When Adrian Peterson first lit up the NFL during his rookie season, NFL analysts warned Vikings fans that his running style would lead to the light burning out faster than anyone could imagine.

After what Peterson did following his 2011 knee surgery, however, some might suggest he should go under the knife every year.

On Thursday, Peterson had surgery to repair a sports hernia that first popped up (out?) during the Vikings week 10 game against the Lions.  Of course, it didn’t seem to slow him down at all.  In those final seven games, Peterson rushed for 1,068 yards and fell just nine yards short of the all-time record for rushing yard in a season.

The pain got to Peterson and he was regularly held out of weekly practices during that time.  He received a cortisone shot before his week 13 game against the Packers and described his pain level as a “10 on a scale of 10” during the week 16 game against the Texans.

Each week it just got worse and worse and worse,” said Peterson.  “I kept thinking to myself why is this happening and why now. With everything that I was going through with my knee I just said to myself I am not going to let this bring me down. I just focused on doing my rehab, getting rest and continuing to play.”

Peterson went on to admit that he felt he could have performed even better, and possibly broke the rushing record, had it not been for the injury.

“It definitely impacted my play,”  He said.  “I wasn’t 100 percent, but I wanted to win a championship. I wasn’t going to stop or quit. I made a decision to keep going. I don’t want to make it seem like the sports hernia made me miss it. I could have done it with the injury. All I can say is that I would have had better performances.”

Peterson said that he was given a timeline of about three or four weeks before he can do a full workout.  In other words, we will probably be hearing about Peterson going through his first full workout in a week and a half.

This injury will just add to the legend that Peterson’s 2012 performance has already become, and it shouldn’t hinder him at all moving forward.

Adam Warwas (Founder) is a case study in how the human male can allow a hobby to turn into a life-consuming obsession. After serving for about three years as the Editor at Vikings Gab, he decided to branch off on his own and start Vikings Territory, hoping someone might accidentally visit the site from time to time. Now, he is thrilled to present you with one of the most comprehensive and analytical Vikings sites that you are going to find. More than anything, he hopes you enjoy reading VT as much as he enjoys putting it together.


  1. Adam, how much trouble are the Vikings going to be in now? They never listed AD as not practicing from week 10 to week 15. AD said this in one article I read. This is from FOX Sports…(Peterson told Anderson that after the team’s bye in Week 11 he was a limited participant in practices though he was listed as full participant until he showed up on the report with the abdominal injury. Over the final four weeks, including the playoffs, Peterson was listed as a full participant just once and was held out six times.)

    • I don’t think it’ll be an issue, but I am looking into it. The timeline, who knew what, et al. I doubt they get into any trouble though, to answer your original question.

      • Cool, When i read the article, I started thinking, this isn’t going to be good. I don’t want the VIkings to loose any draft picks.

        • loose any draft picks? cmon
          – Ed Reed wasn’t on the injury list for more than six weeks in baltimore some point last season and all ravens got was a fine of, I think 20,000 so I really really doubt the would come harder down if Minnesota somehow listed the injury report wrong.


Leave a Reply