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Adrian Peterson has torn meniscus, no timetable for return

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Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (28) is helped off the field after getting injured during the second half of an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016, in Minneapolis.

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson suffered a torn meniscus in his right knee Sunday night, but his timetable for return is unclear, coach Mike Zimmer said Monday.

Peterson suffered the injury in the third quarter of the Vikings' 17-14 win against the Green Bay Packers.

Zimmer said Peterson would sit down with team doctors and evaluate the available options.

"We're going through the evaluation process," Zimmer said in his news conference. He declined to address whether Peterson would be able to practice or play in Week 3 against the Carolina Panthers.

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Peterson had just 19 yards on 12 carries when he left the game.

The running back has three options: play through it, have doctors trim the meniscus or fix the meniscus.

Until that decision is made, the timeline is wide-ranging -- meaning Peterson could be out up to 10 weeks or miss no time at all.

The Vikings already were dealt a significant blow this season when quarterback Teddy Bridgewater suffered a torn ACL and dislocated knee. Minnesota had to move quickly to replace him with Sam Bradford via a trade.

“We’re not going to be the only team in the league to have injuries," Zimmer said. "It's just part of professional football.”

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