Vikings change mind, suspend Adrian Peterson

Wed Sep 17, 2014 3:13am EDT
 
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Sep 17 (Reuters) - The Minnesota Vikings have placed star running back Adrian Peterson on the NFL exempt list, suspending him from all team activities until his child-abuse case is resolved, the franchise said on Wednesday.

The Vikings, who initially reactivated Peterson for week three of the NFL, had a change of heart after reconsidering their position in the domestic violence scandal.

"After giving the situation additional thought, we have decided this is the appropriate course of action for the organization and for Adrian," Vikings owners Zygi Wilf and Mark Wilf said in a team news release.

"We are always focused on trying to make the right decision as an organization.

"We embrace our role, and the responsibilities that go with it, as a leader in the community, as a business partner and as an organization that can build bridges with our fans and positively impact this great region. We appreciate and value the input we have received from our fans, our partners and the community."

Peterson faces court in Texas for reckless or negligent injury to a child, coming from a whipping incident that reportedly left bruises and wounds on his four-year-old son.

Peterson was deactivated for last Sunday's 30-7 loss to the New England Patriots but was set to return this Sunday against the New Orleans Saints.

The Vikings are now concerned about due process with legal proceedings and after talks with the NFL, the ownership made an about face.

"While we were trying to make a balanced decision yesterday, after further reflection we have concluded that this resolution is best for the Vikings and for Adrian," the statement said.   Continued...

 
Minnesota Vikings Adrian Peterson runs with ball against the Dallas Cowboys in the first quarter at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas in this file photo taken November 3, 2013. REUTERS/Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports/Files