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Peterson Thanks Fans And Discusses Rehab Process

Posted by Mike Wobschall on January 13, 2012 – 4:21 pm

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It’s been two weeks since Adrian Peterson underwent successful surgery to repair his knee, and already the NFL’s best RB is offering reason to be encouraged and optimistic at his chances of returning to form.

Peterson, sporting a Jim Kleinsasser-like beard that any true Minnesotan would appreciate, was joined by Vikings Certified Heat Athletic Trainer Eric Sugarman in meeting with reporters inside the Winter Park field house on Friday to provide an update on his knee and the rehab process. You can watch the press conference in its entirety by clicking here.

Right off the bat, Peterson displayed exactly why he’s a fan-favorite and one of the NFL’s best superstars.

“I want to say thanks to the fans for the outpour of support that I’ve been receiving,” Peterson said. “Fan mail, some tweets, just so many different sources. And I just wanted to tell you guys that I really appreciate it and I’m working hard to get back as soon as possible.”

Peterson went on to explain that he was able to accept the knee injury “pretty quickly” and move on to focusing on overcoming the next challenge – the rehab process.

“The beginning was tough, just mentally, accepting it (the injury) for what it was,” Peterson explained. “Then sitting on it for a week before having the surgery, I had time to ask myself ‘Why this? Why that?’ But ultimately, I was able to look at it for what it was, put that behind me and get my mind right for this challenge that’s ahead of me.”

Sugarman called last three days of Peterson’s rehab process “awesome,” saying Peterson has been riding a stationary bike and that he’s accomplished every task expected of him to this point in the rehab.

The natural concern when a player, especially a RB, suffers a serious knee injury is whether that player will ever regain his form. But is Peterson concerned?

“Not at all. I’ve not thought about that once. I’ve been through a lot in my life, and I call that to a higher power and I put my faith in Him. I know that anything I put my mind to, I’m going to be able to accomplish. I feel like I’m going to come back better than before. I know people might laugh at that or think otherwise. But you know what? It doesn’t matter what they think or how they feel about it. Only thing that matters is how I feel about it and what I believe. And I’ve been able to go through the sacrifices and whatever it takes to get to that, and I’ve already started that.”

Friday’s press conference wasn’t about announcing any good or bad news. It wasn’t about showing off the fact that Peterson is no longer leaning on crutches or that he has near full range of motion back. But listening to Peterson speak and watching him project confidence and optimism about his recovery is a great sign for Vikings fans, and reason enough to anticipate a full recovery.


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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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