What Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson accomplished last season was nothing short of amazing considering he fell nine-yards short of the single-season rushing record. What’s even more impressive is that Peterson managed to put up these type of numbers despite tearing his ACL in Week 16 of the 2011 season and recovered quickly enough to be ready for the 2012 season.
So if Peterson can manage to put up these type of numbers after tearing his ACL–why is anyone freaking out about him recovering from a surgery to fix a sports hernia?
Peterson had surgery this week to repair a sports hernia that he suffered in Week 10 against the Detroit Lions–meaning he rushed for over 1,000 yards over the final seven weeks of the regular season while dealing with the injury. Everybody knew Peterson was a workhorse and one of the top running backs in the league, but nobody could have predicted him to have the type of season he displayed last year.
If Peterson can bounce back from tearing an ACL and rush for over 2,000 yards, recovering from a sports hernia will be nothing for him. There’s no reason anyone should be freaking out about Peterson’s recent surgery because if last season is any indication–this will only make him bounce back even stronger.
Keep in mind the type of numbers displayed by Peterson over the final seven games while dealing with the sports hernia and imagine how much better those numbers would have been if he were 100 percent healthy.
Yeah–it’s pretty scary to think about.