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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

Jerick McKinnon played on 21-of-66 snaps in Sunday's loss to the Patriots.

Although McKinnon only received four touches, he actually got a significant amount of run. Perhaps the Vikings will make him a bigger part of the running game after watching Matt Asiata plod his way to 36 yards on 13 carries. McKinnon remains a stash as we wait for more Adrian Peterson fallout.
Sep 15 - 9:58 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

Coach Mike Zimmer confirmed after Sunday's loss to New England that Matt Cassel will remain Minnesota's starter entering Week 3.

The Vikings play the Saints next. The question is already being asked because Cassel threw four interceptions against the Patriots while taking six sacks. Toward the end of the game, the Minnesota crowd began chanting for Teddy Bridgewater. The Vikings' offense is going to go down the tubes without Adrian Peterson, however. It's not a good environment to install the rookie.
Sep 14 - 6:07 PM

Kyle Rudolph caught five-of-eight targets for 53 yards against the Patriots Week 2.

Rudolph had two catches for 26 yards on the Vikings' first drive of the game, but slowed down as Matt Cassel and the Minnesota offense imploded. Rudolph has looked good this season, but will struggle to find consistency with Cassel as his quarterback. He will continue to be a back-end TE1 with touchdown upside.
Sep 14 - 5:14 PM

Greg Jennings caught only one-of-four targets for four yards against the Patriots Week 2.

Jennings was shadowed by Darrelle Revis most of the game. He almost managed to save his day with a touchdown catch late in the fourth quarter, but he was ruled to have been out of bounds. Jennings will have better days, and is a steady WR4 in fantasy.
Sep 14 - 5:08 PM

Cordarrelle Patterson caught four passes for 56 yards against the Patriots' Week 2.

Despite Adrian Peterson being inactive, Patterson saw no carries against New England, though he was used as a decoy in the backfield on several plays. This was Patterson's first game since Week 12 of 2013 without a touchdown, and his long play of the game was "only" 26 yards. Despite the blip, Patterson will once again be a high-upside WR3 when the Vikings meet the Saints next week.
Sep 14 - 5:04 PM

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