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Vikings RB Adrian Peterson Undergoes Surgery For Meniscus Tear, Out Several Months


Adam Schefter and Jeff Darlington of ESPN are reporting that Vikings RB Adrian Peterson also has a torn lateral collateral ligament on top of the meniscus tear.

  • According to Schefter, there’s more damage to Peterson’s knee than previously thought, which makes it even more difficult for him to return this season.
  • Ian Rapoport reports that Peterson has a mild LCL sprain that won’t need to be repaired surgically.
  • However, a source tells Chris Tomasson that this report is not accurate.


Vikings RB Adrian Peterson tells Josina Anderson that he’s planning to have surgery on Thursday to repair his meniscus tear. Peterson mentioned that he’s doing this with “faith and optimism.”

  • According to Anderson, Peterson has what is known as “bucket handle tear“, which typically requires a player to miss a minimum of 3-4 months out and up to 6 months, depending on how they heal.
  • Ian Rapoport adds that Peterson will likely be out until at least December, which means he could be looking at a return for the playoffs.
  • Darren Wolfson hears that the Vikings are expected to sign a free agent running back.


ESPN’s Ed Werder reports that the Vikings RB Adrian Peterson is currently deliberating over his options to treat his sprained meniscus.

However, Werder adds that the Vikings’ coaching staff is preparing for Week 3’s game with the belief that he’s out this week at least this week.

According to Werder, it’s possible that Peterson may need surgery, which would cost him 3-4 weeks of recovery time.

Ben Goessling adds that Peterson is waiting to hear from doctors this morning before making a decision on his torn meniscus.

Peterson, 31, is a former first-round pick of the Vikings back in 2007. He’s currently in the second year of his three-year, $44 million contract that included $20 million guaranteed and stands to make a base salary of $7.75 million for the 2016 season.

This season, Peterson has rushed for 50 yards on 31 carries (1.6 YPC) to go along with two receptions for seven yards receiving and no touchdowns.

We’ll have more regarding Peterson’s injury as the news is available.


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