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Kyle Rudolph (abdomen) remained limited in Thursday's practice.

It would be nice to see Rudolph graduate to "full" on Friday, but his Week 3 status isn't in doubt. He's a mid-range TE1.
Sep 18 - 6:36 PM

Cordarrelle Patterson was added to the Vikings' injury report on Thursday, getting in a limited session with a chest issue.

Patterson joins Keenan Allen and Bernard Pierce as surprise Thursday additions to the injury report. "Chest" is a rather vague designation, but it's hard to believe it's something that will keep Patterson out for Week 3. Owners must now monitor his status ahead of Sunday's trip to New Orleans, but we're leaving Patterson penciled in as a WR2.
Sep 18 - 4:55 PM

Vikings OC Norv Turner said he will use both Matt Asiata and Jerick McKinnon in Sunday's game against the Saints.

Turner added that he might use one back more than the other if someone gets a hot hand. Asiata will have the first crack to get that hot hand as he'll almost certainly start the game, but we know this low-upside bulldozer with a career 3.56 YPC won't help the Adrian Peterson-less Vikings move the ball consistently. The freaky McKinnon could, but has to prove reliable and pass protect better (one sack allowed on three pass pro chances Week 2). Asiata remains the "safer" Week 3 fantasy flex play, but McKinnon is the better long-term hold.
Sep 18 - 12:36 PM

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 1500 Twin Cities says Jerick McKinnon "should definitely be more of a factor starting Sunday."

Anyone who has seen Matt Asiata stagger his way to a career 3.56 YPC knows this should be the case. The question is if the Vikings see it. Perhaps now that the coaches have a full week of preparation without Adrian Peterson, they'll install the freaky McKinnon as a major part of the gameplan. He's not startable yet in fantasy, but he's a must hold. If the Vikings want to move the football on the ground, McKinnon is their best bet.
Sep 18 - 10:34 AM

Kyle Rudolph (abdomen) was limited in Wednesday's practice.

Rudolph should be fine for Week 3. He has seven catches for 69 yards and a touchdown through two games.
Sep 17 - 6:28 PM

Vikings WLB Chad Greenway broke his hand in Week 2 against the Patriots.

It apparently wasn't an issue, as he played all 67 defensive snaps. Coach Mike Zimmer said Greenway's wrist is fine, and he should be out there Week 3 against the Saints. Greenway will likely just cast up and play his normal reps.
Sep 17 - 12:50 PM

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

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