Adrian Peterson will go under the knife on Thursday to fix the tear in his meniscus, as Josina Anderson of ESPN.com tweets. The running back has what is known as a “bucket handle tear,” which means that he will require a more aggressive surgery option than initially planned. Anderson hears that means he’ll be out for a minimum of three-to-four months and as long as six months.
Peterson’s injury is devastating news for the Vikings, particularly after they went all-in by trading for Sam Bradford in the wake of Teddy Bridgewater‘s season-ending injury. With Peterson out, the Vikings will turn to Jerick McKinnon and Matt Asiata in the backfield. McKinnon has shown flashes of freaky athleticism, but he is not the most advanced blocker or pass catcher out there. It’s possible that the Vikings could look out-of-house for RB options, but they should have a well-balanced attack between McKinnon and Asiata.
Peterson, 31, missed the majority of the 2014 season but bounced back last year to run for 1,485 yards and 11 touchdowns. He also added 30 receptions for 222 yards.
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