The Minnesota Vikings may have dodged a big bullet when it comes to their star running back.

According to ESPN, Minnesota head coach Mike Zimmer announced to KFAN Radio that Adrian Peterson tore the meniscus in his right knee last night against Green Bay.

This is about the best news Vikings fans could hope for. A meniscus tear is something a player, even a running back, can recover from much more quickly than a torn ACL or MCL. Zimmer says there's no timetable for Adrian to be back on the field, but he also didn't rule out that he could even play in Minnesota's game this weekend against Carolina. That would seem very unlikely, however.

Peterson has just 50 yards on 31 carries this season. He led the NFL in rushing last year and also led the league in 2012, the season after he tore the ACL and MCL ligaments in his left knee.

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[via ESPN]