Source: RB Peterson to have groin surgery

Updated: January 22, 2014, 10:35 PM ET


ESPN.com news services


Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has opted to have surgery on his groin in the near future, a source told ESPN’s Josina Anderson.

Peterson met with Dr. William Meyers in Philadelphia Wednesday and it was determined that surgery was necessary.

Meyers performed Peterson’s sports hernia surgery last offseason.

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.

Information from ESPN.com Vikings reporter Ben Goessling was used in this report.

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