Adrian Peterson could miss the remainder of the season after deciding to undergo surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee. His status prompted speculation that the Minnesota Vikings will look for the best possible replacement for the superstar running back.
According to ESPN, the Vikings and Peterson decided to go for the surgical procedure. Once the surgery is done, the 31-year-old running will need at least three months to recover. What will the Vikings do moving forward?
Minnesota Vikings Trading for Marshawn Lynch?
After Peterson went down with a knee injury, fans speculated that the Vikings could go after former Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch. The 30-year-old RB has already retired, but rumors about his possible comeback have been floating around over the past weeks.
Lynch remains undecided about his future. But according to Pro Football Talk, the Oakland native is not ruling out a return and could decide before Week 4 or Week 5 of the 2016 NFL season. It is worth noting, though, that the Vikings cannot acquire him directly since Lynch is still in contract with the Seahawks until 2017.
The Vikings do not have a lot of attractive pieces on the roster, which is why the Lynch to Minnesota rumors should be taken with a grain of salt. In fact, there is also a chance that Lynch might not return in the NFL at all.
Former Seahawks fullback Michael Robinson recently revealed on Periscope that he talked to Lynch about his future plans. Robinson said that Lynch informed him that he is not planning to return to action, and is contented with what he has been doing since announcing his retirement.
“Record this, everybody, please. Marshawn Lynch is retired,” Robinson said of his former teammate. “He told me from his own mouth. He said: ‘Dude, I’m not going anywhere. I’m as busy as I’ve ever been.’ He’s in Africa, he’s in Australia, he’s all over this world helping people.”
Minnesota Vikings fans who are hoping to see “Beast Mode” wreaking havoc for their team should stop dreaming. It remains to be seen what the Vikings will do to fill in the gap left by Peterson on the roster.