Peterson facing long recovery

  • Article by: DAN WIEDERER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 26, 2011 - 10:22 AM

Did this one fluke play in a meaningless game late in a terrible season signal a premature decline for one of the most electric playmakers in team history?

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beepDec. 25, 11 9:23 PM

I have every confidence Peterson will be back. He has the attitude of a competitor and that is incredibly important. And remember Culpepper took his rehab in a strip mall in Orlando rather than where the Vikings staff told him too. Huge difference between Culpepper and Peterson.

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dhlavacDec. 25, 11 9:28 PM

AP is a phenomenal athlete and a pillar of sportsmanship in the league. He certainly has the determination to come back from this injury - whether his body will cooperate is another matter. I have no doubt he will approach rehab the way he approaches the game - with dedication, strength and a ton of passion. Get well soon, AD - not for the fans, but for yourself and your family.

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kdawg1959Dec. 25, 11 9:41 PM

Attitude means nothing!! Good BYE AP!! He has MILLIONS!

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stevemktoDec. 25, 11 9:44 PM

If anyone can come back from this kind of injury, Adrian can. He has the heart of a lion.

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cjholdenDec. 25, 1110:04 PM

I runs much deeper than AP's injury, and the fact this happened to AP made me sick to my stomach. I've been dialed into the Vikings for years, and a die hard fan. Its embarrassing to watch a team squander such talent lead by Frazier and his incompetent staff this year. The Vikings are one of the worst coached teams in the NFL. Period. Don't take my opinion on it either, watch ESPN, listen to sports talk radio. They all sing the same tune. There is a pattern. The team needs new direction. Remove Frazier and put a coach that actually leads his team-inspires. I've seen Tim Tebow-the kid has more leadership on the field than what I see on camera with the Vikings. I love the Vikings, I really do. Frazier can't perform, can't inspire his team, throw's away a once-in-a generation running back, and yet he smiles on the post game interview. Embarrassing.

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cjholdenDec. 25, 1110:11 PM

An injury like this could have been prevented. AP should have been sidelined with his ankle sprain until the 2012' season. Costly mistake, and not just for his team, but for his fans, and for his career.

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bobajoulDec. 25, 1110:12 PM

Culpepper's injury involved the PCL, which combined with the ACL was a much worse injury. He will be back. Likely will not see the old AP until 2014 however. Webb deserves a good look, Ponder has regressed. Time to let him sit the next game, let JW have another start.

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ddellwoDec. 25, 1110:15 PM

It's hard to believe what has happened to this team in two short years.....:( Guess this rules out any chance that the Vikings would trade him for a slew of draft picks with which they could rebuild this organization -- AP will now be with this team for the foreseeable future.

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hakestermanDec. 25, 1110:25 PM

Adrian Peterson will fully recover, just alittle bump in the road. He has the mental and physical strength, he's a beast. There was no real reason for him to be in the game, but it didn't help that the defensive player took a cheap shot at his knee. Alot of jealous players out there, i guess you got to watch your back 24/7 in football.

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kennyrogersDec. 25, 1110:31 PM

Agree about the cheap shot, Hakester. Gotta blame the Redskins for panicking about getting beat by the team with the worst record in the league. Shanahan looked absolutely outraged on TV and probably had the team pumped up to a fever pitch. That is why an unknown defensive back deliberately dived at the knees of a superstar running back. London Fletcher launched helmet to helmet on Ponder on the very next play to knock him out of the game also and that proves it beyond a shadow of a doubt. Indisputable evidence can be seen on the replays all over the internet.

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