Adrian Peterson RUMORS & NEWS

  • Adrian Peterson contract question will be resolved sooner than later

    Pro Football Talk "Adrian Peterson has said he’d like to stay with the Vikings. Teammate Chad Greenway thinks there’s a good chance Peterson won’t be back. Much more will be known soon. Peterson’s contract pays him a $6 million roster bonus on March 11. Once the Vikings make that payment, they’ll be as a..." January 19

  • Peterson wants to stay in Minny but would consider Giants, Bucs, Texans

    ESPN "Vikings running back Adrian Peterson says he sees himself remaining with Minnesota next season but mentioned the New York Giants, Houston Texans and Tampa Bay Buccaneers as teams he might consider in free agency. "I see myself in purple. A lot has to take place," Peterson said on First Take on..." January 19

  • Chad Greenway not sure if he or Adrian Peterson will be back next year

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The 2017 Vikings roster could be similar to last season’s, but it also could see two huge changes as the team decides about the two longest-tenured players in linebacker Chad Greenway and running back Adrian Peterson. Greenway just completed his 11th season with the Vikings and Peterson his..." January 19

  • Vikings RB Adrian Peterson helps stranded motorist in Texas

    Sportsnaut "While the NFL was preparing to kick off the divisional round of the playoffs, star running back Adrian Peterson was busy being a good samaritan in Texas. Courtesy of the father of Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, here’s a photo of Peterson helping a stranded motorist move his..." January 15

  • With big payout from Vikings unlikely, new reality awaiting Adrian Peterson

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "In Adrian Peterson’s fantasy, he runs for 300 yards in a game, 2,500 for a season, one better than Emmitt Smith’s 18,355 for a career and makes $18 million in 2017. Of those four improbabilities, the last one is least likely to happen. The Vikings haven’t had to officially address the decision..." January 08

  • Adrian Peterson ruled out vs. Bears

    ESPN 1500 Twin Cities "There will be no swan song for Adrian Peterson. Peterson missed practice on Friday and the team announced that he will not play on Sunday against the Chicago Bears at US Bank Stadium. The Minnesota Vikings’ running back told ESPN’s Josina Anderson before last week’s game against the Green..." December 30

  • Five most likely landing spots for Adrian Peterson

    Sportsnaut "Once the standard to which every running back in the league was compared, Minnesota Vikings ball carrier Adrian Peterson is now on the downside of his career, facing the end of his tenure with the team that drafted him in 2007 out of Oklahoma. A once-ballyhooed recruit from Texas, one who some..." December 30

  • Adrian Peterson likely to miss Week 17, could be done with Vikings

    Larry Brown Sports "Adrian Peterson looks like he is going to miss Sunday’s game against the Chicago Bears, and it’s fair to wonder if he has played his last snap with the Minnesota Vikings. Peterson worked hard to get back on the field for Week 15 after he suffered an MCL injury in Week 2, but his return was..." December 28

  • Vikings rule out Adrian Peterson for Week 16 game vs. Packers

    CBS Sports "One week after his return from injury, Adrian Peterson is out yet again. The Vikings announced on Friday that Peterson will not play this week's game against the divisional rival Packers. Peterson underwent surgery to repair a torn meniscus back in September, and ultimately beat projections..." December 23

  • ‘Very likely’ Adrian Peterson out for rest of 2016

    Sportsnaut "A few hours after Adrian Peterson was ruled out for the Minnesota Vikings’ Week 16 game against the Green Bay Packers, some more news surfaced that indicates the running back is done for the year. ESPN’s Bob Holtzman reported a Vikings source as saying Peterson is “very likely” to remain out..." December 23

  • Peterson uncertain to play vs. Packers after injuring groin in return "Did Vikings running back Adrian Peterson come back a bit too soon? The 30-year-old told reporters on Wednesday that he was not sure he'd be able to suit up for Saturday's divisional matchup against the Green Bay Packers in Wisconsin. He was officially listed as having knee/groin injuries on..." December 21

  • Vikings RB Adrian Peterson won’t commit to playing this week

    Sportsnaut "The Minnesota Vikings are battling for their playoff lives. They need to win out and have a whole bunch else happen in order to sniff the postseason. This is what pretty much led to Adrian Peterson deciding to give it a go last week after missing the previous 11 games with a torn..." December 21

  • Adrian Peterson’s presence can help the offense, regardless of production

    Pro Football Talk "There’s a hot take making the rounds that Vikings running back Adrian Peterson’s return won’t matter because Peterson was struggling before he suffered a torn meniscus in Week Two. Indeed, Peterson had 31 carries for 50 yards prior to his injury, an average of 1.6 yards per carry. What..." December 18

  • Peterson to draw start in return vs. Colts "Adrian Peterson is back -- officially. The Vikings activated their star player from injured reserve Saturday, according to an official announcement from the club. Defensive tackle Toby Johnson was waived in a corresponding move. Minnesota was planning on Peterson returning in Week 16, but a..." December 18

  • Vikings activate Adrian Peterson from IR "Adrian Peterson has been activated by the Minnesota Vikings and will be eligible to play Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts. The Vikings announced Peterson’s return on Saturday and placed Toby Johnson on waivers in order to free up a roster spot. Johnson had been signed to the 53-man roster..." December 17

  • Vikings ‘pissed’ Adrian Peterson announced he’s playing Sunday

    Sportsnaut "Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson made headlines Friday when he announced on a radio show that he’d be playing Sunday. It was a shocking statement that had pretty much every NFL insider thinking, “okay then. I guess he’s healthy.” Because Peterson returned to practice recently,..." December 17

  • Vikings' Adrian Peterson says he'll play against the Colts in Week 15

    CBS Sports "Confirmed: Adrian Peterson is a cyborg. On Friday, Peterson revealed that he'll return for the Vikings against the Colts on Sunday. He made the announcement during an interview with DJ Skee on Peterson tore his meniscus during the Vikings' Week 2 win over the Packers and..." December 16

  • Peterson 'extremely hungry' to play, but will be smart about return

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Adrian Peterson was feeling good Thursday after his first two practices since his September knee surgery “went pretty smoothly.” But it is still unlikely that he will suit up for the Vikings on Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts. Peterson said he is still targeting a return to the lineup for..." December 16

  • Adrian Peterson designated for return, will practice for Vikings

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Adrian Peterson has been designated for return from injured reserve and will practice Wednesday, the Vikings announced. Peterson, 31, has not practiced since undergoing surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee Sept. 22. Peterson is targeting a return to game action on Dec. 24 in..." December 14

  • Vikings’ Adrian Peterson says he’ll practice this week, play vs. Packers on Dec. 24

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Adrian Peterson said Monday he will return to practice this week at Winter Park and plans to return to the field for a Dec. 24 matinee in Green Bay. In a 15-minute interview with St. Paul native DJ Skee on, the 31-year-old running back said rehabbing from a torn meniscus suffered..." December 13

  • Adrian Peterson on '16 return: 'Something I envision' "At 6-6, two games back in the NFC North, the next few weeks will be pivotal for the Minnesota Vikings and star running back Adrian Peterson. Peterson has been running on the side during practice. He said Wednesday he feels good and can make cuts. However, All Day admitted those workouts are..." December 07

  • In Peterson's possible return to Vikings, is it 'Yo, Adrian,' or 'No, Adrian'?

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The Vikings kept on rolling in the first few weeks after Adrian Peterson, their seven-time Pro Bowl running back, underwent knee surgery on Sept. 22, a few days after he was hurt in their big Week 2 victory over the Green Bay Packers. With Peterson resting the surgically-repaired lateral..." December 06

  • In effort to return to action, Adrian Peterson races against time

    Pro Football Talk "The Vikings hope running back Adrian Peterson can make it back before the season ends, after September surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his knee. With exactly one month to go in the regular season, the current thinking is that Peterson could lose his race against time. As one source with..." December 01

  • Mike Zimmer: Adrian Peterson is ‘probably ahead of schedule’

    Larry Brown Sports "Tuesday brought some more good news for those crossing their fingers for Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson to return to the field before the end of the season. Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer told reporters that Peterson is progressing well in his recovery from knee..." November 30

  • Adrian Peterson runs on side at Vikings practice "Is Adrian Peterson on his way back? The Vikings All-Pro running back was seen running off to the side at practice Tuesday, NFL Network's Stacey Dales reported. The 31-year-old went through a battery of tests over the weekend that opened the door for this week's advancement. NFL Network..." November 29

  • Adrian Peterson remains on track to return to Vikings this season "When Vikings running back Adrian Peterson underwent surgery to repair a torn lateral meniscus in September, he hoped to return in late December before a playoff run. Roughly two months since his surgery, the former NFL MVP remains on track to achieve his goal. According to several people..." November 24

  • Vikings' Xavier Rhodes on Adrian Peterson's rehab: 'He's obviously not human'

    Sporting News "Some bad news for the rest of the NFC North: Adrian Peterson is starting to look like the Adrian Peterson of old. So says one of his Minnesota Vikings teammates who watched part of the star running back’s Tuesday rehabilitation from knee surgery. “He’s doing it at an intense level,” Vikings..." November 23

  • Adrian Peterson return to Minnesota Vikings imminent?

    Tulsa World "SB Nation's Eric J. Thompson writes that when the Minnesota Vikings cut Ronnie Hillman, it left the team with only two healthy running backs —Jerick McKinnon and Matt Asiata. Does that mean that a certain Oklahoma Sooner is about to return to action? "It’s only pure speculation at this..." November 22

  • Adrian Peterson resumes light running

    Pro Football Talk "The Vikings have plenty of problems, 5-4 record notwithstanding. Among them is a rushing attack that is more like a rushing retreat. They’re averaging 2.67 yards per attempt for the season, only 0.3 yards per try more than the lowest full-season average since the Giants churned out 2.64 yards..." November 17

  • Vikings think Adrian Peterson will return in December

    Larry Brown Sports "Adrian Peterson has become somewhat of a forgotten man in Minnesota as the Vikings have surged to a 5-1 record mostly without him. But the truth is Peterson still could return this season. All Day was placed on injured reserve in September after tearing his meniscus in Week 2. He is eligible to..." November 01

  • With Adrian Peterson in his ear, Vikings’ Jerick McKinnon has solid night

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "When Vikings running back Adrian Peterson went down with a knee injury last month, Jerick McKinnon got another coach. Since being lost at least until December, Peterson has been sending words of inspiration to McKinnon and fellow running back Matt Asiata. On Monday at U.S. Bank Stadium,..." October 04

  • Adrian Peterson’s sole focus for now is getting back

    Pro Football Talk "The Sunday pregame shows featured plenty of chatter about: (1) the Vikings wanting running back Adrian Peterson to stay with the team; and (2) the Vikings undoubtedly not wanting to pay him $18 million in 2017. So what does Peterson want? Per a source with knowledge of Peterson’s thinking,..." September 26

  • Vikings want Adrian Peterson to play entire career in Minnesota "The Minnesota Vikings placed star running back Adrian Peterson on injured reserve Friday, though both team and player are hopeful for a December return in the event of a playoff run. Surgery to repair a torn lateral meniscus was deemed a success, but there's no definitive timetable for his return...." September 25

  • Report claims Vikings teammates "upset" over Peterson surgery decision

    Sportsnaut "Before opting for surgery that will keep him sidelined for the next few months, Adrian Peterson was weighing his options. He could have opted for a riskier procedure that would have gotten him back on the field in potentially a few weeks. But he ended up choosing the best solution for the long..." September 25

  • Adrian Peterson targets rapid return

    USA Today "Minnesota Vikings star Adrian Peterson has told people in and around the organization he believes he can be ready to play when he’s eligible to come off injured reserve in eight weeks, people with knowledge of the situation told USA TODAY Sports. However, that timeline is considered optimistic,..." September 24

  • Why the Vikings might be better without Adrian Peterson

    Fox Sports "Adrian Peterson’s credentials and resume are sterling and unquestionable. He’s a bionic force of consistency in a league where the running back is effectively a temp job. Peterson has carried the ball in 122 games in his NFL career, amassing more than 2,400 carries — 722 more carries than the..." September 24

  • Adrian Peterson posts questionable tweet about child abuse

    Total Pro Sports "Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, who’s out for awhile due to a recent injury, wants to bring awareness to racial injustice in this country much like San Francisco 49ers back-up QB Colin Kaepernick. Although, Peterson meant well – What he shouldn’t have done was post about child..." September 24

  • Vikings place Adrian Peterson on IR "The Vikings have placed running back Adrian Peterson on injured reserve, the team announced Friday. Peterson, 31, suffered a torn meniscus on Sunday, just two games into his 10th pro season. Jerick McKinnon and Matt Asiata filled the void in 2014 when Peterson missed all but one game, and..." September 23

  • Statement From The Vikings Regarding Adrian Peterson's Surgery "Adrian Peterson had a successful lateral meniscus repair this morning. The surgery was performed by team physician Chris Larson at Twin Cities Orthopedics. There were no additional injuries or issues noted in or surrounding the knee joint during the surgical procedure. The rehabilitation process..." September 22

  • Adrian Peterson likely out against Carolina

    ESPN "The Minnesota Vikings are preparing as if running back Adrian Peterson will miss this week's game with the knee injury he suffered on Sunday, a league source told ESPN's Ed Werder on Wednesday. Peterson has been provided with multiple options about how to treat what coach Mike Zimmer said..." September 21

  • Here's why it's possible we've seen Adrian Peterson's final game with the Vikings

    CBS Sports "On Sunday, the world saw Adrian Peterson limping towards the locker room, through an area of fans, in the Vikings brand-new stadium. It might have been the last image Vikings fans will ever see of Peterson in purple. On Wednesday, news broke that Peterson, arguably the franchise's greatest..." September 21

  • Adrian Peterson will undergo knee surgery, expected to miss multiple games

    Larry Brown Sports "Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is planning to undergo knee surgery this week, and he will likely need multiple weeks to recover. Peterson told ESPN’s Josina Anderson that he has opted to have surgery and is optimistic it will help his torn meniscus fully heal. Adam Schefter..." September 21

  • Adrian Peterson reportedly has ‘ligament damage’ in knee

    Larry Brown Sports "Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson suffered a knee injury during Sunday night’s win over the Green Bay Packers, and it sounds like he is dealing with more than a minor tweak. According to Bleacher Report’s Jason Cole, initial tests revealed that Peterson has ligament damage in his..." September 19

  • It’s a torn meniscus for Adrian Peterson

    Bring Me The News "Vikings running back Adrian Peterson left Sunday’s win over the Packers with an injury to his right knee, and according to the Vikings it’s a torn meniscus." September 19

  • Mike Zimmer: Peterson’s knee “has calmed down now”

    Pro Football Talk "They’re still awaiting the results of an MRI this morning, but there’s some sense the news on Adrian Peterson could be something other than the worst case scenario. According to Ben Goessling of, those close to the Vikings running back said they hoped he had avoided major injury after..." September 19

  • Adrian Peterson leaves with apparent right leg injury "A poor night for Adrian Peterson just got worse. The Vikings running back has been ruled out of Sunday night's game after suffering a knee injury in the third quarter, per the team. Peterson hopped off the field without putting any weight on his right leg before being helped to the locker..." September 18

  • Vikings' Adrian Peterson unsure how many years he has left

    USA Today "Adrian Peterson had trouble sleeping Tuesday night. The Vikings’ star running back is raring to go heading into his 10th NFL season, which begins Sunday against the Titans in Nashville (noon, WZTV-17). “It was kind of like the first day of school, coming in today,” Peterson said, “because..." September 08

  • Vikings may be forced to re-work Adrian Peterson's contract after trading for Sam Bradford

    ESPN "The Minnesota Vikings' trade for Sam Bradford adds a market-rate contract for a starting NFL quarterback to a club that's been mostly shielded from high-dollar QB contracts since Brett Favre left town. The Vikings' small quarterback bills have been a side effect of not having an established..." September 04

  • Adrian Peterson: Spanking incident was ‘blown out of proportion’

    Sportsnaut "Adrian Peterson still doesn’t think that what he did — spanking his child to the point of leaving bloody marks — was all that wrong. Talking about the child abuse incident involving his four-year-old son that led to him getting suspended for all but one game of the 2014 season, the All-Pro..." August 29

  • Norv Turner sees no signs Adrian Peterson is slowing down

    Pro Football Talk "Vikings running back Adrian Peterson led the league in rushing attempts last season with 327, marking the first time he’s led the league in that metric and the fourth time that he’s run the ball at least 314 times in a season. Only a handful of running backs 30 or older have run the ball that..." August 24

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