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RB Adrian Peterson - Minnesota Vikings

6-0, 220Born: 3-21-1985College: OklahomaDrafted: Round 1, pick 7

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Adrian Peterson suffered a meniscus injury in Week 2. He has opted for a meniscus repair surgery, and will likely be out the rest of the season.

News you need to know

From Mark Wimer's Monday injury report (Mon Sep 26): Peterson landed on IR due to his torn meniscus cartilage (in his knee) - the tear was surgically repaired and he may be able to return if the Vikings make it into the post-season, but Peterson is expected to miss all of regular season.

General News (Tue Sep 27): is focused solely on playing again this season, according to a report from Pro Football Talk.

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Recent Stats and Projections

1 at TEN 38 19 31 0 2 0 0 0 0 3.1
2 vs GB 34 12 19 0 3 2 7 0 0 2.6
3 at CAR 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 vs NYG PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 0 * * * *
4 vs NYG PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 0 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2016 Week 2 vs GB (12 / 19 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 7 / 0 rec)

Peterson had an awful game even before he was forced from it with a right knee injury in the third quarter. A Monday morning MRI revealed a torn meniscus, which one would imagine will keep Peterson out at least a week. That said, head coach Mike Zimmer wouldn't shut him down yet. As hard as it is to imagine him playing, Peterson is a physical freak. The question is, then, will he do more harm than good? Because as far as football goes, Peterson has not been effective. The offensive line is not opening holes for him and unlike in years past, Peterson has not been able to overcome that. He was struggling again on Sunday against a tough Green Bay defensive line. Even if he is healthy, he has underwhelmed so far.

2016 Week 1 vs TEN (19 / 31 / 0 rush, 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

With Shaun Hill under center, the Tennessee Titans decided to stack the box and focus on Adrian Peterson. It started out badly with 20 yards in the first half and then went downhill from there. Along with the constant pressure in the box, the offensive line continued to struggle to open up running lanes for Peterson and he was swarmed on nearly every carry. After a while, Peterson seemed to start overthinking the plays and was slower to the hole than he normally is. He knew the lanes were closing swiftly and seemed to be stuck trying to think too far ahead as to what he would do when that occurred. With Sam Bradford under center next week--which it would be surprising if he wasn't--Peterson should see less stacked boxes but he needs to run with confidence and authority like we know he can.


Latest News

Vikings | Adrian Peterson focused on 2016 return (Mon Sep 26, 12:25 PM) - Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (knee) is focused solely on playing again this season, according to a report from Pro Football Talk.

Our View: Peterson is known as a quick healer, but this knee injury should knock him out for three months at least. That means Peterson would be back around playoff time. The way the Vikings are playing (currently 3-0), it seems like they're on track to make a deep postseason run. Getting Peterson back at that time would certainly boost the offense.
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Vikings | Adrian Peterson hopes for rapid recovery (Sat Sep 24, 06:50 PM) - Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (knee) has told people in and around the organization that he believes he can be ready to play when he is eligible to be activated from the Reserve/Injured list in eight weeks, according to sources.

Our View: Peterson is already known as a quick healer, so we wouldn't be shocked to see him back sooner than expected. It is believed that it will take at least one month before doctors will be able to tell whether an expedited return for Peterson is possible.
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Vikings | Adrian Peterson officially placed on IR (Fri Sep 23, 03:17 PM) - Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (knee) was officially placed on injured reserve Friday, September 23.

Our View: Peterson could return for the late season/playoffs with a 3-4 month timeline, but we wouldn't carry him in hopes of that. The Vikings run blocking was horrendous and Peterson was ineffective. It's hard to see the situation changing greatly by December/January. Jerick McKinnon will take over with Matt Asiata also playing a large role in the Vikings backfield.

Vikings | Adrian Peterson has surgery (Thu Sep 22, 10:14 AM) - Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (knee) had successful surgery to repair his torn lateral meniscus in his knee Thursday, Sept. 22. There were no additional injuries in or surrounding the knee joint.

Our View: The Vikings are still hopeful he can come back for at least the playoffs, but they have to make it there first. Expect a lot of Stefon Diggs passes and a split between Jerick McKinnon and Matt Asiata—both of whom are decent flex plays. Asiata is a better touchdown-heavy league option, while McKinnon is solid in PPR formats. It's a bad matchup overall, so don't count on them as more than RB3 or so.
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Vikings | Adrian Peterson didn't tear LCL? (Wed Sep 21, 05:28 PM) - Updating a previous report, Minnesota Vikings officials say that RB Adrian Peterson (knee) does not have a torn lateral collateral ligament, but other sources have said that he does have a torn ligament.

Our View: No matter the extent of the injury, fantasy owners should not be counting on Peterson. He could miss the rest of the year, or at very least he could miss most of the remaining regular season. There is a small hope he could return for the playoffs according to early reports.
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