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Adrian Peterson’s surgery successful, no ligament damage

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JANUARY 10:  Kam Chancellor #31 of the Seattle Seahawks attempts to tackle Adrian Peterson #28 of the Minnesota Vikings in the first quarter during the NFC Wild Card Playoff game at TCFBank Stadium on January 10, 2016 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) Getty Images

Vikings running back Adrian Peterson had successful surgery that revealed no damage beyond a torn meniscus.

“Adrian Peterson had a successful lateral meniscus repair this morning,” the Vikings announced today. “The surgery was performed by team physician Chris Larson at Twin Cities Orthopedics. There were no additional injuries or issues noted in or surrounding the knee joint during the surgical procedure. The rehabilitation process will begin immediately.”

ESPN reported on Wednesday that Peterson had a torn lateral collateral ligament in addition to his torn meniscus, but the Vikings’ statement makes clear that the meniscus is the only injury.

The Vikings have not said whether Peterson can play again this season, but reports are that Peterson will miss at least three months and likely longer than that, which makes a return in 2016 unlikely. In fact, a return to the Vikings at any point is looking less and less likely. There’s a good chance that the next time we see Peterson on the football field, it will be in 2017, and in another team’s uniform.

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40 Responses to “Adrian Peterson’s surgery successful, no ligament damage”
  1. jm91rs says: Sep 22, 2016 10:22 AM

    I’m not saying it’s likely, but if the Vikings keep winning don’t be shocked if Peterson turns a 4 month recovery into 2 to return in time to help down the stretch. He basically redefined the standard for ACL come backs, don’t be shocked if he does it this time too.

  2. vdaigglesfan says: Sep 22, 2016 10:23 AM

    karma is a switch.

  3. kcchefs58 says: Sep 22, 2016 10:27 AM

    Hopefully he didn’t take out his frustration on people who can’t defend themselves.

  4. athwartships says: Sep 22, 2016 10:27 AM

    I don’t buy the churn you guys are making….I put the odds of him staying and playing in Minnesota higher than the gossip conjecture of leaving.

  5. 13worldchampioinships says: Sep 22, 2016 10:29 AM

    I have a feeling AP isn’t going to be happy with the front office in the off-season.

  6. lenthevikesfan says: Sep 22, 2016 10:30 AM

    Nothing but love for AP. Get healthy no matter what the future holds. SKOL!!

  7. purple4life2 says: Sep 22, 2016 10:30 AM

    The only people that know the severity of that meniscus tear were in or around that OR suite this morning. Worst case is 3-4 months. That puts him in line to possibly return before or during playoffs – if they make it. Which seems like a good bet. Best case is he could be back after the bye in 4 weeks. Unlikely, but possible.

    And this just in, contracts get redone all the time.

  8. allight59 says: Sep 22, 2016 10:30 AM

    He’ll be back for the play offs. No fumbles this time! #headedtohouston

  9. youngs79 says: Sep 22, 2016 10:34 AM

    Adam Schefter, Jeff Darlington, Ian Rapaport all wrong on the LCL reporting. There should be standards and consequences for speculative reporting.

  10. ubb44 says: Sep 22, 2016 10:35 AM

    He’ll redo his contract and remain a Viking.

  11. tylawspick6 says: Sep 22, 2016 10:35 AM


    ESPN lied yet again. How hard is it to not reach so far with speculation and half truths, when deep down, you know it’s likely not the real story?

    This crap has got to stop.

    This is a minor story in terms of accuracy, but this is absolutely ridiculous.

    The sensationalism in this country is making people dumber than they already are.

  12. codythao35 says: Sep 22, 2016 10:35 AM

    Back for playoff time AP and toog deserve a super bowl.

  13. codythao35 says: Sep 22, 2016 10:35 AM

    Back for playoff time AP and you deserve a super bowl.

  14. 250dollarnflowner says: Sep 22, 2016 10:36 AM

    if he stays, there’s no doubt he will have to restructure his contract. they will not pay him $18 against the cap in 2017.

  15. ryanvanslooten says: Sep 22, 2016 10:45 AM

    Die hard Vikings fan here. All off-field issues aside, AP has been a great player for this team, one of the greatest at the position of all time. I felt it was time to move on a year or two ago, as this teams identity has completely changed, no more evident than this year. He’s no longer the face of the franchise, and they don’t necessarily need him to be successful, times have changed. I only wish they’d traded him because now they’ll get nothing. With the Bradford trade, that would’ve been nice. Such is life. SKOL!

  16. patsbrat says: Sep 22, 2016 10:47 AM

    Based on comments nobody is surprised that ESPN got it wrong again.

    Me neither…

  17. mcjon22 says: Sep 22, 2016 10:49 AM

    Adam Schefter,

    What a joke you and ESPN have become.

  18. britishteeth says: Sep 22, 2016 10:58 AM

    Is this the Adrian Peterson who crammed leaves into his toddler’s mouth and savagely beat him in his genitals with a switch until the child had bloody thighs and defensive wounds on his hands? Or is this the Adrian Peterson that played for the Bears? Just checking.

  19. senatorblutarsky says: Sep 22, 2016 11:00 AM

    A couple of shots of HGH, you know the stuff manning has taken and that Peterson has taken before and he’ll be playing this weekend.

  20. hawksfansince77 says: Sep 22, 2016 11:01 AM

    Vikings will play better without him on the field, mark it. Look for the ‘Ol switch-er-ooo at RB in the off season.

  21. senatorblutarsky says: Sep 22, 2016 11:03 AM

    Only a torn meniscus? It’s better than torn flesh on his scrotum and buttocks administered in a savage beating by someone you love and trust. Now that could take a lifetime to heal and maybe never will.

  22. immafubared says: Sep 22, 2016 11:05 AM

    Toast. He was doing nothing to speak of anyways. Maybe its time to hang em up but he will not do it. Probably take one more big injury then he will.
    Me thinks his record breaking years are over now. He will be 32 when he returns.

  23. ragnarthegreat says: Sep 22, 2016 11:07 AM

    Every player wants to win a Super Bowl. I am in the minority who thinks that AP has all the money he will ever need and that he can see that Zimmer is building something special here. The negotiation process will be ugly but I expect him to take a pay cut for one “all in” Super Bowl push.

  24. therealraider says: Sep 22, 2016 11:21 AM

    Considering the league now tests for HGH, expect his recovery time to be the standard 3-4 months. I Don’t expect a super human recovery like he had with his ACL tear.

  25. vegasdestroyer says: Sep 22, 2016 11:30 AM

    Gee, all you “experts” were wrong? You mean I can’t count on ESPN to tell me what to believe anymore?

  26. ccous13 says: Sep 22, 2016 11:32 AM

    Why do so many of you homers love and defend this child abuser??

  27. RegisHawk says: Sep 22, 2016 11:34 AM

    Considering the league now tests for HGH, I expect them to look the other way in order to slot him in for Comeback Player of 2017. Need a reason to sell tickets to pay for that eyesore of a stadium, not to mention dead bird clean-up.

  28. vegasdestroyer says: Sep 22, 2016 11:35 AM

    “Now, it’s entirely possible that the first regular-season game at U.S. Bank Stadium will have been Peterson’s last with the team.”

    It’s also possible that some will learn not to overreact until the facts are known. But that’s really improbable.

  29. In Teddy We Trust says: Sep 22, 2016 11:35 AM

    I have a feeling the Vikings are going to see what their offense looks like without feeling obligated to hand it to this guy every first and second down and watching him get stuffed 90% of the time, and they’re going to decide that they’re better off without him. A running back cannot be the focus of an offense in this day and age, and I don’t see Adrian being happy or productive as a complementary piece.

  30. randomguy9999 says: Sep 22, 2016 11:49 AM

    that record season was a loooooooong time ago, wouldn’t be surprised if we’ve seen his last snap….

  31. purpleguy says: Sep 22, 2016 12:04 PM

    I hope he makes a full recovery, but really wonder if this isn’t going to be the final straw that slows him down for good. The only way he stays is through a significant restructure, and I wonder if his ego and his agent’s ego will permit that.

  32. lindacaseauthor says: Sep 22, 2016 12:33 PM

    In terms of ESPN, the Vikings are always judged by the worst case scenario, the Packers by the best case, plus add in more excuses for the cheesers than there are mosquitos in Minny. The network has its “pets” even if it’s a “dog”.

  33. firecracker87 says: Sep 22, 2016 12:40 PM

    He should call Peyton Manning’s wife to ship him some HGH.

    On second thought, maybe he should’t do that. He’ll probably end up with a big head.

  34. TheCakeIsALie says: Sep 22, 2016 12:43 PM

    “But, but, but….ESPN said it’s true???????”

  35. zatko says: Sep 22, 2016 1:55 PM

    As long as he remains OFF IR, I’m believing the time table is shorter than we are being led to believe. They will be OK either way, but we will miss the exciting big play, game changing occasions that we love from #28. He is just fun to watch…

    2 yards
    3 yeards
    -1 yard
    6 yards
    0 yards
    61 yards & a TD!

  36. mediasloppy says: Sep 22, 2016 4:05 PM

    A lot of yards left on the field from AP’s final biography if he misses a 3rd season.

  37. In Teddy We Trust says: Sep 22, 2016 4:43 PM

    This will only be the second season he missed.

  38. usdcoyotesfan says: Sep 22, 2016 6:40 PM

    Let’s all hope this is career-ending for him. This piece of human waste should be in prison for assaulting that innocent 4-year-old. Instead, he’s making millions playing in the NFL.

    Shame on the grand jury in Montgomery County, TX for letting him get away with what he admitted was child abuse. Shame on the NFL and the Vikings for welcoming him back with open arms. And shame on any Vikings fan (or any fan for that matter) who was/is excited to see him come back.

    Shame on all of you for brushing this off as if it isn’t a big deal.

  39. fmc651 says: Sep 23, 2016 8:00 AM

    Plenty of turd bay fans on here still salty as Aaron Rodgers I see. Rodgers will not handle the 1st round drafting of a QB. And the subsequent pushing out of the franchise that we all know is going to happen soon. It will be ugly.

  40. xavier179 says: Sep 27, 2016 12:16 PM

    Adrian it is time to do the right thing…retire!

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