Report: Adrian Peterson Has Played His Last Game For The Minnesota Vikings

by Michael Drahota | Posted on Thursday, September 18th, 2014 | 0


This past week’s Adrian Peterson child abuse scandal has undoubtedly been one of the most controversial and saddening situations to ever hit the NFL.

The absolute windfall of news started with Peterson’s indictment by a Texas grand jury last Friday (September 12, 2014), was followed by his deactivation for Week 2, then he posted bond and was released before finally getting reinstated one day after the Vikings’ 30-7 loss to the New England Patriots.

Not surprisingly, the story didn’t end there. The Vikings understandably endured a ton of negative criticism for allowing Peterson back on the field so soon. Minnesota’s governor called the whole fiasco an embarrassment to the state. Radisson withdrew their sponsorship of the team, Nike suspended theirs with Peterson, and Budweiser expressed “disappointment” at the team’s choice of action in the matter.

So Vikings owners Mark and Zygi Wilf saw the error of their ways, supposedly, after those sponsorship dollars started drying up a lot quickly than they may have thought. Zygi Wilf admitted that they had made a mistake and wanted to “get it right” in the eyes of the public (and sponsors).

Peterson was placed on the Exempt/Commissioner’s Permission list and will be unable to play until his legal matters are cleared up, all the while collecting his massive salary. But according to a report from, this season will be the last that Peterson will garner a paycheck from the Vikings.

“In the immediate aftermath of the child-abuse charges filed against Adrian Peterson, it seemed probable that he wouldn’t be playing for the Vikings after the 2014 season.  It’s now likely that Peterson will never wear a Vikings uniform again.”

This is all speculation at this point, because in reality, it will be next to impossible to move Peterson’s $12.75 million salary as he nears 30 years old, the age that running backs typically break down. Peterson has shown unnatural talents and recovery skills, but his decline is not a question of if but when.

A team will certainly take a shot with Peterson if he agrees to restructure his contract, and he will if he is indeed reinstated by the league. He’s most likely headed for substantial suspension once his legal proceedings come to their end, but that could be some time away.

Or Peterson could enter a plea bargain at his next hearing on October 8 in an effort to get the ball rolling towards an NFL comeback. If that’s the case, then there may be a slight possibility that he could play this year.

If so, the Vikings would have a very, very tough decision that would come down to their reputation and their star player. They’ve already admitted that they made the wrong move once, and the Wilfs are probably trying to avoid that happening again at all costs.

Peterson simply made himself expendable by allegedly taking his child discipline to a dangerous level, and he made the case and open and shut one when he readily admitted to doing it. His road back to the NFL will be a long one, and his career has taken an unexpected and damaging turn that he’ll most likely never recover from.

Has he played his last game as a Viking?

About the Author

Both an avid NFL fan and analyst, I’ve been following professional football since the late 1980s. I’m also an avid fantasy football player with several league victories under my belt. Check out my NFL articles on TSM for the latest NFL news, highlights, predictions, and more.

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