Adrian Peterson Placed on NFL’s Exempt List
The back and forth may not be over for the rest of the 2014 season, but for the short-term it just might be. After being deactivated for week two and temporarily reinstated for week three, Minnesota Vikings star running back Adrian Peterson is officially shut down again.
The team was rumored to be considering “reversing course” after further public outcry and urges from the Minnesota governor to sit Peterson until his child abuse case was resolved. To prevent further negative media reaction, the Vikings did indeed “reverse course” just days after bringing their star player back on their roster, reportedly placing him on the NFL’s exempt/commissioner’s permission list.
The plan is to keep Peterson inactive until his child abuse case is officially resolved. It’s a risky move, considering it’s entirely possibly that could leave Peterson inactive for the remainder of the 2014 NFL season. However, it appears it’s a necessary move for Minnesota, as their fan base had mixed opinion on them continuing to play Peterson.
Peterson was indicted on child abuse chargers last Friday, and was immediately deactivated for Minnesota’s week two battle with the New England Patriots. Since then, pictures have emerged of his four-year old son’s scarred legs, stemming from seemingly “over the top” discipline by Peterson via a “switch”.
Peterson has since admitted he probably took his child’s discipline too far, but had stood firmly against accusations that he is a child abuser.
How firmly the Vikings intend on standing behind Peterson is another debate worth discussing, as the team has clearly waffled on support for their star player so far. With that being said, reports suggest that Vikings do “intend to bring back” the running back as soon as his case is resolved.
Peterson rushed for 75 yards on 21 carries in a big week one win, but did not play a down in Minnesota’s week two loss. In his age 29 season, Peterson still appears to be in his prime and gives the Vikings a chance against any opponent when on the field. Unfortunately, this controversial case not only takes him off the field yet again, but has many people wondering if he should ever be allowed to get back on it.
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