During the Boston Celtics' 100-98 double-overtime victory over the Miami Heat, it was reported that star point guard Rajon Rondo had suffered a torn ACL (via CBS Sports). As a result of this debilitating injury, reports stated that Rondo had been ruled out for the remainder of the season.
Not so fast. Rondo is seeking a second opinion from world class doctors and consultation from Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson.
According to A. Sherrod Blakely of CSN New England, Rondo is searching for the best help he can find. Not only does that include Peterson, but one of the most reputable names in the sports medicine world.
Orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews.
"He [Dr. Andrews] is one that we're definitely considering," Rondo's agent Bill Duffy, told CSNNE.com. "If he's No. 1, there's a couple 1As and 1Bs we're looking at as well."
It doesn't stop there.
Rondo is not limiting his search for consultation to doctors, as he's also looking to players for aid in this pressing time. The athlete he is seeking to converse with is not an NBA peer, however, but an NFL Pro Bowler.
None other than Mr. Adrian Peterson.
In addition, Duffy said they are in the process of setting up meetings with other athletes who have had similar injuries.
Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is among those that Rondo's camp hopes to speak with very soon.
Just for the record, Dr. James Andrews performed surgery on Adrian Peterson's knee in 2011 (via Vikings.com).
That is a margin of less than nine months in which Peterson was sidelined.
Not only did Peterson return to the NFL in such a short period of time, but he came back better than ever before. For perspective, Peterson was a four-time Pro Bowler and the 2007 rushing leader before this injury.
As for his return, Peterson finished the 2012 regular season with a career-best 2,097 rushing yards. It was the second-most single-season rushing yards in NFL history behind Eric Dickerson in 1984 (via Pro-Football-Reference.com).
For that reason, it is a seemingly logical step for Rondo to develop an understanding for what Peterson did during his recovery process. The results were positive as Peterson returned as a more productive player.
Even still, we'd be remiss to ignore the potential for a longer and more gradual recovery process.
Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose suffered a torn ACL on April 28, 2012 (via ESPN Chicago). Dr. Brian Cole speculated that D-Rose would miss 8-to-12 months, which is on par with Rose's current status (via ESPN Chicago).
Rose has now missed nine months for rest and rehabilitation.
Regardless of how much time Rondo is sidelined for, it is clear that he is prepared to cover all bases on the road to recovery. If we know anything about Rondo's work ethic, it's that he will do whatever it takes to come back better than ever.
Rondo's infamous return from a gruesome elbow dislocation in 2011 should provide evidence to such a theory.
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