Vikings Peterson opts for surgery, may miss rest of season

Ross Houston
October 2, 2016

The former Sooner suffered a torn meniscus during the Vikings 17-14 win over the Green Bay Packers on Sunday night.

It's not out of the question running back Adrian Peterson has played his last game for the Vikings.

Peterson was injured in the third quarter of Sunday's win over the Packers. But Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said the timetable for Peterson's return won't be clear until after the procedure.

"He's a stud. I think he's one of the best guys I've ever seen play at that spot", Kuechly told Joe Peterson of The Charlotte Observer. It will go against what the Vikings have preached since the Brad Childress era - that they are a run-first offense. To make matters worse, the Vikings have also lost their starting left tackle Matt Kalil for the season too. He suffered a hamstring injury and is reportedly going to miss two to three weeks nursing the strain. Moncrief will be out four to six weeks with a fractured scapula (shoulder).

As long as Peterson is in the lineup, he's going to get fed a decent workload and there is going to be an onus on running plays that cater to his strength, but he's not as explosive and nimble as he was in his prime.

At running back, Jerick McKinnon, a shifty runner and good pass catcher, will start and share the position with Matt Asiata, whose strength is short yardage and pass protection.

Jacoby Brissett started at quarterback on Thursday night in New England's 27-0 rout of the Houston Texans, in place of the suspended Tom Brady and the injured Jimmy Garoppolo. It is fair to say that Diggs is the main target the Vikings would like to build and help the team grow.

The Vikings called the surgery "successful" that was performed by Dr. Chris Larson at Twin Cities Orthopedics, and said he found no additional injuries or issues in or surrounding the knee joint. Dr. Derek Ochiai, of the Nirschl Orthopaedic Center in Arlington, Va., and Dr. Moira McCarthy of the Hospital for Special Surgery in NY, both said a "bucket handle tear" is more severe than a typical meniscus tear.

Had Peterson had surgery to trim out the torn meniscus, he might have been able to return in weeks. McCarthy, though, called that perhaps overly optimistic, saying a fix likely would sideline Peterson for six or more months. But his struggles date back towards the end of last season.

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"We're not the type of team that's going to sit back and cry about what's happened, " he said.

"I've never trusted a quarterback or an individual as a player more than I trust Aaron Rodgers". He was back on the field for training camp and has been splitting time with the scout team and first team in practice, but the four-time Pro Bowl selection has not been active for a game. In two games Peterson had 31 carries for 50 yards and an average of 1.6 yards a carry. A two-time NFL MVP, Rodgers' 103.8 passer rating is the best in NFL history. "It's just the next man up". He will get support from Matt Asiata and perhaps from Ronnie Hillman, who was signed Wednesday.

"I'm proud as hell of him", Boone said of QB Sam Bradford. "You just got to get over it and move on".

Bradford can use the screen game as an extension/substitute for the run game, and McKinnon is good in space and can do more things outside the tackle.

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