Adrian Peterson has sports hernia surgery
BY JON KRAWCZYNSKI Associated Press
Friday, February 08, 2013
2/08/13 at 5:54 AM
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. - Adrian Peterson put up one of the best seasons by a running back in NFL history to run away with the MVP award.
Now imagine what he could do if he was actually fully healthy.
Peterson had surgery on Thursday to repair a sports hernia in his abdomen, an injury that bothered him for much of the last month of the season while he came up just 8 yards short of Eric Dickerson's single-season rushing record.
It was an incredible season nonetheless, considering he had surgery to repair two torn ligaments in his left knee the previous December.
On Thursday, the Vikings disclosed he had undergone surgery to repair the hernia.
"We expect a speedy recovery with no long-term concerns," the team said in a statement.
Considering Peterson recovered from a significant knee injury faster than anyone can ever remember a running back doing so, bouncing back from his latest procedure shouldn't slow him down too much.
Peterson tore his ACL against the Redskins in December 2011, then set to work on a rehab program that surprised almost everyone in getting him back on the field for the season opener in 2012.
He was somewhat limited in his first few weeks of the season, but once he broke loose, he was nearly unstoppable. Peterson topped 200 yards twice in the final five weeks of the season and hit 199 in the season-ending victory over the Green Bay Packers that carried the Vikings into the playoffs.