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Vikings' Adrian Peterson Has Surgery for Sports Hernia

Feb 8, 2013

Ben Goessling

Vikings running back Adrian Peterson had surgery Thursday, Feb. 7, in Philadelphia to repair a sports hernia, the team said.

In a statement on their official Twitter feed (@VikingsFootball), the Vikings said they expect Peterson to make "a speedy recovery with no long-term concerns."

Peterson, who recovered from knee surgery to run for 2,097 yards in 2012 and win NFL most valuable player honors, was on the Vikings' injury report in the final three weeks of the regular season with what was listed as an abdominal injury in Weeks 15 and 17 and an abdomen/groin injury in Week 16.

He went through just two full practices from Dec. 12 to the Vikings' wild-card playoff game Jan. 5. In his four games during that time, Peterson rushed for 596 yards and scored three touchdowns.

Peterson reportedly told ESPN's Josina Anderson that he first was hurt during Week 10 against the Detroit Lions and took a cortisone shot before the Week 13 game against the Green Bay Packers. He said the pain was worst -- "a 10 on a scale of 10" -- during the Week 16 game against the Houston Texans, but Peterson wanted to keep playing and pursue the playoffs and Eric Dickerson's single-season rushing record.

The Vikings did make the playoffs, but Peterson fell 9 yards short of passing Dickerson.

"It definitely impacted my play," he told ESPN. "I wasn't 100 percent, but I wanted to win a championship. I wasn't going to stop or quit. I made a decision to keep going. I don't want to make it

seem like the sports hernia made me miss it. I could have done it with the injury. All I can say is that I would have had better performances."

Peterson told ESPN the recovery time was three to four weeks.

Source: (c)2013 the Pioneer Press (St. Paul, Minn.)

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