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

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.

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

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,

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

breathtaking season.

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

season.

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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