Adrian Peterson - RB - Vikings
Feb 7 - 12:06 PM
Adrian Peterson underwent surgery Wednesday to repair a sports hernia.
It's the same procedure, performed by the same doctor, that Greg Jennings underwent in the middle of the season. There are no real long-term concerns, but it does add to the legend that was Peterson's 2012 season. He first appeared on the injury report with an abdomen issue ahead of Week 15 and still ran for 596 yards over the Vikings' final four games (including playoffs). He also played in the Pro Bowl. Expect Peterson to be ready for most of the offseason program and his status as fantasy's clear No. 1 overall pick in 2013 drafts is unchanged.
Source: Kevin Seifert on Twitter
Adrian Peterson - RB - Vikings
Feb 7 - 2:16 PM
There is no way this guy is human....Adrian Peterson (sports hernia surgery) says he first suffered the injury in Week 10, and "questioned whether (he'd) be able to continue" by Week 16.
"Each week it just got worse and worse and worse," Peterson said. "The pain was a 10 on a scale of 10 (by Week 16)." The admission makes Peterson's historic 2012 that much more revelatory, as he averaged 163 rushing yards per game after first getting hurt. The Texans game makes sense as a low point, however, as Peterson could manage only 86 yards on 25 carries, and came out late. Peterson expects to resume working out in 3-4 weeks. As NFL.com's Albert Breer opined on Twitter, Peterson is proving to be the real-life Bill Brasky.
Source: Josina Anderson on Twitter
i still wish he got it though.... :cry: he is a freak
Update: Adrian Peterson speaks on sports hernia injury, surgery
Posted by: Dan Wiederer : February 7, 2013 - 4:39 PM
Adrian Peterson's MVP season looks a bit more incredible now that the abdominal injury he played through in December proved serious enough to require surgery.
The Vikings released this statement this morning: Adrian Peterson had a surgical procedure done today by Dr. William Meyers, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Dr. Meyers was able to successfully repair Adrianís abdominal core muscle injury (sports hernia). We expect a speedy recovery with no long-term concerns.
Peterson rushed for 2,097 yards last season, eight short of the NFL record set by Eric Dickerson (2,105 in 1984). He was named the league's MVP on Saturday night in New Orleans, slightly more than a year after having major surgery on his left knee. Peterson was also named the league's offensive player of the year, and was first-team All-Pro.
And ... he played in the Pro Bowl in Hawaii on Jan. 27, although sparingly.
Now, it turns out, Peterson may have been pushing through severe pain for the Vikings' final six regular season games. In an interview Thursday afternoon with ESPN's Josina Anderson, Peterson said he suffered the sports hernia injury some time during the Vikings' 34-24 home win over the Lions on Nov. 11.
"I didn't know the extent I was hurt then," Peterson told ESPN. "I just remember getting twisted up pretty bad in an awkward position. ... "That next day I felt very uncomfortable in my groin and abdominal area. I thought to myself I'll just wait until I recover but I never did."
The Vikings played it safe with Peterson down the stretch of the season, repeatedly holding him out of practice in December and tailoring their approach so that he'd be as healthy as possible for game days.
"I knew I wasn't really practicing at all," Peterson said Thursday. "I wasn't able to lift because of the strain that it would put on those muscles on an upper- or lower-body workout. That was too much. It was mind over matter. It was just about doing what I had to do to push myself every week. My body was sore from the game and the sports hernia every Monday, so I did what I had to do to recover and get my body right.
"I just played through the pain. I ran on adrenaline."
Leading up to the Vikings' 36-22 victory in St. Louis on Dec. 16 -- a game in which Peterson ran for 212 yards -- he went on the injury report with what was being labeled an abdominal injury. Following his explosion against the Rams, Peterson was then listed as having an abdominal/groin issue which he said was "just normal wear and tear. I've been dealing with it the past couple of weeks. I've been doing the things I need to do as far as resting and conditioning and working out. It's all about that push to Sunday. I'll be ready to roll."
In Week 16, against Houston, Peterson carried 25 times for 86 yards. During that game, he said, the pain from the sports hernia reached its maximum.
"That was probably the worse I felt. 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."
Peterson rebounded in the season finale against Green Bay with 199 yards to challenge Dickerson's record and push the Vikings into the playoffs with a thrilling 37-34 win. The Vikings lost to the Packers on Jan. 5 in the wild-card playoff round 24-10 as Peterson had 99 yards rushing.
Recovery time on sports hernia surgery varies, since the seriousness of the injury varies wildly. But Peterson said his post-operative recovery time would be about 3-4 weeks.
Vikings teammate Geoff Schwartz (@GeoffSchwartz76) tweeted Thursday morning: "It's quite amazing. He's a beast. I made it 3 days in camp w/that injury before I needed surgery."
According to sportsmedicine.about.com: The typical sports hernia occurs when the muscle layer of abdominal wall in one specific area becomes thin relative to the other areas. This may result in a tear or strain in one of the abdominal muscles or the fascia of the abdominal wall. When that happens, the underlying internal organs, particularly the intestines, push up against the muscular wall and can cause significant pain. A sports hernia rarely causes any visible bulge in the muscle wall, so it is often overlooked for some time before it is diagnosed. The most common symptom of a sports hernia is a dull, aching pain in the lower abdomen or groin that gradually increases in severity. This pain generally increases with exercise or activities such as running or weight lifting.
Adrian Peterson ran for over 1,000 yards in seven games Ö after he suffered a sports hernia
At this point, even Chuck Norris and Bill Brasky must fear Adrian Peterson. It wasn't just that the transcendent Minnesota Vikings running back gashed the NFL for over 2,000 yards on the ground in his 2012 season just months after undergoing major knee surgery. Nope, such things are for mere mortals.
Peterson, it was reported today, went and upped the ante by rushing for 1,068 yards in his last seven games of the season AFTER suffering a sports hernia in the Vikings'34-24 Week 10 win over the Detroit Lions. Minnesota had a bye the next week, which helped Peterson a little bit. But as he told ESPN's Josina Anderson on Thursday, Peterson -- who underwent surgery and then spoke with Anderson -- was affected by the injury through the rest of the season.
That's right. Peterson had a pair of 200-plus yard games in that stretch, and a 199-yard follow-up against the Green Bay Packers, while dealing with an abdominal injury that, as he said, kept getting "worse and worse and worse."
"I don't know if it was from a tackle or from me pulling away from someone. I just remember thinking when I saw my jersey like that, that I must've gotten twisted up pretty bad.
"That next day I felt very uncomfortable in my groin and abdominal area. I thought to myself, I'll just wait until I recover but I never did ... I kept thinking to myself, why is this happening and why now? With everything that I was going through with my knee I just said to myself I am not going to let this bring me down. I just focused on doing my rehab, getting rest and continuing to play."
Sure -- like you do. Rehab from a knee surgery that would put most guys out for an entire season, and run through a hernia at the same time. Isn't that what everyone does? Peterson didn't practice for the most part through the remainder of the season -- juts a couple carries every Friday. Then, he would go out and demolish defense after defense that was exclusively set up to stop him, thanks to the Vikings' anemic passing game.
"It was mind over matter. It was just about doing what I had to do to push myself every week. My body was sore from the game and the sports hernia every Monday, so I did what I had to do to recover and get my body right. I just played through the pain. I ran on adrenaline."
Peterson said that as the pain increased, he had to start getting shots just to play, and that the pain was the worst when the Vikings beat the Houston Texans, 23-6, in Week 16. That was the only game during the regular-season stretch in which he was hurt that he didn't hit 100 yards --he ran for 86 yards on 25 carries against one of the NFL's best defenses.
"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."
But since Peterson operates at a level of about 350 on a scale of 10, he was able to push past it. He finished up the regular season with that 199-yard game against the Packers in a game the Vikings had to win to hit the playoffs, and "dropped off" to 99 yards in the postseason loss to the Packers -- a game in which starting quarterback Christian Ponder was hurt, and backup quarterback Joe Webb basically went with the old Wishbone "It'd be better if we didn't throw the ball at all" plan of attack.
With all this going on, Peterson finished just nine yards short of Eric Dickerson's single-season record of 2,105 yards. He did so under conditions that would have made a 1,000-yard season not only acceptable, but admirable.
"It definitely impacted my play," Peterson said of the injury's impact on his run at the record. "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."
Peterson told Anderson that the recovery process from the surgery is 3-4 weeks, at which point he can start working out again. People had better watch out in the greater Minneapolis area -- Adrian Peterson might start leaping tall buildings in a single bound.