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Vikings’ Adrian Peterson Expected to Have Surgery Thursday

Adrian Peterson (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Peterson suffered a torn meniscus in Week 2 against the Packers, likely out months.

The misfortune just keeps on coming for the snake-bitten Vikings. Seemingly having steadied the ship after losing Teddy Bridgewater to a catastrophic knee injury, running back Adrian Peterson has been diagnosed with a torn meniscus. He is expected to have surgery Thursday. Peterson underwent an MRI on Monday to evaluate the extent of a knee injury he suffered on Sunday Night Football against the Green Bay Packers, and the tests revealed the tear.

Originally, it was thought that the injury might not be as bad as it looked. Peterson’s wife said Monday that he was already walking without assistance. Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer went so far as to say it was possible Peterson could play Sunday against the Carolina Panthers. He explained that Peterson’s injury had “calmed down” and said he was unsure how much time Peterson might miss, if any.

According to ESPN’s Josina Anderson, however, Peterson suffered a “bucket handle tear” of the meniscus. The expected recovery time following surgery is a minimum of three to four months. It could, however, take as long as six months for a full recovery.

When the future Hall of Fame running back was taken out the 17-14 win over the Packers, he was unable to put any weight on his right leg. He was helped from the field and examined on the sideline. He then made his way to the locker room for further evaluation with assistance. After the game, Peterson left the locker room in a brace and on crutches.

Peterson suffered tears of his ACL and MCL in Week 16 of the 2011 season. He returned to the field for Week 1 in 2012. It was an unbelievable recovery. Peterson finished the 2012 season with 2,097 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns, which earned him MVP honors.

The Vikings’ opponents have been selling out to stop the run this season, limiting Peterson’s production. He gained 31 yards on 19 carries against the Titans in Week 1, and 19 yards on 12 carries against the Packers.

With AP out, Jerick McKinnon and Matt Asiata will likely split the workload at running back. Asiata has just 18 yards on seven carries this season. McKinnon has carried the ball three times for eight yards. Last season, Asiata finished with 112 yards on 29 carries, and McKinnon had 271 yards on 52 carries.

The Vikings continue their uphill battle, however. They have the daunting task of facing the Panthers this week in Carolina.

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