EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. Adrian Peterson has seen the replays of his devastating knee injury.
On Christmas Eve, the Minnesota Vikings' 100 million man dropped to the turf at Washington's FedEx Field after Redskins safety DeJon Gomes hit Peterson's left knee while his leg was planted.
On Friday, talking to the media for the first time since a torn ACL and MCL required surgery, Peterson recalled watching the play and feeling the pain all over again.
"Oh yeah," he said, grimacing when asked if he'd seen replays. "Just looking at it, your leg is not where it's supposed to go that way, at all. But I knew right off the top, when I got hit, that it was something devastating. And just watching the play kind of puts the cherry on top for it. But it is what it is."
Peterson, flanked by Vikings' head athletic trainer Eric Sugarman, was free from crutches for the first time Friday and walked to the press conference with a heavy brace on his knee.