Vikings hope RB can start 2012 season

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Associated Press
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
— The athletic abilities of star running back Adrian Peterson led the Minnesota Vikings to give him a seven-year, $100 million contract extension before the season started.

Now, they hope his recuperative abilities are just as good and he is able to live up to being the highest-paid running back in the NFL.

Minnesota expects Peterson to be recovered from left knee surgery for two torn ligaments in time to start the 2012 season.

“We expect most people to recover from this injury in eight to nine months and instead of comparing Adrian to any other player at any level that’s had an anterior cruciate ligament, and they happen every day, I would really like Adrian to stand on his own merit because Adrian, I feel, is very unique,” Vikings head trainer Eric Sugarman said Monday.

“Adrian has a great work ethic. Adrian has the DNA to heal quickly, which he has shown in the past. He certainly will have the desire and the mental toughness to be able to get through the rehab process, which will take months and months, as you know. So, I think if anyone can get better quickly and safely in that time period, it would be Adrian Peterson.”

Peterson tore his ACL and MCL when he was hit in the side of the knee by Washington Redskins safety DeJon Gomes in the third quarter of Saturday’s 33-26 win at Washington. An MRI on Saturday evening revealed the ligament tears and meniscus damage, and Peterson will undergo surgery within the next seven to 10 days.

Backup Toby Gerhart, who started three games earlier this season when Peterson was out with a high ankle sprain, will start Sunday in the season-

finale against the Chicago Bears.

A second-round pick in 2010, Gerhart has filled in well for Peterson and notched the first 100-yard rushing game of his career with 109 yards on 11 carries Saturday. But the Vikings expect Gerhart’s time as the starter to be short-lived.

Jaguars’ Kampman has another knee surgery

Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Aaron Kampman is on crutches again after having surgery on his right knee for the second time in two years.

Interim coach Mel Tucker says Kampman had “some work done to get some things cleaned up.”

Kampman, a former Green Bay Packer, tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in practice on Nov. 11, 2010. His recovery was slower than expected, and he only played in three games this season before going on injured reserve for the third straight year.

He had the same injury in his left knee in 2009. So Kampman will have missed 28 games over the last three seasons, including 20 since signing a four-year, $25 million contract with the Jaguars in March 2010.

-- With 16 players already on injured reserve, the Buffalo Bills will limp toward the finish line after losing three more players to injuries, including two starting offensive linemen: Demetrius Bell (knee/ankle) and Kraig Urbik (right knee). The Bills close their season at New England on Sunday.

Reserve tight end Mike Caussin (right knee) also was hurt in Saturday’s 40-14 win over Denver on Saturday.

as the Bills (6-9) snapped a seven-game skid.

Without identifying the nature of the injuries, Gailey says there’s a possibility all three will require surgery.

Last updated: 7:02 pm Thursday, December 13, 2012

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