The Minnesota Vikings have released a statement on September 22, 2016 following surgery on the knee of the team’s star running back Adrian Peterson.
Last night, rumors were swirling about the extent of damage that was done the knee of Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson during the week 2 game against the Green Bay Packers.
Adam Schefter and others at ESPN were reporting that there was additional damage done to the tissue and ligaments surrounding the meniscus that would require a longer time of healing and could even be career threatening.
The Minnesota Vikings quickly took to their media outlets to refute these claims. Since there were so many conflicting reports at the time, The Viking Age decided to wait until after the procedure was done to find out what the report was and how things went.
Thankfully, the team issued a statement on their official website not only declaring the surgery a success but detailing what procedure was done, what additional damage was found, and what the next step in recovery is.
Here is that statement as shared on Vikings.com:
"“Adrian Peterson had a successful lateral meniscus repair this morning. The surgery was performed by team physician Chris Larson at Twin Cities Orthopedics. There were no additional injuries or issues noted in or surrounding the knee joint during the surgical procedure. The rehabilitation process will begin immediately.”"
While Adrian Peterson has been documented to heal at incredible rates in the past, it would be best for the star running back to be sure to get back to 100% before hitting the football field again. That means Peterson could miss the entirety of the 2016 NFL season if that is the needed timeframe.
There is still hope that he could return in time for the playoffs if the Minnesota Vikings can reach that point without him. Leaning on a rushing attack with Jerick McKinnon, Matt Asiata, and the newly signed Ronnie Hillman, Minnesota will need to adjust their plan of attack going forward.
It is great to hear that the surgery was a success, no additional damage was found, and Adrian Peterson can get to work on rehabilitation. He has been a key piece of the Minnesota Vikings offense for many years and would be a valuable asset during the 2016 season.