Adrian Peterson RUMORS & NEWS

  • Adrian Peterson is most likely done in Minnesota

    Pro Football Talk "In the immediate aftermath of the child-abuse charges filed against Adrian Peterson, it seemed probable that he wouldn’t be playing for the Vikings after the 2014 season. It’s now likely that Peterson will never wear a Vikings uniform again. Essentially suspended with pay until his legal case..." September 18

  • Adrian Peterson’s mother defends son’s parenting

    Houston Chronicle "Seated on a couch at her home overlooking a golf course in Spring, Bonita Jackson dabbed her eyes with a tissue as she discussed her distress over the highly charged debate that’s playing out over allegations that her son, Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, injured his 4-year-old son..." September 18

  • Captain Munnerlyn: Peterson 'should be able to play football' "Vikings owner Zygi Wilf on Wednesday called Adrian Peterson's deactivation the "right decision" for his embattled organization, but not everyone inside the building agrees. Cornerback Captain Munnerlyn later told reporters that he was mystified by Peterson landing on the Exempt/Commissioner's..." September 17

  • With Adrian Peterson's cloudy future, Vikings may try to terminate his deal "The Minnesota Vikings reached a threshold sometime very early Tuesday morning where the potential cost of trying to win with Adrian Peterson -- because of mounting pressure from sponsors, fans and the media -- finally outweighed their initial desire to continue trying to win with the All-Pro. That..." September 17

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    Adam Schefter @AdamSchefter

    Whether Adrian Peterson plays again this year will depend on when legal case is resolved. But Vikings intend to bring him back, per sources.

  • Vikings deactivate Adrian Peterson indefinitely

    USA Today "The Minnesota Vikings placed Adrian Peterson on the Exempt/Commissioner's Permission list, requiring the running back to abstain from team activities during his child-abuse case, the team announced Wednesday morning. Peterson was indicted last Thursday on a charge that he injured his 4-year-old..." September 17

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    ProFootballTalk @ProFootballTalk

    Don't be surprised if Vikings reverse course on letting Adrian Peterson play this Sunday. Hearing that Monday's decision could change.

  • Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton: Peterson's actions 'a public embarassment'

    Kare 11 "Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton says Vikings running back Adrian Peterson should have stayed suspended until an accusation of child abuse was resolved in the legal system. Peterson is accused in Texas of using a wooden switch to spank his 4-year-old son. The governor said in a statement to KARE..." September 16

  • Peterson faced accusation in 2013 "Adrian Peterson, already facing felony charges in Texas for child abuse, was accused in a previous incident involving another son who was 4 years old, KHOU-TV in Houston has reported. They are allegations the Minnesota Vikings running back's lawyer says were unfounded and more than a year..." September 16

  • Nike pulls Peterson merchandise out of stores in Twin Cities

    Fox Sports "Are you looking for a Adrian Peterson jersey? Nike has decided — in the wake of the scandal involving the Vikings running back and his indictment for alleged child abuse — to pull all Peterson merchandise out of their stores located in the Twin Cities area. So, if you're in Minneapolis or St...." September 16

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    Ed Werder @Edwerderespn

    #NFL says #Vikings Adrian Peterson and #Panthers Greg Hardy under review. New hire Lisa Friel _ former NY prosecutor _ examining both.

  • Whippings part of Adrian Peterson's childhood

    USA Today "David Cummings and Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson still talk about the frequent whippings Peterson's father administered — and one whipping in particular. Cummings says he and Peterson were leaving football practice while in middle school when Peterson's father, Nelson, was..." September 16

  • Adrian Peterson -- ANOTHER Child Abuse Investigation ... AP Cleared "Sources close to the investigation tell TMZ the reason the case went nowhere is because Adrian did NOT strike the boy in the forehead -- but instead the child accidentally hit his head on a carseat while Adrian was punishing him. We're also told the form of discipline was "not impermissible."..." September 16

  • Adrian Peterson reinstated by Vikings, expected to play at Saints

    USA Today "The Minnesota Vikings are standing behind Adrian Peterson. The team announced Monday that its star halfback will fully participate in meetings and practice this week and is expected to play Sunday against the New Orleans Saints. The Vikings had deactivated Peterson, 29, for their game..." September 16

  • Vikings won’t cut Adrian Peterson, but may trade him

    New York Post "All-Pro running back Adrian Peterson could be on the trading block if even uglier details emerge from his felony child abuse case in Houston, The Post has learned. An NFL source familiar with the thinking of the Vikings’ ownership group said Sunday the only certainty is Peterson won’t be..." September 16

  • Adrian Peterson: I am not a child abuser

    Pro Football Talk "Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is expected to return to the lineup in Week Three after missing Sunday’s loss to the Patriots after being indicted on charges of reckless or negligent injury to a child in Houston last week. Peterson released a statement on Monday saying that he “very much”..." September 15

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    Around The NFL @AroundTheNFL

    Vikings have deactivated Adrian Peterson Sunday.

  • Reports: Vikings running back Adrian Peterson indicted for child injury "Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has been indicted on charges of child injury in Texas, according to multiple reports. According to MyFOXHouston, the charges are for "reckless or negligent injury to a child." Child Protective Services confirms to TMZ they are working on a case involving..." September 12

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    Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

    Arrest of Adrian Peterson (reported by @MarkBermanFox26) stems from the disciplining of a son with a switch, source says. He’s been indicted

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    Jay Glazer @JayGlazer

    Vikings are currently deciding on Peterson's status for this weekend

  • Adrian Peterson: TD on first run "Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is calling it again: Touchdown. On his first carry of the season. Just like he said he predicted last year. "Yeah, I might as well speak it: Touchdown, first run," Peterson said Thursday. A year ago, Peterson, who hadn't played during the..." September 04

  • Adrian Peterson: I'd play for Cowboys "Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson told Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones in a June telephone call he would like to play for the Cowboys at the end of his tenure with the Vikings, according to an "Outside the Lines" report. "Well, I understand, Adrian," Jones told Peterson during the..." August 28

  • Adrian Peterson: 'This is the offense I've been waiting for' "The gift of being Adrian Peterson is being a freakish athlete with the strongest grip known to man. The curse of being Adrian Peterson? Sometimes the rest of the world doesn't live up to your standards. Peterson's been on some bad Vikings teams since being drafted in 2007 and he's had to carry..." August 27

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    Master Tesfatsion @MasterStrib

    Zimmer said Adrian Peterson won't play vs Cardinals either #Vikings

  • Adrian Peterson talks life changes "Ten months after the death of his son in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson said he has made some major changes in his life. One of the game's top ballcarriers -- he's run for more than 1,000 yards in six of his seven pro seasons and topped 2,000 yards in..." August 13

  • Adrian Peterson won't play in preseason opener

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Vikings running back Adrian Peterson said he talked to head coach Mike Zimmer about his workload for Friday’s preseason opener against the Raiders. “Maybe 10-15 carries in this game. …I’m joking,” Peterson said. The conversation probably lasted about as long as the quote. Peterson will not..." August 05

  • Adrian Peterson praises versatile Minnesota Vikings offense "Adrian Peterson has played with some great hand-off quarterbacks for the Vikings since entering the league in 2007: Tarvaris Jackson, Kelly Holcomb, Brooks Bollinger, Gus Frerotte, Joe Webb, Christian Ponder, et al. Minnesota's milquetoast collection of signal-callers -- minus Brett Favre's..." July 29

  • Adrian Peterson -- YES, I GOT MARRIED!!! "Adrian Peterson is a married man ... TMZ Sports has confirmed. We spoke to AP's rep who confirms the Minnesota Vikings running back recently tied the knot to girlfriend Ashley Brown. The two were both wearing wedding rings at the Starkey Hearing Foundation gala in Minnesota this weekend" July 22

  • Peterson wants to re-establish running back position "The running back position is being devalued throughout the NFL, but Adrian Peterson would like to be the man to reverse that trend. The Minnesota Vikings back told Dan Pompei, for Sports on Earth, he wants to "beat down the things they are saying about the running back position." Those..." June 26

  • Adrian Peterson muses about Vikings future "Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, who turned 29 in March, has no plans to be done playing football by the time the Vikings open their new stadium in 2016. He's aware enough of the NFL's business side, though, to know he might not be in Minnesota by that point. Peterson, who has..." June 19

  • Vikings RB Adrian Peterson has empathy for former players suing over meds "Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson says he feels bad for former players who are now suing the NFL over painkillers and other medication given to them during their playing days. Last month, more than 600 players filed suit against the league saying that the NFL obtained and..." June 04

  • Vikings also could be hunting for Peterson backup in draft

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "The Vikings will look for a possible franchise quarterback in the NFL draft. They also might seek a future key running back. Adrian Peterson will play in 2014, his final season in his 20s. With backup Toby Gerhart having bolted to Jacksonville as a free agent, it's not too early to be thinking..." May 05

  • Vikings' Adrian Peterson ready to catch more, rush less

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Vikings running back Adrian Peterson expects more receptions and potentially fewer carries in new offensive coordinator Norv Turner's diverse scheme, a trade he is willing to make at this stage of his career. "It's all about winning," Peterson said Thursday during Minnesota's minicamp. "I'm..." May 02

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    Ben Goessling @GoesslingESPN

    Zimmer: Adrian's doing fantastic. He practiced yesterday, he's in good spirits. He's doing great.

  • Jim Brown says Vikings' Adrian Peterson could break rushing record

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Jim Brown knows all about being the NFL rushing king. Nobody in history has held the career rushing title longer than Brown having it from 1963-84. Emmitt Smith is the current rushing leader, having set the mark in 2002. But Brown said Vikings star Adrian Peterson one day could top it. "If..." April 24

  • Adrian Peterson backs pay for play "As the debate about whether the NCAA should pay college athletes continues, Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson offered his strongest comments yet Wednesday in favor of players receiving compensation. Peterson said players "are the ones making these universities money" and surmised..." April 09

  • Peterson lobbies for Vikings to sign QB Vick "As the Minnesota Vikings prepare to head out into the free agent market to find a veteran quarterback, their franchise player has some ideas about what they should do next. Running back Adrian Peterson is interested in the team bringing Michael Vick to Minnesota to be the next starting..." March 07

  • Vikings expect Adrian Peterson to be ready for first minicamp

    Pro Football Talk "Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is recovering from groin surgery, his third offseason operation in as many years, but the Vikings aren’t worried his availability for the first minicamp of the offseason in April. Coach Mike Zimmer said Friday that Peterson is “doing great” in his rehab from..." February 21

  • Norv Turner sees balanced offense with plenty of Adrian Peterson

    Fox Sports North "Well before Norv Turner became the Minnesota Vikings' offensive coordinator, he knew all about his new team's offensive star, Adrian Peterson. One picture on the wall in Winter Park, the team's headquarters, reminds Turner of everything he needs to know about Peterson. Turner was in the..." February 14

  • Peterson says he's recovering from surgery "Eight days after groin surgery, Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is making the rounds in New York City before the Super Bowl. He's been conducting interviews for a handful of promotions, headlined a Super Bowl party earlier this week and is hosting a comedy show featuring Chris..." February 01

  • Adrian Peterson 'is not going anywhere,' GM says

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "If there are any rumors out there about Adrian Peterson being traded, Rick Spielman has quashed them. The Vikings general manager was asked in an interview with Pro Football Talk host Mike Florio what might happen if the star running back asked to be dealt. Spielman wasted no time in his..." January 25

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    Josina Anderson @JosinaAnderson

    Update from earlier: The typical recovery period for the groin surgery Adrian Peterson is having this morning is "4 to 6 weeks," per source.

  • Vikings' Adrian Peterson will have groin repaired

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Adrian Peterson is headed for groin surgery, although it appears it won't interfere with next season, ESPN reported Wednesday night the Vikings' star running back met Wednesday with Dr. William Meyers in Philadelphia, where it was determined surgery is necessary and soon will be done. The..." January 23

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    Josina Anderson @JosinaAnderson

    Update: I've also learned that #Vikings RB Adrian Peterson needs & has opted for surgery on his groin in the very near future.

  • Adrian Peterson to see specialist about groin injury

    USA Today "Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is scheduled to visit Philadelphia-based specialist Dr. William Meyers next week to evaluate his troublesome groin and decide if surgery is needed, a person with knowledge of the situation told USA TODAY Sports on Saturday. The person spoke on..." January 19

  • Vikings say Peterson doubtful for finale

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "It doesn't appear Adrian Peterson will be adding to his list of Metrodome memories. The Vikings' star running back has talked all week about his greatest moments in the building, which will play host Sunday to its final game. But Peterson was listed Friday as doubtful for the season finale..." December 28

  • Peterson could have trouble staying great "Even before Friday's news that he would be listed as doubtful for the final game of the Minnesota Vikings' 2013 season, this year would have to qualify as a trying one for Adrian Peterson. The reigning NFL MVP began with talk of breaking Eric Dickerson's season rushing record after falling just 8..." December 27

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    chipscoggins @chipscoggins

    Peterson said he hopes to play Sunday vs. Detroit, but he said he needs to see how he feels next few days.

  • Adrian Peterson wants to play in Metrodome finale

    Pro Football Talk "Vikings running back Adrian Peterson missed Week 15 because of groin and foot injuries and then took to the bench after the first half of Week 16 because there was no point in risking further injury with the Bengals running away with the game. Coach Leslie Frazier said that sitting Peterson for..." December 25

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    chipscoggins @chipscoggins

    Leslie Frazier said Adrian Peterson and Toby Gerhart won't practice today. Gerhart looks doubtful for Sunday with hamstring injury