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Height/Weight: 6-1/217 | Birthdate: 3/21/1985 | Birthplace: Palestine, TX, USA | Team: Minnesota | College: Oklahoma | NFL Experience: 8 | Salary: /images/football/nfl/players/170x170/517568.png | Owned/Started%: 52/1 | Average Draft Position: 4.81

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Vikings RB Adrian Peterson releases statement on court decision


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(2/27/2015) Vikings running back Adrian Peterson released a statement Friday regarding Judge David Doty's decision to overturn arbitration decision to uphold his suspension, according to ProFootballTalk.com.

"I was pleased to learn about Judge Doty's decision.  It is a positive step in protecting players' rights and preserving due process for all players.  It also brings me one step closer to getting back on the football field and playing the sport I love.  As I prepare for my return to football, I am still focused on my family and continue to work to become a better father every day.  I want to express my gratitude for all of the support I have received from the fans, NFLPA, Jeffrey Kessler, and my agents Ben Dogra, Tracy Lartigue, and Mark Heligman from Relativity Sports."


Adrian Peterson's dad: I've heard 'rumors' of Colts, Cards, Cowboys


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2/27/2015) If Adrian Peterson were to be traded by the Vikings this offseason, his father, Nelson Peterson, may have an idea of his potential landing spots.

"I've heard rumors, Arizona," Nelson said in a phone interview with the St. Paul Pioneer Press. "I've also heard the rumors of Indianapolis and the Colts, going there with a quarterback the caliber of (Andrew) Luck. I've also heard the Cowboys, coming back home with the Cowboys, behind that offensive line that they have.

"If a blockbuster deal opens and a team wants to gave them something they can't turn down, they're going to have to take a look at it," his father said.

Peterson ad been suspended by the NFL until April 15 and upheld by an arbitrator. On Thursday, U.S. District Judge David Doty overturned the arbitrator's decision, sending the case back down to go through the CBA. The NFL has removed the suspension, for now, while moving Peterson back to the Commissioner's Exempt list.

According to the report, the Vikings at this point aren't inclined to trade Peterson, though that may depend on his playing status for next season. The 30-year-old is set to make $12.75 million in 2015. Following Thursday's ruling, the team released the following statement:

"Adrian Peterson is an important member of the Minnesota Vikings, and our focus remains on welcoming him back when he is able to rejoin our organization."


Report: Vikings, Adrian Peterson can communicate with each other


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(2/26/2015) Now that Adrian Peterson has been moved back to the Commissioner's Exempt list, the Vikings can reach out and communicate with him, according to a report from Pro Football Talk

Peterson had been suspended by the NFL until April 15 and upheld by an arbitrator. On Thursday, U.S. District Judge David Doty overturned the arbitrator's decision, sending the case back down to go through the CBA. The NFL has removed the suspension, for now, while moving Peterson back to the Commissioner's Exempt list. 

The NFL announced in a statement that it is appealing Doty's ruling

Since the Vikings want Peterson to remain with them, they can now reach out and hold talks directly. While suspended by the NFL, the Vikings were unable to communicate with him. This is an interesting development because the Vikings have publicly stated they want him to stay in Minnesota. 

However, at least one report as indicated Peterson wants to leave and continue his NFL career elsewhere


NFL plans to appeal ruling on Vikings RB Adrian Peterson


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(2/26/2015) The NFL will appeal the Thursday ruling that reversed an arbitrator's decision on Vikings running back Adrian Peterson's suspension until April 15. 

U.S. District Judge David Doty ruled for the NFL to vacate the upheld suspension via arbitration, with the case going back to arbitrator Harold Henderson. Peterson pleaded no contest to reckless assault on his son, which originated with child abuse allegations. 

With the ruling, Peterson will revert back to the Commissioner's Exempt list.

The NFL released a statement on its desire to appeal the ruling. 

"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 hearin officer," the statement reads. "Even so, we believe strongly that Judge Doty's order is incorrect and fundamentally at odds with well-established legal precedent governing the district court's role in reviewing arbitration decisions. As a result, we have filed a notice of appeal to have the ruling reviewed by the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. In the interim, Adrian Peterson will be returned to the Commissioner Exempt List pending further proceedings by appeals officer Harold Henderson or a determination by the Eighth Circuit Court."

         


Peterson to be reinstated after judge overturns suspension


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(2/26/2015) A judge has overturned Vikings running back Adrian Peterson's suspension and he can begin the reinstatement process, CBSSports.com NFL Insider Jason La Canfora confirmed. Before Peterson can be reinstated, the case will go back to the CBA process. 

NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith released a statement voicing support for the decision. 

"This is a victory for the rule of law, due process and fairness. Our collective bargaining agreement has rules for implementation of the personal conduct policy and when those rules are violated, our union always stands up to protect our players' rights," Smith said. "This is yet another example why neutral arbitration is good for our players, good for the owners and good for our game."

Peterson has been suspended by the league and was suppose to be ineligible for reinstatement until April 15.

The NFL is expected to appeal the ruling, reports NFL.com.


Adrian Peterson's dad said son would be open to returning to Vikings


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(2/23/2015) Don't shut the door on Adrian Peterson leaving the Vikings just yet.

According to the Pioneer Press, Peterson's dad, Nelson Peterson, said the running back has not ruled out re-signing with Minnesota.

"He is open to returning to the Vikings," Nelson Peterson said. "He hasn't closed the door [and said], 'I won't play for the Vikings.' He hasn't demanded a trade."

However, things appear to be tense between the the Vikings and Peterson's representation. According to CBSSports.com NFL Insider Jason La Canfora, Peterson's agent Ben Dogra and Vikings vice president of football operations Rob Brzezinski engaged in a shouting match and had to be separated at a dinner in Indianapolis.

Peterson is still on the Commissioner's Exempt List as his legal situation with the NFL continues to play out. He pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor reckless assault charge, which stemmed from child abuse allegations.

He only appeared in one game during the 2014 season.


Vikings executive engages in heated exchange with Peterson's agent


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(2/23/2015) The relationship between Adrian Peterson and the Vikings appears to be nearing its end.

Peterson's agent, Ben Dogra, had to be separated from a member of the Vikings front office after the two were involved in a verbal altercation, sources told CBSSports.com NFL Insider Jason La Canfora.

Peterson has been on the Commissioner's Exempt List while waiting for his legal situation to play out. He appeared in one game during the 2014 season before being suspended. 


Report: Adrian Peterson wants to play for Cowboys


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(2/22/2015) Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has expressed his desire to the Vikings to play for the Cowboys, a source told Bleacher Report.

While the Vikings are aware Peterson's wish to play for the Cowboys, they are reluctant to trade him to any team, particularly the Cowboys. Peterson would not become a free agent until 2018.


Adrian Peterson 'uneasy' about returning to the Vikings


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/19/2015) Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is "uneasy" about returning to the club in 2015, according to ESPN.

Peterson admitted that he was "still uneasy" about rejoining the team after some of the actions it took last season. The organization worked with the NFL to put Peterson on the commissioner's exempt list, which caused him to question how much support he actually had in Minnesota. Peterson referred to the situation as an "ambush." 

Peterson is still suspended by the league, and will not be eligible for reinstatement until April 15. During that time, he can not communicate with the club. He's been preparing to play in 2015, but isn't sure whether it will be in Minnesota. "It shows you can have all the loyalty toward someone and toward an organization, a fanbase, but when things really shift and it's you or the empire, they're gonna put you out on a leash," he said.

The 29-year-old has said that he wants to return to the Vikings during the offseason, but admitted that's more about being with his teammates, and less about being a member of the organization. "It don't come from the organization. I'm not in a good place when it comes to that."

"I know there are a lot of people in the organization who want me back," Peterson added. "But then again, I know the ones who don't."

Peterson played in just one game with the team last season before he was suspended. 


Mike Zimmer: Vikings not looking for running back in free agency


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(2/19/2015) Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said Thursday that the team will not pursue a running back in free agency, Vikings.com reports.

"I’d much rather go through the draft and find players than go through free agents,” Zimmer said. “I think (free agents), if you don’t know him and haven’t coached him or somebody else hasn’t coached him, you don’t know somebody that has been around him that you really trust, I think you can make a lot of mistakes there."

Zimmer echoed other team officials in supporting the return of Adrian Peterson .

"I haven’t changed my support of Adrian since he got suspended," Zimmer said. "It’s still important for me that Adrian does all the things he’s supposed to do, as far as the, you know, things mandated by the league, but also him becoming a better person in that aspect. All the other things, in my opinion, he’s a pretty darn good person, and as I’ve said before, we all make mistakes. He made one, he’s admitted to it, and we go from there. I’m hopeful that he’s back with us and I think that people will realize and remember all the good things he’s done throughout his career and not just on the football field."

The Vikings would have a 1-2 punch of Peterson and Jerick McKinnon if the former returns to the team in 2015.


Vikings' Spielman: 'We expect Adrian Peterson to be part of our team'


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/18/2015) Last week, Vikings owner and president Mark Wilf and chief operating officer Kevin Warren said they would welcome back embattled running back Adrian Peterson, who missed most of the 2014 season following an indictment on a felony charge of child abuse. He pleaded no contest in November to misdemeanor reckless assault.

On Wednesday, it was general manager Rick Spielman's turn to support Peterson returning to the roster in 2015. Peterson can’t apply for reinstatement until April 15. He was suspended for the final six games of the 2014 season after initially being put on the commissioner's exempt list in September.

“We expect Adrian Peterson to be part of our football team,’’ Spielman said, per the Pioneer Press. “I think our whole organization is on that same page (about wanting Peterson back). What team wouldn’t want an Adrian Peterson talent? He’s unique player that you don’t see come around too often and Adrian’s been a key part of our organization. He’s made a mistake. He’s doing everything and he’s got to follow through and rectify and do the things the NFL is requiring him to do.’’


Vikings president: 'We'd love to have' Adrian Peterson back


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/11/2015) Vikings president Mark Wilf would "love to have" Adrian Peterson back next season, according to ESPN.

Wilf said that as long as Peterson was reinstated by the NFL, the team would welcome him back. "Adrian's done a lot of good in this community," Wilf said. "He's done a lot for us on the football field, as well. Of course, he's a Minnesota Viking, and we'd love to have him back." 

Wilf is the third member of the Vikings brass to come out in support of Peterson. Both coach Mike Zimmer and general manager Rick Spielman have stated they would like Peterson to return. Peterson has also come out and said he wants to remain with Minnesota. 

The 30-year-old Peterson can not apply for reinstatement until April 15. He is set to make $12.75 million next season. While Peterson is suspended, he cannot communicate with the Vikings directly. 


Vikings' Peterson in counseling to improve reinstatement chances


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(2/10/2015) Hoping to meet the conditions of commissioner Roger Goodell's plan for reinstatement as well as maintain custody of his son, Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has been undergoing four months of psychological counseling and parenting supervision, reports the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

Peterson receives supervised vists with his son, who lives his mother, but Peterson hopes to maintain custody of his son.

"He is doing what he's supposed to do, and we're hopeful once that has been completed he will be able to go back to playing," Peterson's attorney, Emily Cooper said.

Last year, Peterson was sentenced to two years' probation after pleading no contest to misdemeanor reckless assault for hitting his son with a switch. He has been suspended from the NFL since November and is not eligible for reinstatement until April 15 at the earliest.


Vikings' Adrian Peterson: "I got a fair hearing, for once"


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(2/6/2015) Adrian Peterson's lawsuit over his NFL suspension was heard in federal court on Friday. 

The NFL Players Association argued in front of Judge David Doty on Peterson's behalf, but a decision wasn't expected to come down in the near future. 

Coming out of the courtroom, Peterson told Kelly Smith of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, "I feel pretty good."  

"I felt like I got a fair hearing, for once," the Minnesota Vikings running back said to reporters on his way out.

Peterson was not expected to testify in the hearing. His lawyers argued that the NFL acted unfairly by suspending him under a personal conduct policy that was changed several months after he injured his son. 

Peterson's attorneys also argued that former NFL executive Harold Henderson, who served as arbitrator for Peterson's appeal, was not unbiased.

Peterson was also asked if he wanted to stay with the Vikings. "Of course," he replied.


Vikings' Greg Jennings: We all want Adrian Peterson back


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1/30/2015) Vikings veteran wideout Greg Jennings said during a SiriusXM NFL Radio interview on Friday that embattled running back Adrian Peterson is wanted back by everyone in the organization, per ESPN.

"I don't know if he'll be back. I can't answer that question," Jennings said. "But what I do know is that if he does come back, he'd be accepted with open arms. As an organization from the Wilfs on down, we all want him back. So, I mean, it's a touchy subject and he's been the franchise player -- face of that team -- for eight years. So it will be a loss, a huge loss, if we can't get him back, and that's the nature of this business."

In November, Peterson was suspended by the league without pay for the rest of the season, making him ineligible for reinstatement until at least April 15. The move came after Peterson pleaded no contest to recklessly injuring his 4-year-old son last May. He is under contract with the Vikings for next season, and is set to earn $12.75 million.

It's unclear at this point if Jennings has talked to Zygi and Mark Wilf about the Peterson situation. What is clear is that the team is not allowed to communicate with Peterson during his suspension.


Vikings' Adrian Peterson to begin probation on Wednesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/29/2015) Vikings running back Adrian Peterson will begin his probation on Wednesday, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

Peterson will begin community service, and will undergo counseling to determine whether he has a drug problem. Peterson will report to a probation officer once a month in order to take a drug test. The strict drug testing stems from an Oct. 8 pre-trail urinalysis. Peterson admitted to "smoking a little weed," though the results from the test were never disclosed. 

Probation officials will also determine whether Peterson needs to attend parenting classes. 

Per his plea agreement, Peterson was fined $4,000 and ordered to perform 80 hours of community service. He's required to perform at least 16 hours per month, which would allow him to complete to program prior to training camp.

Peterson is under contract with the Vikings for next season, and is set to earn $12.75 million. The team is not allowed to communicate with Peterson during his suspension. 


Union challenges Goodell on Adrian Peterson's counseling requirement


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(1/27/2015) The NFL Players Association filed a legal brief saying Commissioner Roger Goodell's requirement that Adrian Peterson attend counseling was unlawful, reports ESPN.com. The union claims Goodell's disciplinary powers don't extend past suspensions, fines and contract terminations to counseling, the report said.

In November, Goodell suspended Peterson without pay for the rest of the season and said the Vikings running back cannot be reinstated until at least April 15. The move came after Peterson pleaded no contest to recklessly injuring his 4-year-old son last May.

In his letter to Peterson, Goodell set several requirements for reinstatement, including counseling.

"In order to assess your progress going forward, I will establish periodic reviews, the first of which will be on or about April 15, 2015," the commisssioner wrote. "At that time, I will meet with you and your representatives and the NFLPA to review the extent to which you have complied with your program of counseling and therapy and both made and lived up to an affirmative commitment to change such that this conduct will not occur again. A failure to cooperate and follow your plan will result in a lengthier suspension without pay."


Due to contract, Adrian Peterson era in Minny 'may be over'


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(1/20/2015) Both Vikings coach Mike Zimmer and general manager Rick Spielman have said they want running back Adrian Peterson back next season, but his run in Minnesota "may be over, and it has more to do with his contract than his legal issues," reports the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

Peterson, who turns 30 in two months, carries a cap hit of $15.4 million in 2015. In an interview with ESPN, Peterson "scoffed at the suggestion that he take a pay cut to remain with the Vikings," the paper noted. "Can he and the Vikings find common ground? Or is Peterson ready for a fresh start elsewhere?"

Currently suspended, Peterson can apply for NFL reinstatement on April 15. He pleaded no contest to recklessly injuring his 4-year-old son, a misdemeanor, last May.


Vikings GM Rick Spielman wants Adrian Peterson back


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/15/2015) Vikings general manager Rick Spielman wants to have running back Adrian Peterson back, according to the Star Tribune

"I don’t know if there’s a team in the NFL that wouldn’t want Adrian Peterson on the football team," Spielman said. "I know that Adrian is a good person, just being around him. I know he’s done a lot of good in this community." 

Peterson is eligible to apply for reinstate through the league on April 15. He played just one game in 2014 after news of a child abuse charge broke. Peterson was initially placed on the exempt list, but was eventually suspended after pleading no contest to a misdemeanor charge. Peterson appealed the ruling, but the suspension was upheld. 

Spielman expects no dropoff from the 29-year-old Peterson when he's able to return. "He’s going to play at a very high level when he comes back. I’m anticipating that." 


Zimmer will still try to convince Adrian Peterson to return to Vikings


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/7/2015) Vikings coach Mike Zimmer understands if running back Adrian Peterson does not want to return to Minnesota once he is reinstated from his suspension. But that still won't stop Zimmer from trying to convince Peterson to remain with the team, according to Pro Football Talk.

"I would respect Adrian’s decision," Zimmer said while appearing on Pro Football Talk Live with Mike Florio. "I’ll always be honest with him and up front, but I’m gonna try to explain to him the reasons why I would like to him to be here.

"But it has to be a two way street and he has to get his life taken care of -- but we’ll sit down and talk, but I’m a pretty good recruiter, too.”


Federal court sets date for Peterson's petition to overturn suspension


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/7/2015) The office of U.S. District Judge David Doty announced Tuesday the NFLPA's petition to have Vikings running back Adrian Peterson's suspension overturned will be heard in federal court on Feb. 6 at 2 p.m., according to the Associated Press. The hearing will be in Doty's courtroom in Minneapolis.

Peterson was suspended by the NFL without pay for the final six games of the 2014 season through at least April 15 due to his child-abuse case. Peterson's appeal was denied by a league-appointed arbitrator. Following the decision, the NFLPA and Peterson filed their lawsuit Dec. 15 asking the court to dismiss the ruling.


Warrant issued for suspect in death of Adrian Peterson's son


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(1/6/2015) South Dakota authorities issued an arrest warrant for the suspect in the death of Vikings running back Adrian Peterson's 2-year-old son, reports the Associated Press. Authorities said Joseph Patterson contacted the boy's mother in violation of the terms of his bond, the report said.

Patterson was released on $2 million bond in September after being charged with second-degree murder in the 2013 death of Tyrese Ruffin. Patterson was living with Tyrese's mother when he called 911 to report the boy had stopped breathing, the report said.

Patterson maintained the boy choked on a snack, but prosecutors said he was beaten, the report said. And doctors determined the boy's injuries weren't accidental.


Mike Zimmer wants Adrian Peterson on Vikings in 2015


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/30/2014) Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said he wants the team to bring back running back Adrian Peterson whenever his suspension ends this offseason, reports the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

“Well, as I’ve said many, many times, Adrian was always great with me,” Zimmer said. “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 — that’s the most important thing, he gets his life in order, he gets the opportunity to come back — then I will be in his corner whenever the decision is made.”

Peterson won't be eligible for reinstatement until at least April 15. The league suspended him after he pleaded no contest to reckless injuring his 4-year-old son last May. The players' association then sued the NFL over the Peterson ruling.

The paper noted Peterson will carry a cap number of $15.4 million next season.

“I think he would add value to any team, to be honest with you,” Zimmer said. “I think the kid’s a heck of a football player. I just was watching our offensive tape, I was starting to go back right now with evaluating our players and I was starting with the offense in St. Louis, so it was a good recollection on my mind right now of him.”


Adrian Peterson: 'I've considered retiring from the NFL'


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12/12/2014) Vikings running back Adrian Peterson plans to file a lawsuit against the league after his suspension was upheld by arbitrator Harold Henderson Friday, and he could retire from the NFL if his lawsuit puts his chance for reinstatement at risk, ESPN.com reports.

"I've considered retiring from the NFL," Peterson said. "I still made $8 million dollars this year. ... 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?'"

Peterson indicated that he's thought about "getting back into real estate" or "going after the Olympics," competing in the 200- and 400-meter dashes. He is suspended by the league until at least April 2015 after being indicted by a grand jury in September for recklessly injuring his four-year-old son while disciplining him.


NFL denies Vikings RB Adrian Peterson's appeal


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/12/2014) Vikings running back Adrian Peterson's suspension has been upheld on appeal, the NFL announced Friday.

"I conclude that the player has not demonstrated that the process and procedures surrounding his discipline were not fair and consistent," appeals officer Harold Henderson said in a statement released by the league. "He was afforded all the protections and rights to which he is entitled, and I find no basis to vacate or reduce the discipline."

Peterson was placed on the commissioner's exempt list on Sept. 17 after he was arrested on a charge of recklessly injuring his 4-year-old son. After pleading no contest to misdemeanor charges on Nov. 4, commissioner Roger Goodell suspended Peterson for the remainder of the season.

The NFLPA released the following statement following Peterson's denied appeal: "The NFLPA expected this outcome, given the hearing officer's relationship and financial ties to the NFL. The decision itself ignores the facts, the evidence and the collective bargaining agreement. This decision also represents the NFL's repeated failure to adhere to due process and confirms its inconsistent treatment of players. Our union is considering immediate legal remedies."

According to CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora, Peterson will likely take the case to federal court in hopes of being reinstated before April 15, 2015, the start of the NFL calendar.