Jason Cole of B/R reports that sources within the Vikings’ organization are “privately upset” by RB Adrian Peterson‘s decision to undergo surgery on his torn meniscus, as this keeps him out long term.
Cole says that some believe Peterson may have been able to play through the injury, but he ultimately decided to play it safe it get his fully repaired.
Peterson reportedly still has support from the top of the organization and they would like to bring him back on a new contract next year.
Interestingly enough, Cole says that Peterson has “alienated a few teammates” and his future in Minnesota is “up in the air.”
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.
The expectation right now is that Peterson be out until at least December, which means he could be looking at a return for the playoffs.
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 as the news the news is available.