The Minnesota Vikings have not come to a decision yet about whether Adrian Peterson will play in the preseason, coach Mike Zimmer said Monday. If the league's leading rusher does see the field before the start of the regular season, it will be in large part because he wants to get in an exhibition game.
"I'm going to sit down and talk to him about it and if he wants to play then we'll discuss what we think," Zimmer said. "If he goes in there, he's probably not going to get one pass and out. So he's going to play (for a longer period of time if he does play)."
Peterson hasn't carried the ball in a preseason game since he returned from knee surgery in 2012, and his only exhibition game appearance during that time came in 2013, when he played one series in the Vikings' third preseason game against San Francisco, the story said. The piece also added that Zimmer doesn't feel it's necessary to see Peterson in a preseason game before the regular season starts.
In February 2015, Judge David Doty ruled that the NFL and arbitrator Harold Henderson overstepped their bounds when Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was suspended indefinitely (a suspension upheld by Henderson) and fined six paychecks after he pleaded no contest in November 2014 to reckless assault to settle charges that he abused his son.
That ruling paved the way to Peterson’s reinstatement after he spent all but one game of the 2014 season on the exempt list after the abuse allegations came to light. The NFL appealed the ruling on the grounds that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell was within his rights to suspend Peterson under the Collective Bargaining Agreement.
The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals agreed with the NFL on Thursday. In their decision, which was obtained by TheSportsEsquires.com, the court found that “the parties bargained to be bound by the decision of the arbitrator, and the arbitrator acted within his authority, so we reverse the district court’s judgment vacating the arbitration decision.” The decision also rejected the NFLPA argument that the penalty being “fundamentally unfair” takes precedence over the powers given to the league under the CBA.
The story said the decision has no impact on Peterson’s eligibility to play, only whether the league has the right to collect the fine. Joined with the decision on the Tom Brady appeal in the Second Circuit, it also serves to reinforce Goodell’s power to impose discipline under the current CBA.
Peterson said Wednesday that he’s “obviously not playing in the first preseason game,” but left open the possibility that he’d see the field in later weeks in the preseason.
There’s some thought that with Peterson and quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, there could be some benefit to getting the pair on the same page before the season starts, which apparently didn’t happen last year. Still, there’s injury risk ineherent in NFL football, and the Vikings clearly want to limit Peterson’s exposure and chance of injury in a meaningless preseason game, the story went on to say.
Peterson received an increased number of reps during today’s morning walkthrough, which further suggests that Peterson is ready to roll.
Backup running back Jerick McKinnon, who in the words of Zimmer got a little “twisted” during Monday’s practice, is not expected to practice, according to the coach. McKinnon did not take part in the walkthrough.
If Peterson does practice, it will be his first full practice since the start of camp. Zimmer said last week that Peterson is dealing with a minor hamstring pull suffered while working out on his own last month, the story said.
Via Ben Goessling of ESPN.com, coach Mike Zimmer said that Peterson has a pulled hamstring. He got the injury while working out on his own before camp.
But Peterson passed his physical and is practicing. So it’s not a major issue.
The story pointed out that hamstrings only heal with proper rest. There’s an extent to which the muscle can be pushed before it tightens up and delays the healing process.
Monday, July 25, 2016, 9:11am
As Adrian Peterson prepares for his 10th NFL season, he's coming off his third rushing title in large part because of the unyielding work ethic that still has him training for three to four hours a day at his gym in Houston.
He's working to stay ahead of a young generation of running backs who were raised on Peterson highlights. And in the case of Melvin Gordon -- the San Diego Chargers back who finished second in the 2014 Heisman Trophy voting and was selected 15th in last year's draft -- Peterson has a protege who has come to Houston this summer in the hopes of adopting some of the four-time All-Pro's tenacity.
Gordon, who ran for 641 yards, fumbled six times and missed two games because of a microfracture in his left knee during a trying rookie season. He contacted Peterson in February about training with him this offseason, the story said. Gordon has gone through some of the same drills, designed to improve his balance and proprioception after his injury.
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Martin sits No. 2 in the NFL in rushing yards with 1,354 on 273 carries. With a big game Sunday versus the Carolina Panthers, Martin could leap Adrian Peterson to become the first Bucs player ever to lead the league in rushing. Sims is an underrated dual-threat back, compiling 1,001 yards from scrimmage (514 rushing, 487 receiving).
Martin, 26, is set to become a free agent this offseason, but the sides are already working on keeping the back in a Bucs jersey.
"We've already talked a little bit,'' general manager Jason Licht said, via the Tampa Tribune. "We will definitely be talking (more). We'd love to have Doug back.''
Last offseason, it looked like the Bucs might dump an ineffective Martin, but the 5-foot-9 pinballing runner bounced back in a big way, the story said. Martin has carried Tampa's offense for long stretches this season, taking some pressure off rookie quarterback Jameis Winston. This season was kind of an audition for Martin, who had struggled the past two seasons. But, Martin was getting positive reviews all the way back in the offseason.
Friday, January 1, 2016, 6:26pm
Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (ankle, shoulder, probable) took full practice reps Friday after missing practice earlier in the week and is probable for Week 17. Contrary to other reports, Peterson was dealing with a shoulder injury last week as well. He should be fine for a big game against the Packers.
Wednesday, December 30, 2015, 6:13pm
Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (ankle, shoulder) did not practice Wednesday. Contrary to other reports, Peterson was dealing with a shoulder injury last week as well. He should be fine for a big game against the Packers.
Friday, December 25, 2015, 10:17pm
Vikings RB Jerick McKinnon (hamstring, probable) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week and is probable for Week 16. McKinnon could see a large role this week if the Vikings elect to sit Adrian Peterson (assuming the Packers lose to the Cardinals, making the Vikings’ game meaningless).
Friday, December 25, 2015, 10:17pm
Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (ankle, shoulder, probable) took full practice reps Friday after missing practice earlier in the week and is probable for Week 16. The probable tag indicates that Peterson is fine to carry his usual workload, though the Vikings may rest him in the case that the game is meaningless. If the Packers lose to the Cardinals earlier in the day, the game will have no direct playoff implications. Arizona is favored by 4.5 points. Jerick McKinnon seems like the most likely candidate to pick up most of Peterson’s touches if he were to sit, though Matt Asiata would have a role in the passing game and in the red zone.
Thursday, December 24, 2015, 6:12pm
Vikings RB Jerick McKinnon (hamstring) was added to the injury report Thursday after taking limited practice reps. McKinnon could see a large role this week if the Vikings elect to sit Adrian Peterson (assuming the Packers lose to the Cardinals, making the Vikings’ game meaningless). If both backs are out, Matt Asiata could be an every-down running back against the Giants.
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