Unless you have been under a rock, you should have heard about Adrian Peterson blowing out his knee. With a torn ACL and MCL he pretty much destroyed his knee. It’s something that happened before in college and obviously he came back very strong from it. Some experts including Adrian himself feel that he can be back from this before the start of next season. I just don’t think it’s going to happen.
With the emergence of Toby Gerhart this season I think the Vikings will be all right letting AP allow to heal properly. His playing style dictates heavy use of his knees. He relies heavily on his first cut and in order to do that he needs some bionic like knees. Since there really is no such thing as bionic knees, he is really going to have to reinvent himself when he gets back to the NFL in 2013.
That’s right I said 2013. There is no way in hell that he is going to be coming back and be as effective a back as he usually is in under a year. No instead, Gerhart is going to be the key to the offense, not only next week but for the entire 2012 season. I do think that he can come back from this. He has already done so and proved everyone wrong when he did. This is going to be much tougher though, because he already has over 1400 NFL attempts on his knees.
We have seen players retire with less of an injury. Already I have seen a drop in Peterson autographs on eBay. There was a time earlier this season before the injuries started that his autographs were running well over $100. Now if you shop around, I have started seeing them not only for under $100, but as low as $60, which we unthinkable when the season began. Now as we are going to learn how much of his career is left we are forced to watch his card drop in price more and more.