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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%: 98/12 | Average Draft Position: 4.81
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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. 


Adrian Peterson totals 93 yards in season opener vs. Rams


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/7/2014) Vikings running back Adrian Peterson gained 75 yards on 21 carries and added 18 yards on two receptions in his team's 34-6 blowout win over the Rams Sunday.

Considering the final score, it's a little disappointing Peterson was unable to reach the end zone. He managed to score multiple touchdowns in each of his last two season openers before coming up short against a solid Rams rush defense. He broke off his game-high 17-yard carry at the beginning of his team's second drive of the game and continued to grind out yards as the points continued to pile up for the Vikings. Peterson is set to face the Patriots at home in Week 2.


Adrian Peterson faces tough test vs. Rams


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/3/2014) Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is a beast, and any type of Fantasy analysis will confirm that as such. But how good has he been in Week 1 throughout his career?

Peterson has taken part in Week 1 seven times in his career, and during that stretch, he's never failed to score double-digit Fantasy points in standard leagues. Peterson has averaged 19 carries for 106.9 rushing yards and 1.9 receptions for 18.6 receiving yards in Week 1 competition while scoring 10 times. That performance would put him on this pace over a 16-game season: 306 carries, 1,709 rushing yards, 30 receiptions, 297 receiving yards and 23 TDs. Pretty stellar, right?

However, Peterson may not have ever faced a Week 1 test as tough as this Rams defense. The front four continues to get better, with highly regarded defensive tackle Aaron Donald joining Michael Brockers, Chris Long and Robert Quinn to give offensive lines fits. The Rams defense already posted the third-best rush DVOA in the league last year, per Football Outsiders. How much better will they be this year?

Fortunately, running backs don't come much more bust proof than Peterson. His CBSSports.com Fantasy expert rankings reflects that, as both experts keep him in the top five despite the tough matchup. Another big Week 1 game against this defense could put Peterson on track for another MVP-level season.


Adrian Peterson responds to media report


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/28/2014) Vikings running back Adrian Peterson issued a statement Thursday in response to the ESPN report that he told Cowboys owner Jerry Jones in a phone conversation he would like to play for Dallas after his tenure with Minnesota concludes.

"This was a casual conversation between NFL colleagues in which I never indicated I wanted to leave the Vikings," Peterson’s statement reads, according to The Dallas Morning News. "I have always said I understand the NFL is a business but that I would love to retire as a Viking."


Adrian Peterson to be used differently


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/27/2014) The Vikings want to get running back Adrian Peterson to the edge more often this season, "both to maximize his explosiveness and reduce the pounding on his body," reports ESPN.com. "He'll run out of shotgun sets and multiple-receiver formations more often."

The website said Peterson will get more usage as a receiver and that's "the most profound change for him this season."

Said running backs coach Kirby Wilson: "He's had good days, but there are some days when he's been spectacular in those areas. I'm excited to see what the new and improved Adrian Peterson is going to look like when the opener starts. I think this whole team is excited about what he could bring as a dual-threat player."


Adrian Peterson gets another personal day off


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/21/2014) Vikings star running back Adrian Peterson missed his second straight practice Thursday due to personal reasons and has not played in the first two preseason games, but is expected to participate in the third one Saturday in Kansas City, per Fox Sports.

Mike Zimmer has indicated that he has not found it necessary to play Peterson extensively in the preseason.


Adrian Peterson expected to sit Saturday


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/19/2014) Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said he doesn't "see the need" to play running back Adrian Peterson in Saturday's preseason game against the Chiefs, reports ESPN.com. Thus it appears Peterson will go through a third straight preseason without taking a snap.

Peterson said he doesn't care if he plays Saturday. "I'm wired up [for the season]," he said. "I'm ready to go."

Vikings sit five in Week 2 of preseason


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/16/2014) Vikings running back Adrian Peterson will not play in Saturday's preseason game as expected, and the team has announced that the following players will not dress: cornerback Josh Robinson, defensive back Robert Blanton, tight end Chase Ford and defensive tackle Linval Joseph.

Adrian Peterson could sit out entire preseason


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/14/2014) Vikings running back Adrian Peterson will be held out again during Saturday's preseason game against the Cardinals for precautionary reasons, according to The Pioneer Press.

Peterson could very well sit out the entire preseason. He hasn't had a preseason carry since 2011.