Adrian Peterson spoke to Josina Anderson of ESPN, and laid a bit of a bombshell, claiming his pain level was at a whopping 10 when he played in week 16 this past season.
“That next day I felt very uncomfortable in my groin and abdominal area,” Peterson said. “I thought to myself I’ll just wait until I recover but I never did. I came out after that play. Each week it just got worse and worse and worse.”
The game vs the Texans wasn’t the best, as AP ran for 86 yards that day, but recovered enough to have a huge day the following week vs Green Bay to help the Vikings clinch a playoff spot in the NFC.
“Against Houston, that was probably the worse I felt,” Peterson said. “That was the first time that I really doubted myself and questioned whether I would be able to continue the season. The pain was a 10 on a scale of 10. Put it like this, I developed a new respect for Greg Jennings who had the same type of injury. Initially I thought Greg was tripping and that he needed to be playing, but when I got it I was like, I understand bro’. This is nothing to fool with.”
Now if AP was healthy? That would have been fun to watch.
“It definitely impacted my play,” Peterson said. “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.”
Let’s hope AP can have a productive offseason, and if he can come into 2013 at or near 100 percent, he may be able to have an even better season than he had in 2012.