Adrian Peterson's lengthy National Football League (NFL) career has been one of the most storied of any runningback the game has ever seen, but his best days are likely behind him.
The University Of Oklahoma alumni had an extremely successful career with the program, rushing for nearly 2,000 yards in his rookie season for 15 touchdowns. He wouldn't be able to replicate a season like that moving forward, however, rushing for just over 1,000 yards in his next two seasons and over 12 touchdowns each year. Peterson would forego his senior season to join the NFL, and was selected by the Minnesota Vikings with the seventh overall pick in the 2007 NFL Draft.
After spending nearly a decade with the Vikings and solidifying himself as not only one of the greatest runningbacks in the league, but one of the greatest of all time, not to mention racking up the second ever most rushing yards in a single season in NFL history, his time in Minnesota came to an end.
This year Peterson decided to sign with the New Orleans Saints, marking his first stint with another team as he signed a two year $7 million. The contract included a $2.5 million signing bonus. Over his final years in Minnesota, however, one thing that troubled Peterson's career was knee injuries.
In December of the 2011 NFL season Peterson suffered a nasty injury in a game that led to him suffering from a torn ACL and MCL, which would ultimately end his season. He would bounce back by having the best season of his career, and of any runningback in history, by rushing for 2,097 yards - the second most in a single season in the history of the league.
He suffered another knee injury in the 2016 NFL season that forced him to be sidelined for most of the season, before returning near the end of the year. Now per a report from NFL.com, Peterson "tweaked his knee a little in practice" and was held out of practice. His hold out from practice was a result of both the knee issue and taking a veteran break.
Peterson hasn't had a great season thus far, as his previous performance against the Panthers saw him rush for 33 yards on nine rushes.
What are your thoughts on Peterson missing practice yet again due to a knee issue? Are Peterson's best days behind him? Will he ever return to the calibre of player that he used to be? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below!
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