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Adrian Peterson Has A Torn LCL

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Brad Childress just said it during his Monday news conference.  Peterson's LCL is torn, but the rest of the knee looks to be okay.  No damage to the ACL, PCL, MCL, or meniscus or anything else.

The good news is that it looks like Peterson is NOT going to need surgery, but the Vikings are still unsure how long he's going to be out.

Here's an explanation of an LCL tear:

A common injury. Usually the foot is bent outward, away from the midline and a pop or tearing sensation is felt on the inner side of the knee. The injury is graded or rated 1, 2, or 3. Grade I is bruised ligament with no instability. These injuries are painful but not unstable. Grade II injuries have mild to moderate instability. These injuries represent partial or incomplete tears. Treatment on grade I and Grade II injuries are the same ice, ace, anti inflammatory medication, early motion - especially stationary cycling. Many people use an immobilizer brace for 1 - 2 weeks for walking. Flexibility is usually normal in 2-4 weeks. Full return to vigorous pursuits in 3 - 6 weeks. Return to normal in 10-12 weeks. Grade III injuries are very unstable and are often associated with other injuries. These should be evaluated by an MD.

According to Childress, Peterson's tear is graded as a "2+."  So, he's going to be out for a while.  At least a few weeks, to be sure.  Childress said that if this had happen to a lineman, they'd be braced up and out there on the field.  Obviously this is a little bit different.

We'll get more into the ramifications of this later on this evening.  I just wanted to make sure the info got out there for now.