Vikings' Gerhart has torn MCL

Posted Jan. 04, 2012 @ 2:32 p.m.
Posted By PFW staff

The Vikings now have their top two running backs facing knee surgery this offseason with the news that Toby Gerhart has a torn MCL.

Gerhart suffered the injury in the Week 17 loss to the Bears and is debating having surgery to repair it. With Adrian Peterson (torn ACL) also on the mend, it could leave the Vikings without an established healthy running back for most of the offseason.

"He does have an MCL (tear) for sure," head coach Leslie Frazier said. "We're in hopes that he will not have to have surgery, but we have to revisit it in about three weeks."

The injury could have a 2-to-3-month recovery time. If it is not a complete tear, Gerhart could opt to let it heal naturally.

Next on the depth chart would be Lorenzo Booker, but the team also added Caleb King and Jordan Todman at season's end following Peterson's injury. King was given a $5,000 signing bonus after going undrafted in the supplemental draft out of Georgia, and Todman was plucked from the Chargers' practice squad.