Toby Gerhart Fantasy News
Adrian Peterson to have groin surgery
Thursday, January 23, 2014, 10:34am
For the third consecutive offseason, Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has plans to go under the knife. ESPN's Josina Anderson reported Wednesday night that Peterson soon will have groin surgery in Philadelphia. Dr. William Meyers, who operated on Peterson's sports hernia last season, will perform the surgery.
It's a good time to ask whether the Vikings should think about giving another running back a few of Peterson's carries during the season, though it's questionable whether Toby Gerhart would want to come back for a supporting role when he could have bigger opportunities coming as a free agent this spring.
Peterson, for that matter, isn't one to ask for less work, but he might be getting to an age where both he and the Vikings are better served by an attempt to reduce his mileage somewhat.
Peterson's ticket to a lesser workload could actually come through new offensive coordinator Norv Turner, who became San Diego's coach at a similar point in LaDainian Tomlinson's career. Tomlinson was 28 when Turner took over the Chargers in 2007, and as Turner leaned more on San Diego's passing game, the Chargers dialed back Tomlinson's workload. He carried 315 times in 2007 -- down 33 carries from his 31-touchdown season of 2006 and the second-fewest of his career to that point.
Recovery should take about 4-6 weeks. At 29, Peterson will still enter 2014 redrafts with a 1st round ADP, but his long-term outlook obviously isn't as bright as it once was.
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Adrian Peterson out Week 17
Saturday, December 28, 2013, 7:38pm
Peterson has been plagued by a groin injury suffered last week against Cincinnati and a foot injury sustained earlier this month.
Tuesday, December 24, 2013, 11:47am
Adrian Peterson out, Toby Gerhart 'not expected' to play
Sunday, December 15, 2013, 12:00am
It sounds as if Peterson has been ruled out, as expected, while there is still a slim chance that Gerhart plays. But we'll likely see a lot of Asiata and Banyard. In his senior year, Matt Asiata rushed for 695 yards and eight TDs on 155 carries (4.5 YPC) to go along with 32-195-1 in passing game. Neither player has done anything on the NFL level, so this is a situation to avoid if at all possible.
Peterson, Gerhart questionable for Week 15
Friday, December 13, 2013, 5:09pm
Minnesota Vikings coach Leslie Frazier announced Friday that Peterson is questionable with a foot injury for Sunday's game against the Philadelphia Eagles. His backup Toby Gerhart also is questionable for the game. Frazier indicated Peterson would be a game-time decision.
Peterson and Gerhart both did light drills at Friday's practice. Frazier indicated that Peterson's stride looked good.
"He looked far better than I anticipated," Frazier said. "It was impressive, when you consider the initial diagnosis. He's unique."
Peterson doesn't have anything to play for other than a possible rushing title, so we're expecting him to sit out, though we should know more on Saturday or early Sunday. (The Vikings play early on Sunday.) If he can't go, Gerhart would be a solid start in his place, though he's dealing with a hamstring injury that might keep him out as well. If neither can play, Matt Asiata would get the call.