Originally written on Fox Sports North  |  Last updated 12/28/11

MINNEAPOLIS - NOVEMBER 22: Adrian Peterson #28 of the Minnesota Vikings rushes against the Seattle Seahawks at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome on November 22, 2009 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
Vikings running back Adrian Peterson remains in "severe" pain four days after taking a hit to the outside of his left knee, he said on Wednesday. Because of that pain, Peterson convinced renowned surgeon Dr. James Andrews to move up the surgery date from next Tuesday to this Friday after the hit he took in the third quarter of last Saturday's game against the Washington Redskins left him with a torn anterior cruciate ligament, torn medial collateral ligament and damage to the medial and lateral meniscus. With no damage to the surrounding cartilage, the Vikings expect an eight- to nine-month recovery period and are hoping Peterson can return for the start of the 2012 season, according to head athletic trainer Eric Sugarman. "We expect most people to recover from this injury in eight to nine months, and instead of comparing Adrian to any other player at any level that's had an anterior cruciate ligament and they happen every day I would really like Adrian to stand on his own merit b...
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