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Adrian Peterson | Running Back | #28

Team: Minnesota Vikings
Age / DOB:  (31) / 3/21/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 220
College: Oklahoma
Drafted: 2007 / Rd. 1 (7) / MIN
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Adrian Peterson did not say if he would take a pay cut to stay with the Vikings.
Peterson is owed $17.75 million in salary and bonuses next season, which is too much to pay any running back much less a 32-year-old (in March) coming off a knee injury. Peterson did say he wants to stay in Minnesota but added it is a business. Peterson has likely played his final snap with the Vikings. Jan 2 - 12:42 PM
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Adrian Peterson (knee, groin) has been ruled out for Week 17.

Owed nearly $18 million in salary and bonuses, Peterson has almost certainly played his final snap as a Viking. Jerick McKinnon will operate as Minnesota's lead back against Chicago. Matt Asiata will remain the goal-line vulture.
Fri, Dec 30, 2016 02:46:00 PM

Adrian Peterson (knee, groin) is not practicing on Friday.

He's not going to play against the Bears. Jerick McKinnon and Matt Asiata will handle it.
Fri, Dec 30, 2016 12:18:00 PM

Adrian Peterson (knee, groin) did not practice Thursday.

Peterson looks very unlikely to play this week and could end up on injured reserve in the near future. Peterson's future in Minnesota is in serious doubt.
Thu, Dec 29, 2016 12:24:00 PM

Adrian Peterson (knee) did not practice Wednesday.

Stefon Diggs (hip) also missed practice. Beat writer Chris Tomasson would consider it a "surprise" if Peterson plays Week 17 against the Bears. 31-year-old Peterson may have already played his final snap for the Vikings.
Wed, Dec 28, 2016 02:33:00 PM

Adrian Peterson (knee, groin) told ESPN's Josina Anderson he "potentially could play" Week 17 against the Bears.

Peterson said he is being held out this week because of an adductor (groin) strain. It is good he did not suffer a setback with his knee, but it still seems likely Peterson is done for the season. Even if he does suit up next week, he will not be a good fantasy play either in DFS or in leagues with a Week 17 finale. Peterson might have already played his final game with the Vikings.
Sat, Dec 24, 2016 10:53:00 AM

ESPN's Bob Holtzman reports Adrian Peterson's (knee, groin) season is likely over.

Peterson has been ruled out for Week 16, and Holtzman reports "it's very likely" Peterson won't play in Week 17, either. The Vikings would have to make the playoffs for Peterson to have any chance at returning, but that of course is a long shot after last week's meltdown against the Colts. Holtzman suggests Peterson has likely played his last down as a Viking.
Fri, Dec 23, 2016 04:07:00 PM

Adrian Peterson (knee, groin) has been ruled out for Week 16 against the Packers.

Well, how fun was that return? Hyped up for weeks, Peterson returned in Week 15 to play 12 snaps and run for 22 yards on six carries only to get hurt again. The Vikings promoted RB C.J. Ham from the practice squad, and he'll slide in as the No. 3 back behind Jerick McKinnon and Matt Asiata.
Fri, Dec 23, 2016 12:32:00 PM

Adrian Peterson (knee, groin) remained sidelined at Thursday's practice.

Peterson struggled in his return from a torn meniscus last week and may have been rushed back too soon. With the Vikings essentially out of the playoff race, there's no reason for Peterson to play if he isn't 100 percent. Due to earn $17.75 million next year, there's no guarantee Peterson will be back with the Vikings in 2017.
Thu, Dec 22, 2016 12:36:00 PM

Adrian Peterson missed practice Wednesday with groin and knee injuries.

Peterson wouldn't commit to playing Week 16, simply saying he's taking it day by day. For now, we'd expect Peterson to be out there, but he's an underwhelming fantasy option at less than 100 percent behind this offensive line.
Wed, Dec 21, 2016 03:13:00 PM

Adrian Peterson (knee) is not practicing on Wednesday.

It could just be a rest day for Peterson after he returned from a three-month absence to play 12 snaps in the Week 15 loss. Peterson didn't look anywhere close to himself, and coach Mike Zimmer admitted Wednesday that All Day wasn't fully healthy. He'll be impossible to trust against the Packers.
Wed, Dec 21, 2016 12:20:00 PM

Adrian Peterson (knee) played 12-of-58 (21%) snaps Week 15 against the Colts.

It may have been 12 snaps too many as Peterson was mostly ineffective on his seven touches and ended up losing a fumble. He did not play much if at all in the second half of the blowout. It is unclear if Peterson will keep playing with the Vikings all but eliminated from the playoffs, but he will not be worth using in fantasy lineups either way this week.
Mon, Dec 19, 2016 10:40:00 AM

Adrian Peterson managed 22 yards on six carries and caught his lone target for a gain of one in the Vikings' Week 15 loss to the Colts.

Peterson's return was a complete disaster. He was stuffed for four yards or fewer on all of his touches except for a 13-yard run, at the end of which Peterson lost a fumble at the Colts' nine-yard line. Peterson barely even played in the second half, and the Vikings' offense didn't move the ball whatsoever when he was in the game. The Vikings head to Lambeau Field next. They have to have a better plan for their backfield, specifically focusing on Jerick McKinnon.
Sun, Dec 18, 2016 03:55:00 PM

FOX Sports' Jay Glazer reports the Vikings plan to rotate Adrian Peterson with their other backs for "20 plays" into Sunday's game, then "evaluate" to "let er rip" or keep rotating Peterson in.

It's the ultimate hot-hand approach, as the Vikings will use Jerick McKinnon, Matt Asiata, and Peterson early and then determine which back has the hottest hand after a handful of touches apiece. Peterson is the ultimate boom-bust RB2/flex play in the fantasy semifinals. We'd have a hard time trusting McKinnon, although he too could end up with more work than expected if Peterson struggles.
Sun, Dec 18, 2016 12:24:00 PM

Adrian Peterson is officially active for Week 15 against the Colts.

He's expected to start at running back, and the Vikings will decide how many carries Peterson gets based on how he plays early in the game. Minnesota's Week 15 inactives are S Harrison Smith, WR Laquon Treadwell, DL Stephen Weatherly, OG Willie Beavers, OG Brandon Fusco, CB Trae Waynes, and QB Taylor Heinecke.

RotoGrinders.com Daily Slant: While it’s tempting to roster Peterson in a favorable matchup, it’s best to fade him. When healthy, he averaged 1.6 yards per carry on 31 attempts, and Football Outsiders ranks Minnesota’s offensive line dead last in adjusted line yards per carry (3.23). It’s hard to predict how much he’ll actually play given his injury, especially when the team is basing it on how he feels; it could go in several different directions. With Matt Asiata active, he’ll have to worry about his touchdowns getting vultured. There is too much going against Peterson so make him a viable fantasy option.
Sun, Dec 18, 2016 11:35:00 AM