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RB Peterson won't need surgery for broken collarbone

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Minnesota Vikings first-round draft
pick Adrian Peterson will not need surgery to repair a broken left
collarbone.

Vikings doctors said Wednesday that the injury was healing fine
on its own and they will not have to give Peterson a protective
plate to prevent further injury.

Peterson, the No. 7 overall draft pick out of Oklahoma, first
injured his clavicle in a regular-season game early last season. The running back
missed the final seven games of the season but came back to play in
Oklahoma's loss to Boise State in the Fiesta Bowl in January.

Peterson re-injured the collarbone in that game, and it led some
to question whether he needed surgery, which brings a three- to
six-month recovery time. But after the final examination on
Tuesday, Vikings team doctors determined that he will not need
surgery.

"We felt the fracture was well on its way," team doctor Joel
Boyd said. "We thought it would be best to let it heal in a
natural way."