Vikings Place RB Adrian Peterson on Injured Reserve

The Minnesota Vikings announced that running back Adrian Peterson has been placed on season-ending injured reserve.

Peterson tore the ACL and MCL in his left knee in the third quarter of Saturday’s 33-26 win against the Washington Redskins. A four-time Pro Bowler, Peterson’s 2011 season will end with 970 yards and 12 touchdowns in 12 games. Peterson missed three full games with a high ankle sprain, costing him his chance for another 1,000-yard season.

To replace Peterson on the 53-man roster, the Vikings have promoted running back Caleb King from the practice squad. Signed as an undrafted rookie free agent out of the University of Georgia after not hearing his name called the 2011 Supplemental Draft, King had 19 carries for 62 yards and two touchdowns in the preseason, but was released and re-signed to the practice squad at the end of training camp.

Minnesota also swapped tight ends, waiving rookie Allen Reisner and promoting Mickey Shuler from the practice squad. Shuler is a 2010 seventh-round pick out of Penn State by the Vikings who spent most of last season with the Miami Dolphins. Shuler had a brief stint with the Cincinnati Bengals before returning to the Vikings late last month.

The Vikings had been paying Shuler as if he were on the 53-man roster, so his promotion this week is not much of a surprise.

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