The Vikings’ head trainer Eric Sugarman just got done addressing the media on Adrian Peterson’s situation. Sugarman confirmed that Peterson tore his ACL and MCL. The running back is scheduled to have surgery in the next 7-10 days with the surgeon yet-to-be-determined. The recovery time from such an injury is normally 8-9 months, but Sugarman went out of his way to remind everyone that every case is different. Sugarman says Peterson has the DNA and work ethic to recover more quickly than expected and that there’s a shot for him to make it back by week 1 in 2012.
It’s pretty obvious what the company line on this is going to be: Peterson is a physical freak and fans shouldn’t worry about him being able to make a full recovery. It’s all fine-and-good to say that but the fact is we don’t know how Peterson’s recovery will go. Maybe he’ll one day return to his prior form but it’s more likely that when he does get back on the field he will be a diminished player. It’s just one more tough situation for a team that has had more than its share of issues the last couple years.