After sustaining his second major knee injury of his career during week two against the Packers, the 31-year old and future hall of fame running back, Adrian Peterson's, career is in jeopardy. About halfway through the third quarter during a Sunday Night Football game in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Adrian Peterson fell to the ground grasping his knee that sent all fans of the NFL silent with fear. He was carted off the field and was ruled out for the remainder of the game. They continued to do tests on his knee the rest of the night as the Vikings went on to win their first game ever at U.S. Bank Stadium.
News was released last Wednesday that Peterson tore his right meniscus and that it will require surgery. The team also announced that he had a torn LCL and that it also needing to be surgically repaired. After a successful surgery, the usual timetable for return is 3-4 months. Looking at his age, a recovery may take much longer. He was placed on the injury reserve, hopeful for a return in the playoffs if the Vikings make it. On Saturday, Peterson said that he is determined to make a comeback this season. Now everyone is wondering if the 7-time pro bowler will live up to his words and make a triumphant return this year or if he will never play again.
The Vikings signed former Denver Bronco running back, Ronnie Hillman to a one year deal as a result of the absence of Peterson. The Vikings said Tuesday that they want Peterson to retire as a Viking. This could mean that the Vikings do not expect him to ever return. Things do not look good for the Vikings star as he battles his way back from this devastating injury.
Adrian Peterson has already came back from a torn ACL in 2011 and had his MVP season the following year, why can’t he do that again? Peterson is one of the best running backs of all time and no one wants to see his career end this way. Peterson is determined to not only get back onto the field, but to also make an impact like he always has. So, yes, we will see Adrian Peterson step back onto the football field again, it just might take a little bit of time.