A. Peterson to Miss at Least One Game With Torn Knee Ligament

Minnesota Vikings rookie tailback Adrian Peterson has a torn ligament in his right knee and will miss at least one game, Coach Brad Childress announced today.

Peterson suffered a torn lateral collateral ligament during Sunday's loss to the Green Bay Packers, Childress said during a news conference. Childress said that Peterson won't play this weekend against the Oakland Raiders but declined to say how long he'll be sidelined. Childress called the tear a "two-plus" on a scale of one to three, with three being a complete tear.

Peterson remains the NFL's rushing leader with 1,081 yards despite managing only 45 yards in the 34-0 defeat to the Packers. He had run for 296 yards, the single-game NFL record, the previous weekend against the San Diego Chargers and had crept into discussions about being a candidate for the league's most valuable player award as well as the rookie of the year.

Chester Taylor, a 1,200-yard rusher last season who began this season as the starter ahead of Peterson but had faded into the background in recent weeks, likely will return to the starting role in Peterson's absence.

By Mark Maske |  November 12, 2007; 2:24 PM ET  | Category:  Vikings
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