Adrian Peterson | RB | Minnesota Vikings
Posted: 4/21/2015 5:15pm et
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson remains a candidate to be traded, and a source close to the situation believes that if he isn't traded before or during the 2015 NFL Draft next week, that he will remain in Minnesota. The Arizona Cardinals, Atlanta Falcons, Dallas Cowboys, Jacksonville Jaguars, San Diego Chargers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers are in the mix for Peterson, and the source didn't include the Oakland Raiders, who had been mentioned in previous reports as a possible candidate. Peterson is under contract for three years and $43.25 million, but none of the money is guaranteed. The Vikes may be hard-pressed to receive a late first-round pick for Peterson, because of his age (30).
Huddle Up: Each of the seven teams certainly need RB help, and with this many involved there's a decent chance one of them will overpay a little and come up with a deal to the Vikes' liking After all, it only takes one ...
Posted: 4/20/2015 11:43am et
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson has a $250,000 offseason bonus in his contract for participating in all mini-camps, all organized team activities and reporting to training camp on time. The first day that has implications on that bonus is May 26 when OTAs begin.
Huddle Up: That's a drop in the bucket for someone who was paid a whole lot of money to not play much football last year, not to mention someone who is due more than $12 million this season. Peterson is going to have to show up to collect, however, or convince another team to make a trade offer the Vikings deem worthy. T-minus 36 days until the showdown...
Posted: 4/18/2015 12:19pm et
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson is drawing interest from the Oakland Raiders.
Huddle Up: If the bidding includes the fourth overall pick the Vikings would be foolish not to listen, as Peterson clearly wants out of Minnesota. Now we have to wait for Peterson's agent, father, and wife to weigh in on whether or not Oakland is an acceptable destination. And then there's the whole $12 million salary thing. Oh, and the Vikings having Peterson under contract and wanting fair value in trade if they do send him packing. So... yeah, lots of moving parts here.
Posted: 4/17/2015 7:20pm et
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson said earlier this week that he's not sure if he'll participate in the team's offseason program. Minnesota is set to start their offseason workouts Monday, April 20, with a mandatory minicamp in June. Peterson can now participate in all team activities after being reinstated from the commissioner's exempt list Friday, April 17.
Huddle Up: Peterson still appears intent on trying to force his way out of the Twin Cities, but look for the Vikes to sit tight as they await the best possible offer. And if nothing really tickles their fancy, it'll come down to either Peterson playing for the Purple next season or not playing at all.
Posted: 4/16/2015 3:54pm et
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson has been informed that he will be reinstated from the commissioner exempt list starting Friday, April 17. Peterson will not receive any further suspension after he is reinstated.
Huddle Up: Well, now the drama can officially be ramped up a notch or two as the Vikings were quick to release a statement welcoming Peterson back, but most indications are that the RB still prefers to move on to another team. You'll have no choice but to stay tuned ...
Posted: 4/8/2015 11:43pm et
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson is 'highly unlikely' to face more suspension from the league when he's finally off the Commissioner's Exempt List, according to a source. Peterson's next concern is clearing the way for his full return to the field this fall. 'Peterson wants to have a completely clean slate by the draft,' NFL Network analyst Ian Rapoport said.
Huddle Up: Peterson being reinstated prior to the draft would also help the Vikings, who could move the disgruntled back for picks and dip into the deep 2015 RB class for his replacement. It would also give fantasy owners plenty of time to figure out if and where Peterson will be plying his trade this season.
Posted: 4/6/2015 4:22pm et
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson is scheduled to meet with NFL officials this week to discuss his reinstatement for the 2015 season. He is eligible to be reinstated April 15.
Huddle Up: There's no guarantee Peterson gets the nod from Roger Goodell, as his offseason has focused more on complaining about how his team wronged him rather than demonstrating any contrition for his actions. If and when he gets reinstated, then the staredown can begin in earnest between Peterson (and his agent and wife) and the Vikings.
Posted: 4/4/2015 6:24pm et
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson could be a target for the Cleveland Browns, in the opinion of ESPN reporter Jeremy Fowler. The Browns have $30.96 million in salary cap space, so they could afford to make a trade for Peterson.
Huddle Up: If the Browns want to package one of their talented sophomore backs with a pick or two, the Vikings might be willing to listen. Or maybe Cleveland is just upping the ante, waiting for Jerry Jones and the Cowboys to get involved.
Posted: 3/23/2015 8:28pm et
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson's agent, Ben Dogra, said Monday, March 23, that he doesn't think 'it's in Adrian's best interest to play in Minnesota' in 2015 and beyond. Peterson remains under contract with the Vikings, and the team brass expects him to remain in Minnesota. Dogra also refused a meeting with general manager Rick Spielman several days ago.
Huddle Up: The Vikings have already indicated that, in essence, it's not in their best interest to give Peterson away for nothing. So unless Dogra wants to negotiate a reasonable trade offer for Peterson or wants AP to sit out another season, he may want to re-evaluate what's in the best interest of his client.
Posted: 3/23/2015 8:28pm et
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson is expected to be part of the Vikings next season, according to general manager Rick Spielman. 'Adrian's a member of our football team,' Spielman said. 'He is under contract with us, and we are focused on the 2015 season and expect Adrian to be a part of that.' Peterson has met with team officials twice this offseason to discuss his future. Spielman would not say if Peterson has asked for a trade or if the team has received interest from other teams.
Huddle Up: This has been the Vikings' party line all along. Peterson is under contract, so his options are pretty limited if the Vikings don't intend to release him and don't like any of the lowball trade offers being bandied about: he could hold out, in which case (unlike last year) he wouldn't get paid for a second straight season of inactivity, or he could retire. If Peterson wants to return to football, right now the Vikings hold all the cards.
Posted: 3/22/2015 11:56pm et
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson's future remains unclear, but head coach Mike Zimmer recently said that the Vikings are 'excited' to have him back. Zimmer had previously said that if Peterson wanted out of Minnesota that the Vikings would accommodate the request.
Huddle Up: Perhaps Zimmer is now going along with the sentiments of the Vikings' front office. In any case, the talk and posturing are growing stale on both sides, and the time for some actual news on the AD front may actually be growing near.
Posted: 3/20/2015 5:35pm et
Updating an ongoing story, Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson is clearly wanted back by the organization, and general manager Rick Spielman once again stressed that they will make every effort to bring back their star running back in 2015. 'Adrian is under contract and a member of our football team,' Spielman said. 'We've stated that, our owner has stated it, our head coach has stated it. There is no question that we want Adrian Peterson back on our football team.' The Vikings recently informed Peterson that they will not release him, but a trade remains possible. Minnesota could also sign Peterson to a less expensive three-year deal but guarantee him more money.
Huddle Up: The Vikings may want AD back, but the feeling doesn't exactly seem to be mutual as the RB's agent has seemingly spent most of the offseason trying to drum up outside trade interest. The biggest obstacle in any case is Peterson's mega deal, which is scheduled to pay him $12.75 million this coming season.
Posted: 3/19/2015 12:26am et
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson's agent was told Wednesday, March 18, by general manager Rick Spielman that the running back will not be released by the team.
Huddle Up: The Vikings hold the cards in this situation, so long as they're willing to keep paying Peterson's salary. This gives them a little more leverage in a trade situation, though by all accounts the team continues to try to persuade Peterson to play out his contract in Minnesota.
Posted: 3/17/2015 4:18pm et
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson may not be going to the Arizona Cardinals. A reliable source close to the team has said the Cardinals wouldn't add Peterson with three years and $45 million left on his contract.
Huddle Up: Peterson's massive contract is going to continue to be a sticking point, and a pay reduction/restructured deal is likely going to be a necessity wherever he lands.
Posted: 3/5/2015 10:11pm et
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson's meeting with head coach Mike Zimmer and general manager Rick Spielman went well after the parties spent more than four hours at Peterson's home. 'We had a great dialogue and they were able to understand where I was coming from and concerns my family and I still have. We respect each other and hopefully the situation can pan out so that everyone involved is content,' Peterson said.
Huddle Up: The odds still seem to be against Peterson returning to the Vikings and are on the side of a trade, but then again, things have rarely played out to expectations in this ongoing saga. Stay tuned as the new league year/start of NFL trade season arrives next week.
Posted: 3/2/2015 6:31pm et
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson, who was put back on the commissioner's exempt list last week, has had 'open dialogue' with the team, according to general manager Rick Spielman. Spielman continues to say that the Vikings want Peterson to return in 2015. However, Peterson has been 'uneasy' about returning. The Vikings can cut Peterson or talk to him about restructuring his contract at any time since he's back on the exempt list.
Huddle Up: Expect this one to come down to money, as Peterson is unlikely to find another team willing to pay a 30-year-old running back $12 million. Unless Peterson really wants out of Minnesota, in which case he can either hold out and get nothing or hope the Vikings get an offer they can't refuse.
Posted: 2/27/2015 8:05pm et
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson could be a trade target for the Indianapolis Colts. QB Andrew Luck hasn't had a successful running game behind him so far in Indianapolis. However, Colts running backs not named RB Trent Richardson averaged close to 5.0 yards per carry in the last two seasons.
Huddle Up: Arizona and Dallas (still) also are mentioned as trade destinations for Peterson as signs are starting to point that his run in the Twin Cities might be finished once he's reinstated by the league. A Luck-Peterson pairing would most definitely be juicy, and Indy is certainly in need of a RB after the first-round-pick-for-Richardson trade proved to be a colossal flop. Stay tuned ...
Posted: 2/26/2015 7:02pm et
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson's suspension was overturned by U.S. District Judge David S. Doty on Thursday, Feb. 26. However, the NFL also announced that they will appeal the ruling, and Peterson will return to the Commissioner's Exempt List. 'Judge Doty's order did not contain any determinations concerning the fairness of the appeals process under the CBA, including the commissioner's longstanding authority to appoint a designee to act as hearing officer,' the league said in a statement.
Huddle Up: The Vikings and Peterson cannot have contact with each other and nothing can happen until he is formally reinstated by the league -- and who knows when that will happen if it carries through with the appeal. At least (we believe) the latest it will be is April 15 -- the date when his suspension was originally due to end. Just don't say we didn't warn you that this would be a true soap opera.
Posted: 2/26/2015 4:38pm et
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson's suspension has been overturned after a judge granted a motion from the NFL Players Association to vacate the suspension. The NFL is expected to appeal the decision.
Huddle Up: Peterson was originally scheduled to be reinstated April 15, but that has been pushed up almost two months, barring the league winning an appeal. In the meantime, there still remains much uncertainly over whether the RB will return to play for the Vikings, where he's scheduled to count $15.4 million against the salary cap. Peterson can be traded when the new league year begins March 10.
Posted: 2/23/2015 11:15pm et
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson's father denied a report that Peterson no longer wants to play for Minnesota. Peterson's father said Peterson is still open to a return to the Vikings. Peterson himself said earlier this month that he feels uneasy about returning to Minnesota because he felt there were some people in the organization who wanted him off the field last season. It was also previously reported that Peterson's agent and members of the Vikings' front office had a heated exchange during the NFL Scouting Combine this week.
Huddle Up: On the one hand it appears as if Peterson is doing everything possible to burn his bridges with the Vikings; on the other, seeing as the team can't officially have any contact with the suspended Peterson it's quite likely no trade request has taken place... at least yet. It's also likely that should the Vikings opt to guarantee some of Peterson's hefty contract through the next two seasons, all will be forgiven and he'll happily collect paychecks in Minnesota--once the league clears him to return to action.
Posted: 2/23/2015 3:55pm et
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson's situation with the team worsened during the NFL scouting combine as his agent and members of Minnesota's front office had a heated verbal altercation, according to sources. Peterson's agent, Ben Dogra, reportedly said that Peterson would never play for the Vikings again.
Huddle Up: Peterson is doing just about everything he can to burn any remaining bridges back to the Vikings, and in the process driving any possibility of a trade opportunity into the tank as well. Of course, pending the results of his appeal hearing he can't even petition for reinstatement until April so at this juncture you have to believe the Vikings' Plan A calls for moving forward--and away from Peterson--at the running back position.
Posted: 2/23/2015 1:41am et
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson has not asked for a trade to the Dallas Cowboys and has not had any conversations with Vikings general manager Rick Spielman, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.
Huddle Up: The Peterson-to-Big D rumors have been circulating for years, but have recently picked up steam with AD's off-field troubles and DeMarco Murray's free agency. It's a juicy story line that figures to have legs for a while.
Posted: 2/20/2015 5:45pm et
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson hasn't softened his stance, despite general manager Rick Spielman and head coach Mike Zimmer reaching out to him. Peterson said he is "Uneasy" about the prospect of returning to play for the team and may want a fresh start somewhere else. Peterson said lack of trust is a major issue in his uneasiness to return. The team has no intentions of cutting him, so a trade would be the only option.
Huddle Up: As of right now, Peterson won't be reinstated until April 15, and the Vikings cannot have direct contact with him in the meantime, so it remains quite the uncertain mess. Complicating matters is that Peterson is due to make $12.75 million in base salary this coming season so there is much to still be decided. Stay tuned ...
Posted: 2/19/2015 9:18am et
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson continues to have the support of the team, and general manager Rick Spielman said, 'We expect Adrian Peterson to be part of our football team' next season. President Mark Wilf said earlier this week that the team would welcome Peterson back with open arms. Peterson can't be reinstated until April 15, but the NFL Players Association is suing the league in federal court to expedite his return. It's unknown if Minnesota would keep Peterson on his current contract with a base salary of $12.75 million for 2015.
Huddle Up: It doesn't seem like fitting AD under the salary cap will be an issue, and so long as he is taking the requisite steps to get out from under his suspension he'll be welcomed back by the franchise. Of course, there's still an appeal to be heard and a suspension to be lifted, plus the possibility Peterson may be looking for a fresh start with a team closer to Super Bowl contention than the Vikings.
Posted: 2/11/2015 8:13pm et
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson said he would like to return to the team, and owner and president Mark Wilf said the Vikings reciprocate that feeling. However, Peterson must comply with the NFL before doing so.
Huddle Up: The Vikings need to hope the league gives them some idea of Peterson's status prior to free agency and the draft; thus far the league hasn't exactly been expediting the process.
Posted: 2/11/2015 5:58pm et
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson is undergoing counseling in order to fulfill the conditions for reinstatement by the NFL. An NFL spokesperson declined to comment on what impact it could have on his suspension. Peterson is not eligible to apply for reinstatement until April 15. Peterson acknowledged regretting the incident and said it will never happen again.
Huddle Up: The league continues to hope Peterson will just go away, but so long as he continues to clear the stated hurdles for reinstatement he should return from his 15-game suspension for a misdemeanor in time for the start of the 2015 season. Whether or not that will be with the Vikings, however, remains to be seen.
Posted: 2/5/2015 4:03pm et
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson's reinstatement hearing will be held Friday, Feb. 6, in federal court in Minneapolis. The NFLPA filed a lawsuit in December for his immediate reinstatement, seeking to overturn a November ruling that he be suspended until at least April 15.
Huddle Up: This hearing will be just the first domino to fall in what's sure to be a headline-filled offseason for the soon-to-be 30-year-old RB.
Posted: 1/27/2015 11:37pm et
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson was directed by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell to meet with a league-assigned psychiatrist following Peterson's suspension. The National Football League Players Association is now crying foul on the commissioner's mandated counseling, arguing that Goodell did not have the power to enforce such a stipulation. The NFLPA said the terms of Peterson's suspension violate the limits of Goodell's power under the collective bargaining agreement.
Huddle Up: Just when you think the Peterson drama has passed and all parties can move on, more back-fighting and bickering surface, clouding the RB's already murky future.
Posted: 1/15/2015 2:51pm et
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson is wanted back by general manager Rick Spielman once he is eligible to apply for reinstatement April 15. 'I don't know if there's a team in the NFL that wouldn't want Adrian Peterson on the football team,' Spielman said Wednesday, Jan. 14.
Huddle Up: In the very least, Peterson will have some trade value, although the 3 years remaining on his 6-year, $86.3 million contract will be a sticking point with any team.
Posted: 12/31/2014 12:34am et
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson will be wanted back by head coach Mike Zimmer when Peterson's suspension ends next year. "I think he's a good person. I think obviously he's a great running back, and if it works out that way and things work out and he gets his life in order then I will be in his corner whenever the decision is made [to bring him back or not]." Peterson was told earlier this month that he would serve a two-game suspension next year for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy.
Huddle Up: Peterson's fate will certainly be one of the bigger stories of the off-season after playing in only one game in 2014, and his big-$$$ contract will be a key factor in any decision.
Posted: 12/13/2014 10:27am et
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson said he considered retirement from the NFL because he is disappointed with the disciplinary system. 'I've considered retiring from the NFL,' Peterson said. 'I still made $8 million dollars this year. I've thought about getting back into the real estate (business in Texas) I'm already in. That's something I've been interested in, something I'm involved in. I've thought about getting back into that. I've thought about going after the Olympics -- you only live once. It might be time for me to pursue that, as well. I love playing football, don't get me wrong, but this situation is deeper than that. For me, it's like, 'Why should I continue to be a part of an organization or a business that handles players the way they do? Making money off the field anyway, why not continue to pursue that (Olympic) dream and pursue other dreams and hang up the cleats?''
Huddle Up: Peterson may be frustrated with the NFL's disciplinary system but he's not going anywhere. He'll do everything he can to get back on the field in 2015. Peterson is still a must-hold in dynasty leagues.
Posted: 12/12/2014 10:37pm et
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson's appeal of his suspension has been denied by the appointed appeals officer. Peterson likely will be reinstated if he does what he needs to do between now and April 15. Peterson could take his case to federal court.
Huddle Up: Peterson's forgettable 2014 season has come to an end. His future with the Vikings is up in the air. Peterson turns 30 in March and despite his off-the-field issues is still a strong hold in dynasty leagues.
Posted: 12/5/2014 10:19am et
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson is likely, but not certain, to be reinstated by league appeals officer Harold Henderson next week, in the opinion of columnist Peter King. The team would have to decide whether to activate him for the final three games.
Huddle Up: You think things are interesting now, wait and see what happens if the league and Peterson put the ball in the Vikings' court. There have been reports that the team's own counsel worked against Peterson being reinstated this year; then there's the issue of what fans and--more importantly--team sponsors say about his return. And football wise there's the possibility that the Vikings are looking to get out from under Peterson's contract sooner rather than later. That's a whole lot to take place in the next few days; as the kids say, get your popcorn.
Posted: 12/3/2014 10:25am et
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson hasn't received a settlement offer by the NFL or the NFLPA, as arbiter Harold Henderson has urged.
Huddle Up: Little chance this situation gets resolved in time for Peterson to play this year, but some closure would be nice heading into the offseason so keeper leaguers can plan accordingly.
Posted: 12/2/2014 10:48am et
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson could have his appeal of a suspension by the NFL end up in federal court if the National Football League Players Association is not convinced of the hearing officer's neutral status.
Huddle Up: What, you thought this situation would clear itself right up? Peterson may not play again this season, but the courtroom battle is far from over.
Posted: 11/18/2014 10:05am et
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson was suspended without pay for at least the rest of the 2014 season for violating the NFL Personal Conduct Policy Tuesday, Nov. 18. Peterson is appealing the suspension. Peterson would be eligible for reinstatement no earlier than April 15, if his suspension is upheld. Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a letter to Peterson that he 'has shown no meaningful remorse' and laid out a counseling and treatment program that will determine how long the ban lasts.
Huddle Up: Get out your popcorn, this one's going to get interesting. The league looks to lean on the court of public opinion, banning Peterson for a misdemeanor with no language that violates the new ad hoc abuse rules thrown together in the wake of the Ray Rice case. Already battling the NFLPA on Rice, the league opens another front on Peterson. With the wheels of justice spinning slowly in the NFL, don't look for Peterson to come back and help your fantasy squad this season. As for his future in Minnesota, that may be determined as much by his price tag as it is by whatever outrage Goodell can drum up from the public--and, perhaps more importantly, the team's corporate sponsors.
Posted: 11/17/2014 8:06pm et
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson had his grievance heard Monday, Nov. 17, by an independent arbitrator, and it only lasted around 30 minutes, according to sources. Peterson is looking for immediate reinstatement since his court case was resolved. The arbitrator told both sides that a decision will come quickly, and a decision could be made as soon as Tuesday, Nov. 18.
Huddle Up: A quick decision is definitely what the Vikings and fantasy GMs are hoping for so we can all move on to the rest of the season.
Posted: 11/15/2014 6:13pm et
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson did not show up for a scheduled hearing Friday, Nov. 15, despite agreeing to the meeting earlier in the week, according to a source. Peterson did not provide the NFL with an alternative date. Friday's hearing would have been for a disciplinary decision about Peterson's past and future regarding family violence. Peterson is also scheduled for a conference call hearing Monday, Nov. 17, dealing with Peterson's status on the commissioner's exempt list.
Huddle Up: There's a chance Peterson could suit up for Week 12. A decision is expected to made to be made about Peterson's status next week, so owners should know something soon.
Posted: 11/12/2014 9:56am et
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson's hearing on his expedited grievance will happen by Monday, Nov. 17. The grievance must be resolved within five days after the hearing, which means a decision must come by Saturday, Nov. 22.
Huddle Up: It looks like we'll have some clarity soon so definitely try to hold on another week if you've been stashing Peterson.
Posted: 11/10/2014 7:55pm et
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson had a grievance filed on his behalf against the NFL by the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) on Monday, Nov. 10. The NFLPA asks that Peterson be removed from the Commissioner's Exempt list "based on explicit language in a signed agreement."
Huddle Up: More wrangling and red tape surely awaits, but hang tight to Peterson if you can spare the roster space.
Posted: 11/6/2014 6:50pm et
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson has been informed by the NFL that his case will be reviewed under the personal conduct policy. Peterson has the right to a hearing before any possible punishment is imposed. Peterson will remain on the commissioner's exempt list until the review is over. According to a source, Peterson could still face a league-imposed suspension as being on paid-leave is not considered discipline.
Huddle Up: Even though there are far more questions than answers at this point, Peterson is still worth a speculative roster spot in almost all leagues.
Posted: 11/5/2014 4:35pm et
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson still has many steps ahead of him before NFL commissioner Roger Goodell reinstates him after he reached a plea deal in his child abuse case, according to a league source. First, the NFL will examine the court documents and police reports of the case. The NFL will convene experts on domestic violence and domestic abuse. Next, the NFL will hold a hearing with Peterson and the NFLPA. It is possible there will be a direct meeting with Goodell and Peterson, unless Goodell appoints another hearing officer. Next, the NFL will consult with the Vikings and the union. Finally, the NFL will apply the personal conduct policy. There is no hurry, but there is also no delay in starting this process, according to a league source. Any decision isn't likely to come until next week at the very earliest.
Huddle Up: Peterson's once-unlikely 2014 return now seems definitely more plausible, if not likely, but who knows if, when and/or where that will occur given the current state of disciplinary affairs in the league. Peterson, though, is most definitely worth a roster spot if he's somehow still out there in your league.
Posted: 11/4/2014 4:07pm et
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson pleaded no contest to one count of misdemeanor reckless assault Tuesday, Nov. 4 in Montgomery County in Texas. The plea didn't include reference to family violence or violence against a minor. Under the agreement accepted by the judge, Peterson will pay a $2,000 fine, be put on probation and perform 80 hours of community service. He will not serve any jail time. It's unknown if the NFL will suspend Peterson in addition to the eight games he's served.
Huddle Up: Peterson is on the commissioner's exempt list, and only Roger Goodell can reinstate him. Since this is misdemeanor charge with no jail time, there seems to be a decent chance he could be reinstated soon and assessed a hefty fine as has been paid during his 8-game absence. Definitely stay tuned ...
Posted: 10/9/2014 4:42pm et
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson could be arrested again for admitting to smoking some marijuana while on bond, according to sources. Montgomery County prosecutors have filed documents to have Peterson arrested again.
Huddle Up: Peterson continues to make inane choices, and it's just another reminder not to expect him back on the field anytime this season.
Posted: 10/8/2014 1:55pm et
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson's trial for reckless or negligent injury to a child is tentatively scheduled to start Dec. 1, according to his attorney.
Huddle Up: Peterson has been on the NFL's exempt/commissioner's permission list since Sept. 17, and is barred from all team activities until his case is resolved so unless he secures an earlier trial, his 2014 season is likely done.
Posted: 10/7/2014 3:04pm et
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson is expected to plead not guilty to child-abuse charges for allegedly disciplining his son when he appears in court Wednesday, Oct. 8. A trial date could be set, but it is not certain if that will happen.
Huddle Up: There's certainly a new player-conduct climate in NFL 2014, and don't count on Peterson being reinstated until his case is settled. When that happens is anyone's guess, so keep him well off your fantasy radar until further notice.
Posted: 9/22/2014 10:41am et
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson wants his representation to accelerate his trial date for child-abuse charges, with the goal of getting it set for 2014, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. The broader goal will be to resolve the charges in time for Peterson to return to action for the Vikings this year. He would need to resolve the charges in a way that doesn't expose him to a potential suspension without pay under the personal-conduct policy.
Huddle Up: Plenty of scuttlebutt about Peterson's future, with many opining that he's played his last game as a Viking. There's also word that his legal team wants to force the Vikings' hand by getting Peterson reinstated this season. From a strictly fantasy football perspective, only those banking on Matt Asiata aren't hoping for a quick resolution as to the availability of one of the league's elite backs.
Posted: 9/17/2014 8:57am et
The Minnesota Vikings announced RB Adrian Peterson was placed on the Exempt/Commissioner's Permission list Wednesday, Sept. 17, which will keep him away from the team indefinitely.
Huddle Up: The time-table for Peterson's return now falls to the legal process - which is likely to take a while. His first court hearing isn't even scheduled until October 8th. The Vikings will now roll with Matt Asiata as their starter in the backfield, but don't sleep on the talented Jerick McKinnon.
Posted: 9/16/2014 4:05pm et
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson doesn't have the support of Minnesota governor Mark Dayton. Dayton thinks the Vikings should suspend Peterson after the team announced Monday that he's cleared to play in Week 3 against the New Orleans Saints. Peterson was indicted Friday, Sept. 12, on charges of negligent or reckless injury to a child, and he sat out in Week 2.
Huddle Up: Even though the Vikings have made their announcement, don't be the least bit surprised if the suddenly image-conscious NFL intervenes this week and suspends Peterson.
Posted: 9/15/2014 1:27pm et
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson is expected to play in Week 3 following his deactivation in Week 2, the team announced Monday, Sept. 15. He will participate in practice fully this week.
Huddle Up: Peterson was activated on Monday and he'll start Sunday against the Saints. He obviously resumes his place as a Top 5 fantasy RB.