Before Vikings Head Coach Leslie Frazier fielded questions at his customary Monday afternoon press conference, he introduced Vikings Head Athletic Trainer Eric Sugarman to the assembled media and had Sugarman further explain the injury sustained by RB Adrian Peterson. Sugarman also remained at the podium to field questions from reporters regarding Peterson’s injury and the protocol going forward.
You can watch Monday’s press conference by clicking here, but in the event you can’t watch video of the press conference I’ll leave you a few important notes right here on the blog…
– As you’ve heard by now, Peterson did tear the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his left knee and he also suffered a tear to the medial-collateral ligament (MCL) in the left knee. He also has some injury to both the medial and lateral meniscus in the knee. That’s obviously the bad news. The good news is that posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) is normal and so is the lateral-collateral ligament (LCL). And most importantly, Sugarman said, is that all the chondral surface in Peterson’s knee is also non-injured, which is a very positive aspect of this injury.
– Currently, Peterson is in Minnesota and he’ll be rehabbing at Winter Park, with the goal being to restore the range of motion in his left knee, decrease the swelling and keep the quadriceps strong in order to prepare him for surgery. Peterson will undergo surgery with a to-be-determined surgeon in the next 7-10 days.
– After the surgery, the Vikings expect that Peterson will rehab with the club and that recovery time will be in the range of 8-9 months.
– “Adrian is, I feel, very unique,” Sugarman said. “If there was anyone that is going to be able to recover from this injury, it’s Adrian Peterson, and you may ask why, and it’s because Adrian has a great work ethic. Adrian has the DNA to heal quickly, which he has shown in the past. He certainly will have the desire and the mental toughness to be able to get through the rehab process, which will take months and months as you know, so I think if anyone can get better quickly and safely in that time period, it would be Adrian Peterson.”
– Sugarman was careful to make clear that Peterson’s status and the timeline on his recovery are subject to change.
– As for whether Peterson could be ready to go for the 2012 season, Sugarman said: “We are going to hold the goal to have him ready for the first game. Although I ask the permission to please let Coach Frazier update that process as we go through the protocol. The goal is around 8-9 months, around 8 months is going to probably be our first game. So we do think the potential is to have him ready for the beginning portion of next season, so that is going to be our goal.”
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