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Height/Weight: 6-1/220 | Birthdate: 3/21/1985 | Birthplace: Palestine, TX, USA | Team: Minnesota | College: Oklahoma | NFL Experience: 9 | Owned/Started%: 77/48 | Average Draft Position: 3.68
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Vikings' Adrian Peterson leaves practice with minor injury


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(8/11/2015) Vikings running back Adrian Peterson limped off the practice field on Tuesday, but the injury wasn't believed to be serious. 

"He got tangled up," teammate Jerick McKinnon said, per ESPN. "A defender fell on him, but he said he was alright. Everybody knows Adrian's got a cape on. He'll be back out here tomorrow. I don't think anybody's worried about him."


Vikings restructure RB Adrian Peterson's contract


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(7/21/2015) The Vikings announced Tuesday that the team and running back Adrian Peterson "mutually agreed" to restructure the final three years of Peterson's contract, bringing to a close a contentious bit of negotiation between team and player. 

According to reports, this means his contract for 2015 is guaranteed at $13 million, in addition to receiving guaranteed money for the 2016 season. 

"I appreciate the Vikings for working together on this restructured contract, which provides additional security for me but also allows opportunities for me to further prove my value to the team and within the NFL," Peterson said. "It was important for me to continue my career in Minnesota, and I cannot wait to get on the field in front of Vikings fans again."

Peterson missed 15 games last season after being placed on the commissioner's exempt list while dealing with child abuse allegations, and at times expressed his desire to not play for the Vikings anymore. 


Vikings will make Adrian Peterson's workload more balanced


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(6/12/2015) The Vikings have always put running back Adrian Peterson to work, and without hesitation. It was just three years ago that Peterson took 348 carries and turned them into 2,078 rushing yards and a playoff berth.

Now, the Vikings are planning to use a more balanced offensive attack.

"No question that the workload will be a lot more balanced than in the past because the organization has done an outstanding job of acquiring talent and other explosive pieces," Vikings running backs coach Kirby Wilson said. "And just as the natural progression as an older back ages, the workload decreases anyway."

Peterson will still get his fair share of carries as the team will strategically try to limit his snaps per game, not necessarily his carriers.

"I think it's more about snaps per game, because that's what you have to watch in regard to the wear and tear," Wilson said. "How he'll last for the season is the snaps per game, not the carries or attempts per game, because that comes with the territory. He's going to get his amount of touches that he gets, it's the other snaps and plays that will determine how successful he is at lasting during the season and being powerful, strong, aggressive and explosive."

Peterson played in just one game last season due to a suspension. He ran the ball 21 times for 75 yards.


Vikings owner on Adrian Peterson: He has a good heart


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(6/11/2015) Despite a contentious relationship recently, Vikings owner Zygi Wilf was pleased to have running back Adrian Peterson back with the team, reports the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

"It's all good for the team," Wilf said. "I'm very happy for him to be back with us."

Peterson recently returned to the team after missing all of the team's offseason activities and he acknowledged that he didn't always want to play for the Vikings this season.

Peterson missed 15 games last season after being placed on the commissioner's exempt list while dealing with child abuse allegations. While the two sides went back and forth over Peterson's commitment to the team, Wilf said it was time to move on.

"He's always had a good heart," Wilf said. "He's a great football player. We have great memories, and we'll continue to have good memories with him... He's been great for the community, and that's basically who he is, and when you know that's the character of that person, you believe in him."


Unlikely that Vikings RB Adrian Peterson gets preseason carries


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(6/10/2015) If Vikings fans are hoping to see Adrian Peterson carry the ball this preseason, good luck. 

Speaking to the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said it's unlikely that Peterson will tote the rock during the four exhibition games the team will suit up for. 

"I probably don’t see that, no," Zimmer said. "We’re talking in June, so you can’t hold me to it, but he’s carried the ball a lot (in his eight-year career) and he’s going to continue to carry the ball a lot. He’ll get plenty of looks and reps in practice."


Vikings' Turner on Adrian Peterson: He looks like he hasn't missed a day


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(6/4/2015) After Vikings running back Adrian Peterson returned to the practice field Tuesday, he left a favorable impression on offensive coordinator Norv Turner, reports 1500espn.com.

"I've been around a lot of these guys a lot of years and he's one of the top guys I've been around," Turner said Thursday. "He just comes out and looks like he hasn't missed a day."

Peterson has been participating in the team's OTA sessions this week and Turner said Peterson didn't have any trouble learning the offense.

"He was comfortable with what we were doing and retained a lot," Turner said. "Had new stuff in and was eager to get involved."

Cornerback Captain Munnerlyn also echoed Turner's feelings, saying Peterson looked like he was inspired to prove himself.

"The guy is in unbelievable shape, like he hadn't missed a step, and he's out to prove a point," he said. 


Zimmer denies Vikings ever discussed trading Adrian Peterson


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/2/2015) Mike Zimmer was adament when asked Tuesday if the Vikings ever engaged in any trade talks centering on featured back Adrian Peterson.

"None ... never," he replied.

Zimmer added that Peterson is "a Minnesota Viking. He's one of our guys. He's going to be fighting and sweating with us."

Peterson returned to the team Tuesday after losing nearly the entire 2014 season to a suspension.


Adrian Peterson returning to Vikings, will attend Tuesday's OTA


by CBSSports.com Staff | CBSSports.com
(6/2/2015) Adrian Peterson said he is returning to the Minnesota Vikings on Tuesday, telling the Associated Press he still has love for the team after nine months away.

He told the AP via email he is excited to put on a uniform again after missing the final 15 games last season while facing child abuse charges in Texas.

"I've been away from the game for an entire season," Peterson wrote to the AP. "I wanted the chance to be around the players and coaches, the guys that really matter to me."

Peterson missed three practices last week, and told the AP a family commitment caused that absence, though he tweeted last weed he was looking for longer-term security. He told the news service, "it's normal procedure for any player in my position to want to secure his future."


Vikings' Adrian Peterson on absence from OTAs: 'It's business'


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/27/2015) Vikings running back Adrian Peterson said in a statement on Wednesday that his absence from OTAs has "nothing to do with wanting to be traded," ESPN reports.

"The reason I'm not attending OTAs has nothing to do with wanting to be traded. It's about securing my future with the Vikings. It's business, not personal and I understand that firsthand. Go Vikings."

It was reported earlier Wednesday that coach Mike Zimmer said that Peterson could "either play for us or not play." The running back has expressed frustration with team management for not showing him support during his legal case for child abuse.


Vikings' Zimmer says Peterson 'can either play for us or not play'


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(5/27/2015) Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said he isn't worried about disgruntled running back Adrian Peterson's absence from OTAs, saying that Peterson "can either play for us or not play."

Peterson has been steadfast in his desire to leave Minnesota and the Vikings have been equally resolute in keeping the All-Pro running back in the fold. The stalemate figures to go on for quite a while, but Zimmer is focusing his energies elsewhere. 

"I'm not worried about it," he said. "I got 89 guys out here I'm coaching and trying to get better."

Peterson is frustrated with management in Minnesota for not showing him support through his legal case for child abuse. Peterson has not participated in any offseason activities so far, but skipping workouts will cost him $250,000 in bonuses if he does not attend 90 percent of OTAs and minicamps.


Report: Vikings' Adrian Peterson won't attend OTAs on Tuesday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/24/2015) Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is reportedly set to skip organized team activities on Tuesday, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

Peterson is frustrated with management in Minnesota for not showing him support through his legal case for child abuse. Peterson has not participated in any offseason activities so far, but skipping Tuesday's workout will cost him $250,000 in bonuses if he does not attend 90 percent of OTAs and minicamps.

Peterson has three years, $44.25 million left on his contract with Minnesota.


Vikings' Zimmer says Peterson won't have issues with return


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5/14/2015) If Vikings running back Adrian Peterson eventually decides to report to the team, coach Mike Zimmer said he doesn't anticipate there being any problems with Peterson and the team, reports 1500ESPN.com.

"That's a lot of ifs, nuts and candies and buts, there," Zimmer said. "I don't think there will be any issues, no."

Peterson, 30, is under contract with the Vikings for the next three seasons, but he has yet to attend any of the team's voluntary workouts during the offseason. Peterson missed 15 games last season due to being placed on the commissioner's exempt list.


Adrian Peterson's agent wants long-term commitment from Vikings


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/1/2015) After the agent for Vikings RB Adrian Peterson tried unsuccessfully to get his client traded, he asked the team to commit to Peterson long term. 

On Thursday night, agent Ben Dogra said that the Vikings told him Peterson was not going to be traded.

"One of the things that I appreciate with the Vikings is their resolve to say 'we're not trading him,'" Dogra told USA TODAY. "That tells me they value him not only as a football player, but what he's done for the organization. ... But actions speak louder than words. If that's going to happen, and you want to keep him, then show him a commitment to make him retire as a Viking."

That commitment would include guaranteeing part of Peterson's $46 million contract owed him over the next three years. 


Vikings' Spielman on Adrian Peterson: 'Nothing has changed'


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/30/2015) Speaking after his team selected cornerback Trae Waynes with the 11th pick of the draft, Vikings general manager Rick Spielman was asked about the status of running back Adrian Peterson.

"Nothing has changed with Adrian, end of story," Spielman said, curtly, per 1500ESPN.com.

Spielman answered similarly when faced with a follow-up question. He said earlier this week that he had "no interest" in dealing the running back.


RB Adrian Peterson says it 'would be nice' to play with Cowboys


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(4/29/2015) Disgruntled Vikings running back Adrian Peterson said it "would be nice" to play for the Cowboys during an interview while attending Tuesday's Mavericks-Rockets game in Houston, per the Dallas Morning News

Peterson grew up near Dallas, and has expressed his interest not to play for the Vikings this season after his suspension in 2014. But Minnesota remains steadfast in its position to keep Peterson, and the Cowboys have had very little to say about the matter heading into Thursday's draft. 


Vikings' Rick Spielman on Adrian Peterson: No interest in trading him


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(4/28/2015) Vikings general manager Rick Spielman said he has no interest in trading running back Adrian Peterson, reports the Associated Press.

Various teams are reportedly interested in acquiring Peterson. He was recently reinstated by the NFL after missing 15 games last season due to being placed on the commissioner's exempt list.

Peterson is under contract with the Vikings for the next three seasons. He has yet to attend any of the team's voluntary workouts during the offseason. 

"But I think if our organization didn't believe in Adrian Peterson, he probably still wouldn't be here today," Spielman said, per 1500ESPN.com. "That's from our ownership on down. We believe in Adrian Peterson, but we also know we're a pretty good football team with Adrian in our backfield." 


Report: Cowboys out of running for Adrian Peterson; Cardinals still alive


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/27/2015) The Cowboys, once considered the frontrunners to trade for Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, are now out of the running, according to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport, who added that only the Cardinals are serious contenders.

The claim is that a deal for Peterson must be made by Friday or Peterson will stay with Minnesota. That will be contingent on Arizona's ability or inability to identify its future featured back. Peterson could bring the Vikings a second-round pick.


Report: Six teams in the mix for Vikings RB Adrian Peterson


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/20/2015) The Vikings are reportedly going to give it one more week of searching for a trade partner for running back Adrian Peterson, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

A source told the newspaper if Peterson is not traded by next week, the Vikings will keep him. Minnesota is still reportedly talking with the Cardinals, Falcons, Cowboys, Jaguars, Chargers and Buccaneers to get a possible deal done, according to the source.

Peterson was reinstated last week by the league for his suspension stemming from child-abuse charges. He is under contract with the Vikings for the next three seasons for $43.25 million, including $12.75 in 2015.


Report: Adrian Peterson not expected at Vikings workouts


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(4/19/2015) Running back Adrian Peterson is not expected to attend Vikings offseason workouts, which begin Monday, per the St. Paul Pioneer-Press

Peterson, who was suspended without pay last November for violating the NFL Personal Conduct Policy through physical abuse of his four-year-old son, has made no secret that he wishes to leave the Vikings, although the team has stated they expect Peterson to be on the roster at the start of the year. 

Peterson's absence from offseason workouts doesn't signal any movement in either direction, as Peterson rarely attends the team's conditioning programs. His workout bonus pertains only to his participation in team OTAs and minicamp. 


Report: Raiders among teams interested in RB Peterson


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2015) Star Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, who was reinstated by the NFL on Thursday after serving out a suspension for abusing his four-year-old son, could wind up in Oakland via trade, according to Bleacher Report.

Citing comments from two general managers, Bleacher Report is claiming that Dallas is the frontrunner to land Peterson, but that the Cardinals and Raiders are also possibilities. One GM, however, added that Peterson's $12.75 million salary is "an anchor around [his] neck. Few teams will be willing to take him, at his age, with that salary."

The 30-year-old Peterson had shown little sign of slowing down before the suspension. He managed his sixth 1,000-yard season and seventh straight 10-touchdown campaign in 2013.


NFL reinstates Adrian Peterson effective Friday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/16/2015) Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has been reinstated by the NFL effective Friday.

That news came courtesy of a letter released by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, who emphasized that his return requires compliance to an "ongoing program of counseling and treatment as recommended by medical advisors." It added that any violation of the program could result in his suspension without pay or banishment from the NFL.

Peterson was suspended without pay in mid-November for violating the NFL Personal Conduct Policy through physical abuse of his four-year-old son. He pled no contest to assault charges in a Texas state court.

The perennial All-Pro has racked up 10,190 career rushing yards and posted a 5.0 YPC average. Rumors have persisted that he could be traded, though Vikings center John Sullivan recently stated that he and his teammates strongly prefer that he remains with Minnesota. 

"We look forward to Adrian re-joining the Vikings," the Vikings said in a team statement.


John Sullivan: Vikings players want Adrian Peterson back


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/10/2015) The status of Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is up in the air, and while the veteran may not have interest in returning to Minnesota, center John Sullivan made it clear Thursday's night in an interview on Sirius XM NFL Radio Thursday night that the Minnesota players want Peterson back, Pro Football Talk reports.

"We want him back. There is no doubt the players want him back," Sullivan said. "He missed an entire season. He more than paid his dues with this whole thing. I respect him as a man. I don’t want to talk too much about it just because I don’t want to put too much conjecture out there but I just hope it works itself out and he comes back and joins us. We have open arms here waiting for him. We want to rush for the 2,500 yards that he talked about a couple of years ago."

The league reportedly filed an appeal in the Peterson case Wednesday to preserve the disciplinary powers of commissioner Roger Goodell. Peterson met with Goodell Tuesday, but an official decision on his reinstatement has yet to be announced.


NFL files appeal in Adrian Peterson case


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(4/9/2015) The NFL filed an appeal Wednesday in the Adrian Peterson case to help preserve the disciplinary power of commissioner Roger Goodell, per Brian Murphy of the St. Paul Pioneer Press

The league said that U.S. District Judge David Doty "usurped" league arbitrator Harold Henderson's denial of Peterson's appeal of his suspension passed down by Goodell.  

The 8th Circuit Court said that oral arguments won't be heard until October. 


Adrian Peterson likely to see suspension lifted by commissioner


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/7/2015) Vikings running back Adrian Peterson will most likely have his suspension lifted following Tuesday's reinstatement meeting with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, reports NFL.com.

Peterson met Goodell Tuesday to discuss his potential reinstatement, but no official announcement has been released.

The eight-year veteran is eligible to be reinstated beginning April 15.

Adrian Peterson meets with Goodell, no official announcement yet


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/7/2015) Vikings running back Adrian Peterson met with Commissioner Roger Goodell Tuesday regarding the player's reinstatement, but no official announcement has been released, according to NFL.com.

Accompanied by a number of lawyers and representatives, Peterson discussed his family situation with Goodell and was asked about the counseling and therapy prescribed to him as part of his reinstatement plan.

“I am anxious to start a new chapter and get on with the rest of my life,” Peterson said after the meeting per ESPN.