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Adrian Peterson: 2014 Was Blessing In Disguise

Nov 30, 2015 12:34 PM

Adrian Peterson is able to look at his 2014 away from football on the commissioner's exempt list as a blessing in hindsight.

“A blessing in disguise,” said Peterson. “I was able to rest my body. And sometimes you’ve got to be humbled. There were things I was doing that God didn’t want me to do. I think it’s a good thing I was able to sit back and get my life in order.”

Peterson has also been motivated by turning 30 in March.

“People on the outside all say, ‘You’re 30, you’re 30, you’re 30,” Peterson said. “It’s too old for a running back. I heard it over and over and over. That’s not the only thing that motivates me, but it helps when everyone tells you that you can’t do something, and you know you can do it.”

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Teddy Bridgewater To Start For Vikings Despite Last Week's Concussion

Nov 14, 2015 6:32 PM

Teddy Bridgewater will start for the Minnesota Vikings against the Oakland Raiders despite suffering a concussion last week.

Shaun Hill is the Vikings' backup at quarterback.

The hit that led to Bridgewater's concussion by Rams defensive back Lamarcus Joyner resulted in a fine of more than $23,000.

Conor Orr/NFL.com

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Adrian Peterson Denies Sickness Being Caused By Chewing Tobacco

Oct 25, 2015 4:52 PM

Adrian Peterson denied reports of his illness being related to swallowing his chewing tobacco on the Minnesota Vikings' flight to Detroit.

Peterson vomited after the flight, according to Chris Myers.

Peterson denied the report, saying he got sick after eating shrimp Saturday for lunch. He said that may have contributed to him feeling ill.

Two team sources weren't sure how Peterson became ill going into the game.

Ben Goessling/ESPN

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Adrian Peterson Believes He Could Have Gone To NFL From High School

Sep 30, 2015 4:51 PM

Adrian Peterson believes he could have gone directly from high school to the NFL.

"Not to sound cocky or anything, or confident, but yeah, I do feel like I could have came out my senior year of high school and played in the NFL,'' Peterson said Monday on a conference call with Denver-area area media leading up to Sunday's Minnesota Vikings-Denver Broncos game. "I really do. And I'll just say this, people were like 'well, physically you just weren't ready.' I came in my freshman year and I was up for the Heisman, had a pretty good season, was the leading rusher."

Peterson rushed for 2,960 yards and 32 touchdowns as a high school senior in 2003 and then went on to rush for 1,860 yards with 15 touchdowns -- 5.9 yards per carry -- as a true freshman for Oklahoma.

"And there were guys that went in the league that year, like Cedric Benson, I felt like my freshman year I should have won the Doak Walker Award [for the nation's top college running back], but they gave it to him -- I kind of got off topic there. But anyway ... I feel like I was a better player than him. And so it's like, 'I'm a true freshman, and if Cedric can go in [to the NFL] and play, then why couldn't I do it?'''

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NFLPA Investigating Concussion Suffered By Brandon Fusco

Sep 25, 2015 2:38 PM

The ATC spotter in Minnesota apparently missed Brandon Fusco had suffered a concussion during Week 2's game.

The NFL Players Association has launched an effort to determine whether “apparently” is “accurately.”

Per a league source, the NFLPA is investigating whether the spotter failed to recognize and/or to take action in response to the apparent struggles of Fusco to get to his feet after a block that involved helmet-to-helmet contact.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

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Adrian Peterson Trusts Norv Turner

Sep 17, 2015 7:48 PM

Adrian Peterson said he trusts Norv Turner after a disappointing 10 carries for 31 yards in Week 1.

"If it ever got to that point [where I needed to talk to the coaching staff about my role], I would," Peterson said. "But I have a lot of trust in coach Turner and what he's going to ask of us. I still voice my opinion to him, as well. We'll see how things flow this weekend."


Peterson showed some awkwardness receiving carries when the Minnesota Vikings were in the shotgun formation.

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Adrian Peterson 'Hesitant' In Shotgun After Skipping Entire Preseason

Sep 15, 2015 11:08 AM

Adrian Peterson missed nearly the entire 2014 season and elected not to play at all in the preseason, making the rust appear evident in Week 1. 

"It felt good to get out there, play some football, take some hits," Peterson said. "But [it was] definitely embarrassing to perform the way we did."

Peterson, 30, didn't touch the ball until the second drive of the game, as the Vikings threw on their first three plays.

Asked whether he thought he'd get the ball on the first series, Peterson said, "I don't know. I assumed at least one carry.

"I don't question Coach Turner," he said, referring to offensive coordinator Norv Turner. "He's been doing it for a long time. I trust him. I got the ball a couple of times in the second series. It is what it is."

Peterson admitted after the game he felt "a little hesitant a couple of times coming out of the shotgun.

"You really just need to be more patient, allow the pulling guard to get on his block and hit it up in there. Those are the ones I felt like I was kind of hesitant on. I really wanted to hit like I was coming out of the I formation."

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Bridgewater: Peterson Is A 'Mad Man' After Being Away From Football

Sep 14, 2015 11:30 AM

Teddy Bridgewater knows Adrian Peterson is anxious to return to action after sitting out most of the 2014 season.

Bridgewater was asked about Peterson and how he was the top priority of opposing defenses even in 2009 when Brett Favre was playing at his best.

“That makes me feel good,” Bridgewater said. “And I would be worried about Adrian, too. He spent a year off from football, so I'm pretty sure he's a mad man right now.”

Asked if he could sense Peterson’s level of excitement this close to his return, Bridgewater said, "Adrian is a pro. He approaches every day with the mindset of getting better. He sets a good example for us young guys. I'll ask him, 'What motivates you to be great each day?' He's been so great for us and he's definitely ready to go."

Mark Craig/Star Tribune

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Jarius Wright Signs Four-Year, $14.8M Extension With Vikings

Sep 10, 2015 12:28 PM

Jarius Wright has agreed to a four-year, $14.8 million extension with the Minnesota Vikings.

Wright will receive $7 million in guaranteed money.

Wright had 42 catches for 588 yards and two touchdowns last season.

Ian Rapoport/NFL.com

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Cris Carter Apologizes For 'Fall Guy' Advice

Aug 24, 2015 3:04 PM

Cris Carter has issued an apology for telling NFL rookies at a league symposium in 2014 that they should "get a fall guy" to help them avoid trouble.

Carter posted his apology on Twitter after an ESPN article drew attention to the remarks he made during a presentation last year.

Carter told a group of rookies from NFC teams in the session that if any of them were to get into trouble off the field, it was important to have someone who would step forward and take the blame.

Carter says watching video of his message, which has been removed from NFL.com, "made me realize how wrong I was."

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Adrian Peterson: I'm The LeBron Of The NFL
Adrian Peterson disputes the contention from Jamaal Charles that the Chiefs' running back is the LeBron James of the NFL.

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Vikings To Give Adrian Peterson As Many Carries As Possible
The Vikings will pay Adrian Peterson $26 million over the next two seasons.

Chris Wesseling/NFL.com

Jabari Price Receives Two-Game Suspension
Jabari Price was arrested for drunken driving after the Vikings' final game of the 2014 regular season, and pleaded guilty to careless driving on April 10.

Ben Goessling/ESPN

Adrian Peterson, Vikings Agree Upon Restructured Contract
Adrian Peterson was due base salaries of $12.75 million, $14.75 million and $16.75 million in the next three seasons.

Ian Rapoport/NFL.com

Brett Favre Not Attempting Comeback, Believes He Can Still Play In NFL
Brett Favre finished his career with the Vikings.

Conor Orr/NFL.com

Matt Cassel Could Be Cut By Bills Before Season
The Bills can save $4.15 million by releasing Matt Cassel before the start of the season.

Chris Wesseling/NFL.com

U.S. Bank Buys Vikings' Stadium Naming Rights For $220M
The stadium will open in 2016, with the Vikings playing for one more year at TCF Bank Stadium.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

Vikings Want To Give Adrian Peterson More Balanced Workload
Adrian Peterson's carries may not decrease as much as his snaps.

Josh Alper/Pro Football Talk

Adrian Peterson Unlikely To Receive Any Preseason Carries
Adrian Peterson played in just one game in 2014 due to his child abuse suspension.

Gregg Rosenthal/NFL.com

Adrian Peterson Impresses Vikings In First Practice Back
Norv Turner said Adrian Peterson retained a large section of the Vikings' offense after his time away from the team and has been eager to learn the new concepts.

Ben Goessling/ESPN

Adrian Peterson Returns To Vikings
Adrian Peterson said he's looking forward to getting back to the field.

Ben Goessling/ESPN

Adrian Peterson Asks Vikings To 'Honor' Contract
Adrian Peterson has no guaranteed money remaining on his deal with the Vikings.

Marc Sessler/NFL.com

Adrian Peterson Says Absence About Securing Future With Vikings
Adrian Peterson closed the statement by saying 'Go Vikings.'

Josina Anderson/ESPN

Zimmer: Peterson Can Play For Vikings Or Not At All
The Vikings have been adamant they intend to keep Adrian Peterson.

Ian Rapoport/NFL.com

Adrian Peterson Won't Attend OTAs With Vikings
It could cost Adrian Peterson a $250,000 workout bonus and comes in the context of his expressed unhappiness with the organization.


NFLPA Files Motion To Hold NFL, Goodell In Contempt Of Court
The players have filed a motion against Roger Goodell and the NFL in regards to Adrian Peterson.

RealGM Staff Report

Dez Bryant: NFL Knows What Would Happen If Peterson Joined Cowboys
Dez Bryant believes the Dallas Cowboys would become unstoppable if they added Adrian Peterson.

Dallas Morning News

Vikings Insist Adrian Peterson Won't Be Traded
The Vikings have reportedly had absurd trade demands for Adrian Peterson, signalling they've wanted to keep him.

Sander Philipse/Bucs Nation

Adrian Peterson: Playing For Cowboys 'Would Be Nice'
The Cowboys appear unwilling to meet the Vikings' high asking price and pay Adrian Peterson's contract.

Kevin Patra/NFL.com

Cardinals, Buccaneers, Jaguars In Running For Peterson; Cowboys Out
The number of teams who realistically might trade for Adrian Peterson are less than what has been previously reported.

Charles Robinson/Yahoo! Sports

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