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Wednesday
Apr292015

Adrian Peterson: Wouldn't Mind Playing for the Cowboys

Andy Lyons/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson isn't ruling out a trade, despite the organization's desire to keep him.

Peterson told WFAA in Dallas that he wouldn't mind playing for the Cowboys next year.

"It would be nice," Peterson said at Tuesday night's Rockets-Mavericks game.  "I've got family here, my dad's here. But I'm under contract, so we'll see."

Vikings general manager Rick Spielman repeated his initial statement when asked about Peterson's future in Minnesota.

"We can just end the Adrian Peterson stuff," Spielman told reporters at the team's pre-draft news conference on Tuesday. "Our position has not changed. We have no interest in trading Adrian Peterson."

Peterson has three years and $45 million left on his contract, but none of it is guaranteed.


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Thursday
Apr162015

NFL Reinstates Vikings RB Adrian Peterson

NFL Shield(MINNEAPOLIS) -- NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell informed Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson on Thursday that he has been reinstated.

In a letter to the six-time Pro Bowler, Goodell said Peterson will be an active NFL player and may participate in all scheduled activities with the Vikings effective on Friday.

Peterson was suspended last season after he was charged with felony child abuse in Texas. He accepted a plea deal, which reduced the charge to a misdemeanor.

Goodell wrote that Peterson will have to fulfill his terms of the plea deal of counseling as well as adhere to the league’s new personal conduct policy to avoid further punishment.


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Tuesday
Mar242015

Adrian Peterson's Agent: It's Time to Leave Minnesota

Andy Lyons/Getty Images(PHOENIX) -- Despite the Minnesota Vikings desire to keep former Pro Bowl running back Adrian Peterson, Peterson's agent  said Monday a split is necessary.

For the first time, Peterson's agent, Ben Dorga, commented on the situation between Peterson and the Vikings.

"I don't think it's in Adrian's best interest to play in Minnesota," he said Monday. "Why would it be?"

Despite spending his entire eight-year career with the Vikings, Peterson is upset with the organization for not standing behind him when was placed on the Commissioner's Exempt List after he disciplined his four-year-old son by hitting him with a switch.

The problem is that Peterson is still under contract with the Vikings, and he has the highest salary of any other running back in the NFL.

"The bottom line is Adrian is an important part of the Minnesota Vikings," Vikings co-owner and president Mark Wilf said. "He's represented us on and off the field. We're getting ready for the 2015 season and we fully expect him to join his teammates and be a part of what we feel is going to be a great season ahead."

The two teams who have been linked to having interest in Peterson are the Dallas Cowboys and Arizona Cardinals.


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Friday
Mar202015

Vikings RB McKinnon Wants to Be the Man, If Peterson Doesn't Return

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Minnesota Vikings have stated all along that they would like running back Adrian Peterson back, but if he doesn't return, sophomore Jerick McKinnon wants to be the man they rely on.

McKinnon started six games last year after Peterson was suspended and rushed for 538 yards and pulled in 37 passes for 135 yards.

"If A.P. comes back, there's no doubt he's going to be the starter," McKinnon told the Pioneer Press this week.  "But it's not going to change my mindset or how I approach things or how I work. Whatever they do, my mindset is to come in and be that guy next year."

"There's no doubt in my mind I can last the season," McKinnon said. "If that's something I have to prove, that's not a big deal for me. I'll prove it this year. I'm just really excited to get back out there with my teammates and coaches and show how far I've come since surgery."

Peterson is still under contract as he waits to be reinstated into the league by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

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Friday
Feb272015

NFL Appeals Adrian Peterson Ruling

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The National Football League is not pleased with Minnesota Judge David Doty's ruling to reinstate Viking's running back Adrian Peterson.

Hours after Thursday's ruling, the NFL appealed Judge Doty's decision to overturn the suspension of Peterson in federal court. Additionally, the NFL placed Peterson back on the Commissioner's Exempt List. 

The NFL released a statement:

"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 hearing officer. 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 is set to count for $15.4 million against the Vikings salary cap this season. The team has made public statements saying they would welcome him back, however the running back may not wish to return and privately the team may not want him back either.

Last week, Peterson's agent Ben Dogra had to be separated from Vikings President of Football Operations Rob Brzezinski after the two engaged in an altercation regarding the running back's future in Minnesota.


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Thursday
Feb262015

Judge Rules in Favor of Vikings RB Adrian Peterson

Andy Lyons/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is a step closer to being reinstated into the NFL.

Judge David Doty ruled on Peterson's behalf in the NFL Player Association's lawsuit against the NFL.

The judge stated that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell acted outside his authority in November, after he suspended Peterson until at least April 15 for disciplining his four-year-old son by hitting him with a switch last May.

"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," the NFLPA said in a statement.  

"This is yet another example why neutral arbitration is good for our players, good for the owners and good for our game," the statement continued.

The Vikings will have to decide what they'll do with Peterson -- whether it is a trade, restructure his contract, or release him.

Peterson told ESPN.com that he's had some reservations about returning to Minnesota.

The NFL can appeal Peterson's reinstatement and NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said the league will "review the decision.''


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Friday
Feb202015

Adrian Peterson 'Uneasy' About Returning to the Vikings

Ronald C. Modra/Sports Imagery/Getty Images(MINNEAPOLIS) -- There has been recent talk about whether or not the Minnesota Vikings will be willing to bring back suspended running back Adrian Peterson. As it turns out, Peterson himself is "uneasy" about returning to the only NFL team he's only played for.

Peterson missed all but one game this past season after he was indicted on a felony charge of injury to a child. He pleaded no contest to a lesser charge of misdemeanor reckless assault back in November.

"It's hard to say (what my future will be)," Peterson said in an interview with ESPN. "I love Minnesota. There are people that have had my back, and supported me."

"Last year, with the things that took place, [I] had a lot of fans that supported me through everything. For the fans, I would definitely love to come back, but then again, it's a business. When it comes down to business, you can't get caught up in the loyalty to fans or to a team or anything like that. You know how it is in the NFL," he continued.

"I learned a lot through this process. I'm still uneasy, to be honest with you. I'm still uneasy about a lot of things that took place within the organization," Peterson added. "Of course those guys ultimately supported me, and I'm grateful for that. But ultimately, with me being able to be on the inside and see how cards were dealt, how things were worded, this, that and the other, it's about protecting your brand, your organization, what you have built."

"In the scheme of things, not one person counts over that. I get that," he concluded.

Peterson has 10,190 rushing yards in eight NFL seasons.


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Friday
Jan302015

Roger Goodell Discusses Deflate-Gate

Christian Petersen/Getty Images (PHOENIX) -- NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell addressed 'Deflate-Gate' for the first time since news came out after the AFC Championship game that 11 of the 12 footballs that the Patriots used were under the league standard of 12.5-13.5 pounds per square inch on Friday.

Goodell has let the investigation take place and said that an announcement would be after Ted Wells has come to a conclusion.

"It has been a tough year," Goodell said. "It's been a tough year on me personally. It's been a year of what I would say is humility and learning. We obviously as an organization have gone through adversity, but more importantly, adversity for me. It's an opportunity for us to get better. ... We've all done a lot of soul searching starting with yours truly."

"We don't know enough in this case to know who is responsible or if there was an infraction," he added.

The NFL has been under a microscope since the Ray Rice elevator incident when he knocked out his then fiancee in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

"This is my job," Goodell said when asked if he would apologize to the Patriots if they weren't found guilty of deflating any of the 11 footballs. "This is my responsibility to protect the integrity of the game. I represent 32 teams. All of us want to make sure the rules are being followed."


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Friday
Dec122014

Adrian Peterson Appeal Denied

Ronald C. Modra/Sports Imagery/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Hearing officer Harold Henderson upheld Vikings running back Adrian Peterson's suspension appeal on Friday.

Henderson, a former NFL executive, was appointed by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to hear the case and found that the facts against Peterson's child-abuse case held up in court.

"The player entered a plea which effectively admitted guilt to a criminal charge of child abuse, after inflicting serious injuries to his four-year-old son in the course of administering discipline.  No direct evidence of the beating was entered in the record here, but numerous court documents, investigative reports, photographs and news reports, all accepted into evidence without objection, make it clear that Mr. Peterson’s conduct was egregious and aggravated as those terms are used in the Policy, and merits substantial discipline.  His public comments do not reflect remorse or appreciation for the seriousness of his actions and their impact on his family, community, fans and the NFL, although at the close of the hearing he said he has learned from his mistake, he regrets that it happened and it will never happen again.  I reject the argument that placement in Commissioner Exempt status is discipline," Henderson said in a statement on Friday.

Peterson was suspended by the NFL on Nov. 18 for violating the league's personal conduct policy rule.

"I conclude that the player has not demonstrated that the process and procedures surrounding his discipline were not fair and consistent; 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 will not be eligible to apply for reinstatement until April 15, 2015, but is expected to appeal the decision in federal court, ESPN reports.


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Friday
Nov212014

Vikings' Adrian Peterson Admits a Change of Scenary May Be Best

Ronald C. Modra/Sports Imagery/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Since 2007, running back Adrian Peterson has been the face of the Minnesota Vikings franchise, but after a recent child abuse scandal, Peterson knows it might be best to move on.

In a recent interview with USA Today, Peterson said “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,” Peterson said. “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.”

Back in September, Peterson was indicted on a felony charge of injury to a child after he used a wooden switch to discipline his 4-year-old son earlier this year. He pleaded no contest to a lesser charge of misdemeanor reckless assault earlier this month.

Earlier this week, the NFL suspended Peterson for the rest of the season. He had missed the previous nine games after being placed on the commissioner's exempt list. 

Now in his eighth NFL season, Peterson has rushed for 10,190 yards during his career.

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