Adrian Peterson suffers knee injury in Vikings' win

An ugly evening for Adrian Peterson just got worse.

The Vikings running back was ruled out of Sunday night's win over the Packers after suffering a knee injury in the third quarter, per the team.

Peterson hopped off the field without putting any weight on his right leg before being helped to the locker room.

The All-Pro back struggled mightily before the injury, amassing just 26 total yards on 14 touches before exiting the game. Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer told reporters after the game that Peterson will undergo an MRI exam this morning.

Unfortunately, Peterson is no stranger to leg injuries. The legendary runner tore his left ACL in December 2011 only to return and lead the NFL in rushing the following season.

The news could not come at a worse time for the Vikings, who have already dealt with a season-ending knee injury to starting quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.

For as long as Peterson is out of commission, look for the combination of Matt Asiata and Jerick McKinnon to carry the load. The Vikings don't have another runner on the roster outside of fullback Zach Line. The injury puts plenty of pressure on quarterback Sam Bradford to make the most of star receiver Stefon Diggs and Minnesota's air attack.

It's obviously a team-altering setback for the resilient Vikings. That's always the case when you lose a Hall of Fame-caliber player. We'll update this post as we hear more about Peterson's status.

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