No surgery needed on Vikings halfback Toby Gerhart's sprained MCL
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The Minnesota Vikings' top running back is recovering from major knee surgery. Their No. 2 running back has avoided even a minor procedure.
Toby Gerhart won't need surgery to repair a sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee.
Gerhart suffered the injury in the Vikings' Jan. 1 finale against Chicago. The plan was to re-evaluate him when he returned from a vacation to Hawaii, and that examination determined the MCL can heal with rest and rehabilitation instead.
Starter Adrian Peterson, who had his anterior cruciate ligament replaced and his MCL repaired on Dec. 30, said on Friday he is targeting a Week 1 return. But the odds are good his workload will be limited out of the gate, if he plays at all, and that should mean more carries for Gerhart.