NFL - MVP Peterson has surgery to repair hernia

Adrian Peterson, who nearly broke the National Football League's single-season rushing record last season during an MVP campaign, had surgery on Thursday to repair a sports hernia, the Minnesota Vikings said.

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Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson accepts the award for the NFL Fantasy Player of the Year during the NFL Honors award show

Peterson, who was named the NFL's Most Valuable Player for the 2012 season a year after suffering a torn knee ligament, is expected to make "a speedy recovery with no long-term concerns," the Vikings said in a statement.

Despite an injury that forced the Vikings to list Peterson on their injury report in the final month of the 2012 season, Peterson kept playing and came within nine yards of breaking Eric Dickerson's single-season rushing record set in 1984.

Peterson rushed for 199 yards in a victory over the Green Bay Packers that closed out the regular season and secured a play-off berth for the Vikings.

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