Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was facing the possibility of having a setback season this year after he came off surgery to repair his knee this offseason. Anyone thinking Peterson would have a career year following the surgery he had was deemed crazy at the time but now they’re looking pretty smart. Not only is Peterson having a career year this season, but he’s become the sixth fastest player to 8,000 yards in his career.
The Vikings $100 million man needed 12 yards to break the 8,000 yard threshold and has well over 130 yards on the ground at the half.
So yeah, Peterson is going ham on the Packers and it’s one of the reasons the Vikings are actually winning in Green Bay. But it’s not just that Peterson is having such a great day and a career year, it’s the context in which it exists.
Knee injuries are career altering injuries in many cases. And even if they may end up not having an impact, the feeling always is that a guy who uses his legs for a living that suffers a knee injury won’t be the same man. That’s a dead on analysis of Peterson this season as he’s not the same runner he was before he tore his left knee to shreds in Week 16 of last season.
Instead, he’s twice the runner he was before than and if you weren’t aware he was pretty amazing then.
Peterson is breaking records and he believes he can chase Emmitt Smith’s career rushing total and after his career long 82-yard touchdown run in the second quarter, juxtaposed against his surgically reconstructed knee, we’re hard pressed to say Peterson won’t make a hard run at the record.