Adrian Peterson has successful knee surgery

Andrew Cummings
October 2, 2016

Adrian Peterson will undergo surgery on his right knee to fix a torn meniscus and Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer says the star running back could return this season.

Peterson had surgery to fix a torn lateral meniscus on Thursday, four days after leaving Minnesota's home opener against the Green Bay Packers with a knee injury.

Peterson hasn't had his usual success this season, rushing for just 50 yards on 31 carries through the first two games of the season.

ESPN reporter Josina Anderson interviewed Peterson on Wednesday and was told he has what is known as a "bucket handle tear" and could be out for 3-4 months.

"Everything is possible", Zimmer said.

"It's been a tough couple of weeks for us as far as key guys going down, " said defensive end Brian Robison. He tore the anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments in his left knee on December 24, 2011, but was full-go at the start of the 2012 season, threatened the single-season rushing record with 2,097 yards and was named NFL MVP. He is known as a fast healer, coming off an ACL injury to run for over 2,000 yards in 2012.

The Vikings want Peterson to retire in purple, but he'll likely have to restructure his contract to make that happen. The scheduled salary cap hit for 2017 is $18 million, so even if he were fully healthy this season his status was bound to reach a crossroad.

That's a matter for another day, though.

"I have great confidence in Aaron", McCarthy said before practice Wednesday when asked how his veteran quarterback bounces back from subpar games.

Jacksonville Jaguars running back Chris Ivory is expected to make his season debut on Sunday, according to head coach Gus Bradley.

The Vikings (2-0) signed running back Ronnie Hillman, who was on Denver's Super Bowl-winning team last season. Peterson could return with very legs and a desire to prove he's not a hasb-been running back. I think our morale is actually up.

The Vikings also must move on without their starting left tackle, Matt Kalil.

With Adrian Peterson, one of the few workhorse RBs in the league, lost for the season, fantasy players everywhere will be looking to the Minnesota backfield for value. T.J. Clemmings will start in his place.

"I think what Matt and Jerick do complement each other", Turner said. That is why you go out and play the game until the final whistle.

The Vikings haven't given up on their chase for a championship, though.

While some fans are obsessing about whether players take a knee, raise a fist or lock arms during the national anthem before games, Sherman said they should be talking about the reasons why players are protesting. "We're not going to change and go to like five (receivers) every play". There's things we've got to clean up and, like I said before, I'm sick of saying that.

Two weeks into the season and we find ourselves without our starting quarterback or running back for the remainder of the 2015 regular season (with Peterson's availability still up in the air, but most people thinking he'll be back for the playoffs).

"That's our identity and that's how we're built. We're going to continue to stay that way", Zimmer said. The lack of talent on this defense combined with a pass heavy offense will lead to a lot of high quality plays run for the Chargers offense.

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