Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has a torn meniscus in his right knee, coach Mike Zimmer said in a radio interview (link via Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press). It’s not immediately clear how long Peterson could be sidelined for and Zimmer did not rule out that Peterson might be able to play on Sunday against the Panthers.
Peterson went down in the third quarter of Sunday’s 17-14 win over the rival Packers. The Vikings managed to win in their real U.S. Bank Stadium debut, but it was a bittersweet W after Peterson went down.
As Tomasson notes, a torn meniscus is not necessarily a season-ender. Chris Johnson claims to have played much of the 2013 season with a torn meniscus and he ran for 1,077 yards that season. Of course, after Peterson struggled through the first two games of the 2016 season, it’s fair to wonder how productive the 2012 MVP can be if he plays through the injury.
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