Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson might need surgery to repair the groin injury that bothered him since early November, according to USA TODAY.
Peterson is scheduled to visit Dr. William Meyers, who performed his sports hernia surgery last year, according to the newspaper, after Peterson suffered through most of the last half of the 2012 season dealing with that injury.
Peterson missed the final two games in December because of foot and groin injuries. He decided last week not to play in the Pro Bowl because of the injuries.
"I'm going to do what's best for my body. If I'm not feeling like I'm healthy enough where I want to be to go, then I'm not playing," Peterson said of the Pro Bowl after the Vikings' final game of the regular season.
If surgery is required, the expected recovery time is about two months.
"My body is young," the 28-year-old Peterson said after the season. "I've got a different body. My body recovers quickly. We'll see. I have a lot of time to rest now. I'll just try to enjoy it."
Peterson finished the 2013 season with 1,266 yards after getting a franchise record 2,097 yards rushing in 2012, which came up four yards short of the NFL single-season record. In the final four games, he rushed only 18 times and missed two of those games because of the injuries.
Peterson is scheduled to visit the specialist in the coming week to determine if surgery is necessary.
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