Adrian Peterson Undergoes Successful Surgery for Sports Hernia

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistFebruary 7, 2013

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson had successful sports hernia surgery on Thursday, and the team is not expecting it to have a lasting negative impact, Kevin Seifert of ESPN reports.

#Vikings announce Adrian Peterson had surgery to repair a sports hernia today. "No long-term concerns." team says. Adds layer to MVP season.

— Kevin Seifert (@espn_nfcnblog) February 7, 2013

The report doesn't specify when the injury occurred or if it simply became worse over time, but Peterson did miss some practices late in the season with abdomen and groin issues. He didn't miss any games due to the injuries.


UPDATE: Thursday, Feb. 7, at 3 p.m. ET by Tim Daniels

Josina Anderson of ESPN interviewed Peterson following his surgery. The running back shed some light about the injury and how it impacted him. Below are some of the highlights from Anderson's Q&A with the MVP.


When it happened:

"I suffered the injury against Detroit at home, but I didn't know the extent I was hurt then. I just remember getting twisted up pretty bad in an awkward position. My jersey never moves like that. 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."

The Lions home game was in Week 10, just prior to the team's bye.  AP had 171 rush yards and a touchdown in the game.


When it hurt the worst:

"Against Houston (six weeks later), 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. Put it like this, I developed a new respect for Greg Jennings who had the same type of injury. Initially I thought Greg was tripping and that he needed to be playing, but when I got it I was like, I understand bro'. This is nothing to fool with."


If it had an effect on his play and the rushing record:

"It definitely impacted my play. 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."

AP rushed for 1,140 from Week 10 on and failed to reach the century mark in rush yards just once in the final seven weeks.  In fact he topped 200 yards twice and had a 199-yard game in Week 17.

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Peterson was already coming back from a serious knee injury that cast doubt over his ability to return to his previous elite form. This most recent hernia problem revelation makes his performance even more impressive.

He finished the regular season with 13 total touchdowns and 2,097 rushing yards, just eight short of tying Eric Dickerson's record. He did it all despite playing in an offense that lacked other playmakers, meaning defenses did everything in their power to stop him and couldn't.

It culminated in Peterson being handed the MVP award on the night before the Super Bowl in New Orleans. Although there were several strong contenders, including Peyton Manning, the Vikings star earned it.

He fought through the knee injury, which threatened to take away his trademark explosiveness. He fought through the hernia, which could have easily slowed him down. Instead, "All Day" picked up steam down the stretch and carried the Vikings to the playoffs.

Minnesota lost to the Green Bay Packers in the divisional round, but Peterson held up his end of the bargain with 99 yards on 22 carries.

The hernia surgery is just another footnote in the growing legend of Adrian Peterson.