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Vikings Head Athletic Trainer Eric Sugarman Speaks On Peterson’s Knee Injury

Posted by Mike Wobschall on December 26, 2011 – 3:33 pm

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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47 Responses to “Vikings Head Athletic Trainer Eric Sugarman Speaks On Peterson’s Knee Injury”

  1. By Deertracks on Dec 26, 2011 | Reply

    The goal is for that great player to heal…Then think about when he plays again…

    Viking Team: Gather around Peterson and give him the Viking Fans BEST WISHES AND GOOD LUCK!!

  2. By TheMontgomery on Dec 26, 2011 | Reply

    Hey, if Wes Welker and Willis McGahee can do it, so can A.P.

    His injury doesn’t need to change our draft picture; we still badly need to restore the offensive line and the secondary, and Gerhart has proven he’s a fine running back (ANYONE in AP’s shadow looks mediocre by comparison).

    Good luck with the recovery, we can’t wait for the team to be back at full strength.

  3. By Saddy on Dec 26, 2011 | Reply

    We are with you AP. If anyone can do it it’s AP. Looking forward to seeing you in 2012.

    On the Draft, If the Vikes win this week I think we will be out of Morris Claiborne as well. Morris claiborne would be good with Antoine and can be a good backfill for Chris Cook until he gets his things settled.

    If Vikes fall to 6th in draft we are going to have a rebuilding season one more time but atleast we might be high enough to get Tyron Honebadger Matthieu in 2013.

  4. By bjohnson on Dec 26, 2011 | Reply

    Hey themontgomery. Welker n wiliss knee injury was not to the extent of petersons. Ap knee is by far worse then theirs was. Ap will still heal up n be ready to plow again it eill just take his dedication he has. Again ap’s is worse then theirs but ap has a bigger heart n better dedication n determination then them

  5. By vike0din on Dec 26, 2011 | Reply

    The number one goal should not be to play him in week one, the number one goal should be getting him to 100% before his cleats are even touched, I will be greatly upset if anything happens to AP because we rushed him, good luck AP, get well at your own rate.

  6. By Viking33 on Dec 26, 2011 | Reply

    I agree Odin – Make sure he is ready to go before he comes back!

  7. By jim on Dec 26, 2011 | Reply

    Hopefully Adrian will have a complete and healthy rehab. I’m glad they have Gerhardt I believe he will prove himself. I never heard of this guy Caleb. Being in NY all I hear about are those 2 teams from New Jersey (not NY). Here’s hoping and praying for the best.

  8. By TITANIUM TITUS on Dec 26, 2011 | Reply

    Yes– Don’t rush it. I wonder if they rushed AP back before his high ankle sprain was completely healed and if he favored that, which somehow affected his running and increased the odds of his current injury. Was that asked?

  9. By vikings4seven on Dec 26, 2011 | Reply

    Truth is he will never be the same adrian anymore. And toby is not the answer. Just add another position that will be undermaned next year. Does it really get any worse? I support JOE WEBB as our QB of the future, not ponder. We do not have the recievers to need a pure passing QB like ponder. We need a versatile threat at all times. Ponder runs for his life, joe runs for yards and TD’s. Ask the eagles.

    PERCY HARVIN and JARED ALLEN thank you for your consistency all year long and always leaving it on the field.

  10. By Kody Wiig on Dec 26, 2011 | Reply

    Dude sorry I think willis knee injury was worse his knee bent ninety degrees wrong way and why was joe webb on the bench this guy deserves a chance and more then likely should have played to start the year how did the coaches not see this talent like a whole diff offense with him

  11. By Beinggrownupsux on Dec 26, 2011 | Reply

    Over paid and over rated. If it wasn’t for old fumble-fingers the Vikings would have beaten the Saints in the NFC Championship and most likely won the Superbowl.

  12. By Shawn on Dec 26, 2011 | Reply

    BJohnsons… This was the report for Welker, so you were wrong there. Now I will look up McGahee

    Initial tests show that New England Patriots receiver Wes Welker tore both the anterior cruciate ligament and medial collateral ligament in his left knee in Sunday’s loss to the Houston Texans, but he is scheduled to undergo more testing Monday, a source close to the situation told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

  13. By Shawn on Dec 26, 2011 | Reply

    bjohnson … wrong again , here is the initial report on McGahee and his was worse than AD AP’s

    He tore the anterior cruciate, posterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments in his knee early in the fourth quarter Friday night, Soldinger said. McGahee will have surgery Sunday, but rehabilitation could sideline him for all or part of next season.

  14. By Shawn on Dec 26, 2011 | Reply

    bjohnson … why do you come here and speak nonsense?

    Welker had the same knee injury and McGahee’s was far worse than Adrian Peterson’s.

    Adrian Peterson will return he might not be a 20 carry back until week 10, but he will be back. On the extreme positive side the Viking team will learn to win without Peterson and then when we get Peterson back LOOK OUT :)

  15. By Viking-ology on Dec 26, 2011 | Reply

    Fellow bloggers-don’t get me wrong, I like Webb, But Gerhart should get the credit for that game more than Webb. Sure he plated well, but he only threw the ball 5 times, Gerhart had 11 carries for over 100 yards. Webb can be a good “keep the defense off-balanced” kind of player, but if he went out there week in week out, the league will catch up to him in a hurry, look at Tebow.

  16. By Viking-ology on Dec 26, 2011 | Reply

    I’ll also remind you “Webb for QB” bloggers about a certain QB named Troy Aikman-he got knocked out of a game early in his carrier (before he was established)and Jason Garret came in the game and threw for 4(FOUR) TD’s. Need I say more about how that turned out? Point being no one knows how Ponder will pan out, but he has played a total of EIGHT games. Next year we will know what we have with Ponder so relax and pray we have a good O-line to protect him!

  17. By Viking-ology on Dec 26, 2011 | Reply

    Speaking of O-line, did it take our best offensive weapon to go down and a cheap shot at our QB to wake them up and protect better, because they were lousy up to that point.

  18. By Viking-ology on Dec 26, 2011 | Reply

    Face it fellow Viking fans, there are a lot of areas we need help in and QB at this point should be the least of the concerns:-/

  19. By KEN on Dec 26, 2011 | Reply

    GODSPEED ADRIAN!!! THIS WAS BOUND TO HAPPEN!! WE HAVE THE MOST INEPT COACHING STAFF AND G.M.IN THE LEAGUE!!! I HAVE BEEN A VIKING FAN FOR OVER 40 YEARS,AND YEAR AFTER YEAR I CONTINUALLY SEE PLAYERS ON THE VIKINGS THAT HAVE LITTLE OR NO TALENT IN KEY POSITIONS!!! THE OFFENSIVE LINE IS HORRIBLE!!! POOR PONDER WILL NOT LAST IF HE CONTINUALLY GETS CRUSHED AS SOON AS HE SAYS HIKE!!!. THE D BACKS ARE OLD AND SLOW!!! THE ZONE D THAT THEY PLAY IS OLD AND NON EFFECTIVE!! BUD GRANT WAS THE GREATEST COACH WE EVER HAD, AND EVEN HE COULD’ NT GET IT DONE WITH 4 SUPER BOWL LOSES!!!! THE 98′ NEAR MISS WAS DUE TO DENNIS GREENS’ STUPIDITY, HAVING THE HIGHEST POINTS SCORED OFFENSE OF HIS TIME,AND WITH OVER A MINUTE LEFT, CHOOSING TO LET THE CLOCK RUN OUT AND HOPING TO WIN IN OT!! I THINK ZIGGY SHOULD CLEAN HOUSE AND FINALLY GET A COACHING STAFF ANS G.M. THAT KNOWS FOOTBALL AND GET PLAYERS WITH TALENT AND DESIRE WHO CAN FINALLY GET US A RING.

  20. By gubber on Dec 26, 2011 | Reply

    I commented three weeks ago that Adrian shouldn’t be playing at anything less that 100% in a bunch of meaningless games. Said the most dangerous thing he should be doing is stepping off a curb until next training camp starts. Eight to nine months hopefully, but no one will really know until the surgeons go in. And again I ask … for what ???

  21. By Dome on Dec 26, 2011 | Reply

    He will never be the same, trade him.

  22. By CaribooBill on Dec 26, 2011 | Reply

    Frazier: Adrian, we’re going to sit you down today.
    AP: Why?
    Frazier: We’re afraid you’ll be hurt!
    AP: What is Zygi’s number?

  23. By TITANIUM TITUS on Dec 26, 2011 | Reply

    Well, by the logic of everyone here, AP should have sat on the bench with a cheerleader pom pom at the halfway mark of the season when it was obvious we were out of the playoffs. So AP should have been sitting for the last 8 games? Because this injury could happen at any SECOND of any game. I do not understand any of the whining except to show some superior wisdom by judging others AFTER THE FACT. Get a grip people. It is what it is. Let him rehabilitate and we go from there.

  24. By Shawn on Dec 27, 2011 | Reply

    Titus .. Im glad someone gets it. Seems to be a few of us that dont blame Frazier for everything. Frazier made the power go out in my neighborhood. Frazier Gave me a flat tire. Frazier missed a tackle. Frazier drank all of my milk. Frazier cheap shotted AP and blew his knee out. Frazier made the dome collapse. Frazier hid my keys. Frazier dropped the pa’ss. Frazier missed a block. Frazier jumped off sides. Frazier made the Colts and Rams have a worse team than us. Frazier was resposible for the Herscel Walker trade. Frazier missed the FG in ’98. Frazier droped the pa’ss in ’87. Frazier threw the pick in ’09. Frazier caused me to misspell stuff.

  25. By Shawn on Dec 27, 2011 | Reply

    A bit hypocritical of about 1/2 the fans want to fire Frazier for losing to the Saints then a week later they want to fire Frazier for beating the Redskins.

    BSAS … where are you? :)

  26. By Shawn on Dec 27, 2011 | Reply

    Titus I also have thought that these “fans” ( using their own logic ( or lack of ) ) must think AP , Jared Allen, Percy, should have been on the inactive list since week 8. because the games according to them became meaningless about that time.

  27. By Shawn on Dec 27, 2011 | Reply

    wait a minute when did Winfield get hurt? was it a meaningless game? Frazier got Winfield hurt !!!!!!!!!!!

  28. By TITANIUM TITUS on Dec 27, 2011 | Reply

    BSAS is going to bed. Been staying up too late the past couple weeks.

  29. By Shawn on Dec 27, 2011 | Reply

    WOW i just realized Frazier got Favre hurt last season in a “meaningless” game … where were all these dopes back then? screaming their stupidity about Peterson playing.

    OF COURSE PETERSON WAS PLAYING !!!!!!!!!!!!!! HES SUPPOSED TO PLAY !!!!!!!!!!!!

  30. By Shawn on Dec 27, 2011 | Reply

    G’night Titus

  31. By Mike R. on Dec 27, 2011 | Reply

    I’m still here Shawn :-)

  32. By gubber on Dec 27, 2011 | Reply

    Shawn and Titus.
    My point was simply to state that you don’t put a very valuable asset in harm’s way for nothing, especially when we have so many other concerns to take care of and when you know he’s not 100%. The last 8 games weren’t meaningless so that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but the last 4 certainly were. With all due respect to Toby Gerhart, who would the Vikings miss more at the start of next season … Adrian or Toby??? I’m certainly not wishing any harm to Toby whatsoever, but one of the Vikings most valuable assets should never have been on the field. It isn’t like we had no runningbacks available !!!

  33. By wacky on Dec 27, 2011 | Reply

    trade him to green bay..heeeheeeheeeeheee.

  34. By Mike R. on Dec 27, 2011 | Reply

    gubber

    well said. Now possibly our main concerns of draft have now possibly included a RB.

  35. By Vikingsfool on Dec 27, 2011 | Reply

    dooo do dooo do do doo do! what should Mr. Frazier do? Sit his best as he shouts aloud. Good Lord I hate this Vikings crowd. For they alone know what is best. So Vikings fans please be my guest. Guide a team that has no grit. And I’ll think of you while I take a Sh*t. Have a happy new year you dumb bafoons.

  36. By PURPLE HORNET on Dec 27, 2011 | Reply

    START LOOKING FOR A RB IN DRAFT NOW….IT WILL BE OTHER KNEE NEXT…LOTS OF ANKLE TWISTIN ON AP S KNEES THIS SEASON..THEY FIGURED OUT HOW TO TAKLE HIM . BY THE ANKLES AND TWIST …SAD BUT TRUE….

  37. By ozzinator on Dec 27, 2011 | Reply

    @vikingsfool — harsh but funny. Peace.

  38. By Deertracks on Dec 27, 2011 | Reply

    Purple Hornet…We have RB’s in the house now…Gerhart and King….

    The Vikings were looking for RB’s when the signed these guys..Don’t you want to see if they can work out to the satisfaction of everybody?

    You don’t have to shout when posting…We can read what you say very well…Could be you got that from Fred and his “General Manager” bit?…

  39. By hippster on Dec 27, 2011 | Reply

    every team in the league would take a cheep shot a petersons knee if giving the chance ,dirtyist teams in football ,saints ,detroit, greenbay, oakland ,

  40. By TITANIUM TITUS on Dec 27, 2011 | Reply

    Seriously Gubber?

    The last 8 games weren’t meaningless so that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but the last 4 certainly were.

    What is meaningless and what is meaningful? The past 8 games had no bearing on our playoff hopes– we were out of the running. So, what is the difference between Saturday’s game against the Redskins and the games before? Please establish criteria for what is meaningless. In fact, according to many fans here, we should lose all of our games once we are out of the playoff hunt to ensure better draft picks. So, once we are 2-6, we then go out to lose.

  41. By 61vikings on Dec 27, 2011 | Reply

    @ AP
    Get well soon!! WE Viking fans know your the greatest RB in the NFL!! During the offseason, hopefully our management, will get you a new offensive line!!! #28 is a man amongst boys!!! See you next year!!!

  42. By sandiamond on Dec 27, 2011 | Reply

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    NC STATE leads the nation in forced turnovers

    # 1 David Amerson CB leads the nation in INT’s ( sop honey badger 2 )
    # 42 Audie Cole LB projected pick 80-90 in the draft ( clay matthews look alike)
    # 35 Terrell Manning LB my personal favorite linebacker in the nation

    # 6 T.J. Graham WR projected 4th rounder ( deep threat / kick returner )

  43. By gubber on Dec 27, 2011 | Reply

    Okay, I’m going to try this one more time. Meaningless to me is something that is futile, senseless, or even unimportant. Meaningful is something that has significance or purpose, or even has some type of value. Please tell me what is meaningful about about creating a situation where you take one of your most prized possessions and one of our positions of strength, and purposely subject him to what just happened, but did not in anyway “need” to happen ??? What possibly can be called meaningful about that ??? And please don’t hand me the feel good reply that it builds confidence or people pay to see the best even if the best aren’t physically at their best. How are you and others like you going to feel next season if AP doesn’t fully of even partially from this senseless (Meaningless ) injury ??? If AP had been “fully” ready to go he plays, but you certainly want to give the youngsters some experience so that if needed they can step in and play. The same goes for Jared and Percy. I hope I’ve made myself perfectly clear on this issue, because it’s the last thing I’m going to post on this subject.

  44. By Beach Viking on Dec 27, 2011 | Reply

    @ gubber
    So what you are saying is if we would have had been in the playoff hunt, Peterson should have played. its football these things happen. Ask Peterson if he should of played. Its called dedication. You must not know what that is.

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  47. By Pamela Isita on Jun 25, 2012 | Reply

    I am trying to get in contact with Eric Sugarman Head Athletic Trainer of the Vikings.

    I am a college student interested in persuing the career of an athletic trainer, I would greatly appreciate it if somehow I can receive information on how I can contact Mr. Sugarman or someone else that can advise me on the procedures one must take to become an athletic trainer in the NFL league.

    Please reply if you can help me, I would greatly appreciate it.

    Thank You.

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