Peterson positive

"There are people out there who have worse-case scenarios than me. There's people overseas that are getting shot at and bombs thrown at them. This is something that happens. I mean, I play a rough, physical sport and things like that happen. But a lot of people have it worse than I do. I'm going to stay positive. The best thing about it is I can come back and be stronger than ever. So, there's always positive out of the negative." --- Julian Peterson

Q: What's the initial prognosis on your torn Achilles tendon?

Peterson: They said it really wasn't that bad of a tear or anything like that. So they say I should come back pretty much stronger than I was before.

Q: You showed a lot of leadership by coming back onto the sidelines after your injury and trying to go to midfield for the overtime coin toss.

Peterson: I came out there to support my teammates. I was a captain before the game, so I'm going to go out there and continue to be a captain. My guys are still out there. And that's the biggest thing, they came out there and showed a lot of character (against Arizona). A lot of them said they were going to come back and do something big for me. And they did. A lot of people stepped up. They showed a lot of character to come out there and prove themselves. I think it's a big step for a young team.

Q: You looked pretty excited out there leading cheers. Were you forgetting you were injured?

Peterson: I mean, I was just getting into the game and I was cheering my guys on. I think they do the same for me when I'm out there. I tell all the guys who can't suit up or are injured (that) I got their backs, because I know they'll have mine if I was down. So I guess all of them felt the same way when they saw me go down, and they came out and played strong.

Q: What happened with the injury?

Peterson: I think this particular time, I just got hit in the right spot. I've been getting leg-whipped plenty of years where I had bruises instead of tears. But this particular time, something tore. I think I pretty much got hit and that ruptured it, and then when I landed down on it that was it right there.

Q: As far as injuries go, is this sort of a worst-case scenario?

Peterson: It is, it is a worst-case scenario. But I think everything will happen in a positive way for me. I think I'm ready to support my players now, to show how much I'm committed to my players. That's all I care about doing this season now. I can only hope for the best for next year now (as far as playing again).

Q: It seems like you are taking this situation pretty well.

Peterson: You've got to. There are people out there who have worse-case scenarios than me. There's people overseas that are getting shot at and bombs thrown at them. This is something that happens. I mean, I play a rough, physical sport and things like that happen. But a lot of people have it worse than I do. I'm going to stay positive. The best thing about it is I can come back and be stronger than ever. So, there's always positive out of the negative.

Q: Was it difficult to believe when they told you what the injury was?

Peterson: I really couldn't (believe it). I wanted to at least try one more time, but the doctor told me to put that out. He knows more than I do. It's all right, though. All I can do is pray about it. My family out there, they're supporting me and all. So it's cool. I'm all right. I'm holding my head up.

Q: Is it going to be hard to watch this defense without you in it the rest of the season?

Peterson: It is. But our team is going to go out there and they're going to continue to learn and get better. We have Brandon Moore, and we have a nice rotation at linebacker. This gives them a chance to showcase their talents. Saleem (Rasheed) was drafted very high and he has a lot of talent, too. His position on the field was me. So now you can kind of showcase his talents, and the same with Brandon. It's going to be great.

Q: You were having such a great season to this point. Does that make this even more disappointing?

Peterson: You know, it happens. It happened my second year when I got a high ankle (sprain) in the last play of a preseason game. Stuff like that happens. You can't do anything about it. There's a reason for everything. There's probably a reason I went out, just to help some of the younger guys get in that rotation and show some of their talents. I'm disappointed, but it's other people that have to work for me now. So I can't complain.


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