NFC North: Vikings Place Peterson On Exempt List


Sep 7, 2014; St. Louis, MO, USA; Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (28) looks on during the second half against the St. Louis Rams at the Edward Jones Dome. The Vikings defeated the Rams 34-6. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

The Minnesota Vikings have reportedly reversed their decision on running back Adrian Peterson and placed him on the NFL’s exempt/commissioner’s permission list. Peterson will subsequently be barred from all team activities until his child abuse case is resolved.

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

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The Vikings’ latest decision comes just two days after the team announced on Monday that it would reinstate Peterson. The star running back had been previously deactivated for the Vikings’ game against the Patriots last weekend. However, shortly after the team announced the reinstatement, several key sponsors for the Vikings voiced their disapproval and the franchise quickly came under fire from media and fan scrutiny alike.

Now, with Peterson removed from all team activities and his future with the franchise in question, the Vikings can attempt to move on from a very ugly situation and focus on what is a very young 2014 season.