ShAMELESS PLUGS and other stuff
The Vikings kept on rolling in the first few weeks after Adrian Peterson, their seven-time Pro Bowl running back, underwent knee surgery on Sept. 22, a few days after he was hurt in their big Week 2 victory over the Green Bay Packers.
With Peterson resting the surgically-repaired lateral meniscus in his right knee, they racked up three more wins to get to 5-0 and at one point were the NFL’s lone unbeaten team. Their first loss came 31 days after Peterson’s knee surgery. Then came the free fall to 6-6.
As the Vikings were preparing for their latest loss, last Thursday’s 17-15 defeat against the Dallas Cowboys, they got a glimmer of hope when Peterson was cleared to start running, his next hurdle to a potential comeback. Last Tuesday, after media spotted Peterson sprinting on the side of a practice, coach Mike Zimmer said he didn’t know if Peterson was close to returning.
“He’s doing good,” Zimmer said. “He’s probably ahead of schedule, I guess.”
But with the team’s once-promising season on the brink and another staredown over his contract looming in the offseason, does it even make sense for Peterson to return to action if his knee isn’t completely healed and put himself at risk?
The Vikings declined to make Peterson available for this story. But a trio of analysts who worked in the NFL — a former team doctor, an ex-agent and a former team president — provided a glimpse into the decisionmaking process that a team and player must navigate before he is activated from injured reserve.
The first question that must be answered: Will doctors clear Peterson to play?
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