Even so, Zimmer did not dismiss the idea that Peterson could play this week, despite the torn meniscus, per Adam Schefter.
David Chao points out that meniscus tears require arthroscopic surgery. If Peterson just needs a trim, he’s looking at 2-4 weeks. However, if the ligament needs to be repaired, it would cost him a minimum of three months.
Vikings HC Mike Zimmer told reporters after Sunday night’s game that RB Adrian Peterson may only miss a week with his knee injury.
“He might miss a week. I don’t know if he will or not,” Zimmer said. “Whatever it was has calmed down now, so we’ll see.”
Peterson is still scheduled to have an MRI Monday morning, but those close to him sounded hopeful he had avoided major structural damage, according to Ben Goessling of ESPN.
Vikings RB Adrian Peterson left Sunday night’s game against the Packers with a right knee injury.
Minnesota has already ruled Peterson out for the game with a knee injury.
Peterson hopped off of the field and trainers later carried him to the locker room without him being able to put any pressure on the injury.
Here’s video of the injury sustained by Peterson:
— SiriusXM NFL Radio (@SiriusXMNFL) September 19, 2016
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.
Entering today’s game, Peterson has rushed n for 31 yards on 19 carries (1.6 YPC) and no touchdowns.
We’ll have more regarding Peterson’s injury as the news is available.