The Minnesota Vikings improved to 2-0 after Sunday night’s win over the rival Green Bay Packers, but it might have come at a huge cost as running back Adrian Peterson suffered a right knee injury.
The severity of the injury is not 100 percent certain, but Bleacher Report insider Jason Cole’s latest report doesn’t exactly paint a positive picture for the Vikings or Peterson’s fantasy football owners.
Peterson tore the ACL in his left knee toward the end of the 2011 season. He returned the following season and won the NFL MVP award, so there’s no question he has the work ethic and ability to recover quickly and get back to elite form.
The Vikings don’t have an easy schedule coming up, though, with a Week 3 road matchup against the defending NFC champion Carolina Panthers, followed by home games against the New York Giants and Houston Texans, both of whom are 2-0. Minnesota’s schedule is much easier after this three-game stretch, but it cannot afford to lose many games in what should be a highly competitive race for the NFC North title and wild-card spots, so Peterson’s ability to return is crucial.
Jerick McKinnon, who rushed for 538 yards in Peterson’s suspension absence in 2014, could be the Vikings’ starter if the veteran running back actually misses a game or more with his latest injury. Matt Asiata, who had 570 yards and nine touchdowns in 2014, is more experienced than McKinnon, though, and also could see an increased workload.
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