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28 Adrian Peterson RB
Height/Weight: 6-1/217 | Birthdate: 3/21/1985 | Birthplace: Palestine, TX, USA | Team: Minnesota | College: Oklahoma | NFL Experience: 8 | Owned/Started%: 60/11 | Average Draft Position: 4.81
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Report: Adrian Peterson pleads not guilty to child abuse charge


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(10/14/2014) As expected, Vikings running back Adrian Peterson entered a not guilty plea to the charge of reckless or negligent injury to his 4-year-old son, according to court documents obtained by NFL.com. Peterson's trial has been tentatively set for Dec. 1.

Peterson remains on the Exempt/Commissioner's Permission list and is not allowed to participate in any team activities.


Report: Prosecutors seek to have Peterson arrested for drug violation


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/9/2014) Montgomery County, Texas, prosecutors have filed documents to have suspended Vikings running back Adrian Peterson arrested again after he admitted to using drugs in violation of his bond conditions, according to FOX 26 News in Houston.

Court records indicate Peterson admitted to a staffer while giving his urine sample Wednesday he had "smoked a little weed" before the test. As a result, the Montgomery County District Attorney has asked the judge in this case to set aside Peterson's $15,000 bond and have him arrested again. However, no action will likely be taken Thursday because the judge presiding over Peterson's child-abuse case is facing a recusal hearing scheduled to take place Friday.


Report: Adrian Peterson's trial set for Dec. 1


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(10/8/2014) Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is scheduled to go on trial Dec. 1, reports Pro Football Talk. Peterson is charged with reckless or negligent injury to his 4-year-old son.

When Peterson's attorney, Rusty Hardin, asked Wednesday for a trial date before Thanksgiving, Judge Kelly Case said Dec. 1 was the earliest available date, the report said. However, Case said the date could be moved up if other cases on the docket get resolved.

Peterson is seeking a quick trial in hopes of getting exonerated and returning to football this season, the website said. He agreed Wednesday not to have contact with his son, who lives with his mother, during the court case, the report said.


Report: Adrian Peterson to push for Dec. 1 trial date


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(10/7/2014) The attorney for Vikings running back Adrian Peterson will ask for a Dec. 1 trial date at Wednesday's court hearing in Texas, reports Pro Football Talk. Peterson is scheduled to appear on a charge of child abuse.

According to the report, Peterson wants a quick trial date so he can return to football this season if he gets exonerated. Prosecutors have said it could be 6-18 months before the case goes to trial.

Dec. 1 is the Monday following Thanksgiving weekend.


Report: Trial date for Adrian Peterson likely won't be set Wed.


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/7/2014) The District Attorney's office in Montgomery County, Texas -- where Vikings running back Adrian Peterson will be arraigned Wednesday on child abuse charges -- do not anticipate a trial date being set, according to CBSSports.com NFL Insider Jason La Canfora. Assistant DA Phil Grant has expressed several times it could be 6-18 months before Peterson's case goes to trial.

Report: Adrian Peterson to plead not guilty


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(10/7/2014) Vikings running back Adrian Peterson will plead not guilty to the child abuse charge against him if he's asked for a plea at Wednesday's court hearing in Texas, his attorney told ESPN.com. Peterson was indicted by a grand jury on a charge of reckless or negligent injury to a child.

He remains on the Exempt/Commissioner's Permission List, and it's unclear if he'll be eligible to play again this season.


Vikings' Adrian Peterson to attend court hearing Wednesday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10/6/2014) Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is expected to be present Wednesday in a Texas courtroom to defend himself against child abuse charges, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport on Monday.

Peterson was indicted by a grand jury in Montgomery County, Texas for reckless or negligent injury to a child. He was placed on the Exempt/Commissioner's Permission list shortly after Week 2. His playing status for the rest of the season remains uncertain.


Prioritizing running backs on the waiver wire


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/30/2014) The running back position has been a tough one to pin down for Fantasy owners this season, with so many big names struggling -- if they aren't out of action entirely. With this in mind, it is more important than ever to hit on your waiver-wire pickups. Jamey Eisenberg's top waiver-wire targets at the running back position are as follows:

The Vikings' Jerick McKinnon, The Ravens' Justin Forsett and Lorenzo Taliaferro, the Browns' Isaiah Crowell and the Texans' Alfred Blue. Additionally, Andre Williams of the Giants, Darrin Reaves of the Panthers and Denard Robinson of the Jaguars are mentioned as possible options worth targeting.

If you need a roster spot, consider dropping Adrian Peterson, DeAngelo Williams and Darren McFadden this week. 


Adrian Peterson could discuss plea deal prior to court date


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/18/2014) Vikings running back Adrian Peterson could discuss a plea deal prior to his October 8 court date, according to CBSSports.com Football Insider Jason LaCanfora. 

If that were the case, it's unclear how it would impact Peterson's availability. The Vikings have said Peterson would not return until his legal issues have been resolved, but the NFL can still opt to punish Peterson based on the findings from his case. As LaCanfora notes, if the case goes to trial, it could take months before it's resolved. 


Report: Vikes intend to bring back Adrian Peterson


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) The Vikings "intend to bring back" running back Adrian Peterson once his legal case is resolved, reports ESPN's Adam Schefter. Early Wednesday, the team put Peterson on the Exempt/Commissioner's Permission List, meaning he can't play or participate in any team activities until further notice.

Peterson is scheduled to appear in court Oct. 8. He's charged with injuring his 4-year-old son.


Vikings place Adrian Peterson on Exempt/Commissioner's Permission list


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/17/2014) The Vikings released a statement early Wednesday morning that running back Adrian Peterson has been placed on the Exempt/Commissioner's Permission list, which means he cannot play until further notice.

The statement was signed by Zygi Wilf and Mark Wilf.

"This has been an ongoing and deliberate process since last Friday’s news," the statement said. "In conversations with the NFL over the last two days, the Vikings advised the League of the team's decision to revisit the situation regarding Adrian Peterson. In response, the League informed the team of the option to place Adrian on the Exempt/Commissioner’s Permission list, which will require that Adrian remain away from all team activities while allowing him to take care of his personal situation until the legal proceedings are resolved. After giving the situation additional thought, we have decided this is the appropriate course of action for the organization and for Adrian."


Report: Vikings could 'reverse course' on Adrian Peterson move


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/16/2014) The Vikings may "reverse course" on the decision to let running back Adrian Peterson play in Week 3, Pro Football Talk reports.

With Minnesota governor Mark Dayton calling for Peterson's suspension and the team losing sponsor Radisson Hotels in the wake of Peterson's re-activation, the team may decide to de-activate the running back yet again and keep him off the active roster until his legal situation has been resolved.


Governor calls for Vikings to suspend Adrian Peterson


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/16/2014) Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton said the Vikings should suspend running back Adrian Peterson until accusations of child abuse against him have been resolved, reports the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Peterson was deactivated Week 2 but, as of now, is back with the team and expected to play Week 3 at New Orleans.

Adrian Peterson's attorney: Latest allegation 'simply not true'


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/15/2014) Adrian Peterson's attorney said the latest allegation about the Vikings running back, that he was involved in a second child abuse investigation, "is simply not true."

"The allegation is more than one year old and authorities took no action," said the lawyer, Rusty Hardin. "An adult witness admittedly insists Adrian did nothing inappropriate with his son."

In the 2013 incident, a 4-year-old son of Peterson's had a scar on his forehead after Peterson acknowledged disciplining him, according to KHOU in Houston. How the injury happened was never made clear, and authorities did not bring charges.


Report: Adrian Peterson was investigated in another abuse case


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/15/2014) Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, who's under indictment for reckless or negligent injury to a child in a case involving his 4-year-old son, was investigated for another accusation of child abuse last year in regard to one of his other sons, reports KHOU 11 News Houston.

The report said that boy, who also was 4 at the time, had a scar on his forehead after being disciplined by Peterson for cursing at his sibling. Charges were not brought against Peterson in that case.

According to KMSP-TV in Minneapolis-St. Paul, this "new" case could be used as evidence in the current investigation.


Adrian Peterson's court date delayed until Oct. 8


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/15/2014) Vikings running back Adrian Peterson originally was scheduled to appear in a Texas court Wednesday on a charge of reckless or negligent injury to a child -- his 4-year-old son. But his arraignment has been postponed to Oct. 8, reports NFL.com.

Peterson, who's expected to play Week 3 at the Saints, released a statement Monday. It read in part: "I never, ever intended to harm my son. I will say the same thing once I have my day in court."


Adrian Peterson expected to play Week 3


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9/15/2014) The Vikings announced Monday running back Adrian Peterson will participate in practices and meetings this week, and he is expected to play Week 3 against the Saints. 

The following statement was released Monday by Vikings owners Zygi Wilf and Mark Wilf:

Today’s decision was made after significant thought, discussion and consideration. As evidenced by our decision to deactivate Adrian from yesterday’s game, this is clearly a very important issue. On Friday, we felt it was in the best interests of the organization to step back, evaluate the situation, and not rush to judgment given the seriousness of this matter. At that time, we made the decision that we felt was best for the Vikings and all parties involved.

To be clear, we take very seriously any matter that involves the welfare of a child. At this time, however, we believe this is a matter of due process and we should allow the legal system to proceed so we can come to the most effective conclusions and then determine the appropriate course of action. This is a difficult path to navigate, and our focus is on doing the right thing. Currently we believe we are at a juncture where the most appropriate next step is to allow the judicial process to move forward.

We will continue to monitor the situation closely and support Adrian’s fulfillment of his legal responsibilities throughout this process.


Vikings issue inactives for Sunday game


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/14/2014) The Vikings have released their inactives for the Week 2 game against New England. The healthy inactives are quarterback Christian Ponder, running back Adrian Peterson, guard David Yankey and defensive end Scott Crichton.

Those injured are linebackers Brandon Watts (knee) and Michael Mauti (foot) and wide receiver Rodney Smith (hamstring).


Adrian Peterson to appear in court within two weeks


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/13/2014) Vikings running back Adrian Peterson will have a court appearance sometime within the next two weeks, the Associated Press reports.

Peterson was processed at the Montgomery County jail Saturday and released on $15,000 bond. He's charged with causing injury to a child age 14 or younger, allegedly by spanking one of his sons with a wooden switch. A spokesman from the league said Saturday that the case "will be reviewed under the NFL's personal conduct policy."

Peterson has been de-activated for the team's Week 2 game against the Patriots.


Vikings deactivate Adrian Peterson for Week 2


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/12/2014) The Vikings have deactivated running back Adrian Peterson for Week 2 against the Patriots while he handles his legal situation, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Peterson has been indicted by a grand jury in Montgomery County, Texas for reckless or negligent injury to a child and a warrant was issued for his arrest.

Peterson will get paid but will not dress for Sunday's game, as the team continues to gather more information on his indictment.


Vikings issue statement regarding charges filed against Adrian Peterson


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/12/2014) The Vikings have issued a statement regarding the charges filed against running back Adrian Peterson on Friday. Peterson was ordered to turn himself in to Texas law enforcement officials in response to an indictment on charges of injury to a child, according to Jay Glazer of FOX Sports.

"The Vikings are in the process of gathering information regarding the legal situation involving Adrian Peterson. At this time, we will defer further questions to Adrian’s attorney Rusty Hardin."

It remains to be seen if the team will allow Peterson to play on Sunday against New England.


Report: Adrian Peterson indicted for injury to child


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/12/2014) Vikings superstar running back Adrian Peterson has been ordered to turn himself in to Texas law enforcement officials in response to an indictment on charges of injury to a child, according to Fox Sports NFL Insider Jay Glazer.

Peterson has been charged with reckless or negligent injury to a child, myfoxhouston.com has reported. No other details have been provided, but the legal problem places in doubt the status of Peterson for the Sunday game against New England.


Vikings backfield in good shape for Week 2


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/12/2014) Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was back at practice as expected Friday, and is not expected to be limited in Week 2 against the Patriots. He sat out Thursday's practice, though not for any injury reasons.

Reserve back Zach Line (ankle) is officially probable for Sunday's game. 


Coach: Adrian Peterson took veteran's day off Thursday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/12/2014) Mike Zimmer has confirmed that the absence of Vikings stud running back Adrian Peterson from Thursday practice was merely a veteran's day off, per ESPN.

Peterson is coming off a mediocre start to the season. He managed 75 yards rushing on 21 carries in an easy win over St. Louis.


Adrian Peterson sits out Thursday, but not due to injury


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/11/2014) Vikings running back Adrian Peterson didn't take part in practice Thursday, but it's not considered serious.

Peterson warmed up with the club, but left before practice started. The team said Peterson's absense is not related to an injury. Minnesota has been cautious with Peterson during the preseason, and the club may be looking to limit his reps in practices.