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Monday, November 12, 2007

Peterson will not need surgery

Vikings RB Adrian Peterson has a lateral collateral ligament tear, but he will not need surgery, coach Brad Childress said.

The tear is in the lower third of the ligament and graded a "two-plus" on a scale up to three.

"Then they grade it with three being worst," Childress said. "Now, the good news, is that the knee otherwise is stable. It’s isolated to that ligament. All the other structures are good in that knee, and I’m told that’s a good healing ligament.

"If it was a linemen, maybe he’s braced up and plays this week," Childress said. "Maybe."

The lateral collateral ligament provides stability to the outside of the knee, preventing it from collapsing outwards. Sprains of the LCL are less common and usually less severe for football players than sprains of two other knee ligaments, the ACL and MCL. Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre suffered an LCL sprain in 2002, but he didn't miss a start.

Childress declined to provide a timetable for Peterson's return. But Peterson is expected to be back within one to three weeks.

Asked if Peterson would be ruled out for Sunday, Childress said, "I would think so, yes."

Peterson, who suffered the injury in the third quarter against the Green Bay Packers Sunday, underwent an MRI this morning.

In other news, Childress said the team would "probably end up being back with Tarvaris (Jackson)" at quarterback and that CB Antoine Winfield is about "85 percent."


Blogger Ryan said...

Even when he's healthy again, I say they leave him out. Until we get a quarterback who can actually complete passes and run an offense, a coach who can call more than two plays, and receivers who can catch the ball he's just going to get beat up because safeties and corners will be teeing up on him all the time.

1:20 PM  
Blogger mark said...

I agree. I think the season is in the tank anyways. Lets keep this man healthy until we can get some players around him.

4:18 PM  

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