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Adrian Peterson | Running Back

Team: Minnesota Vikings
Age / DOB:  (29) / 3/21/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 217
College: Oklahoma
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A source tells PFT that Adrian Peterson will try to accelerate his trial date.
Peterson won't be allowed to return to the NFL until his child-abuse case is fully resolved. The trick here will be to do that (and get exonerated) without exposing himself to a suspension under the personal-conduct policy. Or perhaps Peterson could get away with a short suspension by pleading guilty and making a public apology. Either way, the Vikings seem very willing to welcome him back. Perhaps we'll gain more clarity this week when a trial date is expected to be announced. Sep 21 - 9:30 PM

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ProFootballTalk's Mike Florio considers it unlikely that Adrian Peterson will ever play for the Vikings again.

Peterson won't be allowed to play until after his child-abuse case is resolved. Florio is saying the case is likely to go to a trial, and therefore wouldn't be over until well after the season. However, Peterson has plenty of incentive to work out a plea deal as soon as possible if it means the NFL will reinstate him. As for 2015, Peterson is owed $12.75 million -- an untenable number for a 30-year-old running back.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Vikings "intend to bring back" Adrian Peterson once his legal case is resolved.

Fantasy owners of A.P. are left in the dark as they wait for the court's decision. It's worth noting Peterson is a first-time offender with no known criminal background, so it's entirely possible he merely gets a slap on the wrist for punishing his son too harshly. Peterson's first court hearing is not until October 8, but expect his attorneys to push hard for a quick resolution. Matt Asiata needs to be owned everywhere, as does rookie Jerick McKinnon. Now that the Vikings know they may not have Peterson for awhile, Cordarrelle Patterson's rushing usage could spike as well.
Sep 17 - 8:55 AM

Vikings placed RB Adrian Peterson on the NFL's exempt/commissioner's permission list until his child-abuse case is resolved.

Under heavy public pressure after bungling the situation Monday, the Vikings caved. Now it's up to Peterson to get his legal issues resolved as soon as possible, face his punishment and get back on the field. All that is unlikely to happen anytime soon, leaving him out indefinitely. (Peterson's first court hearing isn't even scheduled until October 8). Reliable yet plodding Matt Asiata will be the Vikings' feature back for the foreseeable future. Freak talent Jerick McKinnon also needs to be owned.
Source: ESPN.com
Sep 17 - 2:08 AM

Profootballtalk reports the Vikings could "reverse course" on Monday's decision to reinstate Adrian Peterson.

Instead of dying down, the firestorm has only intensified since the Vikings welcomed back their franchise back, with the NFL looking into the case and the governor of Minnesota calling for AD to be suspended. Although the Vikes are unlikely to release Peterson outright like the Ravens did with Ray Rice, they'll probably do the same math. That would be concluding that the controversy isn't worth it, and suspending AD until his legal situation is resolved. He's less than 50-50 to be active for Week 3.
Sep 16 - 6:01 PM

Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton is calling for the Vikings to suspend Adrian Peterson.

Public and political pressure on both the Vikings and the NFL continues to mount. "Whipping a child to the extent of visible wounds, as has been alleged, should not be tolerated in our state. Therefore, I believe the team should suspend Mr. Peterson, until the accusations of child abuse have been resolved by the criminal justice system," read a statement from Dayton. The Vikings have chosen to reinstate Peterson. It remains to be seen if the NFL can or will step in with further discipline.
Sep 16 - 12:59 PM

The NFL says the Adrian Peterson and Greg Hardy cases are under review.

The Vikings chose to reinstate Peterson Monday, but deferred any questions about further discipline to the league office. The NFL's new hire Lisa Friel, a former New York prosecutor, is examining both cases. No one seems to know if the NFL has the power to step in and suspend Peterson before the case goes to trial, but we do know that FOX's Jay Glazer reported Sunday it falls under the new domestic violence policy. First-time offenders of that policy get a six-game ban. We'd try to hold Matt Asiata until the dust settles here.
Sep 16 - 8:56 AM

TMZ reports Adrian Peterson has already been cleared of the latest child abuse accusation involving one of his other sons.

Peterson was accused of hitting one of his other sons, a four-year-old, in the forehead and leaving him with a scar after disciplining him for cursing at a sibling. A source said the case went nowhere because it was determined the boy was injured when he accidentally hit his head on a carseat while Peterson was punishing him. Peterson's form of discipline was "not impermissible." In Texas, parents are allowed to administer "reasonable punishment."
Source: TMZ Sports
Sep 15 - 8:39 PM

CBS 11 Houston reports Adrian Peterson is being investigated for another child abuse accusation involving one of his other sons.

According to the news station, one of Peterson's four-year-old son's was disciplined by Peterson for cursing at one of his siblings. The boy sustained a scar over his right eye. Peterson has at least five children with multiple different women, and is believed to have as many as seven kids out of wedlock. If more information comes to light, the Vikings could discipline Peterson yet again.
Sep 15 - 7:12 PM

The Vikings have reinstated Adrian Peterson and he is expected to play in Sunday's Week 3 game at New Orleans.

The Vikings are using the "due process" excuse following Peterson's indictment on charges of reckless and negligent injury to a child. Of course, if Peterson wasn't the best player on the team then he'd be held to a different standard. "Today's decision was made after significant thought, discussion and consideration," read a Monday statement from the Vikings. "As evidenced by our decision to deactivate Adrian from yesterday's game, this is clearly a very important issue." The NFL's hands could also be tied as Peterson's case winds its way through the courts. Still, we'd hold Matt Asiata on rosters just in case Roger Goodell steps in.
Sep 15 - 11:48 AM

A source tells the New York Post that the Vikings will not release Adrian Peterson.

The Post has sources on this story because Minnesota's ownership group is New Jersey-based. The Vikings are expected to make an announcement regarding Peterson's status at some point Monday and it's possible they'll choose to suspend him even before the NFL steps in. They could also try to trade Peterson. Note that the NFL is expected to review the case under the new domestic violence policy, not the personal conduct policy. First-time offenders of the domestic violence policy get a six-game ban. With Peterson inactive Sunday, Matt Asiata totaled 84 yards and a touchdown on 18 touches as the Vikings lost 30-7 to the Patriots.
Sep 15 - 7:31 AM

According to FOX's Jay Glazer, Adrian Peterson's case will be reviewed under the NFL's new domestic violence policy and not the personal conduct policy.

It's a major distinction as the first-time offenders of the domestic violence policy get a six-game suspension -- with potential for more if children are present. First-time offenders of the personal conduct policy are not typically suspended. Meanwhile, the Vikings are expected to make an announcement about Peterson's status going forward as soon as Monday morning. Matt Asiata and Jerick McKinnon could very well be looking at extended run as the Vikings' top-two backs.
Sep 14 - 12:09 PM

Vikings declared RB Adrian Peterson, QB Christian Ponder, LB Michael Mauti, G David Yankey, WR Rodney Smith, LB Brandon Watts and DE Scott Crichton inactive for Week 2 against the Patriots.

With Peterson out, Matt Asiata will carry the load in the Vikings' backfield. Rookie Jerick McKinnon should also see some work. Brandon Watts is week-to-week with a knee injury. Michael Mauti (foot) and Rodney Smith (hamstring) were both game-time decisions.
Sep 14 - 11:40 AM

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reports the Vikings will address Adrian Peterson's roster status first thing Monday.

The Vikings acted quickly to deactivate Peterson for Week 2 against the Patriots, and the team is expected to hand out Peterson's immediate punishment while the NFL sits back and reviews the case. The Vikings can either keep Peterson on the roster as is, allow him to practice with the team and be inactive on game days, or suspend him with pay as they await the legal outcome.
Source: CBS Sports
Sep 14 - 9:13 AM

The NFL confirmed that Adrian Peterson could be disciplined under the league’s personal-conduct policy.

The Vikings deactivated Peterson for Week 2, and he's going to be subject to further discipline from the NFL. Matt Asiata will start Sunday against the Patriots, with rookie Jerick McKinnon also expected to see touches.
Sep 13 - 4:05 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Matt Cassel
2Teddy Bridgewater
3Christian Ponder
RB1Matt Asiata
2Jerick McKinnon
3Joe Banyard
4Adrian Peterson
GLB1Matt Asiata
2Jerick McKinnon
3RB1Matt Asiata
2Jerick McKinnon
FB1MarQueis Gray
WR11Greg Jennings
2Jarius Wright
3Rodney Smith
WR21Cordarrelle Patterson
2Adam Thielen
3Charles Johnson
WR31Jarius Wright
TE1MarQueis Gray
2Rhett Ellison
3Kyle Rudolph
K1Blair Walsh