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Adrian Peterson’s Agent: It’s Time to Leave Minnesota

Adrian Peterson’s Agent: It’s Time to Leave Minnesota

Andy Lyons/Getty Images(PHOENIX) -- Despite the Minnesota Vikings desire to keep former Pro Bowl running back Adrian Peterson, Peterson's agent  said Monday a split is necessary.

For the first time, Peterson's agent, Ben Dorga, commented on the situation between Peterson and the Vikings.

"I don't think it's in Adrian's best interest to play in Minnesota," he said Monday. "Why would it be?"

Despite spending his entire eight-year career with the Vikings, Peterson is upset with the organization for not standing behind him when was placed on the Commissioner's Exempt List after he disciplined his four-year-old son by hitting him with a switch.

The problem is that Peterson is still under contract with the Vikings, and he has the highest salary of any other running back in the NFL.

"The bottom line is Adrian is an important part of the Minnesota Vikings," Vikings co-owner and president Mark Wilf said. "He's represented us on and off the field. We're getting ready for the 2015 season and we fully expect him to join his teammates and be a part of what we feel is going to be a great season ahead."

The two teams who have been linked to having interest in Peterson are the Dallas Cowboys and Arizona Cardinals.

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Michael Johnson Re-Joins Bengals

Michael Johnson Re-Joins Bengals

David Lee/Thinkstock(CINCINNATI, Oh.) -- After a single-season stint with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, defensive end Michael Johnson has re-signed with the Cincinnati Bengals.

Johnson, 28, spent the first five seasons of his career with the Bengals after being drafted in the third-round out of Georgia Tech. He amassed 26.5 sacks over 79 games and was one of the hot free agents last season.

The Buccaneers awarded Johnson a five-year, $43 million contract in hopes that he would sharpen Tampa Bay's pass rush that included Gerald McCoy and Adrian Clayborn. 

Tampa Bay released Johnson after he struggled through an ankle injury and provided just four sacks. 

In an ironic twist, after losing Johnson to free agency, the Bengals were awarded a 2015 third-round compensatory pick for Johnson. Now they also have Johnson back in the fold.

Johnson was said to be torn between returning to the Bengals or joining the Minnesota Vikings and head coach Mike Zimmer -- who was the Bengals defensive coordinator until last season.

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Vikings Acquire Mike Wallace From Dolphins

Vikings Acquire Mike Wallace From Dolphins

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(MINNEAPOLIS, Mn.) -- The Miami Dolphins have found a way to rid themselves of wide receiver Mike Wallace.

Two seasons after signing Wallace to a $60 million contract, The Dolphins have traded the speedster and a seventh-round pick to the Minnesota Vikings for a fifth-round pick.

The Vikings were one of Wallace's top pursuers when he hit the market in 2013 after spending four seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Minnesota will now install Wallace into a passing attack that includes Greg Jennings and Charles Johnson. 

Wallace, 28, wore out his welcome in Miami after an inability to consistently connect with quarterback Ryan Tannehill and tensions reached a head when the receiver reportedly quit on the team during the Week 17 loss to the New York Jets.

Last season, Wallace hauled in 67 passes for 862 yards and 10 touchdowns.

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NFL Appeals Adrian Peterson Ruling

NFL Appeals Adrian Peterson Ruling

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The National Football League is not pleased with Minnesota Judge David Doty's ruling to reinstate Viking's running back Adrian Peterson.

Hours after Thursday's ruling, the NFL appealed Judge Doty's decision to overturn the suspension of Peterson in federal court. Additionally, the NFL placed Peterson back on the Commissioner's Exempt List. 

The NFL released a statement:

"Judge Doty’s order did not contain any determinations concerning the fairness of the appeals process under the CBA, including the commissioner’s longstanding authority to appoint a designee to act as hearing officer. Even so, we believe strongly that Judge Doty’s order is incorrect and fundamentally at odds with well-established legal precedent governing the district court’s role in reviewing arbitration decisions. As a result, we have filed a notice of appeal to have the ruling reviewed by the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. In the interim, Adrian Peterson will be returned to the Commissioner Exempt List pending further proceedings by appeals officer Harold Henderson or a determination by the Eighth Circuit Court."

Peterson is set to count for $15.4 million against the Vikings salary cap this season. The team has made public statements saying they would welcome him back, however the running back may not wish to return and privately the team may not want him back either.

Last week, Peterson's agent Ben Dogra had to be separated from Vikings President of Football Operations Rob Brzezinski after the two engaged in an altercation regarding the running back's future in Minnesota.

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Adrian Peterson ‘Uneasy’ About Returning to the Vikings

Adrian Peterson ‘Uneasy’ About Returning to the Vikings

Ronald C. Modra/Sports Imagery/Getty Images(MINNEAPOLIS) -- There has been recent talk about whether or not the Minnesota Vikings will be willing to bring back suspended running back Adrian Peterson. As it turns out, Peterson himself is "uneasy" about returning to the only NFL team he's only played for.

Peterson missed all but one game this past season after he was indicted on a felony charge of injury to a child. He pleaded no contest to a lesser charge of misdemeanor reckless assault back in November.

"It's hard to say (what my future will be)," Peterson said in an interview with ESPN. "I love Minnesota. There are people that have had my back, and supported me."

"Last year, with the things that took place, [I] had a lot of fans that supported me through everything. For the fans, I would definitely love to come back, but then again, it's a business. When it comes down to business, you can't get caught up in the loyalty to fans or to a team or anything like that. You know how it is in the NFL," he continued.

"I learned a lot through this process. I'm still uneasy, to be honest with you. I'm still uneasy about a lot of things that took place within the organization," Peterson added. "Of course those guys ultimately supported me, and I'm grateful for that. But ultimately, with me being able to be on the inside and see how cards were dealt, how things were worded, this, that and the other, it's about protecting your brand, your organization, what you have built."

"In the scheme of things, not one person counts over that. I get that," he concluded.

Peterson has 10,190 rushing yards in eight NFL seasons.

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Report: Colts to Sign WR Duron Carter

Report: Colts to Sign WR Duron CarterTom Cammett/Diamond Images/Getty Images(INDIANAPOLIS, In.) -- The Indianapolis Colts are in the final stages of signing wide receiver Duron Carter, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. The 6'5" Carter is the son of Hall of Fame wide receiver Cris Carter,...

ESPN: Steelers Expected to Sign Running Back Ben Tate

ESPN: Steelers Expected to Sign Running Back Ben Tate

Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- With the status of running back LeVeon Bell uncertain for the playoffs, the Pittsburgh Steelers are expected to sign free agent running back Ben Tate, according to ESPN.

Bell suffered a hyperextended knee during the team's win over the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday. While the injury could have been much worse, the team is unsure when he'll be able to hit the field again.

The Steelers will be the third team Tate's suited up for this season.

The 26-year-old Tate spent the first three seasons of his career with the Houston Texans. He ran for 942 yards his rookie year in 2011 and looked like he could be a feature back while he backup up Pro Bowler Arian Foster.

Tate signed with the Cleveland Browns during this past offseason. He wound up struggling, running for 333 yards on 106 carries before being cut midseason.

The Minnesota Vikings pickup him up, but he had just 38 rushing yards on 13 carries, and was again cut.

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Former NFL Player Sharper Indicted for Rape

Former NFL Player Sharper Indicted for Rape

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(NEW ORLEANS) -- Former New Orleans Saints and Minnesota Vikings safety Darren Sharper was indicted Friday on multiple counts of rape in New Orleans.

Sharper, 39, is accused of two counts of aggravated rape for assaulting and impairing two women in September 2013 according to District attorney spokesman Christopher Bowman.

If convicted in Louisiana for aggravated rape, he could face life without parole. 

Since Feb. 27, Sharper has been jailed in a California prison awaiting a hearing for charges that he drugged and raped two women in Los Angeles.  

In all, Sharper faces charges and allegations in Arizona, Florida, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and New Orleans for raping, drugging and/or sexually assaulting at least seven women. 

Sharper had been an analyst at the NFL Network since 2010 after he retired, but was soon fired after the allegations surfaced.

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Adrian Peterson Appeal Denied

Adrian Peterson Appeal Denied

Ronald C. Modra/Sports Imagery/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Independent arbitrator Harold Henderson upheld Vikings running back Adrian Peterson's suspension appeal on Friday.

Henderson, a former NFL executive, was appointed by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to hear the case and found that the facts against Peterson's child-abuse case held up in court.

"The player entered a plea which effectively admitted guilt to a criminal charge of child abuse, after inflicting serious injuries to his four-year old son in the course of administering discipline.  No direct evidence of the beating was entered in the record here, but numerous court documents, investigative reports, photographs and news reports, all accepted into evidence without objection, make it clear that Mr. Peterson’s conduct was egregious and aggravated as those terms are used in the Policy, and merits substantial discipline.  His public comments do not reflect remorse or appreciation for the seriousness of his actions and their impact on his family, community, fans and the NFL, although at the close of the hearing he said he has learned from his mistake, he regrets that it happened and it will never happen again.  I reject the argument that placement in Commissioner Exempt status is discipline," Henderson said in a statement on Friday.

Peterson was suspended by the NFL on Nov. 18 for violating the league's personal conduct policy rule.

"I conclude that the player has not demonstrated that the process and procedures surrounding his discipline were not fair and consistent; he was afforded all the protections and rights to which he is entitled, and I find no basis to vacate or reduce the discipline."

Peterson will not be eligible to apply for reinstatement until April 15, 2015, but is expected to appeal the decision in federal court, ESPN reports.

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Vikings’ Adrian Peterson Admits a Change of Scenary May Be Best

Vikings’ Adrian Peterson Admits a Change of Scenary May Be Best

Ronald C. Modra/Sports Imagery/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Since 2007, running back Adrian Peterson has been the face of the Minnesota Vikings franchise, but after a recent child abuse scandal, Peterson knows it might be best to move on.

In a recent interview with USA Today, Peterson said “maybe it’s best for me to get a fresh start somewhere else.”

"I would love to go back and play in Minnesota to get a feel and just see if my family still feels comfortable there,” Peterson said. “But if there’s word out that hey, they might release me, then so be it. I would feel good knowing that I’ve given everything I had in me.”

Back in September, Peterson was indicted on a felony charge of injury to a child after he used a wooden switch to discipline his 4-year-old son earlier this year. He pleaded no contest to a lesser charge of misdemeanor reckless assault earlier this month.

Earlier this week, the NFL suspended Peterson for the rest of the season. He had missed the previous nine games after being placed on the commissioner's exempt list. 

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NFL Suspends Adrian Peterson for the Remainder of the 2014 Season

NFL Suspends Adrian Peterson for the Remainder of the 2014 Season

Ronald C. Modra/Sports Imagery/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The NFL ruled Tuesday morning that Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson will be suspended for the rest of the 2014 season without pay.

Peterson will not be considered for reinstatement before April 15, 2015 due to violating the NFL's personal conduct policy.

Back in September, Peterson was indicted on a felony charge of injury to a child after he used a wooden switch to discipline his 4-year-old son earlier this year. He pleaded no contest to a lesser charge of misdemeanor reckless assault earlier this month.

"You have shown no meaningful remorse for your conduct," NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said in a letter. "When indicted, you acknowledged what you did but said that you would not 'eliminate whooping my kids' and defended your conduct in numerous published text messages to the child's mother. You also said that you felt 'very confident with my actions because I know my intent.'"

"These comments raise the serious concern that you do not fully appreciate the seriousness of your conduct, or even worse, that you may feel free to engage in similar conduct in the future," Goodell continued.

The NFLPA said in a statement: "The decision by the NFL to suspend Adrian Peterson is another example of the credibility gap that exists between the agreements they make and the actions they take. Since Adrian's legal matter was adjudicated, the NFL has ignored their obligations and attempted to impose a new and arbitrary disciplinary proceeding."

Peterson had missed the last nine games due to being placed on the Commissioner's exempt list.

Peterson is in his eighth NFL season, all with the Vikings, and has the third-most career rushing yards among active players.

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Peterson Skips NFL Hearing

Peterson Skips NFL Hearing

Andy Lyons/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Minnesota Viking running back Adrian Peterson skipped a meeting Friday with the NFL that had been scheduled in regards to potential disciplinary action.

Peterson had previously agreed to meet with the NFL even though he has been uncooperative in supplying the information the NFL has requested related to the accusations of excessive corporal punishment towards his son. 

This meeting was to determine if Peterson would face further discipline from the league aside from the eight game paid suspension he had already served while resolving his court case.

According to ESPN, a league official told them that the meeting was originally scheduled for last Tuesday, but the NFLPA would not be able to attend the meeting that day.

"We informed the union that we were unwilling to postpone the hearing beyond this week given that the player and union had both expressed a strong desire to resolve this matter as soon as possible, and we had been given no meaningful reason why Adrian and the union could not appear and participate," a league official told ESPN. "We offered other alternatives for this week, but those also were not acceptable. We also have yet to receive more than cursory materials in response to our requests for information on the case. Accordingly, we went forward with the review on Friday as scheduled.

"We had hoped that Adrian would take advantage of his opportunity to be heard and present whatever information he believes should be considered before a decision on discipline, counseling and services is made. Because he and the NFLPA elected not to do so, we will have to address this based on the information currently available to us."

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Vikings Defeat Redskins 29-26 in Griffin’s Return

Vikings Defeat Redskins 29-26 in Griffin’s Return

Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images(MINNEAPOLIS, MN) -- Sunday marked the return of Robert Griffin III as quarterback of the Washington Redskins.

The Vikings were not impressed, as they beat up the Redskins 29-26 at home.

Rookie Teddy Bridgewater continues to improve as he led four scoring drives, three of which were capped by Matt Asiata touchdown runs.  Bridgewater finished the day 26-42 for 268 yards and one touchdown pass.

Griffin had a good day, but it wasn't good enough. He was 18-28 for 251 yards and one touchdown, but was also sacked five times and threw an inteception. There were good signs, though, for the former second overall pick, who had missed the last six weeks with a dislocated ankle.

The Vikings now move to 4-5 as they continue to play hard for rookie head coach Mike Zimmer.  The loss sends the Redskins to 3-6.  

 

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Bills Score in Final Seconds, Defeat Vikings

Bills Score in Final Seconds, Defeat Vikings

Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images(ORCHARD PARK, N.Y.) -- Sammy Watkins caught a game-winning touchdown pass from Kyle Orton with one second left on the clock as the Buffalo Bills (4-3) snuck past the Minnesota Vikings (2-5), 17-16 on Sunday. 

Orton, a 10-year veteran, led an 80-yard drive in the final quarter to cap off an improbable victory for the Bills who turned the ball over four times. Buffalo also lost a pair of running backs in C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson to injury.

That did not deter the quarterback who overcame a lost fumble and interception of his own. The rookie Watkins finished the day with nine catches for 122 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Orton kept the drive alive by converting a fourth-and-20 with a 24-yard pass to Scott Chandler. Two plays later, he found Watkins to convert on third-and-12.

"Any time you get a chance to go on a game-winning drive, it's awesome," Orton said. "We hung in there, made some mistakes, but in the end we got the win, and that was our goal."

The Vikings led 13-10 at halftime on a pair of Blair Walsh field goals sandwiched around a Cordarelle Patterson touchdown catch. The lead ballooned to six on Walsh's third field goal of the game in the fourth quarter after Minnesota had a first-and-goal on the seven.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 10/12/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 10/12/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- MLB: NLCS: St. Louis Cardinals 5 - San Francisco Giants 4 (Series Tied, 1-1)

NFL: Dallas Cowboys 30 (5-1) - Seattle Seahawks 23 (3-2)

Green Bay Packers 27 (4-2) - Miami Dolphins 24 (2-3)

Denver Broncos 31 (4-1) - New York Jets 17 (1-5)

Cleveland Browns 31 (3-2) - Pittsburgh Steelers 10 (3-3)

Cincinnati Bengals 27 (3-1-1) - Carolina Panthers 27 (3-2-1) - Tie in Overtime

New England Patriots 37 (4-2) - Buffalo Bills 22 (3-3)

Detroit Lions 17 (4-2) - Minnesota Vikings 3 (2-4)

Baltimore Ravens 48 (4-2) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers 17 (1-5)

San Diego Chargers 31 (5-1) - Oakland Raiders 28 (0-5)

Arizona Cardinals 30 (4-1) - Washington Redskins 20 (1-5)

Chicago Bears 27 (3-3) - Atlanta Falcons 13 (2-4)

Tennessee Titans 16 (2-4) - Jacksonville Jaguars 14 (0-6)

Philadelphia Eagles 27 (5-1) - New York Giants 0 (3-3)

NHL: Toronto Maple Leafs 6 (1-2-0, 2 pts) - New York Rangers 3 (1-2-0, 2pts)

Los Angeles Kings 4 (1-1-1, 3pts) - Winnipeg Jets 1 (1-2-0, 2pts)

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Packers Sink Vikings 42-10

Packers Sink Vikings 42-10

Tom Lynn /Getty Images(GREEN BAY, Wis.) -- Aaron Rodgers continued to give the Green Bay Packer fans another reason to relax.Rodgers completed 12 of 17 passes for 156 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Packers past the Minnesota Vikings 42-10 Thursday night.After a four-and-out on their first drive of the game, the Packers scored on consecutive offensive possessions on two Rodgers' touchdown passes, the second being a 66-yard bomb to Jordy Nelson.This game was good for anybody wearing green: Packers running back Eddie Lacy rushed for over 100 yards for the first time this season and two touchdowns in the win.The Green Bay defense did its part, turning the Vikings over three times, one of them being a 49-yard pick-six to linebacker Julius Peppers.After the Packers lost two out of their first three games of the season, the Green Bay fans were getting restless. That prompted Rodgers to tell the Packer fans to "relax" during his weekly radio show on ESPN Milwaukee. Since then, the Packers have blown out both the Chicago Bears and now the Vikings.Christian Ponder, who started in place of the injured Teddy Bridgewater, completed 22 of 44 passes for 144 yards and two interceptions, while rushing for one touchdown.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 10/2/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 10/2/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- MLB: American League Divisional Series: Baltimore Orioles 12 - Detroit Tigers 3 (Orioles lead series, 1-0)

Kansas City Royals 3 - Los Angeles Angels 2 - 11 Innings (Royals lead series, 1-0)

Top 25 College Football: Arizona 31 (5-0) - (2) Oregon 24 (4-1)

NFL: Green Bay Packers 42 (3-2) - Minnesota Vikings 10 (2-3) 

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Falcons Prepare for Vikings

Falcons Prepare for Vikings

Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images(ATLANTA) -- The Atlanta Falcons will travel to Minnesota to take on the Vikings on Sunday.

Minnesota will be sending out rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater for his first career start after veteran Matt Cassel was injured last weekend and ruled out for the remainder of the season.

"It's a lifelong dream to play and start in this league," Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan said of Bridgewater making his first start.  "It's a really special day; it's one that you'll never forget.  I think Teddy will do a great job."

Falcons head coach Mike Smith knows that facing a rookie quarterback will be tough for his defense.

"We've got a challenge in my mind with an athletic quarterback to be able to keep him in the pocket," Smith said after Monday's practice.

"He is very athletic. ... He was able to make some plays with his feet. That's another dynamic. ... I think you'll see they want to put the ball in his hands and give him some run-pass options. That's one of his strengths, the ability to extend plays, and he did a great job as a college quarterback extending plays. We'll have to do some different things in preparing for him, in regards to pass rush and pass-rush lanes."

Atlanta is averaging 34.3 points per game this season and Ryan went 21 of 24 and threw three touchdowns in their 56-14 rout of the Rams last Thursday.

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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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