Vikings Adrian Peterson tears ACL

By Marc A. Greenberg

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson tore his ACL on Saturday after taking a direct hit in a 33-26 win over the Washington Redskins.

Peterson said he knew “it was something bad” the moment he was hit and that he was in “severe pain” on he lay on the field. He was hurt when tackled by Redskins safety DeJon Gomes at the end of a 3-yard gain on the first offensive play of the second  half.

“Anytime you take a blow to the knee like that, you’re concerned about the  ACL, MCL,” Peterson said as he stood on crutches in the locker room. “I’m trying  to stay as positive as I can.”

The torn ACL would likely sideline Peterson for some nine months which could impact his return for the start of the next football season.