Dr. James Andrews will perform the operation Friday in Alabama, six days after Peterson tore the anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments in his knee while being tackled in a game against the Washington Redskins.
Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said Peterson will be back in Minnesota on Monday for the team's season-ending meetings. Peterson's rehabilitation work will be done in Minnesota and his home state of Texas.
Peterson was on crutches Thursday when he entered the locker room, but he didn't speak to reporters. He finished the season with 970 rushing yards and 13 total touchdowns in 12 games.
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