Vikings' Peterson Tears ACL and MCL; Out 8-9 Months

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Vikings' Peterson Tears ACL and MCL; Out 8-9 Months

December 26, 2011 Updated Oct 27, 2013 at 12:37 AM CST

Landover, MD (Northland's NewsCenter) --- Minnesota running back Adrian Peterson will miss eight to nine months with ligament tears in his left knee, the team confirmed on Monday.

Peterson tore both the anterior cruciate ligament and the medial collateral ligament in his left knee early in the third quarter of the Vikings win against Washington on Saturday.

The team's star running back is set to have surgery in the next 10 days, and from there the team hopes Peterson can return for the beginning of next year's regular season.

Rehab for an injury like Peterson's generally takes eight to nine months, according to Vikings trainer Eric Sugarman, adding that he believes Peterson has "the DNA to heal fast."

The Vikings are (3-12) this season and will close out the year next Sunday when they host the Chicago Bears at Mall of America Field.

Posted by Zach Schneider