Peterson thanks fans for warm welcome with big game

Sun Sep 20, 2015 8:16pm EDT
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By Tim Wharnsby

(Reuters) - Minnesota Vikings fans welcomed back Adrian Peterson with a standing ovation on Sunday and the running back thanked them with 192 yards of offense in the Vikings' first victory of the season.

Peterson, 30, played only one game for Minnesota last season after he was suspended following child abuse charges involving the disciplining of his 4-year-old son that were eventually reduced to a misdemeanor.

“It felt good,” Peterson, a six-times Pro Bowler and the 2012 league most valuable player, said about the ovation. “If you could have seen me running through the tunnel, I had a lot of energy from that warm welcome. It felt good to be home.

“It felt good to be back.”

Peterson did not score a touchdown, but was a key contributor in the 26-16 win over the Detroit Lions in his first home game in more than 21 months.

A year ago, Peterson played on the road in the Vikings' season opener, but he was then deactivated after his indictment for inflicting injury to his child. He later pleaded no contest to misdemeanor assault for hitting his son with a switch.

Against Detroit, the Minnesota running back rushed for 134 yards on 29 carries and made two receptions for 58 more yards.

One of the big plays came when Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater was about to get sacked, partly because of a missed block by Peterseon, but flipped the ball to his running back for a 49-yard gain in the second quarter.   Continued...

Sep 20, 2015; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (28) rushes against the Detroit Lions in the first quarter at TCF Bank Stadium. Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports