Adrian Peterson - RBPosted 11/18/14 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.
Adrian Peterson - RBPosted 11/17/14 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.
Kyle Rudolph - TEPosted 11/15/14 12:25am ET
Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (hernia) fully participated in practice Friday, Nov. 14, and is probable for Week 11.
Huddle Up: Rudolph will play for the first time since Week 3, but his workload could be somewhat curtailed due to the long layoff.
Adrian Peterson - RBPosted 11/15/14 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.
Kyle Rudolph - TEPosted 11/13/14 6:28pm ET
Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (hernia) returned to a full practice Thursday, Nov. 13, after being limited Wednesday, Nov. 12.
Huddle Up: Seeing the TE ramp up his practice workload is the best sign yet that he'll be able to return to action in Week 11. See if the Friday outlook remains just as promising.
Adrian Peterson - RBPosted 11/12/14 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.
Kyle Rudolph - TEPosted 11/12/14 6:49pm ET
Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (hernia) was a limited participant in practice Wednesday, Nov. 12.
Huddle Up: Rudolph, who has been out since Week 3, has targeted this game -- the contest following the team's Week 10 bye -- to make his return. See what the outlook is after a couple more days of practice.
Kyle Rudolph - TEPosted 11/10/14 3:27pm ET
Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (abdomen) was able to do some things during practice Monday, Nov. 10, and the team hopes he will be able to return to the field in the near future, according to head coach Mike Zimmer.
Huddle Up: Rudolph could play this week but either way he'll be back on the field soon. Rudolph should be added in all leagues.
Adrian Peterson - RBPosted 11/10/14 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.
Adrian Peterson - RBPosted 11/6/14 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.
Adrian Peterson - RBPosted 11/5/14 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.
Adrian Peterson - RBPosted 11/4/14 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 ...
Cordarrelle Patterson - WRPosted 11/4/14 7:30pm ET
Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater and WR Cordarrelle Patterson continued to struggle on their deep connection in the Week 9 win over the Washington Redskins. Getting the ball into Patterson's hands has been a struggle ever since Bridgewater returned in Week 4. Patterson had only one catch on seven targets early in the game, and Bridgewater didn't throw his way again. Head coach Mike Zimmer admitted that their continues to be a disconnect with Bridgewater and Patterson on the field. Bridgewater has struggled on deep throws in general this year, ranking 20th in throws 20 yards and beyond.
Huddle Up: There was renewed hope in Patterson following a season-high 6 catches for 86 yards in Week 8, but that quickly evaporated in this past Sunday's debacle. The bye this week could help straighten out some of the issues, but definitely don't keep holding on to Patterson if there are some more intriguing options on the waiver wire.
Kyle Rudolph - TEPosted 11/4/14 11:40pm ET
Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (hernia) is eyeing Nov. 16 versus the Chicago Bears for his return. Rudolph said he needs to get himself in football shape and said mentally he's given himself 2weeks to get ready.
Huddle Up: Rudolph, who garnered plenty of preseason hype as a TE on the rise, has been out since Week 3 and could be a decent stretch-run pickup if your waiver wire is bare and you're hurting at TE.
Kyle Rudolph - TEPosted 11/3/14 11:04pm ET
Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (abdomen) said his goal is to return after the team's Week 10 bye.
Huddle Up: Rudolph has been out since Week 3, and backup Chase Ford has picked up the slack of late, hauling in 11 passes for 127 yards and a TD over the last 2 games.
Kyle Rudolph - TEPosted 10/30/14 7:37pm ET
Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (abdomen, groin) did not practice Thursday, Oct. 30.
Huddle Up: Rudolph, who's been out since Week 3, has been doing conditioning work on the side as of late but don't look for his return until Week 11 at the earliest. The Vikings do have a bye in Week 10, giving the TE 2 more weeks to recover.
Cordarrelle Patterson - WRPosted 10/29/14 4:21pm ET
Minnesota Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson (foot) is expected to practice all week, according to head coach Mike Zimmer.
Huddle Up: Patterson caused a scare when he was seen wearing a walking boot earlier this week, but he'll be good to a go this weekend in a favorable matchup against the Washington secondary.
Cordarrelle Patterson - WRPosted 10/27/14 11:13pm ET
Minnesota Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson (foot) is out of his walking boot and is expected to be fine, according to head coach Mike Zimmer. He reportedly suffered a bruised foot during Sunday's OT win over the Bucs.
Huddle Up: Good news for Patterson owners who saw the WR garner a season-high 12 targets and finish with 6 receptions for 86 yards -- both also season highs -- in the game. See what his activity level is in practice this week, but definitely expect him to play in Week 9 as of right now.
Kyle Rudolph - TEPosted 10/23/14 4:14pm ET
Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (hernia) participated in the team stretch before practice Thursday, Oct. 23. Rudolph did some running off to the side with a trainer.
Huddle Up: A player to stash or a name to keep in mind if you're hurting at TE as Rudolph should be back in a few weeks.
Cordarrelle Patterson - WRPosted 10/13/14 10:35am ET
Minnesota Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson (hip) said Sunday, Oct. 12, that he still wasn't completely healthy during the Week 6 game against the Detroit Lions. He was taken out at several different points Sunday when his injury was bothering him. He caught just two passes for 15 yards, and he had his first backfield carry since Week 1 which went for a loss of two yards. 'I don't feel like I'm 100 percent. I should be next week,' Patterson said. 'Just keep getting treatment, just keep grinding in treatment and do what it takes.'
Huddle Up: There was plenty wrong with the Vikings' offense on Sunday, the least of which might have been Patterson's hip. At this point he's been a complete fantasy bust based on where he was likely drafted; you could view it as a buy-low opportunity if you think the Vikings will figure out how to get him the ball.
Matt Asiata - RBPosted 10/13/14 10:42am ET
Minnesota Vikings RB Jerick McKinnon played 58 offensive snaps in Week 6, while RB Matt Asiata played in just 15. McKinnon had 11 rushes for 40 yards and a team-high six catches for 42 yards.
Huddle Up: Not much of anything was working for the Vikings' offense, but it's interesting that McKinnon grabbed such a large share of the workload. Not that Asiata is anything special, but the expectation for McKinnon was that there would be a learning curve as he transitioned from option quarterback in college to NFL running back. Going forward expect Asiata to still have a role in the Vikings' offense, but it very well could be the junior role in Minnesota's backfield job share.
Cordarrelle Patterson - WRPosted 10/10/14 6:39pm ET
Minnesota Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson (hip) fully participated in practice Friday, Oct. 10, and is probable for the team's Week 6 game.
Huddle Up: Patterson should be fine health-wise, but the question remains his usage as he's had only 13 total touches (12 receptions, 1 rushing attempt) since Week 1.
Adrian Peterson - RBPosted 10/9/14 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.
Adrian Peterson - RBPosted 10/8/14 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.
Teddy Bridgewater - QBPosted 10/8/14 3:25pm ET
Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater (ankle) won't have any concerns with his sprained left ankle in Week 6 against the Detroit Lions. He said Wednesday, Oct. 8, that he's '100 percent' after missing the Week 5 game last Thursday. Bridgewater also said he won't wear anything to protect his ankle against the Lions in his second career start. 'The training staff here has done a great job of just helping me get that strength back in my ankle,' Bridgewater said. 'On Sunday, I'll just be able to play at full speed.'
Huddle Up: The rookie will make his second career start Sunday against the Lions, and that should be good news for the rest of the Vikings' supporting offensive cast which struggled right along with Christian Ponder in last Thursday's loss to the Packers.
Teddy Bridgewater - QBPosted 10/7/14 3:04pm ET
Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater (ankle) is returning to practice Tuesday, Oct. 7, after missing the team's Week 5 game last Thursday, according to sources.
Huddle Up: Pencil Bridgewater in at QB this Sunday vs. the visiting Lions and scratch Christian Ponder -- a move that should be good for the Vikings' surrounding offensive fantasy cast all-around.
Adrian Peterson - RBPosted 10/7/14 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.
Christian Ponder - QBPosted 10/3/14 12:34am ET
Minnesota Vikings QB Christian Ponder was 22-of-44 for 222 yards and 2 interceptions Thursday, Oct. 2 in a 42-10 road loss to the Green Bay Packers. He was sacked 6 times, but had 3 carries for 15 yards and the Vikings' only TD of the night.
Huddle Up: Ponder, already the third QB to start for the Vikings this season, was not good and served up a reminder why the team has moved on at the QB position. To be fair, Ponder also received little protection or help from his offensive skill-position teammates, but definitely look for the Vikings to do everything they can over the next 11 days to get starter Teddy Bridgewater and his sprained ankle rehabbed and ready to return for the Week 6 game against the Lions.
Cordarrelle Patterson - WRPosted 10/3/14 10:55am ET
Updating previous reports, Minnesota Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson (hip) said he wouldn't have left the game Thursday, Oct. 2, if it were a close game. He said he'll be fine for Week 6. He also said he wanted to be more involved in the offense after being targeted just four times in Week 5.
Huddle Up: Getting the ball to Patterson has been an issue for the Vikings, but the return of Teddy Bridgewater under center should help get CP back on track.
Teddy Bridgewater - QBPosted 10/3/14 10:55am ET
Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater (ankle) should be ready to start in Week 6, head coach Mike Zimmer said Thursday, Oct. 2.
Huddle Up: Vikings fans, as well as anyone forced to watch Thursday night football, say thank you.
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