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How long will Adrian Peterson be out?

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - SEPTEMBER 18: Adrian Peterson #28 of the Minnesota Vikings carries the ball as defender Jake Ryan #47 of the Green Bay Packers pursues him during their game on September 18, 2016 at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) Getty Images

No one currently knows whether and to what extent Vikings running back Adrian Peterson will miss games. And that’s exactly how Vikings coach Mike Zimmer likes it.

Peterson has a torn meniscus. That general diagnosis can lead to all sorts of outcomes. From arthroscopic surgery and a temporary absence to, as Chargers receiver Stevie Johnson learned during training camp, placement on injured reserve.

The meniscus is a piece of cartilage that cushions and stabilizes the knee. The size, severity, and location of the tear becomes a major factor in determining the treatment and the absence. For now, no one knows how Peterson’s meniscus tear will be treated, and how long he will be out.

And that’s exactly how Vikings coach Mike Zimmer likes it.

While Peterson is gone, responsibility for the running game falls to Jerick McKinnon and Matt Asiata. Opposing defenses likely will focus more on stopping emerging star Stephon Diggs and the passing game, forcing McKinnon and Asiata to keep the other side of the ball honest if it chooses to take away Diggs.

Whenever Peterson returns, he’ll surely have extra motivation to prove that he’s still one of the best running backs in the league — and that his subpar performances in the first two weeks of the season were aberrations.

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34 Responses to “How long will Adrian Peterson be out?”
  1. Wisconsin's Favorite Son Jeffrey Be Dahmed says: Sep 21, 2016 10:31 AM

    Peterson will be out long enough to come to Wisconsin and enjoy some delicious Crow with all of us Packers fans. Eat up!

  2. In Teddy We Trust says: Sep 21, 2016 10:32 AM

    I understand that Adrian’s presence causes defenses to stack the box against him and that opens things up for the passing game, but I’m really sick of the need to force the ball to him against fronts he can’t beat. It will be nice to see how the offense looks against a more typical defense. If things go well, maybe they can fit Adrian in to what they’re doing rather than making the offense revolve around him. It hasn’t been working for a long time so let’s mix it up a bit, shall we?

  3. tonyzendejas says: Sep 21, 2016 10:32 AM

    Retire. Go back to Texas and live in creepy, god-like status among your relatives and hangers-on while counting your millions.

  4. moondog7 says: Sep 21, 2016 10:33 AM

    hope randy moss is doing his surgery, to be one of the best receivers in the league

  5. Wisconsin's Favorite Son Jeffrey Be Dahmed says: Sep 21, 2016 10:35 AM

    Yes, my Packers focused on the wrong Viking. And lost. Again.

  6. vikingprideforever says: Sep 21, 2016 10:43 AM

    He will be missed. Despite the poor production thus far, he would be the focal point for the opposition. Carolina would be game planning to stop AP leaving opportunities for the passing game. He doesn’t have to run for 150 yds to have a major impact on the game. Now, all the pressure is on Bradford again.

  7. Wisconsin's Favorite Son Jeffrey Be Dahmed says: Sep 21, 2016 10:45 AM

    We Packer fans remember when we had a decent team. And when Aaron was good. But now we’re all on big benders. Because we don’t want to remember how we lost.

  8. nhpats says: Sep 21, 2016 10:47 AM

    Other than impacting my fantasy football team….what does it matter? The Vikings have a real passing game now…..and let’s be clear, they are the team to beat in the NFC North. Aaron Rogers looks like a shell of his former self….. The torch has been passed from GB to Minnesota.

  9. Wisconsin's Favorite Son Jeffrey Be Dahmed says: Sep 21, 2016 10:49 AM

    The worst thing is, the Vikings don’t even need Peterson. We lose to them anyways.

  10. wellthatsinteresting says: Sep 21, 2016 10:51 AM

    If McKinnon/Asiata get 50 yards in Carolina, then there hasn’t been a drop off in production at all. While AP is physically quick, I’m starting to wonder about his mental quickness as you need to ‘pick your running holes’ mentally as well as physically. He’s still an asset. Please give him the proper time to heal. We’ll be fine.

  11. Getoffmylawn! says: Sep 21, 2016 10:53 AM

    They could always mortgage their future and trade for a RB. Maybe a #1 and a #4… Oh, never mind, they are always a step or two ahead, aren’t they?

  12. RegisHawk says: Sep 21, 2016 10:55 AM

    Remember when he was figuring how many more years until he broke Emmit Smith’s record? Good times…good times…

  13. chicagosportsfan11 says: Sep 21, 2016 10:56 AM

    After seeing Zimmer completely out coach the Packers coaches I’m surprised McCarthey hasn’t been fired yet.

  14. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Sep 21, 2016 11:03 AM

    I like how Vikings rely on injuries to manage their players. Allows the coaches/GM to avoid having to make hard decisions. Maybe you’ll get lucky again and Boone will go down this weekend.

  15. bspurloc says: Sep 21, 2016 11:11 AM

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    Asiatta 2 td’s a game. 2014

  16. 49tinakane says: Sep 21, 2016 11:14 AM

    Carl Gerbschmidt says:
    Sep 21, 2016 11:03 AM

    I like how Vikings rely on injuries to manage their players. Allows the coaches/GM to avoid having to make hard decisions. Maybe you’ll get lucky again and Boone will go down this weekend.
    **********************************************
    I like how all the packers fans you included pointed to Jordy as the reason for the decline of the packers offense last year and reasoned that when he came back they would be unstoppab………oh wait maybe you meant stoppable…

  17. jimmysee says: Sep 21, 2016 11:15 AM

    Coach Zimmer wants to replace Austin Powers as the International Man of Mystery!

    🙂

  18. mnvikes1961 says: Sep 21, 2016 11:17 AM

    Without defenses stacking the box- McKinnon and Asiata might get some good yards. That balance might be just what the doctor ordered. And I’m not disrespecting Peterson- and definitely want him back out there- but it would be nice to have the extra hands coming out of the backfield and the extra man blocking for Bradford on pass plays. And the latter seems to be a priority after watching the o-line last week. While we’re better with him- we can still roll without him.

  19. mnrasslinggovjesse says: Sep 21, 2016 11:17 AM

    Zimmy thinks he’s Belichek.
    Viking fans think their team is going to win the Super Bowl.
    Peterson continues to be the fecal point of the offense.

  20. idurenn says: Sep 21, 2016 11:19 AM

    I’m no expert on meniscus tears, but the way he wasn’t able to put any pressure on his leg Sunday night made it look we won’t be playing anytime soon.

  21. mnrasslinggovjesse says: Sep 21, 2016 11:19 AM

    Zimmer thinks he’s Belichek.
    And Viking fans think they’re the Patriots.
    Well I guess in both cases they are just as annoying.

  22. housemusic1200 says: Sep 21, 2016 11:19 AM

    It’s OK Gerby. We play chess, while you play checkers. Hey, at least you can still rely on the “chuck it up, and hope for PI” game plan. On the bright side, you guys have the hail mary ref this Sunday.

    Better Football. For Better People.

  23. mnvikes1961 says: Sep 21, 2016 11:23 AM

    Carl Gerbschmidt says:
    Sep 21, 2016 11:03 AM
    I like how Vikings rely on injuries to manage their players. Allows the coaches/GM to avoid having to make hard decisions. Maybe you’ll get lucky again and Boone will go down this weekend.
    _____________

    Maybe you should just worry about the Lions game since they beat the Packers twice last season.

  24. mnwilderness87 says: Sep 21, 2016 11:28 AM

    McKinnon is a very good running back. I don’t necessarily think he will have a big game against the panthers, but I could see him putting up some nice rushing yards numbers after this Sunday.

  25. In Teddy We Trust says: Sep 21, 2016 11:28 AM

    McCarthy stubbornly kept focusing on stopping Peterson and single covering Diggs. That won’t happen this week. Shutting down Diggs will be the focus of the Carolina defense, which will open things up for McKinnon and the other receivers. As long as you have one superstar the defense has to deal with, your offense should work pretty well. The difference is that I’m guessing Diggsy will do a lot better job beating a defense designed to stop him than Peterson has done this year.

  26. In Teddy We Trust says: Sep 21, 2016 11:46 AM

    Getoffmylawn! says:
    Sep 21, 2016 10:53 AM

    They could always mortgage their future and trade for a RB. Maybe a #1 and a #4… Oh, never mind, they are always a step or two ahead, aren’t they?
    _______

    Yeah, how stupid they are to not have a starting-caliber quarterback in his prime on the bench just in case their regular quarterback severed his leg at the knee a week before the season started, like every other team in the NFL does.

    Yeah, Sunday night while I was watching Sam Bradford throw laser darts all over the field to beat the Packers, all I could think about was how much I’m going to miss that late first round pick next year.

  27. mnvikes1961 says: Sep 21, 2016 11:48 AM

    I’m looking forward to Treadwell stepping up- especially with the coverage Diggs will be getting now.

  28. dohczeppelin says: Sep 21, 2016 12:17 PM

    Wisconsin’s Favorite Son Jeffrey Be Dahmed says:
    Sep 21, 2016 10:45 AM

    We Packer fans remember when we had a decent team. And when Aaron was good. But now we’re all on big benders. Because we don’t want to remember how we lost.
    __________________________________

    Dear lord. Aaron is still good. Very good. Probably the best. His movement in the pocket can bring a tear to my eye. It’s so smooth. The problem is the rest of the team. They’re pretty bad. The fact that they will still probably be in the playoffs is a testament to just how good Rodgers is. He can turn any 6-10 team into an instant contender. Packers need to invest heavily in receivers in next years draft. Nelson is in the twilight of his career, Cobb can only cut it when he’s lined up next to a stud, and Adams is terrible.

  29. waynefontesismyfather says: Sep 21, 2016 12:19 PM

    tonyzendejas says:

    Retire. Go back to Texas and live in creepy, god-like status among your relatives and hangers-on while counting your millions.
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    Don’t forget to add beating his children.

  30. ad28bestever says: Sep 21, 2016 12:22 PM

    It didn’t take much to slice the cheese Sunday night. They did it with a QB that was with the team 15 days, and no AD. GB’s days are over.

  31. ragnarthegreat says: Sep 21, 2016 12:30 PM

    Is it too much to hope that we find a way use Cordarelle Patterson while AP is out? He is limited, I know. But he is a play maker and could give a defense fits if we can get him the ball in space. Also, no more excuses O-line. you are getting those game checks, play!

  32. vikingprideforever says: Sep 21, 2016 7:49 PM

    agreed, line CP84 up 7 yards behind Bradford for ten plays this week.

  33. norcalchief says: Sep 21, 2016 9:32 PM

    Not long enough.

  34. usdcoyotesfan says: Sep 22, 2016 10:22 AM

    Hopefully for good. This child-abusing piece of trash should be in prison, and instead he’s making millions playing in the NFL. He should have to suffer as much as that innocent 4-year-old did when AP assaulted him.

    Shame on the NFL and the Vikings for welcoming back a self-admitted child abuser with open arms, and shame on any Vikings fan (or any fan for that matter) who was excited to see him return and acted like what he did wasn’t a big deal.

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