Surgery may end Peter­son’s sea­son

Baltimore Sun - - RAVENS & NFL -

Adrian Peter­son will have surgery on his right knee to re­pair a torn menis­cus, putting his sea­son in ques­tion.

The Vik­ings have held off for now on plac­ing the team’s all-time lead­ing rusher on in­jured re­serve, though wait­ing for the med­i­cal re­port will in­flu­ence that de­ci­sion. Peter­son was hurt Sun­day night against the Pack­ers, need­ing as­sis­tance off the field af­ter his knee was slightly twisted while be­ing tack­led at the end of a 5-yard run.

He told ESPN the type of tear he was di­ag­nosed with typ­i­cally re­quires a min­i­mum re­cov­ery time of three to four months. But Vik­ings coach Mike Zim­mer said the timetable for Peter­son’s re­turn won’t be clear un­til af­ter the pro­ce­dure.

“Ev­ery­thing is pos­si­ble,” Zim­mer said. “It could be sea­son end­ing. It could be three weeks, four weeks. I don’t know.”

ESPN re­ported that Peter­son also has a torn LCL, which both Peter­son and the team de­nied. His­tory in the mak­ing? If he starts against the Tex­ans, Ja­coby Bris­sett could be­come the first AfricanAmer­i­can quar­ter­back to start a reg­u­lar-sea­son game for the Pa­tri­ots.

Bris­sett’s op­por­tu­nity comes be­cause starter Tom Brady still is sus­pended and Jimmy Garop­polo has a shoul­der in­jury and is listed as doubt­ful.

The Pa­tri­ots and the Giants are the only NFL teams that never have started an African-Amer­i­can quar­ter­back. Hoyer tak­ing snaps: Bears backup quar­ter­back Brian Hoyer is pre­par­ing as if he’s the starter in place of the in­jured Jay Cut­ler. Cut­ler hasn’t of­fi­cially been listed as be­ing out, but is not prac­tic­ing as the team pre­pares to play the Cow­boys on Sun­day night. War­rant with­drawn: An ar­rest war­rant for sus­pended Browns re­ceiver Josh Gor­don was with­drawn af­ter he com­plied with a year-old court or­der to take a DNA test in a pa­ter­nity suit.

The war­rant had been is­sued Aug. 31 af­ter Gor­don failed to re­spond to sev­eral sub­poe­nas over the course of a year de­mand­ing he take the test. Gor­don’s at­tor­neys said in a state­ment he was un­aware that he had been re­quested to take the test.

Ahear­ing has been set for Nov. 8. Mean­while, a league spokesman said Gor­don re­mains el­i­gi­ble to play for the first time this sea­son Oct. 9. Ex­tra points: Colts QB An­drew Luck missed prac­tice with a sore shoul­der but said he plans to play Sun­day against the Chargers. Mean­while, Chargers rookie DE Joey Bosa prac­ticed in pads for the first time. … Ti­tans G Chance War­mack will have surgery to re­pair a torn ten­don in a fin­ger on his right hand. … Browns WR Corey Cole­man broke his hand in prac­tice. There’s no timetable yet for his re­turn.

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