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Updated: January 8th, 2013 1:15pm
Adrian Peterson to undergo evaluation; Chris Kluwe to have knee scoped

Adrian Peterson to undergo evaluation; Chris Kluwe to have knee scoped

by Tom Pelissero
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Halfback Adrian Peterson will have his abdominal issue evaluated after the Pro Bowl, and punter Chris Kluwe will undergo surgery to repair the meniscus in his left knee.

Those were the two most significant injury updates in Minnesota Vikings coach Leslie Frazier's postseason media conference on Tuesday.

Peterson's abdominal injury -- described by Frazier on Tuesday as a "core muscle issue" -- first appeared on the injury report before the Dec. 16 game at St. Louis. He dropped out late in the following week's game at Houston but nonetheless led the NFL in rushing.

Kluwe was on the injury report beginning with the Nov. 4 game at Seattle. He didn't miss any game time and finished the season ranked 22nd in gross average (45.0 yards) and 17th in net (39.7) among full-time punters.

Frazier also confirmed end Jared Allen will undergo surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder after the Pro Bowl, which will be played on Jan. 27 in Honolulu.

Quarterback Christian Ponder (triceps), cornerback Antoine Winfield (broken hand) and linebacker Tyrone McKenzie (shoulder) all should heal without surgery, Frazier said.

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