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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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Profootballtalk reports Adrian Peterson fully intends to play in 2015.
While Peterson told ESPN recently that he has considered retirement, it was likely in frustration. He's currently eligible for reinstatement come April 15, but plans to file a lawsuit as soon as Monday to gain his reinstatement for the full offseason. If the Vikings choose to release Peterson, he's going to want to be available when free agency starts in March. It might be time for a split. Dec 14 - 7:49 PM

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Adrian Peterson told ESPN he has "considered retiring from the NFL."

"I love playing football, don't get me wrong, but this situation is deeper than that," Peterson said. "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 went on to say he is interested in pursuing real estate or competing in the 200- and 400-meter dashes in the Olympics. Peterson is likely just disappointed after losing his suspension appeal, but these comments do highlight how close Peterson is to the end of his career. Peterson will be at least 30 the next time he steps onto an NFL field, which is just short of ancient in the world of NFL running backs. Peterson will likely be back in 2015, but he is clearly on the downside of his career.
Dec 13 - 10:18 AM

Appeals officer Harold Henderson has upheld Adrian Peterson's suspension.

Peterson's indefinite suspension will stand. The NFLPA is expected to file a lawsuit in federal court seeking his reinstatement, but he isn't going to return this season. Peterson will now be suspended from all team activities until at least April 15. Due $12.75 million in base salary, Peterson's 2015 status with the Vikings is up in the air.
Dec 12 - 5:17 PM

ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports that even if Adrian Peterson wins his appeal, there's "little belief" he plays again this season.

Of course. The NFL will do everything in its power to keep Peterson off the field. If A.P. wins his appeal, which there's widespread belief that he will, the Vikings would then have the ball in their court to activate Peterson. Previous indications had been the Vikings were willing to welcome Peterson back with open arms. Commissioner Roger Goodell will step in and squash those plans at all costs.
Dec 7 - 10:29 AM

Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio reports the NFLPA and the NFL could still reach a settlement regarding Adrian Peterson's appeal of a season-ending suspension.

Arbitrator Harold Henderson has urged the NFL and NFLPA to work out a deal, but neither side has appeared willing to negotiate up to this point. Any settlement would have to come before Henderson issues his ruling, which is expected next week. With Sports Illustrated's Peter King reporting Peterson was "likely" to win his appeal, the NFL may be inclined to reach a settlement rather than deal with the backlash of another failure of their disciplinary process. Peterson is still unlikely to play this season, but his chances are improving by the day.
Dec 6 - 11:18 AM

Sports Illustrated's Peter King reports Adrian Peterson is "likely (but not certain) to be reinstated next week."

Peterson's appeal was heard this week, and it's now in the hands of league appeals officer, Harold Henderson. Henderson has rarely, if ever, sided with the player, so it'd come as a surprise to see Peterson win, especially after it was reported earlier in the week that the NFLPA wasn't confident about Peterson winning the appeal. If Peterson wins, it will then be the Vikings' call whether to activate him for Week 15. It's a true toss-up at this point. Stay tuned.
Dec 5 - 9:11 AM

According to FOX Sports, the NFLPA isn't confident they'll win their appeal of the Adrian Peterson ruling.

The Players Association is arguing that Peterson was told he'd be credited with "time served" for going on the Commissioner Exempt list. Even if they can prove that, it doesn't matter much. Under the terms of the personal conduct policy, domestic violence acts or acts committed in the presence of children are considered "aggravating circumstances" and can therefore be suspended further than the usual bans. Peterson is almost certainly done for the season.
Dec 1 - 10:40 AM

Coach Mike Zimmer made it clear Adrian Peterson will be a Viking when or if he's reinstated from suspension.

Peterson has essentially been suspended indefinitely; the NFL announced his ban as "at least" until the end of this season. "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," said Zimmer. Peterson's appeal hearing will go down on December 2. There is a very slim chance he could play late in the season. On the off chance he is reinstated, Zimmer's comments strongly indicate the Vikings would welcome back Peterson with open arms.
Nov 23 - 11:05 AM

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora would be "surprised" if Adrian Peterson played football this season.

Appeals officer Harold Henderson is viewed as an "extension" of Roger Goodell after spending many years working in the league office. Therefore, the NFL seems confident he will rule on the league's behalf, as opposed to siding with the players' union. Peterson's suspension appeal will be hard on December 2.
Nov 21 - 3:18 PM

Adrian Peterson's suspension appeal hearing has been scheduled for December 2.

His appeal will be heard by Harold Henderson, not Roger Goodell. Henderson also heard Josh Gordon's suspension appeal, which resulted in a ten-game ban as opposed to a full-season ban. Perhaps this creates a glimmer of hope Peterson will play in a few games late in the season. After December 2, the Vikings face the Jets in Week 14, the Lions in Week 15, and the Dolphins in fantasy title week.
Nov 21 - 2:32 PM

Adrian Peterson admitted "maybe it's best for me to get a fresh start somewhere else" in 2015.

Peterson sat down for an exclusive interview with USA Today's Tom Pelissero, a former Vikings beat writer. You can read it in its entirety at the link below. Peterson has supporters in the Vikings organization, including coach Mike Zimmer, but a change of scenery may be best for all parties. There's no way the Vikings are going to pay Peterson the $15 million-plus he's owed in 2015. They can try and trade him in the spring. Turning 30 in March, A.D. still has gas in the tank.
Source: USA Today
Nov 21 - 10:40 AM

Independent arbitrator Shyam Das has ruled the NFL can keep Adrian Peterson on the exempt list.

Peterson is still appealing his year-ending suspension, but this is a major blow to his odds of suiting up in 2014. Commissioner Roger Goodell is now officially Peterson's judge, jury and executioner, and the NFL has made it quite clear it's not planning to be lenient. If you've been stashing AD in hopes of a late-season return, the odds are now slim enough that he should be let go. Four months shy of his 30th birthday, Peterson is at a career crossroads. It's likely he's played his last snap in Minnesota.
Nov 18 - 5:24 PM

ESPN's Ed Werder says it's "very possible" Adrian Peterson returns to field Sunday while appealing his suspension.

We see "very possible" as a bit of an exaggeration. Yes, Peterson could win his grievance and be removed from the Commissioner-Exempt list Wednesday. He could then combine that with an appeal of his Personal Conduct suspension to try to get on the field. But whether the Vikings would be willing to activate him remains to be seen and the NFL clearly does not want AP activated. Stashers can still desperately hold on to Peterson until there's more clarity on the situation.
Nov 18 - 11:33 AM

The NFL has suspended Adrian Peterson without pay for at least the remainder of this season.

Roger Goodell does not see the nine games Peterson was forced to spend on Commissioner-Exempt list (with pay) as "time served." They are now trying to keep AP off the field via the Personal Conduct policy after he pled "no contest" to misdemeanor assault charges stemming from a discipline incident with his son. Peterson's lawyers and the NFLPA are appealing the suspension right away, but the NFL has really dug its heels in here. Stashers should just sit tight for a few more days as the dust settles even though it's looking bleaker than ever that he'll play this year.
Nov 18 - 8:45 AM

A source tells PFT that the Vikings want Adrian Peterson back on the field.

There have been rumors that the Vikings wanted to move on from Peterson rather than take the PR hit associated with bringing him back. PFT's source says that's hogwash. Peterson will be embraced by the team if he's deemed eligible to play and is reportedly "ready to go." A ruling on Peterson's status under the Commissioner-Exempt list and an NFL decision on possible further discipline could be here as soon as Wednesday.

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