Adrian Peterson RUMORS & NEWS

  • Spielman wants Peterson back for Vikings

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Echoing earlier sentiments of his head coach, Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman said the team wants Adrian Peterson to return to Minnesota once the suspended running back is eligible to apply for reinstatement on April 15. “I don’t know if there’s a team in the NFL that wouldn’t want Adrian..." January 15

  • Adrian Peterson lawsuit set for next month

    USA Today "The NFL Players Association's lawsuit against the NFL on behalf of banished Vikings star Adrian Peterson is scheduled to reach federal court next month in Minnesota. The case is on the docket of U.S. District Court Judge David S. Doty at 2 p.m. on Feb. 6, Doty's office said Monday. The NFLPA..." January 06

  • Zimmer's time with Peterson brief, but he is in RB's 'corner'

    Fox Sports North "Before meeting with reporters Tuesday for his season-ending press conference, Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer started watching tape of the offense as he begins evaluation of players for the offseason. In particular, Zimmer started with Week 1's win against the St. Louis Rams. Running..." December 30

  • Adrian Peterson Claims NFL Exec Promised Him 2-Game Suspension (Audio)

    Black Sports Online "ABC’s Good Morning America has released a scathing audio provided by Adrian Peterson that allegedly has former NFL players and current league executive, Troy Vincent, promising Peterson his suspension will only be two games. At his appeal, Peterson claimed Vincent, the league’s executive vice..." December 15

  • NFLPA sues NFL in Peterson case "The NFL Players Association has filed a lawsuit against the NFL in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis, challenging an arbitrator's decision made Friday to uphold Adrian Peterson's suspension by the league. The lawsuit comes as ABC News has obtained a recording of the Nov. 12 phone call between..." December 15

  • Peterson to NFL exec: 'How much more you all want'

    CSN Philly "Minnesota Vikings star Adrian Peterson told a top NFL executive in the days leading up to his suspension for the rest of 2014 that he wanted Commissioner Roger Goodell to consider that he'd already lost $4 million in endorsements and missed more than half the season while his child abuse case..." December 15

  • Peterson: How did Rice get reinstated before me?

    SB Nation "Running back Adrian Peterson believes the NFL handled his suspension and appeal "absolutely wrong," according to an interview with ESPN. Peterson gave a lengthy statement after his appeal of a suspension for a violation of the league's personal conduct policy was denied Friday. After saying..." December 14

  • Adrian Peterson Could Be On Field By Start Of 2015 Season

    Daily Norseman "The speculation had been that if Peterson's suspension was upheld, he would be suspended for the final three games of this season and the first three games of next season as well. However, it appears that if Peterson is reinstated to the league on 15 April (the first date he is eligible to be..." December 14

  • Vikings RB Adrian Peterson's suspension appeal denied by arbitrator

    Yahoo! Sports "The NFL Friday news dump is up and running. Suspended Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson's appeal was denied and he will not play this season. Appointed arbitrator Harold Henderson (appointed by Roger Goodell, that is) found no reason to vacate the initial NFL finding in Peterson's..." December 13

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    Greg Aiello @gregaiello

    Appeals officer Harold Henderson has affirmed the Adrian Peterson discipline...appeal denied.

  • NFLPA: Adrian Peterson wants to play this season "With only three games remaining on the Minnesota Vikings' schedule, the clocking is ticking on Adrian Peterson's chances of playing again in 2014. As Peterson awaits a ruling from arbitrator Harold Henderson on his appeal, the suspended running back has made it clear he wants to get back on the..." December 10

  • Report: Adrian Peterson ‘likely’ to be reinstated next week

    Larry Brown Sports "Adrian Peterson may still have a slight chance to suit up again before the end of the 2014 season. Peter King of The Monday Morning Quarterback reports that Peterson is “likely” to be reinstated by league appeals officer Harold Henderson next week. While King notes that Peterson is not certain..." December 06

  • Appeal over, Adrian Peterson now waits on arbitrator

    New York Post "Adrian Peterson’s bid for reinstatement is in the hands of an arbitrator hand-picked by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell after the second day of testimony in the Vikings running back’s appeal ended Thursday in Manhattan. Harold Henderson, a former league executive in charge of labor relations, is..." December 05

  • Report: Adrian Peterson won't attend appeal hearing Thursday "Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson will not be in attendance for the conclusion of his suspension appeal hearing Thursday, according to the Associated Press. NFL executive vice president of football operations Troy Vincent is scheduled to testify on Thursday. According to the AP,..." December 04

  • Arbitrator reportedly suggests Adrian Peterson settlement

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "During yesterday’s appeals hearing for suspended running back Adrian Peterson, arbitrator Harold Henderson encouraged the NFL and the NFLPA to engage in settlement discussions, according to a Pro Football Talk report. There have been no talks yet, though, according to the report. Yesterday,..." December 03

  • NFL official Troy Vincent to tell his side on Adrian Peterson ban

    New York Post "Adrian Peterson’s appeal of his season-long suspension by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell began Tuesday, but promises to get even more interesting on Thursday. That’s when Troy Vincent, the league’s vice president of football operations, is expected to testify for arbitrator Harold Henderson..." December 03

  • Adrian Peterson -- Says Grand Jury Can Reverse Ruling ... Inspires False Hope "Adrian Peterson believes there's a slight chance the grand jury in Ferguson will change its mind and indict Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Mike Brown ... problem is, he's flat-out wrong. In the wake of the decision in Ferguson, AP went to Twitter to express his dismay over..." November 25

  • Adrian Peterson compares own indictment to Ferguson "On Monday, a grand jury in Ferguson, Missouri declined to indict Darren Wilson for the shooting of Michael Brown, causing riots in and around the city throughout the night. Many sports figures took to Twitter to comment on the situation, including Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, who --..." November 25

  • NFLPA rails against selection of Peterson appeals officer

    USA Today "NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell won't hear the appeal of Adrian Peterson's suspension. But the NFL Players Association isn't happy with who will. The league announced Friday that Goodell has appointed appeals officer Harold Henderson to hear Peterson's appeal Dec. 2. Henderson spent 16 years as..." November 22

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    Jay Glazer @JayGlazer

    Breaking: Adrian Peterson's appeal hearing has been set for 12/2 and Harold Henderson, NOT Roger Goodell, will be the hearing officer

  • Adrian Peterson: 'I won't ever use a switch again'

    USA Today "It had been five months since Adrian Peterson spoke to his 4-year-old son. Somewhere deep inside, Peterson believes he knew what awaited him on the other end of the line. But he couldn't be sure until he placed the call last week. "When he got on the phone, he said, 'Hey Dad,'" Peterson..." November 21

  • Adrian Peterson officially appeals suspension

    SB Nation "Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has officially appealed his season-long suspension Thursday morning, according to Ian Rapoport. Peterson and the National Football League Players Association have contended the league did not act in accordance with the Collective Bargaining..." November 20

  • LaDainian Tomlinson: Adrian Peterson to the Cowboys could be a 'no-brainer'

    Dallas Morning News "Former TCU and NFL star running back LaDainian Tomlinson joined KRLD-FM 105.3 recently to talk all things football. Here are some of the highlights: On DeMarco Murray’s workload and how that should be handled by the Cowboys: “The first thing when it comes to handling DeMarco’s workload, I..." November 20

  • NFL V.P.: No one told Adrian Peterson he’d get “time served”

    Pro Football Talk "The NFL Players Association says that an NFL executive told Adrian Peterson that he would get credit for “time served” during his time on the Commissioner’s Exempt List, meaning he wouldn’t be suspended beyond that time after he accepted a plea deal on a charge of injuring his son. The NFL says..." November 19

  • Report: Vikings do not plan to trade or release Adrian Peterson "The Vikings have no plans to part ways with running back Adrian Peterson, according to Bart Hubbuch of the New York Post. According to Hubbuch, Peterson's future with the team will be reevaluated after this season by GM Rick Spielman and head coach Mike Zimmer. Peterson was suspended..." November 19

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    Tom Pelissero @TomPelissero

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

  • Peterson ruling could come by Wednesday

    Pro Football Talk "As expected, arbitrator Shyam Das conducted a hearing on Monday regarding the effort to reinstate Vikings running back Adrian Peterson from the Commissioner-Exempt list. Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the hearing was conducted and fully completed on Monday. By rule, a decision..." November 18

  • NFL suspends Adrian Peterson for at least rest of season

    USA Today "The NFL has suspended Minnesota Vikings star Adrian Peterson for at least the remainder of the regular season. Peterson is almost certain to appeal the suspension and request neutral arbitration. The complete media release is as follows: Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings was..." November 18

  • NFLPA Statement on Adrian Peterson Suspension "The decision by the NFL to suspend Adrian Peterson is another example of the credibility gap that exists between the agreements they make and the actions they take. Since Adrian’s legal matter was adjudicated, the NFL has ignored their obligations and attempted to impose a new and arbitrary..." November 18

  • NFLPA claims NFL exec promised time served for Adrian Peterson "After the NFL announced Adrian Peterson's suspension for a full year, the NFLPA swiftly announced its intentions to appeal the suspension. In that announcement, the union also snuck in a surprising point, noting "an NFL executive told Adrian that his time on the commissioner's list would be..." November 18

  • Adrian Peterson suspension: Must undergo counseling, faces banishment "Adrian Peterson was suspended for the remainder of the season without pay, the NFL announced on Tuesday. The NFLPA will appeal the suspension. As part of that announcement, the NFL released a lengthy letter written by Roger Goodell to Peterson, detailing why he was suspended and what he will face..." November 18

  • Report: Adrian Peterson backed out of a meeting with the NFL

    Pro Football Talk "Vikings running back Adrian Peterson’s quest to return to the field has taken a surprising turn, as Peterson reportedly declined to appear at a meeting with the league office that he originally said he would attend. Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Peterson declined to show up to a..." November 16

  • Jared Allen thinks Adrian Peterson should be allowed to play in the NFL "Adrian Peterson's legal issues are behind him after pleading no contest to misdemeanor child-abuse charges, but his NFL future remains up in the air. His reinstatement hearing with the league is set for Monday, one day after the Vikings face the desperate-for-something-other-than-a-blowout Bears,..." November 14

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    Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

    The Adrian Peterson hearing is set for 2 p.m. on Monday and will be via conference call, source says.

  • Vikings: Adrian Peterson 'can't wait to play,' teammate says

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Vikings running back Matt Asiata has been exchanging texts with Adrian Peterson over the past week and says Peterson is optimistic about soon returning to the Vikings. The star running back was indicted in Texas in September on a felony charge of child abuse before plea bargaining last week to..." November 14

  • Ricky Williams: I don't think Adrian Peterson did anything wrong

    Fox Sports Southwest "According to reports, Adrian Peterson will plead his case Monday in front of an arbitrator in hopes of returning to the NFL this season after pleading out his child-abuse case. In the meantime, he has a supporter in former Heisman-winning running back Ricky Williams. Williams made an..." November 13

  • Why Adrian Peterson, Vikings need to go in separate directions

    Yahoo! Sports "Adrian Peterson is ready to move on from the past few months. He said as much last week as he exited a courthouse in Texas. In a stairway convoy with his wife, parents and led by his wing-tipped attorney, the conversation turned to moving on … away from his legal issues … forward as a father …..." November 12

  • NFLPA files grievance to get Adrian Peterson reinstated

    Pro Football Talk "As Adrian Peterson remains in the limbo of the NFL’s Commissioner’s Exempt List, the players’ union says it’s time to let him resume his career. The NFL Players Association released a statement Monday afternoon saying it has filed a grievance to get Peterson off the exempt list. “The NFLPA..." November 11

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    Matt Vensel @mattvensel

    Mike Zimmer says the #Vikings support Peterson. Said the NFL has not provided a timetable.

  • Vikings should just cut Adrian Peterson and skip the circus

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Just cut him. The circus comes to town this week, and it stars Adrian Peterson, Roger Goodell, Vikings ownership, the players union and enough lawyers to fill TCF Bank Stadium. This could make the Love Boat look like a pleasant dinner cruise down the Mississippi. And for what? Why drag this..." November 10

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    Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

    Adrian Peterson being on paid-leave since his situation arose is not considered discipline, source points out. Suspension looms.

  • Nike terminates deal with Adrian Peterson

    Pro Football Talk "Whatever happens between Vikings running back Adrian Peterson and his primary employer, Peterson now has one less entity giving him money. According to Darren Rovell of ESPN, Nike has terminated its contract with Peterson. Previously, Nike suspended the arrangement on September 17. He..." November 07

  • Sources: NFL nixed Peterson reinstatement immediately after plea deal

    Fox Sports "The NFL rejected an attempt by Adrian Peterson's camp for immediate reinstatement following his plea agreement on Tuesday and refused to engage in discussions regarding a settlement over his playing status, two sources informed of the discussions told FOX Sports. Peterson's camp, which included..." November 06

  • Mother of Adrian Peterson's son doesn't want NFL to punish Vikings RB

    USA Today "The mother of the boy at the center of the Adrian Peterson case agrees with the plea deal reached Tuesday, wants Peterson to remain involved in his son's life and doesn't want the NFL to further punish the banished Minnesota Vikings star, her attorney says. "The entire matter has been very..." November 06

  • Peterson decision now in NFL hands

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Now that Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has entered into a plea agreement in Texas, avoiding jail time while resolving his child abuse case quickly, Peterson’s situation is no longer a legal matter but an NFL matter. The Vikings continue to have internal discussions about whether..." November 06

  • Adrian Peterson receives $4,000 fine, probation on plea deal

    SB Nation "Adrian Peterson's plea deal has been accepted, resolving his legal trouble but clouding his immediate NFL future. Adrian Peterson has signed a plea of no contest to misdemeanor charges of reckless assault, paving the way for his return to the NFL. The plea was accepted by Montgomery County..." November 04

  • '100% support' for Adrian Peterson in Vikings locker room

    USA Today "Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman wouldn't comment Tuesday on the possible return of exiled star Adrian Peterson. But Peterson's teammates say they'd have no problem with him returning after the resolution of his court case in Texas. "I think everybody's hopeful that he'll have an..." November 04

  • Peterson avoids jail time in child abuse case

    USA Today "Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson pleaded no contest Tuesday to a reduced charge of misdemeanor reckless assault as part of plea deal with prosecutors to resolve his felony child abuse case. As part of the deal, Peterson will avoid jail time and instead be ordered to pay a $4,000..." November 04

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    Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

    .@NFL spokesman @gregaiello said the league will review the Adrian Peterson matter. “We cannot provide a timetable.”

  • Adrian Peterson will plead no contest to misdemeanor

    Pro Football Talk "With fewer than four weeks until the start of his trial on felony child-abuse charges, Vikings running back Adrian Peterson will reach an agreement today to resolve the case. Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Peterson will plead no contest to one count of misdemeanor reckless..." November 04