Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson to have surgery on torn meniscus

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson informs ESPN that he will undergo surgery on his torn meniscus Thursday.

There was a lot of speculation surrounding the injury to Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson after he was carried off the field Sunday night. He was later seen in the locker room after the game in a support sleeve and on crutches. 

It was originally reported that he had a torn meniscus, but even that was vague as the degree to which the meniscus was torn was not specified. Some players have been able to continue to play with a torn meniscus, while others have had to miss prolonged periods of time. 

Some clarity surfaced Wednesday morning as the running back told ESPN that he had what is called a “bucket handle tear,” which means he’ll be out anywhere between three to six months. Peterson went on to tell ESPN that he will undergo surgery on Thursday and will be “doing it with faith and optimism.” 

The Vikings are heading down south to take on the Carolina Panthers this Sunday where they will likely use a combination of Jerick McKinnon and Matt Asiata to fill the void left by Peterson. 

“I’ve got all the confidence in the world in them,” QB Sam Bradford said. “They’re very talented. I’m not worried about that.”


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