Adrian Peterson remains determined to play again this season


Despite a report from ESPN's Chris Mortensen over the weekend that said it's unlikely Adrian Peterson will play again this season, the star running back's mind remains set on helping the Minnesota Vikings before the football season ends.

During a conference call with reporters on Tuesday, NFL Players Associaion union executive George Atallah said Peterson "wants to play this season," according to a report by the Pioneer Press.

Peterson is awaiting a ruling from arbitrator Harold Henderson on last week's two-day appeal hearing. Henderson is expected to make a decision, to either reinstate Peterson or uphold the season-ending suspension imposed on Peterson by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. If Henderson rules against Peterson, his six-game suspension will go into effect and because there are only three games left this season, the punishment could carry over to the first three games of the 2015 season.

Goodell, who issued the suspension after Peterson pleaded no contest to misdemeanor reckless assault in a case that began with a felony child abuse charge, ruled that Peterson cannot be considered for reinstatement until April 15, 2015. So, if Henderson upholds the suspension, Peterson could remain in NFL limbo or take further legal action.

The NFLPA is also at odds with Goodell and his ability to punish players however he wants. That could be changing, according to a report Wednesday from NFL Media's Ian Rapoport.

Whatever ruling comes this week for Peterson, he still believes he has a lot of Hall-of-Fame-level football to play.

"People say, 'Oh, running back hits 34, 35 (and he's done). When you get to 30, you go down.' I don't believe that," said Peterson in a recent interview with USA TODAY. "I believe I'm just now here in my prime. I believe these next five or six years -- or however long I decide to play -- it's going to be the same production and I'm going to do even better than I did before in my 20s."

NFL.com notes that scientific research shows that running backs produce less as they reach ages 28, 29 and 30, with production levels dropping 15-40 percent during those years. Peterson turns 30 in March.

Next Up

unsplas - maple leaf frost fall lawn

MN gets its first frost advisories, freeze warnings of the season

The coldest spots could dip to below 30 degrees overnight.


Ahead of Big Ten clash, Huskers fans spend their Friday mocking PJ Fleck

Huskers fans are in a playful mood ahead of Saturday's game.

Jamal Smith

New 1st-degree murder charge for man accused in youth coach's killing

A grand jury indicted the suspect in connection with the shooting of Jay Boughton.

trick or treating halloween

COVID: Mayo Clinic's tips for staying safe while trick-or-treating

A layered approach, especially for those who aren't vaccinated, is recommended.


'My patience level is gone': Walz calls on lawmakers to help hospital strain

The governor said only legislators can enact some of the needed measures.


Jeep driver dies after hitting two deer, rolling into oncoming vehicle

As the SUV rolled, it struck another vehicle approaching the other direction.

carver county dog

Family's dog 'senselessly' killed with arrow in Carver County

The beloved dog was shot with an arrow on Tuesday.

Tim Walz - YouTube - Screengrab

COVID-19: Gov. Walz reveals new actions to ease hospital strain

He's putting the National Guard on alert and expanding the emergency staffing pool.

Flickr - police lights squad siren - Edward Kimmel

Golden Valley man killed by driver in Alexandria

The man was hit near the intersection of 3rd Avenue and Hawthorne Street Thursday morning.

Stock market chart

Ex-council member pleads guilty to stock manipulation scheme

Mark Allen Miller pleaded guilty alongside one other man to conspiracy to commit security fraud in U.S. District Court.