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Adrian Peterson May Opt for Surgery; Could Be End of Prime Playing Years

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Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has done every single thing possible to try and bring a Super Bowl trophy to his franchise. After an incredible season just a year ago, Peterson was forced to miss two games last year with groin and foot injuries. Even in a couple of games he did play amidst the injuries, he was ailing and definitely wasn’t 100 percent.

Now, Peterson is seeking another opinion next week with the same doctor who performed his sports hernia surgery last year, Dr. William Meyers. Folks close to the situation believe that Peterson may actually decide to opt for surgery on his groin, in order to get himself back to complete health. This situation has to have Vikings fans thinking, though, has he given too much of himself over his seven years? Has Peterson been counted on too much by Minnesota? Is his continued sacrifice in laying it all on the line wearing down his body?

While most understand the average career of an NFL running back to be around 3.5 years, that is not exactly true. Guys that don’t make it onto a roster play a big part in bringing that number down. The average first-round running back will have a career of eight to nine years, according to commissioner Roger Goodell.

But, the prime of those years typically comes between year three and six. Peterson, now entering his eighth season as a pro, could have his best days behind him — especially after another operation like this. We all know the miraculous recovery and eventual MVP season he had just one season ago after suffering a torn ACL. That was nothing short of incredible.

But, last year, defenses began to focus even more on Peterson due to the inability of the Vikings to pass the ball. Peterson will have a harder time producing in his later years after another surgery on a particularly sensitive area, especially if you’re a running back. What may give Peterson an edge as he approaches his 30′s is if the Vikings can get a quality quarterback to take some pressure off of him. If Minnesota continues to fail to do so, Peterson’s gigantic seasons could be behind him.

Ryan Heckman is a Senior Writer for RantSports.comFollow him on Twitter @ryanmheckman, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.