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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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ESPN: Colts RB Ballard Tears Achilles Tendon

ESPN: Colts RB Ballard Tears Achilles Tendon

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(ANDERSON, Ind.) -- Indianapolis Colts running back Vick Ballard tore his left Achilles tendon, according to ESPN senior NFL analyst Chris Mortensen.

Ballard was injured Friday at training camp when trying to catch a ball during a non-contact drill and had to leave the field on a golf cart.

"When you see someone like Vick Ballard go down who's worked so hard to get back, it's tough, but it happens," Colts owner Jim Irsay said. "As soon as you get to camp, those things happen. He's still young, and he's got a full career ahead of him, so we have to do an MRI and see exactly what it is and then go from there. But you really hope to not hear any of that kind of news."

Ballard only played in one game last season after tearing his right ACL in September.

With Ballard gone, Trent Richardson and Ahmad Bradshaw will compete for the starting running back position.

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Giants Running Back David Wilson Out for Thursday’s Game Versus Bears

Giants Running Back David Wilson Out for Thursday’s Game Versus Bears Wesley Hitt/Getty Images(EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.) -- Running back David Wilson will not play for the New York Giants Thursday night against the Chicago Bears, Giants head coach Tom Coughlin announced Tuesday. Wilson left last weekend's game against ...

Willis McGahee Signs with Browns

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RB James Starks Will Start Sunday for the Packers

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Brandon Jacobs Back with the Giants

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Tomlin Says Redman to Start at Running Back Week 1

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Felix Jones Traded to Steelers

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Arian Foster Done for the Rest of OTAs

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Leon Washington Now a Patriot

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Shonn Greene Agrees to Join Titans

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Adrian Peterson Wins NFL MVP

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Michigan States Le’Veon Bell Will Enter NFL Draft

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Steelers Suspend Mendenhall for One Game

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Darren Sproles has Hand Surgery

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Source: Maurice Jones-Drew Has Sprained Foot

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Trent Richardson to Wear Flack Jacket to Protect Ribs

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SC Running Back Lattimore May Not Play Against Florida

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Bills RB Fred Jackson Expected Back for Sunday’s Game

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Jets Will Use McKnight at Cornerback

Jets Will Use McKnight at CornerbackLeon Halip/Getty Images(FLORHAM PARK, N.J.) -- New York Jets running back Joe McKnight is being converted into a cornerback, and he's not happy about it. With star corner Darrelle Revis out for the season with a torn ACL, Jets head coach Rex Ryan decid...
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