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Adrian Peterson | Running Back | #28

Team: Minnesota Vikings
Age / DOB:  (31) / 3/21/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 220
College: Oklahoma
Drafted: 2007 / Rd. 1 (7) / MIN
Contract: view contract details

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Pro Football Talk reports Adrian Peterson's (knee, injured reserve) "sole focus" is playing again this season.
Peterson is expected to miss a "minimum" of 3-4 months after undergoing surgery to repair a torn meniscus last week, but it would not be the first time Peterson beat an injury timetable. Peterson is officially able to return Week 11, but it would be surprising to see him before late December. Either way, the Vikings look headed for the playoffs, and Peterson might be able to help them once they get there. Sep 26 - 12:04 PM

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According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the Vikings want Adrian Peterson to retire "as a valued member of the organization."

There's been speculation the team could move on from Peterson this offseason because of his contract, but apparently the Vikings are willing to do whatever they can to keep him in Minnesota for the long run. After taking on Sam Bradford's expensive salary, the Vikings will probably have to renegotiate Peterson's deal. He's slated to earn $11.75 million in base salary next season along with a $6 million roster bonus due on the third day of the new year. Peterson is expected to miss at least the rest of the regular season after going down with a torn meniscus in Week 2.
Sep 25 - 10:35 AM

Vikings placed RB Adrian Peterson (meniscus surgery) on injured reserve.

It's just a formality as Peterson was already expected to miss the remainder of the regular season after suffering a torn meniscus in Week 2. Technically, the earliest Peterson can return is Week 11, although that isn't happening. Season-long fantasy owners should have dropped him a few days ago. Jerick McKinnon and Matt Asiata will handle the rushing workload.
Sep 23 - 2:44 PM

Adrian Peterson underwent surgery to repair his torn meniscus Thursday morning.

Peterson had his meniscus repaired, which means he is likely looking at a multi-month recovery. ESPN had reported Peterson was also dealing with a torn LCL, but the Vikings said, "There were no additional injuries or issues noted in or surrounding the knee joint during the surgical procedure." Jerick McKinnon and Matt Asiata will split the backfield work with Peterson sidelined.
Sep 22 - 10:18 AM

ESPN's Josina Anderson reports Adrian Peterson will undergo surgery to repair his torn meniscus on Thursday and will be out a "minimum" of 3-4 months.

Peterson has a "bucket handle tear." He's likely headed to season-ending I.R. with a recovery that "usually" requires six months. At best, it sounds like Peterson could maybe play in the playoffs if the Vikings make it. But in all likelihood, this is Jerick McKinnon and Matt Asiata's backfield for the remainder of 2016. With just one year left on his contract and set to count $18 million against the cap in 2017, we may have seen Peterson's last carry in a Vikings uniform. He'll turn 32 next March with two serious knee injuries on his record. The Vikings can clear all $18 million off the salary cap by releasing Peterson after the season.
Sep 21 - 11:26 AM

ESPN's Ed Werder reports the Vikings are preparing as if Adrian Peterson (knee) will miss Week 3 against the Panthers.

According to Werder, depending on how the Vikings treat Peterson's torn meniscus, he could be out as little as 1-3 weeks. But as of Wednesday morning, the team is still soliciting opinions on the knee. In Peterson's absence, Matt Asiata and Jerick McKinnon will split the work, with Asiata the best bet for red-zone and goal-line work. McKinnon is the big-play threat between the 20s.
Sep 21 - 9:42 AM

The timetable for Adrian Peterson's return from a torn meniscus will depend on the severity of the injury and how the doctors choose to treat it.

The best-case scenario would be for Peterson to avoid surgery, which could allow him to return in a couple weeks. Peterson has two options if he needs to go under the knife. Having the meniscus trimmed or removed could allow him to come back as early as Week 7, but that surgery is unlikely to offer a complete recovery. If Peterson chooses to have the meniscus repaired, he could be looking at a 3-4 month timetable. Until all of those decisions are made, Peterson's status is completely up in the air.
Source: ESPN
Sep 20 - 10:25 AM

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer announced that Adrian Peterson has been diagnosed with a torn meniscus.

It could have been a lot worse, though it's still likely Peterson is looking at a multi-week absence. Zimmer didn't completely dismiss the idea of Peterson playing against the Panthers in Week 3, but given the nature of his injury, we'd consider that an extreme long shot. With Peterson sidelined for most of the second half, Matt Asiata out-touched Jerick McKinnon 7-3 against the Packers in Week 2. Both are worth a speculative add.
Sep 19 - 2:50 PM

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer did not sound terribly concerned about Adrian Peterson's knee in the post-game press conference.

"He might miss a week. I don't know if he will or not," Zimmer said. "Whatever it was has calmed down now, so we'll see." Peterson reportedly has some ligament damage, but it sounds like he is dealing with just a sprain. Considering how bad the injury looked when he was hobbling into the locker room, a sprain might be the best possible outcome. He still could miss a few games, but it looks more and more like Peterson will be back this year.
Source: ESPN
Sep 19 - 8:05 AM

A source told Bleacher Report's Jason Cole that Adrian Peterson has some ligament damage in his right knee.

Cole says "there is confidence he'll play again this year," but Peterson is likely staring at a multi-week absence. USA Today's Tom Pelissero reported Peterson "didn't have that much swelling" and he is able to extend his leg. It sounds like Peterson may have a sprained MCL or something similar. The Vikings were struggling mightily to run the ball before Peterson's injury and had a ton of success in the passing game when he went out. We would not be surprised if Minnesota became more of a pass-oriented team going forward.
Sep 19 - 1:38 AM

Adrian Peterson was forced from Sunday night's Week 2 game against the Packers with a right knee injury.

Peterson has ligament damage, but there's hope he can return this year. More will be known after his MRI, but this still has the look of a potential season ender. Jerick McKinnon replaced Peterson and would be in line to start if he misses time.
Sep 18 - 11:02 PM

Adrian Peterson is listed on the Week 2 injury report with an ankle issue, but is practicing in full.

It shouldn't have any impact on Peterson's status for Sunday night. Peterson is locked in as an RB1 against the Packers.
Sep 14 - 4:39 PM

Adrian Peterson rushed 19 times for 31 yards in the Vikings' Week 1 win over the Titans.

Peterson managed just 20 yards on nine carries in the first half, and it somehow got worse after the break. Much of the blame for his struggles falls at the feet of a passing game the Titans did not respect, but Peterson also missed a few holes and was hesitant at the line. Despite the win, it would be surprising if Sam Bradford was not under center next week against the Packers. Peterson will likely find more success then, but it is reasonable to be concerned about his season-long outlook after this performance.
Sep 11 - 4:07 PM

The Vikings may be forced to re-work Adrian Peterson's contract after trading for Sam Bradford on Saturday.

As the Vikings are about to learn, becoming a contender can come at a steep cost. Bradford carries a $13 million base salary for 2017 with $4 million in guarantees and a $4 million roster bonus due on the fifth day of the new league year. It would be relatively painless for Minnesota to move on from Bradford after this season, but that will depend on how quickly Teddy Bridgewater recovers from knee surgery. With Peterson set to count $18 million against the cap in 2017, the Vikings certainly have some financial hurdles to leap in the coming year.
Sep 4 - 10:15 AM

Adrian Peterson will sit out the Vikings' final two preseason games.

Peterson hasn't notched a preseason carry since his 2011 knee injury. With the Vikings looking to get him the rock 20 times per game in his age-31 campaign, Peterson remains an elite RB1.
Aug 25 - 4:41 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Sam Bradford
2Shaun Hill
RB1Jerick McKinnon
2Matt Asiata
3Ronnie Hillman
4Adrian Peterson
GLB1Matt Asiata
2Adrian Peterson
3RB1Jerick McKinnon
2Adrian Peterson
FB1Zach Line
WR11Stefon Diggs
2Adam Thielen
3Jarius Wright
WR21Charles Johnson
2Laquon Treadwell
3Cordarrelle Patterson
WR31Adam Thielen
TE1Kyle Rudolph
2MyCole Pruitt
3Rhett Ellison
4David Morgan
LT1T.J. Clemmings
2Jake Long
LG1Alex Boone
2Jeremiah Sirles
C1Joe Berger
2Nick Easton
RG1Brandon Fusco
2Zac Kerin
3Willie Beavers
RT1Andre Smith
K1Blair Walsh