If Peterson were unable to play against the Carolina Panthers on Sunday, the Vikings could turn to Matt Asiata and Jerick McKinnon, who combined to run for 1,108 yards in 2014 while Peterson missed 15 games because of National Football League discipline. Adrian Peterson left Sunday night's game against the Green Bay Packers with a right knee injury, unable to walk back to the locker room under his own power.
After revealing during a radio interview earlier today that running back Adrian Peterson had suffered a torn meniscus, Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer expanded on the injury, as well as the next steps in evaluating the future Hall of Famer.
The three-time rushing champion and NFL's highest-paid running back in 2016 ($15.4 million) had just 12 carries for 19 yards at the time of his injury.
Zimmer recorded his weekly appearance on the show before addressing the media on Monday.
Peterson was meeting with team doctors and athletic trainers to discuss his options, which include surgery to address the injury.
"We are going through the evaluation process to figure out what the next procedure will be", Zimmer said.
Peterson has long had a reputation as a fast healer, which was never more clear than when he tore the ACL in his left knee with two weeks to play in the 2011 season and still made it back to start the 2012 season. "We are still going through all the options".
But for the moment, Vikings fans are cautiously optimistic, as the team's newest addition at quarterback outplayed Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers, and led the Vikings to a 17-14 defeat over the Packers on Sunday night. "I don't know if he will or not", Zimmer said after Sunday's 17-14 win over Green Bay.
Peterson has rushed for just 50 yards on 31 carries in the first two weeks.
Minnesota won the NFC North in 2015 on the strength of their running game and defense, but the team has gotten off to a 2-0 start without much help from Peterson.