Adrian Peterson opts to have surgery on groin injury in the NFL off-season

Star Vikings running back looks to get rid of niggling problem once and for all. Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian...

Star Vikings running back looks to get rid of niggling problem once and for all.

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has opted to have surgery on his groin in the near future sources say after being plagued by the problem during a sub-standard run through the second half of the season.

Peterson met with Dr. William Meyers in Philadelphia on Wednesday and it was determined that surgery was necessary if he was to return to his best.

Meyers performed Peterson’s sports hernia surgery last off-season.

Peterson was plagued by the groin injury for much of the second half, missing two of the Vikings’ final four games and seeing limited action in the other two. It seemed to rob him of his breakaway speed, and he carried just 18 times for 58 yards in the Vikings’ last four games, as he lost his grip on his second consecutive rushing title.

But Peterson still managed to carry the Vikings’ offense while playing with the injury, recording a combined 67 carries in back-to-back overtime games against Green Bay and Chicago in November and December.

He had already opted out of the Pro Bowl, choosing to rest both his strained groin and the sprained right foot he sustained on Dec. 8 in Baltimore.

Through the injuries, Peterson still managed to rush for 1,266 yards and 10 touchdowns. Peterson rushed for 2,097 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2012 en route to his first career MVP award.

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