Draft Scout Snapshot: 1st team All-Big 12 w/220-1108-5.0-14 rush, 9-50-5.6 rec in '05, missed time w/right ankle injury. All-American, 1st team All-Big 12 w/339-1925-5.7-15 rush, 5-12-2.4 rec in '04.
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09/17/14 - RB Adrian Peterson was placed on the exempt list, which allows him to collect his full salary -- $11.25 million in 2014 -- while addressing the child abuse charges he's facing in Texas.
"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."
09/15/14 - RB Adrian Peterson was released from Montgomery County, Texas, jail early Saturday morning after posting a $15,000 bond. Peterson turned himself in after a warrant for his arrest was issued following an indictment Friday by a grand jury for reckless or negligent injury to a child.
Peterson, who was deactivated by the Vikings for their game against New England Sunday, was booked into the Montgomery County jail at 1:06 a.m. CT Saturday and released at 1:35 a.m. CT after posting the $15,000 bond.
Peterson's attorney, Rusty Hardin said in a statement Friday that his client's conduct "involves using a switch to spank his son." A report from Sports Radio 610 in Houston indicated Peterson removed leaves of a tree branch, which he referred to in a police report as "a switch," with which he struck the four-year old child.
"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," Hardin said in his statement. "He used the same kind of discipline with his child that he experienced as a child growing up in east Texas. Adrian has never hidden from what happened."
Hardin added Peterson cooperated fully with authorities and voluntarily testified before the grand jury for several hours.
Said Hardin: "Adrian will address the charges with the same respect and responsiveness he has brought to this inquiry from its beginning," Hardin said. "It is important to remember that Adrian never intended to harm his son and deeply regrets the unintentional injury."
The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported that the boy lives with his mother in Minnesota and had traveled to Texas with Peterson several months ago when the incident is alleged to have taken place.
The Vikings said they were aware of the charges and released a statement on Friday afternoon.
"The Vikings are in the process of gathering information regarding the legal situation
09/11/14 - RB Adrian Peterson needs 78 net yards to break Hall of Famer Cris Carter's team record of 12,410 combined yards. Peterson also needs three touchdowns to move past Randy Moss' 93 career touchdowns, which are second most in team history. Carter is first with 110.
09/08/14 - RB Adrian Peterson is expected to have a bigger role in the passing game this season. He caught only two passes, but one of them was a rare red-zone reception on first down. It went for nine yards and set up a touchdown pass in the back of the end zone on second-and-1.
08/17/14 - RB Adrian Peterson was rested again. He might play in the third preseason game at Kansas City.
12/26/13 - RB Adrian Peterson (foot, groin) returned Sunday after missing the Baltimore game because of a sprained right foot. But he clearly wasn't himself and was pulled after the Vikings fell behind by 28 points. Peterson didn't practice at all on Tuesday, but was limited on Thursday. He'll be re-evaluated on Friday.
12/23/13 - RB Adrian Peterson (foot, groin) returned Sunday after missing the Baltimore game because of a sprained right foot. But he clearly wasn't himself because of the foot and a groin injury that has nagged him for weeks. With the Vikings trailing the Bengals by 28 points early in the third quarter, Peterson was pulled after just 11 carries. Peterson will be reevaluated this week.
12/18/13 - RB Adrian Peterson (foot) missed the second half of the Baltimore game and the entire Eagles game, but is expected return this week at Cincinnati.
12/16/13 - RB Adrian Peterson (foot) suffered a mid-foot sprain to his right foot against Baltimore and did not play on Sunday. He made progress last week, practicing on Friday, but the Vikings proceeded on the side of caution after a pre-game workout nearly cleared him to play. Peterson will be evaluated later in the week.
12/13/13 - RBs Adrian Peterson and Toby Gerhardt are listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Philadelphia Eagles on Friday.
Peterson sprained his right foot last Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens. Earlier in the week, tests showed that he did not need surgery. However, the team decided to list him as questionable after he worked out Friday.
"He was able to plant. He was able to push off," coach Leslie Frazier said. "We'll see tomorrow if there's any soreness, but he looked far better than I anticipated."
The Vikings are more optimistic about the playing status of Gerhart, who is recovering from a strained hamstring against the Ravens.
Gerhardt had 89 yards on 15 carries with a touchdown against Baltimore.
Peterson said repeatedly this week that he would play Sunday.
"That's just not my mentality -- leaving these guys out to dry," he said Friday. "I love the game too much to sit out, just because. If I'm out, you're going to know that, 'Hey, he can't go.' That's going to be the case. But outside of that, I'm going to try to put my best foot forward to get out there and play every Sunday."
Peterson has rushed for 1,221 yards with 10 touchdowns in 13 games this season.