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Adrian Peterson Even Shocked Doctor Andrews

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Andy King

I somehow managed to miss this story last week, but it's too good not to mention something about here.

I know that we could all go for years without seeing the names "Adrian Peterson" and "Doctor James Andrews" in the same story, but in this case it's something good. Andrews, the noted surgeon to star athletes, has performed countless procedures over his years in the field, but even he had never seen anything quite like Adrian Peterson on his operating table.

Jeff Darlington from NFL.com has the story.

So Andrews found the parents, who had just watched the surgery from an observation room in Andrews' medical center in Birmingham, Ala., and provided an explanation that perhaps foreshadowed the miraculous recovery ahead.

"I can't believe it," Andrews told them, in a conversation recalled by Peterson's father, Nelson, during a phone interview with NFL.com. "For this guy to have played as much football as he's played his whole life, and not to have hardly any wear and tear, it's incredible. I've never seen a football player, especially one who runs and cuts as much as he does, with a knee in that condition. It's like a newborn baby."

Again, I'm not sure of the exact number of surgeries that Dr. James Andrews has performed over the course of his medical career, but I know he's been at it for a long time. For him to see something for the first time at this stage is pretty phenomenal.

Just another thing that makes Peterson's recovery from his knee surgery that much more amazing than even the most optimistic fan could have hoped.