Adrian Peterson injury: Vikings RB practices after sports hernia surgery

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Peterson is no stranger to injury, but does he actually play better when he's hurting? It certainly seems appears that way.

Adrian Peterson had surgery to repair a sports hernia in February, and he is already back on the practice field in May. There's little hyperbole left to describe the Vikings running back and what he has been able to overcome in regards to injury so far in his career.

After tearing his ACL toward the end of the 2011 season, many people doubted that Peterson would be able to show the same production and explosiveness when he came back. He certainly was not the same player when he returned last year; Peterson ran for a career-high 2,097 yards and was named the AP NFL MVP and Offensive Player of the Year.

Peterson had been quietly battling the abdominal strain for at least a month, but that didn't stop him from nearly putting up the most rushing yards by a running back in NFL history. He had told ESPN that the injury was first suffered in Week 10 against the Lions; Peterson ran for 861 yards over his final five games following the game against Detroit.

That would mean that with an abdominal strain that later required surgery, Peterson put up numbers that would be on pace for a 2,755-yard season over 16 games.

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