Adrian Peterson RUMORS & NEWS

  • 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 "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 "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

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    Tom Pelissero @TomPelissero

    Zimmer says Peterson is in great shape. "I'll probably have to hold him back more so than push him." They're not tackling him, though.

  • Adrian Peterson’s base deal pays $44 million over three years

    Pro Football Talk "Before Tuesday, Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was due to make $44.75 million non-guaranteed over the next three years. Now, Peterson is due to make less — but he’s likely to earn a lot more of it, with the Vikings or someone else. Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Peterson’s..." July 21

  • Vikings and Adrian Peterson Mutually Agree to Restructured Contract "The Vikings and Adrian Peterson have mutually agreed to restructure the final three years of Peterson's contract. Per team policy, contract details will not be disclosed. "This agreement is a win for both Adrian and the Vikings and is a positive step toward Adrian finishing his career as a..." July 21

  • Judge Orders Settlement Talk Between NFL, Union in Peterson Case

    ESPN 1500 Twin Cities "A judge is stepping in to initiate settlement talks between the NFL and NFL Players Association, ordering the sides into negotiations on the case filed in federal court by the union over Adrian Peterson's now-expired suspension. U.S. Magistrate Judge Janie Mayeron ordered on Monday that both..." July 21

  • Adrian Peterson actually excited by No. 62 ranking by NFL Network, but says he’s still league’s best back

    Twin Cities "Adrian Peterson recently was named the 62nd-best player in the NFL. He actually was excited about it. NFL Network is doing its annual countdown of the top 100 players in the league, based upon voting by players. When Peterson recently was named No. 62, a drop from No. 4 the previous year, the..." June 29

  • Adrian Peterson leading teammates in summer workouts

    Pro Football Talk "Despite being suspended and unhappy for much of the offseason, running back Adrian Peterson has assumed a leadership role with the Vikings in recent weeks. With the team off until the start of training camp, Peterson has brought teammates including wide receiver Mike Wallace and running back..." June 28

  • Vikings' Adrian Peterson says NFL rushing records not out of reach

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Emmitt Smith's former Dallas backfield mate, Daryl Johnston, has said Adrian Peterson's abbreviated 2014 season likely cost him any chance of breaking Smith's NFL career rushing record. Not so fast, says Peterson. The Vikings' star running back long has had a goal of topping Smith. Despite..." June 15

  • Vikings to make Adrian Peterson's workload balanced "It was three seasons ago when Adrian Peterson single-handedly tugged the Vikings into the playoffs with an outrageous 2,097 yards on the ground. His 348 carries that year weren't even a career high, though, with Peterson averaging a whopping 290.4 totes per season before last autumn's lost..." June 13

  • Vikings don't expect Adrian Peterson to play exhibition games

    Sporting News "Vikings coach Mike Zimmer told reporters Wednesday he doesn't expect running back Adrian Peterson to play in the preseason. It's not really anything new for Peterson, who hasn't had a preseason carry since 2011. But it is sort of a surprise, considering Peterson played in just one game last..." June 11

  • Zygi Wilf excited Adrian Peterson back with Vikings

    ESPN "Minnesota Vikings owner Zygi Wilf said Wednesday he is excited to have running back Adrian Peterson back with the team, adding he has never felt more optimistic about the state of the franchise since his family bought the team in 2005. Sitting in a patio chair at the Vikings Children's Fund..." June 10

  • Even with Adrian Peterson back,Teddy Bridgewater says it’s too early to talk about Vikings being a contender

    Twin Cities "Now that Adrian Peterson is back, there’s plenty of hype about how good the Vikings could be. With the star running back returning after missing 15 games last season because of a child-abuse incident and joining quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, wide receiver Mike Wallace and others on offense,..." June 03

  • Adrian Peterson returns, vows commitment to Vikings

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Adrian Peterson’s standoff with the Vikings seemed as if it might stretch into training camp after his Twitter rant last week decrying the NFL’s lack of guaranteed contracts. But Peterson surprisingly decided Monday to rejoin his teammates after conversations over the weekend, specifically with..." June 03

  • Adrian Peterson mulled retirement, considered track during time off

    CBS Sports "For the first time in over nine months, Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was at the team's practice facility on Tuesday in a return that almost didn't happen. During a 25-minute press conference, Peterson admitted that he actually considered retirement during his lengthy time off. "I'm..." June 02

  • Adrian Peterson reverses field, decides to go to Vikings OTAs

    Pro Football Talk "Maybe Adrian Peterson just wanted to see which way the wind was blowing, and it was moving north. Whatever the reason, the Vikings running back has now decided to report to Vikings OTAs, after a strange offseason that made it clear he wasn’t happy about the prospect. “I decided to come back..." June 02

  • Adrian Peterson goes on social media rant regarding contract

    Sportsnaut "Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson probably doesn’t understand that “Tweeting through it” won’t accomplish many goals. The much maligned veteran went on a pretty absurd Twitter rant on Thursday, talking about everything from how NFL teams don’t honor contracts to how players are..." May 29

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    Ben Goessling @GoesslingESPN

    Mike Zimmer with as strong a statement as he's made on Peterson: "He's got two choices. He can play for us or not play."

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    Master Tesfatsion @MasterStrib

    Adrian Peterson's statement to @JosinaAnderson. It ends with "Go Vikings."

  • Mike Zimmer on Adrian Peterson: 'He can play for us or he can not play'

    The Score "Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer is refusing to capitulate to Adrian Peterson's demands. Peterson is not attending organized team activities and reportedly demanded a trade, with the Dallas Cowboys and Arizona Cardinals emerging as his preferred destinations. Zimmer was decidedly..." May 27

  • In Vikings-Peterson stare down, retirement card could come into play

    CBS Sports "Ben Dogra is nothing but persistent. The powerful agent, never shy about playing the role of antagonist if he deems it required, has been plenty content to take a heel turn in the ongoing saga of Adrian Peterson vs. the Minnesota Vikings. It would come as no surprise if he continues to push..." May 26

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    Jason Cole @JasonPhilCole

    Ominous text from agent Ben Dogra about #Vikings RB Adrian Peterson. "He is very very strong ... he's like Revis." Sounds like a holdout.