Adrian Peterson has sports hernia surgery
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
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
In the final few weeks of the season, Peterson acknowledged
playing through an abdominal injury, but never let on just how much
it was bothering him.
On Thursday, the Vikings disclosed he had undergone surgery in
Philadelphia to repair the hernia.
”We expect a speedy recovery with no long-term concerns,” the
team said in a statement on its website.
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
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,
still working to get the scar tissue to break up and restore the
flexion and cutting ability in his knee.
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.
His recovery, coupled with the playoff berth and 2,097 yards
rushing, helped Peterson easily win the MVP award over Denver
Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning. He was also selected the
league’s offensive player of the year in a season in which he
scored 12 touchdowns, had eight runs of 40 yards or more and
averaged 6.0 yards per carry.
Playing through the injury, which is a tear in the abdominal
muscles that can cause severe pain in the pelvic and groin area and
hinder a player’s ability to run and cut, only adds to Peterson’s
While many other players have found it too difficult to play
with a sports hernia, Peterson only appeared to be slowed by the
injury in one game, when he sat out much of the fourth quarter of a
decisive victory over Houston in Week 16.
Toby Gerhart finished up the game, and Peterson said later that
his abdomen was too sore to continue playing. He rebounded with the
monster game against Green Bay the following week and even played
in the Pro Bowl with the injury.
Peterson isn’t expected to be out much more than a month, giving
him ample time to get back into his workouts and get ready for next
One of his best blockers is looking at a longer recovery time.
Vikings center John Sullivan had microfracture surgery on his left
knee, a procedure that requires a three- to four-month
rehabilitation program. Sullivan, who made a push for a Pro Bowl
spot in his fifth season, is expected to be ready for training camp
in August. The surgery was first reported by 1500espn.com.
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