The Lions and Vikings are divisional rivals, but Lions wide receiver Ryan Broyles hopes that sharing an alma mater with Adrian Peterson makes the Vikings running back open to helping out a player from Detroit.
Broyles tore the ACL in his right knee in early December and said Monday that he hopes his fellow former Sooner will give him some advice about how to handle the recovery process. Peterson tore his ACL on Christmas Eve 2011 and became a remarkable rehab success story by going on to run for more yards this season than anyone but Eric Dickerson has ever run for in one NFL season.
“Definitely need to talk to him and see how he came back from his ACL as well,” Broyles said, via the Detroit Free Press. “There’s a lot of guys who’ve been in the same situation, so I just have a stepping-stone ahead of me.”
Broyles has his own experience with coming back from a torn ACL after tearing his left one during his final year at Oklahoma. He missed the first three games of this season before he was healthy enough to get back on the field. Once he did, Broyles had 22 catches for 310 yards and two touchdowns for a Lions team that needed reliable options other than Calvin Johnson this season.