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Adrian Peterson Injury Update: Vikings RB To Have MRI Monday

Adrian Peterson injury update: the Minnesota Vikings running back suffered an apparent knee injury in the third quarter of Sunday Night Football and did not return.

We have an Adrian Peterson injury update. Peterson, who won last year's rushing title, is set to undergo an MRI on his right knee after injuring it during Sunday night's game on a short run against the Green Bay Packers.

Peterson was helped off the field by trainers and was immediately ruled out for the remainder of the game. Here's video of the play:

"> Following the Vikings' 17-14 win, he was seen in the locker room with crutches and a large brace around his right knee:

According to Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald's father, he spoke to Peterson's wife and Peterson is reportedly putting weight on the leg and is doing fine. That's a sigh of relief for Vikings fans.

Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer spoke with reporters after the game and was optimistic, saying "He might miss a week. I don't know if he will or not. Whatever it was has calmed down now, so we'll see."

It sounds like good news for the Vikings, who have already had to overcome losing their starting quarterback, Teddy Bridgewater, to a dislocated knee and a torn ACL before the season even began.

This season Peterson enters the second year of his three-year, $44 million contract. He has rushed for 50 yards on 31 carries, with no touchdowns. Peterson tore both the ACL and MCL in his left knee during the 2011 season, only to return in 2012 and rush for 2,097 yards in the regular season and win the MVP award.

He is set to undergo an MRI Monday morning, which should reveal any major structural damage.

The Vikings travel to North Carolina next week to take on the 1-1 Carolina Panthers, led by reigning MVP Cam Newton.