Skip to main content

Vikings change their mind: Peterson won't play, after all

  • Author:
  • Updated:

The Minnesota Vikings called a reverse early Wednesday.

In a statement issued by team owners Zygi and Mark Wilf a little before 1 a.m., the team announced that Adrian Peterson has been placed on the exempt/commissioner's permission list, meaning he will not play or practice with the Vikings while a felony charge of injuring a child is pending against the star running back.

In the statement the Wilfs describe their reconsideration of the matter this way:

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.

Peterson was indicted by a grand jury in Texas Friday for striking his 4-year-old son with a switch a number of times to discipline the boy last May. He did not join his teammates for Sunday's loss to the New England Patriots, but on Monday the Vikings reinstated Peterson and announced he would play while his legal case ran its course.

That decision was widely criticized Tuesday, including by Gov. Mark Dayton, who said that Peterson's "actions, as described, are a public embarrassment to the Vikings organization and the State of Minnesota."

Peterson's agent Ben Dogra told the Associated Press the overnight move by the Vikings to sit the 29-year-old is "the best possible outcome given the circumstances."

"Adrian understands the gravity of the situation and this enables him to take care of his personal situation," he added.

Peterson insists he is not a child abuser. He says he was disciplining his son the same way he was disciplined while growing up in east Texas and did not intend to injure the boy. His initial court appearance in Montgomery County, Texas, is scheduled for October 8. Prosecutors expect the case will be resolved some time in 2015.

Shortly after the Vikings announced the decision, Peterson tweeted the following:

Next Up

Screen Shot 2022-05-20 at 6.49.01 AM

Deadly night in St. Paul sees 3 people killed, 1 arrest so far

The three incidents bring St. Paul's homicide total up to 18 this year.

police lights

2 killed in broad daylight drive-by shooting in Robbinsdale

The identities of the victims have not been released.

Seatbelted driver.

Road deaths involving unbelted people rose again in 2021

This is the second year in a row that the number has gone up.

hennepin sheriff hutchinson screengrab facebook

Hennepin Co. Sheriff Dave Hutchinson on paid leave for health reasons

The sheriff, who was recently convicted of drunk-driving, is set to stand down later this year.

Crane Lake

Flooding expected to worsen in MN's Arrowhead region

Hundreds of private homes are at-risk in northern St. Louis County.

St. Paul Police crash

St. Paul police: Kids in stolen car rammed squad, hid in porta-potty

The incident sent the Minnesota Capitol into a brief lockdown.


Watch: Storm updates after heavy hail slams Twin Cities

Sven Sundgaard is providing an update after Thursday's flash hail storm.

kim crockett facebook sos

MN GOP apologizes over antisemitic sequence in candidate's campaign video

Party leader says candidate didn't know the imagery perpetuated an antisemitic trope.

storm, severe

Tornado, severe thunderstorm watches issued in Minnesota

In addition to possible tornadoes, there is a threat for damaging winds and very large hail.

House sale keys door

High prices, stiff competition putting off homebuyers in Twin Cities

Prices continue to rise in the metro, but there are signs of buyer fatigue.

Screen Shot 2022-05-19 at 1.59.51 PM

Series of explosions at manufacturing plant injures 6 in Wisconsin

The blast rocked the Wisconsin town just before 7:45 a.m.

police lights squad car dark - Unsplash

Medford man dies in Le Sueur County crash

The 49-year-old was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash.