Vikings term Adrian Peterson's surgery 'successful'

If there is some good news for the Minnesota Vikings it is that running back Adrian Peterson had what was termed “successful” surgery on Friday.

Five days after suffering a gruesome injury in a victory at Washington, Peterson had surgery on his left knee by Dr. James Andrews. He repaired the torn ACL and medial collateral ligament that was also damaged in the hit by Redskins safety DeJon Gomes.

We’ve received word that Adrian underwent successful knee surgery with Dr. James Andrews and is now resting comfortably,” Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said in a statement released by the team. “Adrian is in our thoughts, we wish him a speedy recovery and we look forward to seeing him when he returns to Minnesota."

The Vikings have been optimistic about a potential return for Peterson. The club’s hope is that he will be ready for the season opener in 2012. It’s certainly possible Peterson will begin the season on the physically unable to perform list. Hopefully, he’s a quick healer in rehabilitation.

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