Adrian Peterson Underwent Sports Hernia Surgery

USA TODAY Sports

The legend of Adrian Peterson's magnificent 2012 NFL season has managed to become even more greatly enhanced.

It was announced by the Minnesota Vikings a couple of hours ago that the 2012 NFL Most Valuable Player underwent surgery for a sports hernia. The team released the following statement:

Adrian Peterson had a surgical procedure done today by Dr. William Meyers, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Dr. Meyers was able to successfully repair Adrian's abdominal core muscle injury (sports hernia). We expect a speedy recovery with no long-term concerns.

So, what is a sports hernia, exactly? Well, per the Star-Tribune article linked above, it is defined as follows:

The typical sports hernia occurs when the muscle layer of abdominal wall in one specific area becomes thin relative to the other areas. This may result in a tear or strain in one of the abdominal muscles or the fascia of the abdominal wall. When that happens, the underlying internal organs, particularly the intestines, push up against the muscular wall and can cause significant pain. A sports hernia rarely causes any visible bulge in the muscle wall, so it is often overlooked for some time before it is diagnosed. The most common symptom of a sports hernia is a dull, aching pain in the lower abdomen or groin that gradually increases in severity. This pain generally increases with exercise or activities such as running or weight lifting.

But, in the immortal words of Forrest Gump, Adrian Peterson just kept running.

Compared to what Peterson went through this past off-season, this seems like child's play in comparison. The team doesn't expect any long-term issues, and neither do I. . .even though the other 31 NFL teams might consider the NFL's best player getting 100% healthy again to be an issue.

And now, a musical tribute to this news about Adrian Peterson.

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