Peterson has successful abdominal surgery


December 24, 2011; Landover, MD, USA; Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (28) runs with the ball as Washington Redskins inside linebacker Perry Riley (56) chases in the second quarter at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Vikings running back Adrian Peterson had a successful surgery to repair an abdominal core muscle injury (sports hernia), the team announced Thursday.

The surgery happened early Thursday by Dr. William Meyers in Philadelphia. The team expects a speedy recovery with no long-term concerns.

This news adds a new layer to Peterson’s MVP season. Peterson’s abdominal injury began to appear on the injury report in early December, meaning he played with the injury through the latter part of the regular season, as well as the Wild Card and Pro Bowl game.

Peterson recovered quick from an ACL surgery in December of 2011 and nearly broke the single season rushing record in his return.