Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson underwent surgery on his groin Thursday morning and is expected to be fully healthy in four to six weeks. This is the third straight offseason that Peterson has needed some kind of surgery.
Following the 2013 season, Peterson had surgery to repair a sports hernia, and today’s procedure is considered far more minor than that. There are nine months until training camp starts, so there is no need to worry about the 28-year-old not being ready for the start of the 2014 season.
Fixing the issues with his groin could help Peterson’s explosiveness and cutting ability, and after the sports hernia surgery last year he probably wasn’t at his best this season
In 2013 Peterson played in 14 games, and rushed for 1,266 yards on 279 carries (4.5 yards per carry), while scoring 10 touchdowns. He added 29 receptions for 171 yards and another score.
Those numbers of course followed up his ridiculous 2012 season, where he rushed for 2,097 yards on 347 carries (6.0 yards per carry), with 12 touchdowns, while adding 217 yards and another score on 40 receptions. The fact that Peterson accomplished what he did in 2012 while returning from a torn ACL was mind-boggling.
While Peterson’s 2013 numbers were down, it was going to be nearly impossible for him to duplicate what he did in 2012, so it wasn’t wholly unexpected.
That said, the fact that his groin surgery is considered minor and that he’ll be 100 percent in just six weeks are huge positives for the Vikings and Peterson headed into the 2014 season. He’ll likely be the healthiest he’s been in years when the season starts.