EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. Adrian Peterson fairytale season just gained a final plot twist.
The Minnesota Vikings have announced Peterson, the NFL's MVP after rushing for the second-highest, single-season total in league history, had surgery Thursday for a sports hernia. Peterson dealt with an abdominal injury during the final few weeks of a season in which he finished with 2,097 rushing yards in his comeback from major knee surgery.
Peterson's surgery was performed by Dr. William Meyers in Philadelphia, the nation's foremost sports hernia repair surgeon.
"We expect a speedy recovery with no long-term concerns," the team said in a release Thursday, which is not a surprise because recovery time after this surgery is usually four to six weeks. The fact Peterson was able to play so well while dealing with the injury, however, just adds more nuance to an amazing season.
Peterson, who was coming back from tears to the anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments ...