Adrian Peterson RUMORS & NEWS

  • Vikings' Adrian Peterson 'itching' for first preseason run since 2011

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Adrian Peterson hasn’t run the ball in a preseason game since 2011. He would like to change that this summer. The Vikings have been careful not to risk their star running back getting hurt in exhibition play since he suffered a serious knee injury in December 2011. Peterson, though, believes..." May 06

  • Adrian Peterson donating $100K to flood-relief efforts in hometown

    ESPN "Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is donating more than $100,000 to relief efforts in his hometown of Palestine, Texas, after flash flooding destroyed dozens of houses and killed six people there over the weekend. Peterson is partnering with the Salvation Army and will travel to..." May 05

  • Time to pick an Adrian Peterson replacement?

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "This time a year ago, the noise surrounding Adrian Peterson was deafening. Despite the Vikings’ insistence, both publicly and privately, that they had no interest in trading the disgruntled running back, trade rumors swirled nationally. There was nothing to them, though, and the Vikings held..." April 20

  • Emmitt Smith: If Adrian Peterson doesn't break rushing record, it's unclear who will

    ESPN "Emmitt Smith has been the NFL’s all-time rushing leader for 13 seasons. If Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson doesn’t break Smith’s record, then who knows when it will ever be broken. “If he doesn’t get it, I don’t know who’s going to get it,” Smith said. “He’s still got a lot of..." February 13

  • Adrian Peterson: I hope Calvin Johnson plays in 2016

    Detroit Free Press "Calvin Johnson and Adrian Peterson were taken five picks apart in the 2007 NFL draft. They arguably have been the two best players in the NFC North the past nine seasons. And as Johnson continues to mull his retirement, his rival with the Minnesota Vikings said he hopes that the Detroit Lions..." February 11

  • Peterson says he's to blame for Vikings' playoff defeat

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Blair Walsh missed a kick that would have given the Vikings a victory over Seattle and a chance to play at Arizona next weekend in the NFC divisional playoffs, but he wasn’t their only player who was very emotional and in tears after the 10-9 loss. Adrian Peterson blamed his fourth-quarter..." January 11

  • Adrian Peterson: Roger Goodell was blind to what I was going through

    Pro Football Talk "Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has returned to the NFL successfully, leading the league in rushing and leading his team to the playoffs. But he’s still not happy with the way the NFL handled him last year, when he played just one game before he was sidelined and suspended for abusing his..." January 06

  • Adrian Peterson to take pay cut in 2016

    Sporting News "Adrian Peterson may have led the NFL in rushing with 1,485 yards, but that doesn't mean his season was prosperous. The Vikings running back is expected to take a pay cut in 2016 after finishing this season with the fewest rushing yards by a league leader since LaDainian Tomlinson ran for 1,474..." January 05

  • Adrian Peterson sorts out his feelings on fatherhood, forgiveness, loss

    SI "One morning deep into his ninth NFL season, Adrian Peterson exits his house in suburban Minneapolis and climbs into an idling SUV. His home is between holidays, with pumpkins stationed at the door and Christmas lights hung from the gutters. A gold pendant, two hands clasped in prayer, dangles from..." January 05

  • Adrian Peterson still thinks he can have 2,000-yard rushing season

    Larry Brown Sports "The Minnesota Vikings ended their season on a fantastic note Sunday night by clinching their first NFC North division title since 2009, but Adrian Peterson is heading into the playoffs feeling “bittersweet.” Why? Because despite leading the NFL in rushing with 1,485 yards, the 30-year-old fell..." January 04

  • Vikings' Adrian Peterson probable Sunday to face Giants

    ESPN "Adrian Peterson said all week his sprained left ankle wouldn't keep him out of Sunday night's game against the New York Giants. After Peterson got back on the practice field on Friday, it appeared the NFL's leading rusher is ready to go. Peterson was a full participant in practice on Friday,..." December 26

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    Ralph Vacchiano @RVacchianoNYDN

    Vikings coach Mike Zimmer says RB Adrian Peterson "should be good to go" Sunday against the Giants.

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    Ben Goessling @GoesslingESPN

    At his event today, Adrian Peterson said his ankle is feeling "pretty good." If he misses practice time this week, don't worry about it.

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    Josina Anderson @JosinaAnderson

    Sources on Vikings RB Adrian Peterson Monday afternoon: "He'll be ready to go on Sunday!” #Vikings #Giants

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    SportsCenter @SportsCenter

    DEVELOPING: Adrian Peterson limps off the field and is heading to the locker room. pic.twitter.com/75fp5N20wE

  • Adrian Peterson (ankle) probable to return

    NFL.com "Vikings star running back Adrian Peterson limped off the field after suffering an ankle injury in the first half of their game against the Bears. He went to the locker room soon after. He is probable to return. " December 20

  • Vikings' Adrian Peterson can make NFL history in season's final weeks

    ESPN "With three weeks to go in the 2015 NFL season, Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is still atop the NFL's rushing leaderboard, with a 37-yard advantage over Tampa Bay's Doug Martin. The race is probably going to come down to those two resurgent backs, with no other runner currently..." December 15

  • Coach Mike Zimmer shrugs off saying the Vikings were ‘outcoached’ in loss to Seattle

    Twin Cities "Coach Mike Zimmer on Monday shrugged off star running back Adrian Peterson having said the Vikings were “outcoached” in Sunday’s 38-7 loss to Seattle. “I don’t really worry about other people’s opinions,’’ Zimmer said. “I just worry about what I think.’’ Peterson carried just eight times for..." December 08

  • Adrian Peterson: Seahawks outcoached us ‘in so many different areas’

    Larry Brown Sports "The Minnesota Vikings on Sunday had their worst performance of the season since Week 1, as they were blown out by the Seattle Seahawks from the opening snap. After the 38-7 loss, Adrian Peterson said everyone on the team deserves part of the blame. And he didn’t give the coaching staff a free..." December 07

  • Adrian Peterson passes two to reach 19th on rushing list

    ESPN "Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is now in 19th place on the NFL's all-time rushing list, having passed two retired backs during the first half of the Vikings' game against the Atlanta Falcons. The first one Peterson passed carried a special significance for him. Peterson..." November 29

  • Vikings' Adrian Peterson says onus on whole team, including coaches

    ESPN "After the Minnesota Vikings lost to the Green Bay Packers for the 10th time in 12 games on Sunday and gave back their one-game NFC North lead with a 30-13 loss at TCF Bank Stadium, running back Adrian Peterson said the Vikings need to take a comprehensive look at what they can do better. "I..." November 23

  • Adrian Peterson inspired by Charles Woodson's play at age 39

    ESPN "Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has spoken several times this year of his belief he can be one of the league's better running backs into his late 30s. In doing so, Peterson has named Oakland Raiders safety Charles Woodson -- who's leading the league in interceptions at age 39 -- as..." November 12

  • Adrian Peterson on If He’ll Play Until Age 40

    Black Sports Online "Despite missing basically a full season last year and being 30 years old this season, Adrian Peterson has been balling out for the Minnesota Vikings. The nine-year veteran has 633 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 4.5 yards a carry so far this season. According to ESPN, Peterson is on pace..." November 05

  • Adrian Peterson plans to pass on the shrimp, be careful about diet

    ESPN "Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson plans to steer clear of Chicago's seafood restaurants this weekend. "Yeah, I'll be a little more cautious of what I eat," Peterson said Wednesday during a conference call with Chicago media members. Peterson was downgraded to questionable on..." October 29

  • Adrian Peterson says he needs a Super Bowl to vindicate his career

    ESPN "The Minnesota Vikings are two games over .500 for the first time since Adrian Peterson's MVP season in 2012 and they're in search of their first win in Chicago this weekend since Peterson ran for 224 yards on 20 carries against the Bears as a rookie in 2007. A victory there would put the..." October 28

  • Adrian Peterson calls Matt Forte the 'Stephen Curry' of football

    ESPN "Adrian Peterson said on Wednesday that he considers Bears tailback Matt Forte to be the “Stephen Curry” of football. “Matt Forte. What would I call him? I would call him Stephen Curry. Mr. Dependable. That’s what I would call him,” Peterson told Chicago reporters. Peterson’s comments on..." October 28

  • Adrian Peterson to start against Detroit Lions

    ESPN "Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, who was downgraded to questionable because of an illness Saturday night, is active and will start Sunday's game against the Detroit Lions. Peterson became sick on Saturday evening, but people close to him figured it would take much more than an..." October 25

  • Adrian Peterson now questionable on injury report because of illness

    NFL.com "Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is expected to play against the Lions today in Detroit, according to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport. AP had been listed as questionable with an illness. The Vikings' running back had been listed as probable to play with a finger injury. Peterson was limited..." October 25

  • Adrian Peterson denies sickness being caused by chewing tobacco

    ESPN "Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, who was downgraded to questionable because of an illness Saturday night, started Sunday 28-19 win over the Lions, but he was frustrated by a report citing the cause of him getting sick. Fox play-by-play caller Chris Myers said early in Sunday's..." October 25

  • Adrian Peterson got sick from swallowing chewing tobacco on bumpy flight

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Adrian Peterson's sudden illness that led to a questionable listing for Sunday's game was the work of chewing tobacco and a bumpy flight, according to the pregame broadcast. FOX reported that Peterson -- who was fine during the week but downgraded to questionable with an illness Saturday --..." October 25

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    Minnesota Vikings @Vikings

    Adrian Peterson (illness) has been downgraded to questionable for #MINvsDET

  • Adrian Peterson says he's now with Adidas

    ESPN "Since he's returned to the field for the Minnesota Vikings this season, Adrian Peterson said he's started to see some marketing opportunities come back for him. One of those is a new shoe deal. Peterson said he's now with Adidas, the company whose shoes the running back wore (albeit without a..." October 15

  • Adrian Peterson on pace for historic season by 30-year-old RB

    ESPN "Now that we're a quarter of the way through the 2015 NFL season, and Adrian Peterson's comeback has him in a familiar place atop the NFL rushing leaderboard, it seems like a good time to take a closer look at Peterson's season so far. Here are five things to know: 1. He's on pace for a top-10..." October 07

  • Adrian Peterson says he could have made jump from high school to NFL

    ESPN "Looking back on it all, Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson believes he could have made the jump from Palestine (Texas) High School senior to NFL rookie if he had had the chance to do so. The question about the preps-to-pro jump has been swirling around LSU's sophomore running back..." October 01

  • Vikings owner sent his private plane to get Adrian Peterson to Sunday’s game

    Larry Brown Sports "Adrian Peterson looked like his old self when he rushed for 126 yards and two touchdowns in a 31-14 win over the San Diego Chargers on Sunday. He was a key in the team’s victory, and Vikings owner Zygi Wilf did whatever he could to ensure his star running back would make the game. According to..." September 29

  • Adrian Peterson gets standing ovation in Vikings' home opener

    ESPN "Adrian Peterson took the field for his first home game in 21 months Sunday, and it sounded as if the Minnesota Vikings fans in attendance at TCF Bank Stadium were happy to have him back. Peterson, playing his first home game since Dec. 1, 2013, received a standing ovation when he was the last..." September 20

  • Adrian Peterson hits the reset button, trusts Norv Turner after 49ers loss

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Of course, Adrian Peterson is more comfortable when lined up straight behind the quarterback. After all, that’s how Peterson has done it most of his career, from his pee-wee football days to his 2,097-yard season in 2012. But the Vikings running back said he trusts offensive coordinator Norv..." September 17

  • Adrian Peterson on return: 'Felt good to get out there, take some hits'

    ESPN "Adrian Peterson's long-awaited return to the NFL came Monday night, 53 weeks after he last suited up for the Minnesota Vikings. His first big day back with the team will have to wait at least another week. Peterson carried just 10 times for 31 yards in the Vikings' 20-3 loss to the San..." September 15

  • Adrian Peterson - Alleged Baby Mama Miscarries ... But Still Wants Cash

    TMZ "Sad news for the woman who claimed she was pregnant with Adrian Peterson's 9th kid -- TMZ Sports has learned she had a miscarriage ... but she's still gunning for AP's cash. As we previously reported, the woman -- a massage therapist -- was asking for roughly $2 MILLION from the NFL star to..." September 02

  • Adrian Peterson Alleged Baby Mama Demands $2 Mil ... Gets Stiff Arm

    TMZ "A massage therapist who claims she was knocked up by Adrian Peterson has asked for $1.9 MILLION to care for the kid for 18 years ... but the NFL star has fired back with a big, fat "NO DEAL." TMZ Sports has learned ... Peterson was contacted by the woman's attorney in early August -- claiming..." September 01

  • Adrian Peterson's conduct over the past year shows he believes he has done nothing wrong

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell attempted to suspend Adrian Peterson without pay for the final six games of the 2014 season. Goodell did this in a letter sent to Peterson on Nov. 18 in which the commissioner stated, “You have shown no meaningful remorse.’’ I went slightly nuts at the time in..." August 27

  • Adrian Peterson says he's the LeBron of football

    The Score "LeBron James is such a transcendent figure, the NFL's top running backs are battling to compare themselves to him. The four-time NBA MVP almost commandeered a mismatched Cleveland Cavaliers squad last season to what would've been the franchise's first title, but fell short in six games to the..." August 23

  • Peterson 'doing pretty good' following thigh injury

    Fox Sports North "The man they call "All Day" appears to be largely A-OK. Yes, Vikings star Adrian Peterson endured some pain on Tuesday, but he told reporters on Wednesday that, if this were the regular season, he'd consider himself healthy enough to play. "Took a knee to the thigh," Peterson explained. It's..." August 13

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    Ben Goessling @GoesslingESPN

    NFL-NFLPA contempt hearing in Adrian Peterson case, which was supposed to happen tomorrow, has been moved to Aug. 26.

  • Adrian Peterson still driven to be NFL's best ever

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Thirty-year-old Adrian Peterson has a vision that includes playing football at least seven more years, retiring somewhere beyond 2021 and entering the Pro Football Hall of Fame as the career rushing leader and greatest player in NFL history. “Not just the greatest running back,” he points out...." August 09

  • Adrian Peterson says 'life is way bigger than football'

    ESPN "Adrian Peterson will travel to Canton, Ohio, this weekend as the Minnesota Vikings play in the Pro Football Hall of Fame Game. The next time he's back there, it could be for his own Hall of Fame induction. What is said about Peterson at that point will be shaped by the second half of his..." August 07

  • Early end to Adrian Peterson's probation sparks controversy

    Sporting News "Vikings running back Adrian Peterson had his probation terminated 15 months early by a judge, and not everyone is happy about it. The probation stems from Peterson's child abuse case. He pleaded no contest in November to misdemeanor reckless assault and received two years of probation to avoid..." August 06

  • Zimmer says Peterson is looking like a Hall of Famer at training camp

    Pro Football Talk "Adrian Peterson is as good as ever after a year away. That’s the word from Vikings coach Mike Zimmer, who said on today’s PFT Live that his star running back stayed in great shape while he missed 15 games last year for abusing his son. Zimmer says Peterson seems excited for the season and looks..." July 31

  • Adrian Peterson knocking off rust after long layoff

    NFL.com "Adrian Peterson is working his way back into playing shape. The Vikings star is taking part in his first team practices since last September. He acknowledged to NFL Network's Marshall Faulk that the initial practices presented some physical challenges to his 30-year-old body. "I kind of..." July 29

  • Adrian Peterson: My goal is always 2,500 yards

    Pro Football Talk "Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has high hopes for the 2015 season. Very high: Peterson says that he goes into this season, and every season, aiming for 2,500 yards. “I always keep the mark at twenty-five, so if I get close to that, that’s not bad,” Peterson told the Vikings’..." July 27