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Partial Tear of Rigth Knee Ligament to Sideline Peterson

Peterson out for awhile
The news could have been a lot worse for Adrian Peterson.  For now, Vikings fans can breathe a sigh of relief, as Monday the team announced that Peterson, who is the NFL’s leading rusher as a rookie, is going to miss one and possibly up to three games with a partial tear of a ligament of his right knee.

Peterson hurt the knee in the third quarter in Sunday’s 34-0 beating given to the Vikings by the Green Bay Packers.  Peterson was the target of the Pack defense, as he ran for just 45 yards before the injury.  “Clinically, he’s got a two-plus tear,” said Vikings coach Brad Childress on Monday. “The knee otherwise is stable. All the other structures are good.”  Right now no surgery will be needed for Peterson.

In eight games this season, Peterson has run for 1,081 yards with eight touchdowns. He’s also caught 15 passes for 220 yards with a score. The first-round pick from Oklahoma set an NFL record with 296 yards rushing against the San Diego Chargers on November 5th at home.

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