Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson to have groin surgery soon
Peterson’s groin and foot injuries have plagued him for a while now and he sat out two of the games in December because of the injuries. He then made the decision not to participate in the Pro Bowl.
After the last game of NFL 2013 regular season Peterson said he felt his body would not be able to cope with the football unless he had surgery and would come back to game after that.
“I’m going to do what’s best for my body. If I’m not feeling like I’m healthy enough where I want to be to go, then I’m not playing,” Peterson said regarding the Pro Bowl.
Following the surgery, the expected recovery time is estimated to be around 6 to 8 weeks. Peterson had set a franchise record of 2,097 yards in 2012 and in 2013 season had a total of 1,226 yards. But in the last four games of the regular season he rushed for a mere 18 times and it was somewhat certain he would anyways need surgery.
It all began on October 13 against Carolina Panthers when he suffered a hamstring strain and after that the injuries just kept coming. He sustained hamstring, groin and foot injuries that together altered his performance. He was so beat up that he sat out the last two games of the season. Even then, he remained in good spirits and in the regular season finale said the injuries were not something serious and apart from them he felt the rest of the body in good shape. He added that it was normal to get so beat up in the first year as the body adapted to the harshness of NFL play.
“The body feels great, just the groin, the foot injury that took place, just slowed me down. But outside of that, the body feels good. The normal wear and tear, but nothing more so than my first year. My body is young,” Peterson said. “I’ve got a different body. My body recovers quickly. We’ll see. I have a lot of time to rest now. I’ll just try to enjoy it.”