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Adrian Peterson’s surgery is deemed a success

Adrian Peterson

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (28) reacts as he’s driven off the field after an injury during the second half of an NFL football game against Washington Redskins in Landover, Md., Saturday, Dec. 24, 2011. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)


As expected, Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is wasting no time when it comes to repairing his damaged knee.

On Monday, the team said Peterson would undergo surgery to repair a torn ACL within seven to 10 days. Four days later, the procedure has been performed.

Per the Associated Press, Dr. James Andrews informed coach Leslie Frazier that the surgery was “successful” and that Peterson is “resting comfortably.”

That said, rarely if ever does a team announce that a player got butchered. Time will tell whether the ACL repair was indeed successful from the perspective of the future use of the knee hard-charging NFL running back. Also, the immediate aftermath of the procedure entails the risk of a possible infection, like the one Patriots quarterback Tom Brady developed following his ACL/MCL surgery in 2007.

Still, the fact that the ligament repair occurred so quickly should be viewed as a positive step. But many more positive steps will be required before Peterson is ready to play come Week One of the 2012 season.

It would be unwise, however, to bet against him.