The Minnesota Vikings picked up a victory over the Washington Redskins this weekend in what Christopher Gates termed a "costly victory," but there was news worse than the Vikings playing their way out of prime position in next year's NFL Draft. That would be of course, the Adrian Peterson injury that happened in the third quarter when the Vikings running back tore both his ACL and MCL.
Peterson has been injured a couple of times this season, mostly notably missing games due to a high ankle sprain, but the veteran All-Pro knew that Sunday's injury was worse.
"Oh Lord. I just knew it was something bad," Peterson said, recalling his initial reaction, to 1500 ESPN. "it was very severe, the pain was. Once it kind of eased up, I was able to kind of roll around and kind of grasp what just took place."
It's an injury that has some in doubt about Peterson's availability for the early portion of next season, but Peterson himself said he wouldn't do anything different.
"No, not at all. I felt like I was healthy enough to go and be productive. As you guys see in the first half, I was being productive. I felt good coming out the second half, man. I just had more energy and I was ready to really get things going. But unfortunately, it was cut short on the first play."
The Vikings will end their schedule at home on New Year's Day in a contest against the Chicago Bears.