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  Vikings | Matt Cassel to see specialist    Mon Sep 22, 04:10 PM

Minnesota Vikings QB Matt Cassel (foot) will see a foot specialist Thursday, Sept. 25, after he broke several bones in his left foot in Week 3.

Footballguys view: Let the Teddy Bridgewater era begin! Bridgewater was a favorite of our very own Matt Waldman, Cecil Lammey and Sigmund Bloom in the pre-draft process. The fellas like that Bridgewater is smart and accurate. We'll see how Bridgewater works in a passer-friendly Norv Turner offense going forward. He's the QB of the future, and he could just keep this job for the rest of the season.

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  Vikings | Chad Greenway has broken rib    Mon Sep 22, 04:05 PM

Minnesota Vikings LB Chad Greenway (rib, hand) is dealing with a broken rib and broken hand, according to head coach Mike Zimmer. Greenway couldn't finish the game in Week 3, and his availability is in doubt for Week 4 against the Atlanta Falcons.

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  Vikings | McLeod Bethel-Thompson to sign    Mon Sep 22, 02:58 PM

The Minnesota Vikings will sign free-agent QB McLeod Bethel-Thompson (Patriots) to their practice squad, according to a source.

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  Vikings | Kyle Rudolph surgery for hernia    Mon Sep 22, 02:13 PM

Updating a previous report, Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (hernia) will undergo surgery for a sports hernia. He is expected to miss about six weeks.

Footballguys view: This doesn't help with young quarterback Teddy Bridgewater taking over as a starter. Without Rudolph in the lineup, we'll see more from Rhett Ellison. Converted college quarterback MarQueis Gray could see a larger opportunity at tight end as well.

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  Vikings | Kyle Rudolph needs surgery    Mon Sep 22, 02:05 PM

Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (groin) will need surgery and is expected to miss about six weeks.

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  Vikings | Chad Greenway hurt    Mon Sep 22, 06:35 AM

Minnesota Vikings LB Chad Greenway (ribs) left the team's game Sunday, Sept. 21 against the New Orleans Saints due to a rib injury.

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  Vikings | AP wants to resolve case swiftly    Sun Sep 21, 09:42 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson wants his representation to accelerate his trial date for child-abuse charges, with the goal of getting it set for 2014, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. The broader goal will be to resolve the charges in time for Peterson to return to action for the Vikings this year. He would need to resolve the charges in a way that doesn't expose him to a potential suspension without pay under the personal-conduct policy.

Footballguys view: Peterson could still play again this year. If you have long benches, he's certainly worth a spot if his alleged crimes don't turn you off from rooting for him.

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  Vikings | Teddy Bridgewater to start Week 4    Sun Sep 21, 05:44 PM

Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater will take over as the team's starting quarterback in Week 4 after QB Matt Cassel (foot) suffered fractured bones in his foot in Week 3 against the New Orleans Saints.

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  Vikings | Matt Cassel has broken foot    Sun Sep 21, 05:44 PM

Updating a previous report, Minnesota Vikings QB Matt Cassel (foot) has several fractured bones in his foot, head coach Mike Zimmer said Sunday, Sept. 21, after the Week 3 game against the New Orleans Saints.

Footballguys view: The Teddy Bridgewater era is here. The passing game can't get any worse with the rookie, but it could improve against a Falcons defense that was struggling until they ambushed the Bucs this week.

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  Vikings | Kyle Rudolph to have MRI    Sun Sep 21, 05:09 PM

Updating a previous report, Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (groin) will have an MRI on his right groin Monday, Sept. 22. 'Something popped. I've been battling it for a while,' Rudolph said after the Week 3 game against the New Orleans Saints.

Footballguys view: We doubt we'll see Rudolph next week against Atlanta, and he could be out for longer.

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  Vikings | Jerick McKinnon leaves game    Sun Sep 21, 05:08 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Jerick McKinnon (ankle, foot) left the Week 3 game against the New Orleans Saints due to a right ankle or foot injury. He had his right ankle taped on the sidelines by a trainer, and was limited to two carries and two receptions on the afternoon.

Footballguys view: McKinnon was thought to have a chance to make an impression at New Orleans, but his injury denied him an extended shot. Practice squad call-up Joe Banyard is the other active RB, along with starter Matt Asiata.

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  Vikings | Two suffer injuries in Week 3    Sun Sep 21, 03:52 PM

Minnesota Vikings OG Brandon Fusco (shoulder) suffered a shoulder injury during the team's Week 3 game, while CB Josh Robinson (hamstring) suffered a hamstring injury.

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  Vikings | Kyle Rudolph leaves with injury    Sun Sep 21, 03:44 PM

Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (groin) suffered a groin injury in the team's Week 3 game and is considered questionable to return.

Footballguys view: Rudolph looked slowed down last week, and this doesn't help matters. He could miss the matchup against the Falcons next week. He will have an MRI tomorrow and said it "popped" after bothering him for a while.

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  Vikings | Matt Cassel carted off    Sun Sep 21, 01:52 PM

Minnesota Vikings QB Matt Cassel (toe) was carted off the field in Week 3 after suffering a toe injury. He is considered questionable to return.

Footballguys view: Teddy Bridgewater is in, and depending on his performance today and the severity of Cassel's injury, it might be a while until we see Cassel again.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson wants earlier trial    Sun Sep 21, 12:29 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson's lawyers are looking for an expedited trial for Peterson and do not want the trial to begin next year.

Footballguys view: Peterson could still play again this year. He might not be worth carrying in very short bench leagues (or if you as your team's GM refuse to keep him on your roster, which is reasonable), but in deeper bench leagues, hold Peterson if you can.

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  Vikings | Week 3 Inactives    Sun Sep 21, 11:38 AM

The Minnesota Vikings have declared LB Brandon Watts, WR Charles X. Johnson, QB Christian Ponder, OG David Yankey, WR Rodney Smith, DL Scott Crichton, CB Shaun Prater inactive for Week 3.

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  Vikings | Sign Charles X. Johnson    Sat Sep 20, 01:15 PM

The Minnesota Vikings signed WR Charles X. Johnson to their 53-man roster from the Cleveland Browns practice squad Saturday, Sept. 20.

Footballguys view: Some special teams help but that's all. No fantasy relevance here.

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  Vikings | Chad Greenway hopes to play    Sat Sep 20, 12:34 PM

Minnesota Vikings LB Chad Greenway (hand, rib) said he hopes to be able to play in Week 3 but will be a game-time decision. He is listed as questionable for the game.

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  Vikings | Kyle Rudolph questionable    Fri Sep 19, 05:21 PM

Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (abdomen) was limited in practice Friday, Sept. 19, and is questionable for Week 3.

Footballguys view: Rudolph looked a little slowed down as the game went on against New England. He could have a nice game as the Vikings attempt to hang with the Saints offense in the Superdome, but this injury is an impediment.

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  Vikings | Cordarrelle Patterson probable    Fri Sep 19, 05:20 PM

Minnesota Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson (chest) fully participated in practice Friday, Sept. 19, and is probable for Week 3.

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  Vikings | Friday injury report for Week 3    Fri Sep 19, 05:19 PM

Minnesota Vikings DT Sharrif Floyd (shoulder), LB Chad Greenway (hand, rib) and LB Brandon Watts (knee) all were limited in practice and are questionable for Week 3. OT Phil Loadholt (ankle) was limited in practice and is probable. LB Michael Mauti (foot), CB Xavier Rhodes (groin) and WR Rodney Smith (hamstring) all fully practiced and are probable.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson trial could be a while    Thu Sep 18, 07:47 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson's case for child abuse could take six to 18 months to go to trial, according to a source. Peterson is on the Exempt/Commissioner's Permission list and is out indefinitely.

Footballguys view: Don't expect Peterson back anytime soon. Look for Matt Asiata as the lead back with the Vikings. Rookie Jerick McKinnon could get worked into the mix as well.

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  Vikings | Jerome Simpson released    Thu Sep 18, 06:55 PM

The Minnesota Vikings have released WR Jerome Simpson Thursday, Sept. 18.

Footballguys view: Simpson was set to come back from his three-game suspension after this week. The team decided to let Simpson go after learning on Thursday of new alcohol and marijuana charges from July. All Simpson does is get in trouble, and he may find it difficult to find a new home given the state of troublemakers in the league.

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  Vikings | Thursday practice report    Thu Sep 18, 06:34 PM

Minnesota Vikings DT Sharrif Floyd (shoulder) did not practice Thursday, Sept. 18. LB Chad Greenway (hand, rib), OT Phil Loadholt (ankle) and LB Brandon Watts (knee) were limited. LB Michael Mauti (foot), CB Xavier Rhodes (groin) and WR Rodney Smith (hamstring) were full participants.

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  Vikings | Kyle Rudolph limited    Thu Sep 18, 06:33 PM

Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (abdomen) was limited in practice Thursday, Sept. 18.

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  Vikings | Cordarrelle Patterson a limited participant    Thu Sep 18, 06:32 PM

Minnesota Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson (chest) was limited in practice Thursday, Sept. 18.

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  Vikings | Vikings want Adrian Peterson back    Wed Sep 17, 05:21 PM

The Minnesota Vikings intend to bring RB Adrian Peterson back after his legal issues are resolved.

Footballguys view: The future for Peterson is full of question marks right now. He may stay in Minnesota, but it could be a long time before he sees the field again.

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  Vikings | Kyle Rudolph limited    Wed Sep 17, 04:50 PM

Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (abdomen) was limited in practice Wednesday, Sept. 17.

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  Vikings | Wednesday practice report    Wed Sep 17, 04:39 PM

Minnesota Vikings DT Sharrif Floyd (shoulder), LB Chad Greenway (hand, rib) and OT Phil Loadholt (ankle) did not practice Wednesday, Sept. 17. CB Xavier Rhodes (groin), WR Rodney Smith (hamstring) and LB Brandon Watts (knee) were limited, while LB Michael Mauti (foot) practiced in full.

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  Vikings | Phil Loadholt to sit out    Wed Sep 17, 12:37 PM

Minnesota Vikings OT Phil Loadholt (ankle) will miss practice Wednesday, Sept. 17, because of an ankle injury.

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  Vikings | Chad Greenway injured    Wed Sep 17, 12:35 PM

Minnesota Vikings LB Chad Greenway (hand) is dealing with a broken hand, but the team hopes he is still able to play Week 3, according to head coach Mike Zimmer.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson out indefinitely    Wed Sep 17, 02:06 AM

The Minnesota Vikings announced RB Adrian Peterson was placed on the Exempt/Commissioner's Permission list Wednesday, Sept. 17, which will keep him away from the team indefinitely.

Footballguys view: The Vikings do a 180 here after reinstating Peterson on Monday. Now, Peterson will have to get though the legal process, serve any punishment the league sees fit and then get back on the field. Fantasy owners should not expect him back anytime soon (court date is set for October 8th). In the meantime, fullback/running back Matt Asiata should see a lead role. Rookie Jerick McKinnon may also start to see an increase in playing time.

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  Vikings | Governor: Vikes should suspend Adrian Peterson    Tue Sep 16, 02:12 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson doesn't have the support of Minnesota governor Mark Dayton. Dayton thinks the Vikings should suspend Peterson after the team announced he's expected to play in Week 3 against the New Orleans Saints. Peterson was indicted Friday, Sept. 12, on charges of negligent or reckless injury to a child, and he sat out in Week 2.

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  Vikings | Re-sign Zach Line     Tue Sep 16, 12:59 PM

The Minnesota Vikings re-signed FB Zach Line to the team's practice squad Tuesday, September 16. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson cleared in new case    Tue Sep 16, 08:36 AM

Updating previous reports, Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson has been cleared of wrongdoing in the second child abuse investigation, according to sources. The investigation found that Peterson did not strike the 4-year-old boy, but he accidentally bumped his head on a carseat while being punished.

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  Vikings | New abuse allegation for Peterson    Mon Sep 15, 08:50 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson is accused of injuring another son while disciplining the 4-year-old, according to new allegations Monday, Sept. 15. The 4-year-old is by a different mother than the alleged victim in the Montgomery County case, in which Peterson is charged with felony injury to a child. The latest incident allegedly occurred last June, while the boy, who lives out of state, was visiting Peterson at his gated home in Texas.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson court date set    Mon Sep 15, 06:02 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson's court date has been set for Oct. 8, according to a source. The arraignment will take place at the Ninth District Court.

Footballguys view: We'd be shocked if this court date isn't moved back. The legal process may take some time to work through this case fully. In the meantime, Peterson has been reactivated by the Vikings and he should be back on the field in Week 3.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson reinstated    Mon Sep 15, 01:14 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson was reinstated after being deactivated in Week 2 against the New England Patriots following his arrest on a charge of causing injury to his son by disciplining him with a tree branch.

Footballguys view: Peterson should be back on the field in Week 3. It looks as though the league is going to allow for due process in the legal system before handing down a punishment on Peterson.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson expected to play    Mon Sep 15, 11:52 AM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson is expected to play in Week 3 following his deactivation in Week 2, the team announced Monday, Sept. 15. He will participate in practice fully this week.

Footballguys view: The league could let the legal process run its course before deciding on action with Peterson. The team should give him his normal workload even as this controversy swirls around him. Monitor his practice during the week to see if in fact the team will play him in Week 3.

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  Vikings | Matt Cassel to remain starter    Mon Sep 15, 02:30 AM

Despite throwing four interceptions in a 30-7 loss to the New England Patriots Sunday, Sept. 14, Minnesota Vikings QB Matt Cassel will remain the starter. "As I've said before, I'm going to hold the quarterback position just like every position here to the same standard," Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said. "And I also said I wasn't going to have a quick hook. Matt needs to play better. It's pretty obvious he needs to play better."

Footballguys view: Why? Cassel doesn't give the team the best chance to win, and there's no reason to think he does. Rookie Teddy Bridgewater was selected in the first round of the 2014 NFL draft, and he's the quarterback of the future. Might as well make the future now. Bridgewater is likely to start at some point this season, so the Vikings would be wise to make the change.

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  Vikings | NFL reviewing Adrian Peterson case    Sun Sep 14, 12:28 PM

Updating an ongoing story, Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson's case will be reviewed under the NFL's personal conduct policy, according to league spokesman Brian McCarthy.

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  Vikings | Week 2 Inactives    Sun Sep 14, 11:39 AM

The Minnesota Vikings have declared RB Adrian Peterson, LB Brandon Watts, QB Christian Ponder, OG David Yankey, LB Michael Mauti, WR Rodney Smith, DL Scott Crichton inactive for Week 2.

Footballguys view: Matt Asiata will get the start with Peterson out, with rookie Jerick McKinnon mixed in. Asiata is worth flex consideration against a Patriots defense that was very poor against the run last week at Miami.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson's status TBA Monday    Sun Sep 14, 09:40 AM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson will have his roster status announced Monday, Sept. 15, by the team. The team could allow him to practice and attend meetings but deactivate him on gamedays or suspend him with pay.

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  Vikings | Vikes promote one, cut one    Sat Sep 13, 06:18 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Joe Banyard was promoted from the practice squad to the active roster Saturday, Sept. 13. RB Zach Line was waived.

Footballguys view: Banyard was a talented runner in college at UTEP. He's a longshot to emerge if Adrian Peterson is extended for a long period of time. However, Banyard has strength, vision and balance as a runner. Matt Asiata and Jerick McKinnon are above him on the depth chart.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson trial likely in 2015    Sat Sep 13, 02:54 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson's trial for reckless or negligent injury of a child will likely occur in 2015. Peterson was released from jail on $15,000 bond Saturday, Sept. 13, after being arrested for a felony charge involving his son.

Footballguys view: This puts the Vikings in a tough spot, as the reality is they may have to make some choices before the court date given how things went with the Ray Rice fiasco. It is unclear just how they - or the league office - will act as the precedence is minimal. Rice is indefinitely suspended and cut - do the Vikings repeat some part of that action? Or do they wait and risk pressure from the league and fans who are horrified by Peterson's actions? While fantasy football is the least important aspect of this, it's what you come here for. Our advice is not to expect to have Peterson anytime soon and prepare for life without him. Matt Asiata - a solid but unspectacular back (fullback essentially) - will get the bulk of the carries immediately. Watch for a player we are monitoring closely, rookie Jerick McKinnon was added in the third round of the 2014 NFL draft. McKinnon is far more athletic, speedier and shiftier than Asiata, and that should to be evident from the first game on.

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  Vikings | Jerick McKinnon to see touches    Fri Sep 12, 11:29 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Jerick McKinnon is expected to see touches in Week 2 against the New England Patriots with RB Adrian Peterson deactivated, but RB Matt Asiata is likely to start and see a majority of the carries.

Footballguys view: Asiata will get the carries on Sunday first, but we could see McKinnon eventually emerge as the starter. While Asiata is a sure-footed runner, McKinnon has a lot more upside and is far more athletically gifted. Stash him on your roster while we wait and see what happens with Adrian Peterson.

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  Vikings | Matt Asiata expected to carry load    Fri Sep 12, 11:28 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Matt Asiata figures to get a majority of the touches in Week 2 against the New England Patriots with RB Adrian Peterson deactivated. RB Jerick McKinnon is also expected to see touches.

Footballguys view: Against the Patriots in Week 2, we like Asiata as a mid-level RB2. This change of events with the Vikings has caused fantasy owners to scramble. We don't know if/when Adrian Peterson will be back. Just know that Minnesota's ground game won't be as effective without him.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson deactivated in Week 2    Fri Sep 12, 06:38 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson has been deactivated for the Week 2 game against the New England Patriots.

Footballguys view: Matt Asiata should get the bulk of the work in the backfield and is worth a flex play against the Patriots defensive line that looked like it was on roller skates at times against Miami last week. Rookie Jerick McKinnon should get enough touches to impress and elevate his dynasty stock, but he is only a stash for redraft. It's too early to speculate whether Peterson's absence will extend past one game, but there are no obvious reasons that will beyond the sensitive of the media relations and public relations of the NFL right now.

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  Vikings | More details on Adrian Peterson case    Fri Sep 12, 06:36 PM

Updating previous reports, Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson admitted in a police report that he did 'whoop' one of his children last May when he visited him in Houston. When the 4-year-old boy returned home, his mother took him to a doctor, and the boy told police Peterson had hit him with a branch from a tree. The doctor said the boy had a number of lacerations on his thighs and bruise-like marks on his lower back and buttocks and cuts on his hand. Peterson regarded it as a normal spanking when he was questioned by investigators. A grand jury earlier this summer decided not to charge Peterson, but a second grand jury is now indicting him.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson indicted for injury to child    Fri Sep 12, 05:43 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson has been indicted in Texas for reckless or negligent injury of a child, according to a person with knowledge of the case. Peterson reportedly used a switch to spank his son. He'll have to return to Texas to post bond, but there is no timetable for that to happen. Peterson returned to practice Friday, Sept. 12, after being absent Thursday, Sept. 11. The team is gathering information regarding the legal situation.

Footballguys view: Peterson's status is up in the air for this weekend. While the description of "using a switch" sounds innocuous, the authorities being involved implies the possibility of serious injury.

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