Vikings put Peterson on IR; Kalil has labral surgery on hip

Posted September 26, 2016

Adrian Peterson was placed on injured reserve Friday by the Minnesota Vikings, another sign that his time with the team could be over following surgery to fix a torn meniscus in his right knee.

The Vikings moved Peterson to injured reserve but can activate one player from the list provided he misses eight weeks.

The team was hopeful that Peterson might only miss a few games, but it appears their star running back could be done for the year.

This week they lost Peterson and starting left tackle Matt Kalil (hip) to long-term injuries, but they remain confident that all is not lost heading into a Week 3 matchup at Carolina.

Dr. Larson is a renowned orthopedic sports medicine surgeon who specializes in ACL reconstruction, meniscal fix, hip arthroscopy and several other procedures.

McKinnon hopes to give the Vikings (2-0) a boost in the running game. Kalil was also placed on injured reserve this week.

Peterson was limited in two games against the Tennessee Titans and Green Bay Packers, held to just 50 yards on 31 carries before leaving last Sunday's 17-14 win over the Packers with the knee injury. He has started all 66 games, plus two in the playoffs, since the Vikings made him the fourth pick in the 2012 draft out of USC. Kalil's contract will expire after this season. The Vikings might have to lean even more on a defense that has forced three turnovers in each of the first two games and kept both opponents well under 100 yards rushing.

Defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd had an arthroscopic procedure to clean up cartilage damage in his right knee done Thursday by Dr. James Andrews.

"A lot of it is you prepare for the scheme and then you're aware of the back that's in there, whichever back it ends up being", Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said.

Shamar Stephen has filled in for Floyd in the defensive line rotation.

Rhodes has returned to practice this week, which could affect Waynes' playing time.

Minnesota wide receiver Stefon Diggs, who leads the National Football League in receiving yards with 285, also missed practice Friday.

But the truth of the matter is, Bradford's discolored left hand, bruised after being hit by Clay Matthews in the Vikings great win over the Packers on Sunday night, is small potatoes on the Vikings injury menu.