Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson remains in "severe" pain four days after taking a hit to the outside of his left knee, he said on Wednesday.
Because of that pain, Peterson convinced renowned surgeon Dr. James Andrews to move up the surgery date from next Tuesday to this Friday after the hit he took in the third quarter of last Saturday's game against the Washington Redskins left him with a torn anterior cruciate ligament, torn medial collateral ligament and damage to the medial and lateral meniscus.
With no damage to the surrounding cartilage, the Vikings expect an eight- to nine-month recovery period and are hoping Peterson can return for the start of the 2012 season, according to head athletic trainer Eric Sugarman.
"We expect most people to recover from this injury in eight to nine months, and instead of comparing Adrian to any other player at any level that's had an anterior cruciate ligament – and they happen every day – I would really like Adrian to stand on his own merit because Adrian, I feel, is very unique," Sugarman said on Monday when explaining the injury. "If there's anyone who's going to be able to recover from this injury, it's Adrian Peterson. You may ask why. It's because Adrian has a great work ethic.
"Adrian has the DNA to heal quickly, which he has shown in the past. He certainly will have the desire and the mental toughness to be able to get through the rehab process, which will take months and months, as you know. So, I think if anyone can get better quickly and safely in that time period, it would be Adrian Peterson."
Peterson said he will conduct his rehab in Minnesota.
Peterson had 12 carries for 38 yards when he left last Saturday's game. He also had a 1-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. It was Peterson's second game back after missing three contests because of a high ankle sprain (left). He finished this season with 970 yards rushing, the first time in his five-year career that he won't reach the 1,000-yard mark.
GREENWAY SEES 'REAL PROBLEMS' OF THE WORLD
Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway was named the Vikings Community Man of the Year for his involvement with numerous charities. One of Greenway's favorite events allowed him to offer support to about 80 mothers in need at a Tender Heart luncheon this summer.
"All (of them were) moms that have had kids that have gone through terrible things, whether it be illness or tragedy or loss and get them all together," Greenway said. "It started out as just a brunch/luncheon and just talking amongst each other. Then, I opened (up) the mic to these women, and they just spilled out their guts about what they had gone through. It was to each other; it wasn't for a camera, it wasn't for anything like that. It was just to each other.
"To see them interact with each other, knowing that they were talking amongst a room of women who knew exactly what they were talking about and didn't have to speak around subjects or not tell exactly how it was – the trials and tribulations of their families through the process, money loss, job loss. There's just so many things that affect families in the metro area and all across the country, just that and to hear them openly speak about it was pretty impressive. There's some crazy strength about a mom who has a kid going through something like that, and you could see it that day."
Greenway said having two daughters helps give him perspective on the world outside of football.
"There are bigger things out there than our problems. People have real problems other than playing the Cover-2 (defense) correctly," Greenway said. "It's real problems in life. We try to realize those and try to help as much as we can."
HARVIN THE 'GOOD GUY'
Wide receiver Percy Harvin has taken on more of a leadership role. He has been cited by Vikings coach Leslie Frazier several times for being a team leader. On Wednesday, the media covering the Vikings named Harvin the Korey Stringer Good Guy Award recipient for his cooperation with the media this year.
"One of the big things, just talking to a lot of successful guys, is reaching out to the media and the fans, and I think in this game, as far as entertainment, fans are one of the biggest things you can have, especially with us having the rough the season we're having this year. Our fans have been tremendous to us. Just to be able to reach out to them and let them know what's going on is a big plus," Harvin said.
"... Last year it was kind of Brett (Favre), and we had a bunch of things going on. This year, I kind of wanted to settle in and teach a lot of things I was taught by those guys – Sid (Rice) and a lot of the guys who departed here. One of the big things they said was be a man. When you stand up, people can appreciate that more. So win or lose, I tried always to be there to let people know what was going on."
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