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Vikings Place Peterson on Exempt List

Vikings Place Peterson on Exempt List

Tom Dahlin/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The Minnesota Vikings have announced that Adrian Peterson has been placed on the NFL’s Exempt/Commissioner’s Permission list and will not play this Sunday.

The decision comes after the team announced earlier this week that it was reinstating him while the legal process involving charges of child abuse against the running back proceeded.

The Vikings now say Peterson will not be allowed to participate in any team activities until his legal matters are behind him.

The Vikings issued the following statement:

“This has been an ongoing and deliberate process since last Friday’s news. In conversations with the NFL over the last two days, the Vikings advised the League of the team’s decision to revisit the situation regarding Adrian Peterson.  In response, the League informed the team of the option to place Adrian on the Exempt/Commissioner’s Permission list, which will require that Adrian remain away from all team activities while allowing him to take care of his personal situation until the legal proceedings are resolved. After giving the situation additional thought, we have decided this is the appropriate course of action for the organization and for Adrian.”

The statement continues: “We are always focused on trying to make the right decision as an organization. We embrace our role – and the responsibilities that go with it – as a leader in the community, as a business partner and as an organization that can build bridges with our fans and positively impact this great region. We appreciate and value the input we have received from our fans, our partners and the community.
 
While we were trying to make a balanced decision yesterday, after further reflection we have concluded that this resolution is best for the Vikings and for Adrian. We want to be clear: we have a strong stance regarding the protection and welfare of children, and we want to be sure we get this right. At the same time we want to express our support for Adrian and acknowledge his seven-plus years of outstanding commitment to this organization and this community. Adrian emphasized his desire to avoid further distraction to his teammates and coaches while focusing on his current situation; this resolution accomplishes these objectives as well.
 
We will support Adrian during this legal and personal process, but we firmly believe and realize this is the right decision. We hope that all of our fans can respect the process that we have gone through to reach this final decision.”

The statement is signed by team owners Zygi Wilf and Mark Wilf.

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Vikings Place Peterson on Exempt List

Vikings Place Peterson on Exempt List

Ronald C. Modra/Sports Imagery/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The Minnesota Vikings have announced that Adrian Peterson has been placed on the NFL’s Exempt/Commissioner’s Permission list and will not play this Sunday.

The decision comes after the team announced earlier this week that it was reinstating him while the legal process involving charges of child abuse against the running back proceeded.

The Vikings now say Peterson will not be allowed to participate in any team activities until his legal matters are behind him.

The Vikings issued the following statement:

“This has been an ongoing and deliberate process since last Friday’s news. In conversations with the NFL over the last two days, the Vikings advised the League of the team’s decision to revisit the situation regarding Adrian Peterson.  In response, the League informed the team of the option to place Adrian on the Exempt/Commissioner’s Permission list, which will require that Adrian remain away from all team activities while allowing him to take care of his personal situation until the legal proceedings are resolved. After giving the situation additional thought, we have decided this is the appropriate course of action for the organization and for Adrian.”

The statement continues: “We are always focused on trying to make the right decision as an organization. We embrace our role – and the responsibilities that go with it – as a leader in the community, as a business partner and as an organization that can build bridges with our fans and positively impact this great region. We appreciate and value the input we have received from our fans, our partners and the community.
 
While we were trying to make a balanced decision yesterday, after further reflection we have concluded that this resolution is best for the Vikings and for Adrian. We want to be clear: we have a strong stance regarding the protection and welfare of children, and we want to be sure we get this right. At the same time we want to express our support for Adrian and acknowledge his seven-plus years of outstanding commitment to this organization and this community. Adrian emphasized his desire to avoid further distraction to his teammates and coaches while focusing on his current situation; this resolution accomplishes these objectives as well.
 
We will support Adrian during this legal and personal process, but we firmly believe and realize this is the right decision. We hope that all of our fans can respect the process that we have gone through to reach this final decision.”

The statement is signed by team owners Zygi Wilf and Mark Wilf.

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Adrian Peterson Sorry for the ‘Hurt’ He Brought to His Son

Adrian Peterson Sorry for the ‘Hurt’ He Brought to His Son

Ronald C. Modra/Sports Imagery/Getty Images(MINNEAPOLIS) — Adrian Peterson said Monday that he wants the public to “understand how sorry I feel about the hurt I have brought to my child.”

Peterson, the Minnesota Vikings running back who was deactivated for Sunday’s game against the New England Patriots after being charged with child abuse for allegedly disciplining his son with a switch, made his first public statement on the issue Monday.

“I am not a perfect son. I am not a perfect husband. I am not a perfect parent, but I am, without a doubt, not a child abuser,” he said in a statement released through his agent and posted on social media Monday.

“I never imagined being in a position where the world is judging my parenting skills or calling me a child abuser because of the discipline I administered to my son,” Peterson said.

The incident occurred at his home in Texas this May but was not known publicly until Friday, when he was indicted. He allegedly hit his 4-year-old son with a thin branch, and the incident was reported by a doctor who was concerned about how much the boy was bleeding.

“I have to live with the fact that when I disciplined my son the way I was disciplined as a child, I caused an injury that I never intended or thought would happen,” Peterson said in the statement. “I know that many people disagree with the way I disciplined my child. I also understand after meeting with a psychologist that there are other alternative ways of disciplining a child that may be more appropriate.”

Peterson has never spoken publicly about the ways in which he was disciplined as a child, but alluded to having received similar punishments as a child. He said in his statement, “I have always believed that the way my parents disciplined me has a great deal to do with the success I have enjoyed as a man.”

The Vikings deactivated the star running back for last week’s game but announced Monday that he will be reinstated this week. His next hearing is on Wednesday and he has not yet entered a plea.

Vikings general manager Rick Spielman said the team met with Peterson and his lawyers several times before allowing him to return to the team this week.

“This is a difficult path to navigate…on how a parent disciplines their child,” Spielman said. He added, “We believe he deserves to play while the legal process plays out.”

Spielman declined to say whether Peterson’s actions were child abuse. 

“We must defer to the legal system to determine if he went too far, but we cannot make that judgment,” he said.

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Vikings Running Back Peterson Indicted, Deactivated

Vikings Running Back Peterson Indicted, Deactivated

Andy Lyons/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has been indicted by a Montgomery County, Texas grand jury on charges of reckless or negligent injury to a child. A warrant has been issued for Peterson’s arrest and he will reportedly turn himself in.

Peterson is accused of using a switch, a flexible tree branch used to swat a child across the backside, on his four-year-old son last May. When the child returned to Minnesota, his mother took him to a doctor where multiple lacerations, cuts, and bruises where found across his thighs, buttocks, and hands.

A police report says the son told doctors his father hit him with a branch from a tree. It also quotes one doctor as saying the wounds were “child abuse” while another deemed the cuts “excessive”.

The Vikings released a statement early Friday evening saying they were in the process of gathering information regarding the All-Pro’s legal situation. Minnesota has since deactived the running back for Sunday’s game against the New England Patriots. 

“This indictment follows Adrian’s full cooperation with authorities who have been looking into this matter.  Adrian is a loving father who used his judgment as a parent to discipline his son,” said his attorney, Rusty Hardin, in a statement. “He has cooperated fully with authorities and voluntarily testified before the grand jury for several hours.  Adrian will address the charges with the same respect and responsiveness he has brought to this inquiry from its beginning.  It is important to remember that Adrian never intended to harm his son and deeply regrets the unintentional injury.”

Peterson is in his eighth season in the NFL, all with Minnesota, amassing more than 10,000 yards in his career.

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Adrian Peterson Excited about the Vikings Offense

Adrian Peterson Excited about the Vikings Offense

Andy Lyons/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Running back Adrian Peterson has been carrying the Minnesota Vikings offense for years, but now he’s excited to see how the rest of the team’s playmakers have developed heading into the 2014 season.
“This is g…

Linval Joseph Returns to Practice After Shooting Incident

Linval Joseph Returns to Practice After Shooting Incident

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(MANKATO, Minn.) — One day after being struck by a stray bullet at a nightclub, Linval Joseph was back at practice on Sunday for the Minnesota Vikings. Joseph, who was hit in the calf, is expected to be ready for the start of the regular season.

“I appreciate everyone’s thoughts and concerns over the past 24 hours. I am extremely thankful that this was a minor injury for me,” said Joseph in a statement released by the team. “My thoughts are with all of the victims at this time. I am looking forward to getting back onto the field with my teammates in the near future.”

The shooting occurred near the back of 400 Soundbar in Minneapolis where the defensive tackle and some teammates spent several hours after their first preseason game. A total of nine people were wounded when a gunman opened fire in what police are calling a gang-related shooting. 

“He’s pretty good, really, for the most part,” head coach Mike Zimmer said. “He was in the meeting this morning and paying attention to what corrections he needs to make when he was playing. He’s a fairly quiet guy anyway so I’m sure it shook him up like it shook all of us up. He’s a very high-character, high-quality young man.”

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Vikings’ Joseph Struck by Bullet, Released by Hospital

Vikings’ Joseph Struck by Bullet, Released by Hospital

Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Minnesota Vikings defensive end Linval Joseph was struck in the calf by a stray bullet fired in a nightclub in downtown Minneapolis early Saturday morning.  

Joseph’s injury was minor and he was treated at a local hospital and released.

“The entire Vikings organization is extremely thankful that Linval was not seriously hurt, and our thoughts are with all of the victims of this shooting,” the team said in a statement. “The team will defer any further comment to the Minneapolis Police Department during its ongoing investigation.”

Joseph signed a five-year, $31.25 million deal with the team in March and isn’t expected to miss more than two weeks, ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter reports.

Police are still searching for the shooter, who injured nine people in the nightclub, according to the Star Tribune of Minneapolis.

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Vikings Extend TE Kyle Rudolph’s Contract

Vikings Extend TE Kyle Rudolph’s Contract

Hannah Foslien/Getty Images(NEW YORK) –  The Minnesota Vikings have rewarded tight end Kyle Rudolph with a contract extension, the team confirmed on Monday.

The deal is reportedly for five years and worth a minimum of $36.5 million, with $19.4 million guaranteed.  It could wind up being worth as much as $40 million.

“I’m extremely excited to get this extension completed and continue my career with the Minnesota Vikings,” Rudolph said in a statement. “I’ve said all along I wanted to stay in Minnesota. I love the fans, the community and, most importantly, I’m excited about where this team is going. I’m looking forward to the 2014 season and helping this organization reach our ultimate goal.”

The 24-year-old Rudolph has 109 receptions for 1,055 yards and 15 touchdowns in 39 games over three seasons with Minnesota.  The team selected Rudolph in the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft.

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Vikings Suspend Coach for Anti-Gay Remarks

Vikings Suspend Coach for Anti-Gay Remarks

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The Minnesota Vikings suspended special teams coordinator Mike Priefer for three games on Friday after an independent investigation found Priefer made a homophobic comment in the 2012 season.

In a statement released by team owner Ziggy Wolf and president Mark Wilf, the Vikings apologized for the incident. 

“In this instance, Coach Priefer fell short of what is expected. Accordingly, we have decided to suspend Coach Priefer without pay for the first three games of the 2014 regular season. In addition, he will be required to satisfactorily complete specialized workplace training that will include an emphasis on the managing of diversity and sexual orientation.”

Allegations over an alleged anti-gay comment came from former punter Chris Kluwe, who claimed that he was released by the organization because of his advocacy for the LGBT community. While the report found Priefer had made disparaging comments, no evidence was obtained to support Kluwe’s claim as to why he was released.

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Greg Jennings Passing the Torch to Cordarrelle Patterson

Greg Jennings Passing the Torch to Cordarrelle Patterson

David Derner/Diamond Images/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Greg Jennings sees that emerging receiver Cordarrelle Patterson is on the verge of becoming a star.
“I’m going to be honest: Once I saw him make a couple…

Seahawks Sign Kevin Williams

Seahawks Sign Kevin Williams

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The Seattle Seahawks have loaded up on defense again.  Seattle and defensive tackle Kevin Williams agreed to a one-year contract on Thursday.

The one-year deal is worth $2 million, according to league sources.

The six-time Pro Bowler spent 11 seasons with the Minnesota Vikings and started 15 games last season in a difficult year for the team.

Seattle will have their mandatory three-day minicamp on Tuesday.

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Greg Jennings Happy to have Teddy Bridgewater on the Vikings

Greg Jennings Happy to have Teddy Bridgewater on the Vikings

Andy Lyons/Getty Images(MINNEAPOLIS) — With the issues the Minnesota Vikings issues at quarterback in recent years, wide receiver Greg Jennings is thrilled the team has drafted former Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.
The Vikings traded back i…

Adrian Peterson Supports Pay for Play

Adrian Peterson Supports Pay for Play

Andy Lyons/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson believes the NCAA should pay college athletes.
Peterson spoke during a conference call on Wednesday and said that players like former Texas A&M quarterback Johnny M…

ESPN: Vikings Sign Defensive End Everson Griffen to Five-Year Deal

ESPN: Vikings Sign Defensive End Everson Griffen to Five-Year Deal

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The Minnesota Vikings wasted no time in free agency as ESPN is reporting that they’ve brought back defensive end Everson Griffen to a five-year deal.
ESPN is also reporting that Griffen’s deal is worth $42.5 millio…

Vikings Introduce Mike Zimmer

Vikings Introduce Mike Zimmer

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.) – The Minnesota Vikings introduced their new head coach Mike Zimmer on Friday.
Zimmer is the third head coach hired since owners Zygi and Mark Wilf bought the team in 2005 and spent the last five seaso…

Vikings Hire Mike Zimmer

Vikings Hire Mike Zimmer

David Dermer/Diamond Images/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The Minnesota Vikings have hired Mike Zimmer as their new head coach, reports ESPN.
Zimmer is set to become the third head coach hired since current owners Zygi and Mark Wilf bought the team in 2005…

Detroit Lions Hire Jim Caldwell as Head Coach

Detroit Lions Hire Jim Caldwell as Head Coach

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(ALLEN PARK, Mich.) —  The Detroit Lions have hired Jim Caldwell as their next head coach.
The 58-year-old Caldwell will replace Jim Schwartz, who was fired following a 7-9 season.  He spent the past two years with th…

Vikings Fire Head Coach Leslie Frazier

Vikings Fire Head Coach Leslie Frazier

Andy Clayton King/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — After a disappointing 5-10-1 season, the Minnesota Vikings have fired head coach Leslie Frazier.
“We have tremendous respect and appreciation for Leslie and what he has done for the Minnesota Vikings,” team o…

Scoreboard Roundup – 12/29/13

Scoreboard Roundup – 12/29/13

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — NFL: Philadelphia Eagles 24 (10-6) – Dallas Cowboys 22 (8-8)
Pittsburgh Steelers 20 (8-8) – Cleveland Browns 7 (4-12)
Indianapolis Colts 30 (11-5) – Jacksonville Jaguars 10 (4-12)
Minnesota Vikings 14 (5-10-1) – Detroit…

Bengals Roll Past Vikings, 42-14, Clinch Playoff Berth

Bengals Roll Past Vikings, 42-14, Clinch Playoff Berth

Andy Lyons/Getty Images(CINCINNATI) — Andy Dalton is in the playoffs for the third consecutive year after the Bengals clinched a playoff berth following their 42-14 win over the Vikings on Sunday.
Dalton threw for 366 yards and four touchdown passes i…

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