The Minnesota Vikings need to prepare as they will face the toughest test come Sunday when they meet the Carolina Panthers. Rumors are swirling that the Vikings will sign former Broncos running back Ronnie Hillman to let go of Adrian Peterson.
According to ESPN, Peterson will undergo a surgery Thursday to repair his torn meniscus that he got during their match against the Green Bay Packers. Vikings coach Mike Zimmer stated that there are many possibilities after the surgery. As they keep an open mind, the Vikings sign Hillman.
Zimmer noted that they took in Hillman as the timetable of recovery for Peterson is unknown and could very well miss the rest of the season. Doctors explained that they could not issue any statement as they will still have to check the damage.
“Everything is possible,” Zimmer said. “Could be season-ending, could be three weeks, four weeks. Who knows?”
Peterson injured his knee when he twisted it as it stuck under the upper leg of Packers Kyler Fackrell. With the play, Peterson left with 3:32 to play in the third quarter. The 31-year old standout from the University of Oklahoma assisted by team trainers out of the field. He was later seen with a large black brace on his knee, that tells the seriousness of the injury.
With Peterson indefinitely out, the Vikings are looking at Jerick McKinnon and Matt Asiata to start this Sunday. The Vikings add Hillman as insurance if both running backs fail to do at a level Zimmer expects.
The 25-year old native of Long Beach, California had started 10 games with the Broncos. The team released Hillman in Sept. months after he re-signed with the team worth $2 million. Hillman practiced with the San Diego Chargers before he opted to sign with the Vikings.
Playing for the Broncos, Hillman had a total 1,845 rushing yards with 431 yards on the receiving end. Hillman also has eight fumbles and three lots but what Zimmer is looking at him is his experience. With his resume, Zimmer finds Hillman more reliable as he could start and have McKinnon and Asista as backups.
Zimmer knows that the Peterson injury gives them another setback at the start of this season. But he stated that they will continue to draw inspiration to what they have achieved last year and not be dragged by the incidents that happened. Aside from Peterson, the Vikings also lost starting quarterback Teddy Bridgewater in a non-contact injury in training camp.
“They’re resilient. They’re tough. They’re competitive,” Zimmer said. “Obviously we’ve had a few setbacks, but I think we can go back to last year and think about some of the things that happened. We’re not the type of team that’s going to sit back and cry about what’s happened. We’re going to go forward. Try, like I’ve said before, to find a way.”
The Vikings are riding high with a 2-0 record and they want to continue their run. Come Sunday the Vikings will face one tough test against the Panthers. With some different pieces in place, the Vikings hope that Hillman would be able to help them.
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