Vik­ings hit hard as Peter­son suf­fers knee in­jury

The Myanmar Times - - Sport -

MIN­NESOTA Vik­ings star run­ning back Adrian Peter­son faces a lengthy spell on the side­lines af­ter suf­fer­ing a torn menis­cus is his right knee, the club con­firmed on Septem­ber 19.

Peter­son hob­bled off the field dur­ing the Septem­ber 18 win over the Green Bay Pack­ers af­ter fall­ing awk­wardly near the end of the third quar­ter.

The 31-year-old un­der­went an MRI scan which found a tear in his right menis­cus, deal­ing a fur­ther in­jury blow to the Vik­ings, who lost star quar­ter­back Teddy Bridge­wa­ter to a sea­son-end­ing knee in­jury last month.

Vik­ings coach Mike Zim­mer said he was con­fi­dent his team would re­cover af­ter what is an­other dev­as­tat­ing blow to their of­fen­sive unit.

“We’re not go­ing to be the only team in the league to have in­juries. It’s just part of pro­fes­sional foot­ball,” Zim­mer said.

“This is a pretty re­silient foot­ball team. They’re tough and de­ter­mined.”

Peter­son, who missed al­most the en­tire 2014 sea­son af­ter be­ing ac­cused of as­sault­ing his four-year-old son, re­turned to foot­ball last year to top the sin­gle-sea­son rush­ing stand­ings.

He be­came only the third man over 30 to top the stand­ings af­ter rush­ing for 1485 yards over 16 games, av­er­ag­ing 4.5 yards per carry. –

Photo: AFP

Min­nesota Vik­ings run­ning back Adrian Peter­son evades Green Bay Packer de­fender Jake Ryan on Septem­ber 18.

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