PLYMOUTH, Minn. - The Vikings' Adrian Peterson is in the conversation for the NFL's Comeback Player of the Year Award, but if he keeps putting up big numbers he there could be MVP chatter, too.
All of this after a devastating knee injury last December.
"So far he looks pretty good," chuckles Mike Muffenbier, a physical therapist at Accelerated Sports Therapy in Plymouth.
Peterson is on par with what is normally a six to nine month recovery process from an ACL/MCL tear, but it's the level that he's returned to that's dropping jaws.
"He doesn't look timid at all," says Muffenbier. "He plants and makes hard cuts because he trusts that knee's gonna be there."
Rehab specialists and orthopedic surgeons say what we're seeing on Sunday came from months of dedicated strength training. Keep in mind, following reconstructive surgery, the patient can't even lift their own leg in the air, let alone run.
"Having the injury is one insult to the knee, the surgery is the second insult to the knee," says Dr. Elizabeth Arendt, with the U of M Physicians group. "He's doing so well for many reasons, but mainly because he's an incredible athlete."
Experts do; however, remind young athletes not to compare their timetable to recovery with other athletes as everyone recovers differently.
Currently, Adrian Peterson leads the league in rushing yards.
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