Adrian Peterson will not play for the Minnesota Vikings until after his legal situation is resolved. The team placed him on the exempt/commissioner's permission list early Wednesday morning, a move that does not allow him to play or participate in any team activities. The Vikings said Peterson will remain away from the team until his "legal proceedings are resolved."
In the statement, which is attributed to Viking owners Zygi and Mark Wilf, the team said it discussed the situation with the NFL, decided to revisit its actions and made the decision to place Peterson on the exempt list. The decision comes a little more than a day after the team announced it had reactivated Peterson and said he would play in Week 3. Peterson was deactivated last week after being arrested and charged with reckless or negligent injury of a child in Montgomery County, Texas.
Here is the complete statement from the Vikings:
Eden Prairie, MN (September 17, 2014) - This has been an ongoing and deliberate process since last Friday's news. In conversations with the NFL over the last two days, the Vikings advised the League of the team's decision to revisit the situation regarding Adrian Peterson. In response, the League informed the team of the option to place Adrian on the Exempt/Commissioner's Permission list, which will require that Adrian remain away from all team activities while allowing him to take care of his personal situation until the legal proceedings are resolved. After giving the situation additional thought, we have decided this is the appropriate course of action for the organization and for Adrian.
We are always focused on trying to make the right decision as an organization. We embrace our role - and the responsibilities that go with it - as a leader in the community, as a business partner and as an organization that can build bridges with our fans and positively impact this great region. We appreciate and value the input we have received from our fans, our partners and the community.
While we were trying to make a balanced decision yesterday, after further reflection we have concluded that this resolution is best for the Vikings and for Adrian. We want to be clear: we have a strong stance regarding the protection and welfare of children, and we want to be sure we get this right. At the same time we want to express our support for Adrian and acknowledge his seven-plus years of outstanding commitment to this organization and this community. Adrian emphasized his desire to avoid further distraction to his teammates and coaches while focusing on his current situation; this resolution accomplishes these objectives as well.
We will support Adrian during this legal and personal process, but we firmly believe and realize this is the right decision. We hope that all of our fans can respect the process that we have gone through to reach this final decision. - Zygi Wilf and Mark Wilf