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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%: 59/11 | Average Draft Position: 4.81
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Vikings' Greg Jennings: We all want Adrian Peterson back


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4:26 pm ET) 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.


Adrian Peterson's discipline settlement could be reached this week


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(12/7/2014) Vikings running back Adrian Peterson could reach a settlement with the NFL this week prior to a ruling from appeals officer Harold Henderson, according to CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora. 

Peterson was placed on the Exempt/Commissioner's Permission List on Sept. 17 and is not allowed to participate in team activities. He was suspended for the remainder of the season on Nov. 18 by Commissioner Roger Goodell.


Report: Arbiter encourages settlement for Peterson suspension


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/3/2014) While arbiter Harold Henderson is scheduled to hear testimony from NFL executive vice president for football operations Troy Vincent on Thursday regarding running back Adrian Peterson's indefinite suspension, Henderson encouraged the NFL and NFLPA to negotiate a settlement, according to ESPN.

However, a source said there have been no offers exchanged.

"In our view, the league would have to show a level of reason and humility to present a settlement offer that would be acceptable," an NFLPA source said Wednesday morning. "Thus far, they have displayed neither."

Henderson ordered Vincent to testify after the union submitted an audio recording and transcript of a phone conversation between Vincent and Peterson. 

Vincent allegedly told Peterson his time on the commissioner's exempt list would be considered time served and that he would be suspended two additional games. He would also not be subjected to the new personal conduct policy on domestic violence -- mandating a six-game suspension without pay -- if he attended a Nov. 14 disciplinary hearing with Roger Goodell. Peterson declined to attend the November hearing with Goodell. It is unknown if Vincent made the offer or had the authority to do so.


Adrian Peterson making case for reinstatement


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/2/2014) The appeal hearing for Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is underway in Manhattan, reports the New York Times. Peterson's reps are making his case for immediate reinstatement to Harold Henderson, the NFL's former vice president of labor relations.

Peterson pleaded no contest to misdemeanor reckless assault for hurting his 4-year-old son with a wooden switch. Under the league's personal conduct policy, commissioner Roger Goodell suspended Peterson for the rest of the season and said he won't be considered for reinstatement before April 15.

Goodell picked Henderson to hear the appeal. The players association asked Henderson to recuse himself, but he declined.


Zimmer: Peterson likely to return to Vikings after reinstatement


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/23/2014) Vikings coach Mike Zimmer believes running back Adrian Peterson will return to the team when he's reinstated by the NFL, according to ESPN. Peterson has been suspended for the rest of the season following a plea deal in his child abuse case and has been told he will not be reconsidered for reinstatement before April 15 for his violation of the league's personal conduct policy.

"I think Adrian wants to be back here," Zimmer said. "You have to ask him. I don't know. But I know he does have an awful lot of people here who have supported him, and I don't know who he's speaking of who doesn't. All I know of Adrian is that he's always been great with me, always done what I've asked him to do, and I kind of go by what I see."

However, in an exclusive interview with USA Today on Thursday, Peterson hinted that he hasn't received support from some within the Vikings organization and playing for a different team is a possibility.

"I know who loves me. The coaches and the players, it's not going to be a problem. I've felt so much support from those guys," Peterson said. "The organization, I know there's people in the organization that support me and there's people that I know internally that has not been supporting me. Maybe it's best for me to get a fresh start somewhere else.

"I would love to go back and play in Minnesota to get a feel and just see if my family still feels comfortable there. But if there's word out that, hey, they might release me, then so be it. I would feel good knowing that I've given everything I had in me."

Peterson will have his appeal of the suspension heard Dec. 2. If he loses the appeal, he might explore his legal options and seek damages for missing the season, according to NFL.com National Insider Ian Rapoport.


Report: Vikings RB Peterson to have appeal heard on Dec. 2


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11/21/2014) Vikings embattled running back Adrian Peterson will have the appeal to his suspension heard on Dec. 2, a source has tld NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport. It will be heard by third-party arbitrator Harold Henderson. The NFL Players Association filed the appeal on Thursday on behalf of Peterson.

Peterson was suspended Tuesday for the rest of the season by the league after pleading no contest to misdemeanor reckless assault charges earlier in the month in regard to the beating of his son.


Remorseful Adrian Peterson: 'I won't ever use a switch again'


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(11/20/2014) Vikings running back Adrian Peterson insisted he is remorseful for injuring his son in an interview with USA Today.

"I won't ever use a switch again," Peterson said. "There's different situations where a child needs to be disciplined as far as timeout, taking their toys away, making them take a nap. There's so many different ways to discipline your kids."

Peterson added that he would "love to go back and play" for the Vikings, "[b]ut if there's word out that hey, they might release me, then so be it. I would feel good knowing that I've given everything I had in me."

Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a letter to Peterson that the running back had failed to show remorse for his actions. "Ultimately, I know I'll have my opportunity to sit down with Roger face to face, and I'll be able to say a lot of the same things that I've said to you," Peterson said. "Don't say that I'm not remorseful, because in my statement, I showed that I was remorseful. I regretted everything that took place. I love my child, more than anyone could ever imagine."

The NFL Players Association appealed the decision to suspend Peterson for at least the remainder of the season Thursday morning.


Players union appeals Vikings RB Adrian Peterson's suspension


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(11/20/2014) The NFL Players Association appealed commissioner Roger Goodell's suspension of Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, calling the punishment "unprecedented, arbitrary, and unlawful."

In a letter obtained by the Associated Press, the union demanded an independent, neutral arbitrator hear Peterson's case. On Tuesday, under the league's personal conduct policy, Goodell suspended Peterson for the rest of the season and said he won't be considered for reinstatement until April 15.

Peterson's appeal hearing is scheduled for Dec. 2, according to ESPN's Chris Mortensen.

Peterson pleaded no contest to misdemeanor reckless assault for striking his 4-year-old son with a switch. The union claims Peterson was told the games he missed while the legal process played out would count as time served toward his suspension.


Report: Vikings not planning to cut ties with Adrian Peterson


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(11/18/2014) The Vikings have no plans to cut or trade running back Adrian Peterson during his NFL suspension, reports the New York Post. Peterson's future with the team beyond this year will be decided by general manager Rick Spielman and coach Mike Zimmer, the report added.

The NFL on Tuesday suspended Peterson for the rest of this season and said he won't be reinstated until at least April 2015. Peterson will appeal.

Peterson pleaded no contest this month to misdemeanor reckless assault for striking his 4-year-old son with a switch.


Arbitrator sides with NFL against Adrian Peterson


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(11/18/2014) Arbitrator Shyam Das ruled against Adrian Peterson, agreeing with the NFL that it can keep the Vikings running back on the commissioner's exempt list, reports CBS Sports Insider Jason La Canfora. Das heard Peterson's grievance in a conference call Monday.

The ruling comes on the heels of Commissioner Roger Goodell suspending Peterson without pay for at least the rest of this season. Peterson is expected to file an appeal soon.

Peterson pleaded no contest to misdmeanor reckless assault for hitting his 4-year-old child. He avoided jail time in the case and was seeking immediate reinstatement to the NFL.

Tuesday's ruling means Peterson remains barred from all team activities pending the appeal of his suspension.


Waiting on Adrian Peterson probably won't pay off


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(11/18/2014) Fantasy owners who stashed Adrian Peterson in hopes of getting a boost late in the season received a body blow Tuesday, with the league's announcement that Peterson has been suspended for the remainder of the season.

Peterson, who had been on the league's Exempt/Commissioner's Permission list since Sept. 17, was hoping to return for the final six weeks of the season after accepting a plea deal in his case last week. However, the announcement of Peterson's suspension and the Vikings' statement of non-support for Peterson seems to indicate that his chances of seeing the field this season are essentially gone.

The NFLPA has already announced it will appeal the suspension, but is there any reason at this point to think the Vikings would welcome Peterson back into the fold with open arms? "We respect the league's decision and will have no further comment at this time," hardly sounds like the statement of a team that is going to fight to get Peterson back on the field, does it? Even if he is reinstated, will the Vikings be willing to make him active every week, especially when reports have indicated he may not be a long-term part of their plans beyond this season anyways?

Though there is a slim chance Peterson could still return, it probably isn't something you want to pin your hopes on. If you can spare the roster spot, it probably isn't hurting you to keep him on the end of your bench, but don't expect much out of it. At this point, both Jerick McKinnon (79 percent owned) and Matt Asiata (73 percent) should both be valued over Peterson.


Vikings have 'no further comment' on Adrian Peterson's suspension


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/18/2014) The Vikings released a statement Tuesday in the wake of the NFL announcement it has suspended running back Adrian Peterson without pay for the rest of the 2014 season. However, the Vikings were very brief with their statement.

"The NFL has informed the Vikings of today's decision regarding Adrian Peterson. We respect the league’s decision and will have no further comment at this time," the Vikings announced.

The NFLPA has announced it will appeal the league's decision.


Vikings RB Adrian Peterson suspended remainder of 2014 season


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/18/2014) The NFL announced Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is suspended without pay for at least the remainder of the 2014 season on Tuesday.

Peterson is expected to appeal. 


Arbitrator says he'll issue Adrian Peterson decision 'quickly'


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(11/17/2014) Arbitrator Shyam Das heard Adrian Peterson's grievance seeking immediate reinstatement in a 30-minute conference call Monday and told both parties he would issue his decision "quickly," reports ESPN's Chris Mortensen. Mortensen said that could mean a ruling as early as Tuesday.

The Vikings running back, who was initially charged with felony child abuse, wants to be allowed to play following his no contest plea to misdemeanor reckless assault in the case. The NFL said it would remove Peterson from the commissioner's exempt list once the case was resolved, but now says it is reviewing the incident under the league's personal conduct policy for possible discipline.


Vikings' Adrian Peterson disputes NFL version of events on hearing


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/16/2014) Vikings running back Adrian Peterson released a statement Sunday through the NFLPA disputing the events that led to him missing a disciplinary hearing Friday.

"The report that I backed out of a meeting with the NFL is just not true. When Roger Goodell's office asked that I attend the 'hearing' on Friday, I consulted with my union and learned that this 'hearing' was something new and inconsistent with the CBA. On Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday of this past week, my union sent emails, letters, and had conversations with his office on my behalf asking about the nature of the hearing, how it was to occur, who would participate, and its purpose. We repeatedly asked them to respond quickly to my questions because I want to cooperate and get back on the field, but they didn't respond until late Wednesday evening, and even then they didn't answer important questions about their proposed 'hearing.'

"After consulting with the union, I told the NFL that I will attend the standard meeting with the Commissioner prior to possible imposition of discipline, as has been the long-term practice under the CBA, but I wouldn’t participate in a newly created and non-collectively bargained pre-discipline 'hearing' that would include outside people I don't know and who would have roles in the process that the NFL wouldn't disclose. At this point, I've resolved my matter in the criminal court; I've worked to make amends for what I've done; I've missed most of the season, and I stand ready to be candid and forthcoming with Mr. Goodell about what happened. However, I will not allow the NFL to impose a new process of discipline on me, ignore the CBA, ignore the deal they agreed to with me, and behave without fairness or accountability. The process they are pushing is arbitrary, inconsistent, and contrary to what they agreed to do, and for those reasons, I never agreed to the hearing.

"I'm sorry for all of this, but I can't excuse their refusal to be fair."