Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has suffered a torn meniscus in his right knee, according to many reports this week. NFL rumors are now circulating that Peterson could be out for an extended period, or the entire season, with his status for Week 3 still uncertain.
The recent injury is bad news for the Vikings and Peterson, who is already coming off a major left knee injury and surgery in both his ACL and MCL ligaments, in 2011. The recent injury is in the same area as his previous injuries.
“We’re going through the evaluation process,” Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer stated in a press conference, via USA Today. Zimmer also was silent about Peterson’s status against the Carolina Panthers in Week 3. “We’re not going to be the only team in the league to have injuries. It’s just part of professional football.”
A major injury to the 31-year-old Peterson is a scary one for the Vikings, which already lost Teddy Bridgewater to a season-ending injury in the preseason. Minnesota acquired QB Sam Bradford in a controversial trade to try to save their season and still contend for a Super Bowl title.
According to reports, Peterson has some options at this point, to play through the injury or have surgery to fix the meniscus. The current NFL rumors are that Peterson could miss up to 10 weeks if he decides not to play through it.
The Vikings are currently 2-0 this season after beating the Tennessee Titans and Green Bay Packers in their first two games. Peterson struggled in both games registering just 31 yards against the Titans and 19 yards against the Packers.
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