Vikings Running Back Adrian Peterson to Have Knee Surgery Today

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson will have surgery today to repair two torn ligaments in his left knee, six days after he was injured in a win against the Washington Redskins.

Peterson, 26, who is in his fifth season with the Vikings, was selected for the Pro Bowl in each of his first four National Football League seasons. He finished this season with 970 yards rushing, after running for at least 1,298 yards in each preceding season.

Peterson was placed on injured reserve on Dec. 26, two days after tearing the anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments in his left knee. Vikings trainer Eric Sugarman had said the surgery would take place early in 2012.

“In this case, everything was in place to have the surgery,” Vikings coach Leslie Frazier told reporters yesterday. “He’s anxious to get his surgery done and get started on his rehab.”