny. It might take the average football watching slob a short time to recover, but no football watching slob is playing professional football. People saying they had a meniscus tear and were walking around the office without a limp in three weeks is a little different than playing a game of professional football.

  33. youngs79 says: Sep 21, 2016 7:27 PM

    The report was put out by Adam Schefter and Jeff Darlington. They said it was a tear that needed surgery. Ian Rapoport reported a mild LCL strain, which didn’t require surgery. I’d tend to believe Chris Tomasson. He is the beat writer and at the facility nearly everyday.

  34. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Sep 21, 2016 7:32 PM

    That Zim, he keeps us guessing!

    keep the faith, Vike fans. We lost about a dozen players, most of them starters, when we won our last Super Bowl. You gotta believe!

  35. pfatalbert says: Sep 21, 2016 7:39 PM

    The dropoff from AP to Matt Asiago (mmm cheese) is a bit more than the dropoff from Teddy B to Sam Bradford.

  36. youngs79 says: Sep 21, 2016 7:41 PM

    stellarperformance says:
    Sep 21, 2016 7:16 PM
    Peterson doesn’t want it known he is more seriously injured than first reported, because it may affect his value after the Vikings dump him…….which would be the smartest thing they’ve ever done. Peterson is seriously on the downside of his career. Hell, it sounds like half that aged team is on the downside.

    Aged Team? Why don’t you look it up? One of the youngest rosters. I know you’re a Packer fan and pissed that the Vikings have beat your squad the last two times we played you, including the embarrassing performance, by the Packers, Sunday night. Rodgers sacked 5 times, Three fumbles, and an interception. Unfortunately, making things up and just throwing them out there will not make your team any better. Did I mention Sam Bradford had a QB Rating of 122 and Rodgers hasn’t broke 100 in 14 straight games. Which team is old again?

  37. wafflestomp says: Sep 21, 2016 7:45 PM

    Wow! Minneapolis and the Wilfs dumped all of that money in their shiny new McStadium and then shortchanged the team and their players by laying down a shoddy, ill conceived playing surface.

    Too bad. It looked like the Barneys could have made it interesting in the NFC North again this year.
    Now, not so much.

  38. leatherface2012 says: Sep 21, 2016 7:48 PM

    shaggytoodle says:
    Sep 21, 2016 6:15 PM
    I love all the critique towards GBs offense all week, when the Vikings offense has scored 2 TDs in the last 3 games dating back to the post season.

    Yet they wonder why the media doesn’t have them going to the Superbowl.

    actually a lot of fans want to know why green bay is favored to go to the super bowl….even detroit will give them problems on sunday

  39. wafflestomp says: Sep 21, 2016 7:54 PM

    shlort says:
    Sep 21, 2016 7:21 PM
    All the doctors on the comments are funny. It might take the average football watching slob a short time to recover, but no football watching slob is playing professional football. People saying they had a meniscus tear and were walking around the office without a limp in three weeks is a little different than playing a game of professional football.
    ————————
    Yeah, very true.
    It reminds me of all the moronic, armchair, Barney Doctors that would pipe in on a weekly basis to weigh in about Aaron Rodgers dogging it with his broken collar bone.

  40. frank booth says: Sep 21, 2016 8:04 PM

    lindacaseauthor says:
    Sep 21, 2016 6:28 PM
    I jus wanna say to Vikings fans, we have a deep, talented roster with a lot of lethal pieces in place. We finally have a chance to remake our offense now, as we would have had to do next yr anyway without AP. Throw in Zim and the talented coaching staff and their innovative and smart plays and the way they can make in-game adjustments, and we’re sitting pretty. So just hang on and enjoy the ride all the way to Houston.
    ===================================
    We’re 2 games into the season. The Vikings beat a Packer team that Vikings’ fans say is in decline (and they very well may be) and a lousy Titans team. The team just lost one of the best running backs in the game, and though ineffective the last couple of games, he was what allowed the passing game to flourish by drawing so much attention.

    The fact that the Vikings upgraded to Bradford is helpful, but losing your starting LT is an issue, even if he wasn’t that great. There is still a drop in quality.

    I wouldn’t puff your chests out just yet, and I certainly wouldn’t be talking about a Super Bowl. Beating the Packers at home by 3 is not a big deal.

  41. badmoonrison says: Sep 21, 2016 8:04 PM

    Dude couldn’t put Amy pressure on it when he was practically carried to the locker room. He’s done for the year. Tough luck vikes

  42. vikingprideforever says: Sep 21, 2016 8:17 PM

    bridgewater to Bradford is an upgrade at this point. an injured Khalil to Clemmings is an upgrade at this point. losing AP is very damaging at this point. teams don’t have to sell out to stop the run anymore. this will hurt the passing game. imo zim and norv will figure out a way to make it all work.

    pieces are in place

    superbowl homeboy!!!

  43. 49tinakane says: Sep 21, 2016 10:33 PM

    Yea^^vikingsprideforever….clemmings was rated 67th in pro football as a tackle last year there on only 64 spots starting in the nfl…clemmings is a huge down grade from kalil an i wish vikings fans would stop saying clemmings is better, your embarrasing yourself……shaggy only you a packer troll would make a comment lumping in last years playoff game to trying to make any random take you have….including last year an the playoffs the packers are 6 an 9 in the last 15, yet anyone outside of greenbay an eapn is miffed at why they had been talked about a a super bowl type team

  44. shaggytoodle says: Sep 21, 2016 10:48 PM

    leatherface2012 says:
    Sep 21, 2016 7:48 PM
    actually a lot of fans want to know why green bay is favored to go to the super bowl….even detroit will give them problems on sunday
    ______________

    Why would you want to know about something as pointless as that? “Vegas says _______” I want an explanation as to why.

    Since you brought it up tell me who your clear cut Favorite in the NFC to make it to the Superbowl is? The 1-1 Panthers? The undefeated Giants, Eagles, or Minnesota?
    Just so YOU know Vegas makes its odds based on the WHOLE season, your grading their prediction after 2 games. There is a TON of season left this more of that classic overreaction.

    GB started 1-2 three out of the last 4 seasons, they still made the playoffs should have won the NFC Title game one season, and almost made it to the NFC Championship game last year in spite of how “Awful” they were.

  45. weaselpuppy says: Sep 21, 2016 11:14 PM

    AD=All Done

    3/4 the player Barry Sanders was and 1/10 the Man.

  46. josephec says: Sep 22, 2016 9:55 PM

    No one is going to offer AP 11M to play next season.
    Not because he will not be the best RB in the league again when he returns, but this is now a passing league, and RB’s wont be seeing those kind of dollars any time soon.
    Guy’s a freak. He will possibly be back for the playoffs, and the Vikes will have a first round bye. The Lions will get the WC.

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