EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) -- Good news for the Minnesota Vikings. First-round draft pick Adrian Peterson will not need surgery to repair a broken left collarbone.
Team doctors say the injury is healing on its own and they will not have to insert a protective plate to prevent further injury. Surgery would likely have required up to six months of recovery time.
Peterson, the seventh overall pick out of Oklahoma, injured his clavicle in a game early last season. He missed the final seven games of the regular season but returned to play against Boise State in the Fiesta Bowl in January.
Peterson reinjured the collarbone during that outing leading many to believe he'd require surgery in order to get back to 100 percent.