Adrian Peterson Injury: Blow to Knee Will Likely End Frustrating Season for Star

Richard Langford@@noontide34Correspondent IDecember 24, 2011

LANDOVER, MD - DECEMBER 24: Running back Adrian Peterson #28 of the Minnesota Vikings is helped off the field after being injured in the third quarter against the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field on December 24, 2011 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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Adrian Peterson's disappointing season came to a likely end on Saturday.

On the first play of the second half Redskins' safety DeJon Gomes put a direct hit on Peterson's left knee. Peterson instantly fell to the ground and he did not get up for several minutes. 

Peterson did not need the cart, but he was unable to put any weight on his injured knee as trainers helped him off the field.

It was a disturbing hit that leaves many not only wondering about this season, but Peterson's future.

With the Vikings having nothing to play for this season, it is safe to assume that Peterson will be put on the shelf for the remainder of the season.

This will bring a long season to a frustrating end for Peterson.

Peterson's Frustrating Season

The Vikings have had a miserable season. Entering this game, the Vikings had just two wins. It was a season that began with the failed Donovan McNabb  experiment and then turned into the Christian Ponder acclimation tour.

Through it all, Peterson has been running hard. However, this is his second injury of the year. The first was a high ankle sprain in Week 11 versus the Raiders.

Peterson missed the ensuing three games with that ankle sprain.

All of this means that Peterson is likely going to be held under 1,000 yards for the first time in his career. Peterson currently has 970 rushing yards.

Heading into this year, Peterson had missed just three games for his entire career.

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