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NFLPA Files Suit Against NFL In Adrian Peterson Case

Dec 15, 2014 11:04 AM

The NFL Players Association has filed a lawsuit against the NFL in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis, challenging an arbitrator's decision made Friday to uphold Adrian Peterson's suspension by the league.

The lawsuit comes as ABC News has obtained a recording of the Nov. 12 phone call between Troy Vincent and Peterson in which the NFL executive tells him that he would be reinstated after a two-game suspension and get credit for his time on the commissioner's exempt list.

Vincent made the promise with the additional request that Peterson attend a Nov. 14 meeting with commissioner Roger Goodell to discuss the child abuse case in which he pleaded no contest in Texas to misdemeanor reckless assault for physically disciplining his 4-year-old son with a wooden switch. Peterson declined to attend the meeting, however, citing uncertainty about the NFL's intent to question him, and the league issued a six-game suspension to the running back on Nov. 18.

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Adrian Peterson Considering Retirement

Dec 13, 2014 4:25 PM

Adrian Peterson has been so disappointed by the NFL's disciplinary process that he's considering retirement.

In a 60-minute phone interview with ESPN, Peterson said he plans to file a lawsuit against the league, adding he wasn't sure if he could trust the NFL's process for reinstatement. If a lawsuit would eventually put the 2012 NFL MVP's chance for reinstatement at risk, Peterson said he would consider walking away from the game altogether.

 

"I've considered retiring from the NFL," Peterson said. "I still made $8 million dollars this year. I've thought about getting back into the real estate (business in Texas) I'm already in. That's something I've been interested in, something I'm involved in. I've thought about getting back into that. I've thought about going after the Olympics -- you only live once. It might be time for me to pursue that, as well. I love playing football, don't get me wrong, but this situation is deeper than that. For me, it's like, 'Why should I continue to be a part of an organization or a business that handles players the way they do? Making money off the field anyway, why not continue to pursue that (Olympic) dream and pursue other dreams and hang up the cleats?'"

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Adrian Peterson's Appeal Denied

Dec 12, 2014 5:33 PM

Adrian Peterson's appeal of his suspension has been denied.

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello announced on Friday afternoon that Harold Henderson has denied Peterson’s appeal of the suspension without pay through at least the end of the 2014 season that was handed down by the league in November. Henderson, a former league official, was appointed to hear the appeal by Commissioner Roger Goodell.

“I conclude that the player has not demonstrated that the process and procedures surrounding his discipline were not fair and consistent,” Henderson said in a statement released by Aiello. “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 be eligible for reinstatement on April 15.

Josh Alper/Pro Football Talk

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Adrian Peterson Still Wants To Play This Season

Dec 10, 2014 7:51 PM

As Adrian Peterson awaits a ruling from arbitrator Harold Henderson on his appeal, he has made it clear he wants to get back on the field.

"He's told us he wants to play this season," union executive George Atallah said Tuesday, via the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

The Minnesota Vikings have just three games remaining this season.

Ian Rapoport reports that the Vikings' football people would like to see Peterson remain with the franchise.

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Jerick McKinnon Out For Season With Back Injury

Dec 6, 2014 8:40 PM

The Minnesota Vikings have placed Jerick McKinnon on season-ending injured reserve with a lower back injury.

McKinnon, a third-round draft pick out of Georgia Southern, was leading the Vikings in carries (113), rushing yards (538) and yards per carry (4.8). Among rookie backs, he ranks third in rushing yards, behind Jeremy Hill and Tre Mason.

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Adrian Peterson Believes He's Now Entering Prime Seasons

Dec 6, 2014 8:28 PM

Adrian Peterson's future with the Minnesota Vikings is in doubt, but he wants to play for at least another half-decade.

"People say, 'Oh, running back hits 34, 35 (and he's done). When you get to 30, you go down.' I don't believe that," Peterson recently told USA TODAY Sports' Tom Pelissero. "I believe I'm just now here in my prime. I believe these next five or six years -- or however long I decide to play -- it's going to be the same production and I'm going to do even better than I did before in my 20s."

Peterson turns 30 in March. Studies have shown that running-back production decreases by 15 percent at age 28, 25 percent at age 29 and 40 percent by the age-30 wall.

Chris Wesseling/NFL.com

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Zimmer Believes Adrian Peterson Will Return To Vikings In 2015

Nov 23, 2014 11:18 AM

Mike Zimmer believes Adrian Peterson will return to the Minnesota Vikings when he's reinstated from his suspension.

"I think Adrian wants to be back here," Zimmer told ESPN. "You have to ask him. I don't know. But I know he does have an awful lot of people here who have supported him, and I don't know who he's speaking of who doesn't.

"All I know of Adrian is that he's always been great with me, always done what I've asked him to do, and I kind of go by what I see."

Peterson hinted in an interview that the Vikings haven't been supportive and that a fresh start with a new team might make sense.

"I know there's people in the organization that support me and there's people that I know internally that has not been supporting me," Peterson told USA Today Sports. "Maybe it's best for me to get a fresh start somewhere else."

League sources told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter that Peterson was referring to Vikings general counsel Kevin Warren as the individual who wasn't in favor of his return.

Sources familiar with the case also told Schefter that that Warren and the NFL have been working together to make sure Peterson does not return this season.

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Adrian Peterson Vows To Never Use Switch Again

Nov 21, 2014 10:43 AM

Adrian Peterson expressed remorse in injuring his four-year-old son with a switch.

"I won't ever use a switch again," Peterson said. "There's different situations where a child needs to be disciplined as far as timeout, taking their toys away, making them take a nap. There's so many different ways to discipline your kids."

Peterson is under a suspension and his future with the Minnesota Vikings is unclear.

"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."

Tom Pelissero/USA Today

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Adrian Peterson Appeals Suspension

Nov 20, 2014 11:33 AM

Adrian Peterson has officially appealed his season-long suspension.

The argument is that the NFL did not act in a way consistent with the CBA's due process, per Ian Rapoport.

Peterson remains on the Commissioner's Exempt List during the appeal process. If the suspension is not overturned upon appeal the running back cannot be considered for reinstatement before April 15, 2015.

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Vikings Claim Ben Tate Off Waivers

Nov 19, 2014 5:12 PM

The Minnesota Vikings have claimed Ben Tate off waivers.

Tate signed a two-year, $7 million contract in the offseason with the Cleveland Browns, but was released this week.

Tate has 333 yards on 106 carries and four touchdowns this season.

Tate gives the Vikings depth with Adrian Peterson suspended for the season.

Matt Vensel/Star Tribune

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Report: Vikings Won't Release Or Trade Adrian Peterson
The Vikings will re-evaluate Adrian Peterson's future with the club in the offseason.

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Arbitrator Rules In Favor Of NFL On Adrian Peterson
Shyam Das ruled that Peterson "failed to establish on this record that the NFL violated either the letter agreement or the CBA."

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Adrian Peterson Suspended For Remainder Of Season
Adrian Peterson will not be considered for reinstatement before April 15, 2015, for violating the league's personal conduct policy.

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Adrian Peterson Claims NFL Ignoring CBA
Adrian Peterson says the NFL is acting unfair in his case.

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Adrian Peterson Backed Out Of Disciplinary Hearing With NFL
With his no contest plea and legal issue resolved, Adrian Peterson wants the NFL to let him play.

Michael David Smith/Pro Football Talk

Adrian Peterson To Have Appeal Hearing On Monday
While Adrian Peterson is facing a six-game suspension under the league's personal-conduct policy, his punishment would likely be shorter than that with a compromise based on time served and loss of p

NFL.com

NFLPA Files Expedited Grievance For Adrian Peterson
The league has offered Adrian Peterson a hearing before issuing any punishment.

ESPN

Nike Terminates Contract With Adrian Peterson
Adrian Peterson's deal with Nike was suspended on Sept. 17 following his charges of child abuse.

Darren Rovell/ESPN

Vikings Holding 'Internal Discussions' On Whether Peterson Should Play
The NFL has yet to announce a suspension for Adrian Peterson.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

Adrian Peterson Avoids Jail With Plea Agreement
If the agreement is accepted by Judge Kelly Case, Adrian Peterson will pay a $2,000 fine, be placed on probation, and perform 80 hours of community service.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

Adrian Peterson Working On Plea Agreement, Could Be In Place This Week
Adrian Peterson is in talks on a plea agreement for his child abuse charges.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Vikings Want Bridgewater To Think Faster But Not Always Throw Sooner
Teddy Bridgewater averages 2.56 seconds before throwing, just below the average of 2.52.

Ben Goessling/ESPN

Adrian Peterson Ordered To Be Arrested For Admission Of Pot Use
According to the filing, Adrian Peterson admitted to a court employee that he had "smoked a little weed" before the test.

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Bridgewater Compared To Russell Wilson By Caldwell
Teddy Bridgewater's brief NFL play has already drawn a comparison to Russell Wilson by Jim Caldwell.

Kevin Patra/NFL.com

Adrian Peterson To Stand Trial Beginning Dec. 1
Adrian Peterson could face six months to two years in state prison, though he could be placed on probation as a first-time offender.

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Adrian Peterson To Plead Not Guilty
Adrian Peterson remains on the Exempt/Comissioner's Permission List and it is unclear if he'll play again this season.

Ben Goessling/ESPN

Associates Have Only Seen Adrian Peterson Be 'A Good Parent'
Adrian Peterson has fathered at least five children by different women, one of whom lives with him full-time.

Tom Pelissero, Josh Peter/USA Today

Vikings Want To Get More Touches For Cordarrelle Patterson

Josh Alper/Pro Football Talk

Matt Cassel Done For Season With Broken Bones In Foot
Matt Cassel has been played on injured reserve after sustaining "several fractured bones" in his foot in Week 3.

Marc Sessler/NFL.com

Kyle Rudolph Out Six Weeks With Sports Hernia Surgery
The Vikings have targeted Kyle Rudolph 17 times this season.

Josh Alper/Pro Football Talk