Zimmer announces Adrian Peterson has torn meniscus

The Minnesota Vikings have proven adept at overcoming injuries early this season. That toughness will continue to be tested.

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said on KFAN Monday afternoon that Adrian Peterson suffered a torn meniscus during Sunday night’s win over the Packers. Zimmer later told reporters Peterson is currently “going through the evaluation process to figure out what the next procedure will be and the options that we have.”

As torn knee ligaments go, this could qualify as relatively good news. When Peterson was carried to the locker room in a depressing scene Sunday night, there was a natural fear that Peterson could be lost for the season with a torn ACL. He should be able to return from this injury, although the timetable to return is unclear. Zimmer did not entirely dismiss the possibility that Peterson would play this week.

After the game, Cutler was wearing a cast when he told reporters he will undergo tests Tuesday to determine the extent of the injury.

“I’m concerned,” Cutler told reporters. “You know, as a quarterback, you kind of need your right thumb. I think I was 12 or 11 when I had surgery on this thumb, so we’ll see what it is.”

McCown’s body broke down just one week after Cleveland lost Robert Griffin III in the season opener. It’s a trying situation for Jackson, who never expected to fly through two veteran passers in as many weeks to start the year.

Kessler was a mixed bag in the preseason, to be kind, and certainly has a lot to learn over a short period of time. Jackson talked about the team still exploring their options at the position, noting that rookie Kevin Hogan could be activated off the practice squad with passer-turned-receiver Terrelle Pryor as another option.

Jackson even joked about running the single wing, which isn’t a terrible idea if the team keeps losing players at this pace. The Browns are building for tomorrow — why not get wild today?

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