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Adrian Peterson could be sidelined for fantasy owners due to knee injury

The Minnesota Vikings are not ruling out their starting running back for Week 3 yet, despite a meniscus tear. We break down the fantasy implications.

Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer announced on KFAN Monday that running back Adrian Peterson tore his meniscus in the team’s Week 2 division victory over Green Bay. Peterson got up from a short run late in the third quarter clutching his knee and struggled to put weight on his leg. He had to be helped off the field and did not return to the game. In the same radio interview, Zimmer did not completely rule out his seven-time Pro Bowl RB for Week 3 in Carolina. However, Yahoo NFL insider Charles Robinson reports that Peterson and the Vikings are considering two recovery options, partial repair surgery with a minimum four-week sit or full repair with a four-month sit.

Fantasy Impact: Peterson is no stranger to injury and recovery. Now in his 10th season, he is embarking on what could be another miraculous comeback. Peterson and the Vikings will have big decisions to make in the coming week. Fantasy owners should not expect much from the star RB for multiple weeks, even if he suits up. Look to Jerick McKinnon and Matt Asiata to split the work out of the backfield in Peterson’s absence.