Adrian Peterson targets rapid return

Adrian Peterson targets rapid return

Ross Houston
October 3, 2016

The Vikings lost Teddy Bridgewater to a horrific knee injury at the end of August, and today the team announced that Adrian Peterson likely won't be back in action until at least December - if at all - after he undergoes surgery to fix his torn meniscus on Thursday. 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. Zimmer said Jerick McKinnon will start for Peterson in Sunday's game at Carolina and T.J. Clemmings will take over for Kalil. The Vikings already have $141 million in cap commitments for 2017, and could be in the market for a left tackle if they don't have an adequate replacement on their roster for Matt Kalil, who was placed on injured reserve Wednesday with a hip ailment.

"While the top of the organization remains supportive and would like to see him return next season under a new contract, Peterson has alienated a few teammates, leaving his future with the Vikings up in the air", Cole reported.
The Vikings called Kalil's procedure successful. Both had 100-plus yards receiving at Buffalo in last Thursday's 37-31 win.

The Vikings backfield has an example of what happens when Adrian Peterson is unavailable, given that he was missing for 15-of-16 games in 2014.

"It's just up to us to do what we have to do", said Andre Smith, a Vikings tackle. Just the threat of the running back making a big play keeps opposing defenses on their toes.

"Like I said before, the issue is just more his conditioning and how he feels, what can we get from him, and I know that's improving". "All of them - communication, technique, some guys getting beat one on one, one guy here, one guy there", Zimmer said. "But this is a team game".

The Vikings shouldn't need to get into many shootouts to win games this season, and they don't have to look back far for inspiration. He has just 50 yards on 31 carries, and the Vikings rank last in the National Football League in rushing offense with 95 yards on 50 carries.

Peterson was hurt in last Sunday's 17-14 win over Green Bay. While the Vikings have won their first two games without the rushing attack that we've grown accustomed to with Peterson, or one could say even despite the lack of a rushing attack, it's hard to really find a silver lining here.

"I don't think anybody has butterflies, " McKinnon said. That is why you go out and play the game until the final whistle. While the run blocking has left plenty to be desired, the pass protection was solid enough against Tennessee but not good enough in Week 2. Take our shots when we get a chance.

These Vikings have proven resilient early this season despite injuries to Peterson and quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. That's not going to help the team transition to new offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn, as the Bills prepare to play host to Arizona on Sunday afternoon.

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