Vikings Rumors & News

  • Should Cordarrelle Patterson be Demoted?

    Daily Norseman "The past two weeks Vikings fans have seen the emergence of free agent wide receiver Charles Johnson. Against the Bears he was targeted a team high 7 times and caught 6 of those targets for 87 yards. Despite playing only 25 of the team's 47 snaps on offense against the Bears, he was the most..." November 25

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    Field Yates @FieldYates

    Source: after losing starting RT Phil Loadholt for the season to injury, the Vikings tried out NFLPA president Eric Winston & J'Marcus Webb.

  • Adrian Peterson -- Says Grand Jury Can Reverse Ruling ... Inspires False Hope "Adrian Peterson believes there's a slight chance the grand jury in Ferguson will change its mind and indict Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Mike Brown ... problem is, he's flat-out wrong. In the wake of the decision in Ferguson, AP went to Twitter to express his dismay over..." November 25

  • Adrian Peterson compares own indictment to Ferguson "On Monday, a grand jury in Ferguson, Missouri declined to indict Darren Wilson for the shooting of Michael Brown, causing riots in and around the city throughout the night. Many sports figures took to Twitter to comment on the situation, including Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, who --..." November 25

  • Packers victory over Vikings sealed by running game

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "Someone as prideful as Mike Zimmer wasn't going to let another of his football teams get "run over," as he put it following the Minnesota Vikings' defensive debacle seven weeks ago at Lambeau Field, in the rematch on a gray, windless 49-degree Sunday afternoon at TCF Bank Stadium. For 56 ½..." November 24

  • Matt Kalil apologizes for knocking hat off heckler's head

    SB Nation "Minnesota Vikings offensive lineman Matt Kalil apologized Monday for an incident in which he angrily knocked a hat off the head of a heckling fan after a loss to the Green Bay Packers. "I usually shrug that stuff off," Kalil told 1500 ESPN. "Fans like to talk and say some things, but that's..." November 24

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    Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

    #Vikings RT Phil Loadholt has torn his pec, source says, and will require surgery. His season is over.

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    Albert Breer @AlbertBreer

    Listed as questionable, Vikings expect WR Greg Jennings to play against his former team today in Minneapolis.

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    Albert Breer @AlbertBreer

    Vikings RB Ben Tate will be active and have a role today, just four days after joining the team, per source. Matt Asiata down for Minnesota.

  • Zimmer thinks Peterson will return "Though Adrian Peterson has said that a fresh start with a new team might be beneficial, coach Mike Zimmer told ESPN that he believes the star running back will return to the Minnesota Vikings when he's reinstated. Earlier this week, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell suspended Peterson for the rest..." November 23

  • NFLPA rails against selection of Peterson appeals officer

    USA Today "NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell won't hear the appeal of Adrian Peterson's suspension. But the NFL Players Association isn't happy with who will. The league announced Friday that Goodell has appointed appeals officer Harold Henderson to hear Peterson's appeal Dec. 2. Henderson spent 16 years as..." November 22

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    Jay Glazer @JayGlazer

    Breaking: Adrian Peterson's appeal hearing has been set for 12/2 and Harold Henderson, NOT Roger Goodell, will be the hearing officer

  • Adrian Peterson: 'I won't ever use a switch again'

    USA Today "It had been five months since Adrian Peterson spoke to his 4-year-old son. Somewhere deep inside, Peterson believes he knew what awaited him on the other end of the line. But he couldn't be sure until he placed the call last week. "When he got on the phone, he said, 'Hey Dad,'" Peterson..." November 21

  • Adrian Peterson officially appeals suspension

    SB Nation "Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has officially appealed his season-long suspension Thursday morning, according to Ian Rapoport. Peterson and the National Football League Players Association have contended the league did not act in accordance with the Collective Bargaining..." November 20

  • LaDainian Tomlinson: Adrian Peterson to the Cowboys could be a 'no-brainer'

    Dallas Morning News "Former TCU and NFL star running back LaDainian Tomlinson joined KRLD-FM 105.3 recently to talk all things football. Here are some of the highlights: On DeMarco Murray’s workload and how that should be handled by the Cowboys: “The first thing when it comes to handling DeMarco’s workload, I..." November 20

  • Cordarrelle Patterson: 'I know I'm letting a lot of people down' "It's become apparent during his second season with the Minnesota Vikings that Cordarrelle Patterson still has plenty to learn about the finer points of playing receiver. That learning process has limited his involvement in the offense when the Vikings aren't manufacturing as many touches for him..." November 20

  • Vikings claim Ben Tate on waivers "The Minnesota Vikings claimed running back Ben Tate on waivers Wednesday from the Cleveland Browns, a league source told's Field Yates. Tate had just two carries for minus-9 yards in last weekend's loss after complaining earlier in the week about the number of carries he was getting in..." November 19

  • NFL V.P.: No one told Adrian Peterson he’d get “time served”

    Pro Football Talk "The NFL Players Association says that an NFL executive told Adrian Peterson that he would get credit for “time served” during his time on the Commissioner’s Exempt List, meaning he wouldn’t be suspended beyond that time after he accepted a plea deal on a charge of injuring his son. The NFL says..." November 19

  • Report: Vikings do not plan to trade or release Adrian Peterson "The Vikings have no plans to part ways with running back Adrian Peterson, according to Bart Hubbuch of the New York Post. According to Hubbuch, Peterson's future with the team will be reevaluated after this season by GM Rick Spielman and head coach Mike Zimmer. Peterson was suspended..." November 19

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    Tom Pelissero @TomPelissero

    Arbitrator Shyam Das has ruled the NFL can keep Adrian Peterson on the exempt list.

  • Peterson ruling could come by Wednesday

    Pro Football Talk "As expected, arbitrator Shyam Das conducted a hearing on Monday regarding the effort to reinstate Vikings running back Adrian Peterson from the Commissioner-Exempt list. Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the hearing was conducted and fully completed on Monday. By rule, a decision..." November 18

  • NFL suspends Adrian Peterson for at least rest of season

    USA Today "The NFL has suspended Minnesota Vikings star Adrian Peterson for at least the remainder of the regular season. Peterson is almost certain to appeal the suspension and request neutral arbitration. The complete media release is as follows: Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings was..." November 18

  • NFLPA Statement on Adrian Peterson Suspension "The decision by the NFL to suspend Adrian Peterson is another example of the credibility gap that exists between the agreements they make and the actions they take. Since Adrian’s legal matter was adjudicated, the NFL has ignored their obligations and attempted to impose a new and arbitrary..." November 18

  • NFLPA claims NFL exec promised time served for Adrian Peterson "After the NFL announced Adrian Peterson's suspension for a full year, the NFLPA swiftly announced its intentions to appeal the suspension. In that announcement, the union also snuck in a surprising point, noting "an NFL executive told Adrian that his time on the commissioner's list would be..." November 18

  • Adrian Peterson suspension: Must undergo counseling, faces banishment "Adrian Peterson was suspended for the remainder of the season without pay, the NFL announced on Tuesday. The NFLPA will appeal the suspension. As part of that announcement, the NFL released a lengthy letter written by Roger Goodell to Peterson, detailing why he was suspended and what he will face..." November 18

  • Bears bounce back with victory over Vikings

    CSN Chicago "Jay Cutler picked himself up off the ground and jumped into his offensive linemen's arms while Brandon Marshall dropped to his knees and extended his arms in celebration in the end zone. For the first time in more than a month, the Bears felt what it was like to have a lead in a game. But..." November 17

  • Adrian Peterson: NFL ignoring CBA "Minnesota Vikings star running back Adrian Peterson on Sunday denied that he backed out of a scheduled disciplinary hearing with the NFL on Friday, saying the league is trying to "impose a new process of discipline on me" and circumvent the collective bargaining agreement. "The report that I..." November 17

  • Report: Adrian Peterson backed out of a meeting with the NFL

    Pro Football Talk "Vikings running back Adrian Peterson’s quest to return to the field has taken a surprising turn, as Peterson reportedly declined to appear at a meeting with the league office that he originally said he would attend. Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Peterson declined to show up to a..." November 16

  • Jared Allen thinks Adrian Peterson should be allowed to play in the NFL "Adrian Peterson's legal issues are behind him after pleading no contest to misdemeanor child-abuse charges, but his NFL future remains up in the air. His reinstatement hearing with the league is set for Monday, one day after the Vikings face the desperate-for-something-other-than-a-blowout Bears,..." November 14

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    Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

    The Adrian Peterson hearing is set for 2 p.m. on Monday and will be via conference call, source says.

  • Vikings: Adrian Peterson 'can't wait to play,' teammate says

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Vikings running back Matt Asiata has been exchanging texts with Adrian Peterson over the past week and says Peterson is optimistic about soon returning to the Vikings. The star running back was indicted in Texas in September on a felony charge of child abuse before plea bargaining last week to..." November 14

  • Ricky Williams: I don't think Adrian Peterson did anything wrong

    Fox Sports Southwest "According to reports, Adrian Peterson will plead his case Monday in front of an arbitrator in hopes of returning to the NFL this season after pleading out his child-abuse case. In the meantime, he has a supporter in former Heisman-winning running back Ricky Williams. Williams made an..." November 13

  • Why Adrian Peterson, Vikings need to go in separate directions

    Yahoo! Sports "Adrian Peterson is ready to move on from the past few months. He said as much last week as he exited a courthouse in Texas. In a stairway convoy with his wife, parents and led by his wing-tipped attorney, the conversation turned to moving on … away from his legal issues … forward as a father …..." November 12

  • Peterson grievance must be heard by November 17

    Pro Football Talk "On Monday, the NFL Players Association filed on behalf of Vikings running back Adrian Peterson a grievance against the league and the team, based on the failure of the NFL to remove Peterson from the Commissioner-Exempt list after his legal case was resolved. Under Article 43 of the Collective..." November 11

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    Ed Werder @Edwerderespn

    Source on NFLPA vs #NFL regarding Adrian Peterson reinstatement: "This could get ugly.''

  • NFLPA files grievance to get Adrian Peterson reinstated

    Pro Football Talk "As Adrian Peterson remains in the limbo of the NFL’s Commissioner’s Exempt List, the players’ union says it’s time to let him resume his career. The NFL Players Association released a statement Monday afternoon saying it has filed a grievance to get Peterson off the exempt list. “The NFLPA..." November 11

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    Matt Vensel @mattvensel

    Mike Zimmer says the #Vikings support Peterson. Said the NFL has not provided a timetable.

  • Vikings should just cut Adrian Peterson and skip the circus

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Just cut him. The circus comes to town this week, and it stars Adrian Peterson, Roger Goodell, Vikings ownership, the players union and enough lawyers to fill TCF Bank Stadium. This could make the Love Boat look like a pleasant dinner cruise down the Mississippi. And for what? Why drag this..." November 10

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    Adam Schefter @AdamSchefter

    Former Vikings S Orlando Thomas, who led NFL in INTs during rookie year in 1995, died last night of ALS. He was 42, like his uniform number.

  • NFL intends to move quickly with Peterson conduct policy review

    Pro Football Talk "The NFL has reneged on the deal to keep Vikings running back Adrian Peterson on the Commissioner-Exempt list through the conclusion of his legal case, as evidenced by the fact that: (1) his legal case has concluded; and (2) Peterson remains on the Commissioner-Exempt list. At a time when the..." November 09

  • Peterson's Vikings tenure in peril; mental, physical state in question "The Vikings harbor some serious concerns about Adrian Peterson's physical and mental state following his prolonged layoff while facing felony child abuse charges, and there are no guarantees at this point that they would welcome him back if reinstated, according to sources with knowledge of the..." November 09

  • NFLPA asks for Peterson reinstated "The NFL Players Association sent a letter to the NFL on Friday, calling for the immediate reinstatement of Adrian Peterson per the agreement the sides made for the Minnesota Vikings running back to go on the commissioner's exempt list in September, according to sources. The agreement to place..." November 09

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    Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

    Adrian Peterson being on paid-leave since his situation arose is not considered discipline, source points out. Suspension looms.

  • Nike terminates deal with Adrian Peterson

    Pro Football Talk "Whatever happens between Vikings running back Adrian Peterson and his primary employer, Peterson now has one less entity giving him money. According to Darren Rovell of ESPN, Nike has terminated its contract with Peterson. Previously, Nike suspended the arrangement on September 17. He..." November 07

  • Sources: NFL nixed Peterson reinstatement immediately after plea deal

    Fox Sports "The NFL rejected an attempt by Adrian Peterson's camp for immediate reinstatement following his plea agreement on Tuesday and refused to engage in discussions regarding a settlement over his playing status, two sources informed of the discussions told FOX Sports. Peterson's camp, which included..." November 06

  • Mother of Adrian Peterson's son doesn't want NFL to punish Vikings RB

    USA Today "The mother of the boy at the center of the Adrian Peterson case agrees with the plea deal reached Tuesday, wants Peterson to remain involved in his son's life and doesn't want the NFL to further punish the banished Minnesota Vikings star, her attorney says. "The entire matter has been very..." November 06

  • Peterson decision now in NFL hands

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Now that Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has entered into a plea agreement in Texas, avoiding jail time while resolving his child abuse case quickly, Peterson’s situation is no longer a legal matter but an NFL matter. The Vikings continue to have internal discussions about whether..." November 06

  • Adrian Peterson receives $4,000 fine, probation on plea deal

    SB Nation "Adrian Peterson's plea deal has been accepted, resolving his legal trouble but clouding his immediate NFL future. Adrian Peterson has signed a plea of no contest to misdemeanor charges of reckless assault, paving the way for his return to the NFL. The plea was accepted by Montgomery County..." November 04

  • NFLPA pushing league to collectively bargain over personal conduct policy changes

    SB Nation "The NFLPA has been adamant that any changes to the league's personal conduct policy must be collectively bargained. The NFL has been resistant, however. The NFL Players Association are butting heads once again, this time over how to negotiate changes to the league's personal conduct policy. The..." November 04

  • '100% support' for Adrian Peterson in Vikings locker room

    USA Today "Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman wouldn't comment Tuesday on the possible return of exiled star Adrian Peterson. But Peterson's teammates say they'd have no problem with him returning after the resolution of his court case in Texas. "I think everybody's hopeful that he'll have an..." November 04