Adrian Peterson has "tear to his ACL" Vikings announce

The worst fears of the Minnesota Vikings were confirmed late tonight when an MRI revealed that Adrian Peterson suffered a “tear to his anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.”

Peterson was injured early in the third quarter of the team’s victory at Washington when he went through the hole and Redskins safety DeJon Gomes came up and delivered a blow that bent Peterson’s knee inward.

The running back went down in clear pain and had to be helped to the sideline before a cart took him to the locker room. Speculation afterward was that the team feared a serious injury. The club sent out an email announcing the news. Whether the release means Peterson’s ACL is completely torn is now known.

Vikings coach Leslie Frazier will update the situation at his press conference Monday. If Peterson requires a complete reconstruction, he could be pressed to return in time for the start of the 2012 season.

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