If Adrian Peterson needs groin surgery it 'wouldn't be a major deal'
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"I'm sure if he gets the surgery -- from everything I've heard it wouldn't be a major deal, maybe it'd be a month or two out, but that's what the offseason is for," Felton said Monday morning on the Judd Zulgad show. "He'll work hard, he'll do everything he needs to do to come back strong, I don't have any doubts about that."
In the minds of some Vikings fans, the offseason solution to an in-season problem raises further questions as to why Peterson played in Week 16 against the Cincinnati Bengals during a lost season.
"You always look at those things but this business is so competitive and your job is on the line every week. So it's so hard to tell a guy that can help you win, 'we want you to sit this one out.'
"I remember we were playing Cincinnati and there were a couple runs where there was more there and his normal self is going to take advantage of that," Felton said.
But just because Peterson wasn't his usual self doesn't mean it was a mistake to play him, Felton suggested Monday.
"Coach [Leslie] Frazier did a good job of just saying, 'Adrian, I've got to shut you down.' [Peterson] wasn't happy about it, but it was the best thing for him. I think they did a good job of that," Felton said. "They watched him, they monitored him. Obviously he's saying, 'I'm fine, I'm fine, I'm fine.' They did a good job of stepping in when they thought they had to."