The Minnesota Vikings placed star running back Adrian Peterson on injured reserve Friday following surgery Thursday to fix his torn meniscus, the team announced.
National Football League teams can pull one player off injured reserve per season, so the Vikings would be able to activate the leading rusher in franchise history sometime down the stretch if he were to heal swiftly.
Peterson had 31 carries for 50 yards in the first two games of the 2016 season.
ESPN reporter Josina Anderson interviewed Peterson on Wednesday and was told he has what is known as a "bucket handle tear" and could be out for 3-4 months. Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said he will have surgery on his hip and could be out for the year.
"When Adrian is in the game, everyone is loading the box, trying to stop the run, which gives us a lot of one-on-one matchups on the outside", Bradford said Wednesday. This team has gone from 3-13 to 11-5 in two seasons under the coaching regime of Mike Zimmer. He led the league in rushing a year ago and won the league MVP award in 2012 with 2,097 yards on the ground. With Sam Bradford returning at a cap charge of $17 million, and decisions looming on players such as Sharrif Floyd and Xavier Rhodes, it would be a remarkable show of faith, and possibly of cap gymnastics, to bring back Peterson following surgery at age 32 on the option year.
That's a matter for another day, though. Jerick McKinnon will start at Carolina. "I think they're both different types of runners, but I think the combination of the two can help us", Zimmer said.
"I have great confidence in Aaron", McCarthy said before practice Wednesday when asked how his veteran quarterback bounces back from subpar games. "I think that makes a difference for him that maybe it comes easier in the game".
Already without quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, who went down with a massive knee injury on August 30 during a routine practice drill, the Vikings must also move on without their starting left tackle, Matt Kalil. Signs of decline have begun to show since before the injury, and considering how expensive it is to keep him around, maybe he won't play another game for the Vikings unless he's back from his injury this season.
"Adrian Peterson had a successful lateral meniscus fix this morning", the team said. T.J. Clemmings will move over from the right side to replace him. We don't know what the Vikings offense will look like sans-Peterson, but the offense that took the field with him wasn't anything worth replicating. "We're planning on going with what we've got".
But the Vikings were struggling mightily in the game even with the NFL's defending rushing champion and it's on the offensive line to change that. Over his final seven starts for the Eagles, Bradford completed 68 percent of his passes for 1,959 yards (280 per game), threw 10 touchdowns and four interceptions at 7.6 YPA, and registered a 97 quarterback rating.