Charles Robinson at Yahoo Sports 5 days ago
Adrian Peterson's season is done. Close the polling stations, turn out the lights and lock the doors.
Of course, we'll hear plenty of ineffectual grandstanding and crankiness from the NFL players union (certainties trailing only death and taxes). And an appeal has already been announced, which will be fruitless. Perhaps Peterson will publicly lament his final judgment, which essentially amounts to a 15-game suspension and a fine equal to his last six game checks.
But if you're a Minnesota Vikings fan, or an Adrian Peterson fan, or just playing a contrarian, don't waste the oxygen. All that remains is paper-shuffling and tens of thousands of dollars in billable hours for the lawyers. It will all end at the same place: Peterson will be suspended, the NFL Players Association will be powerless, and the league's best running back will start to think about the remainder of his career.
If Peterson's case has taught us anything, it's two things:
Translation: "The league is doing whatever it wants."
Charles Robinson at Yahoo Sports 6 days ago
INDIANAPOLIS – Prior to Sunday night, Jonas Gray's résumé was the stuff of trivia. The kind of thing that drew attention for all the wrong reasons.
Failed expectations as a running back at Notre Dame. … Knee injury. … Undrafted. … Released by three NFL teams. … Part-time stand-up comedian. … Performed an opening set for Screech from "Saved By the Bell". … New England Patriots practice squad player.
Naturally and unfortunately, it's easy to gravitate to the oddity in that list: "Wait, this dude opened up for Dustin Diamond (aka Screech) at a comedy club?" Yes, he did. And yes, he's had a side thing from time to time as a stand-up comedian. He's a funny guy. Now, any football questions?
"We kept making yards no matter what personnel group we were in," Brady said. "No matter what the scheme was, we did a great job getting a hat on a hat, getting downhill and making yards. It was awesome."
And there it is. Pretty much that simple. If you can't stop Gray, you likely have no shot at stopping Brady. Eventually, he'll get you, too.
Charles Robinson at Yahoo Sports 12 days ago
Adrian Peterson is ready to move on from the past few months. He said as much last week as he exited a courthouse in Texas. In a stairway convoy with his wife, parents and led by his wing-tipped attorney, the conversation turned to moving on … away from his legal issues … forward as a father … back to his career.
He'll eventually get there as a professional – perhaps next week, when the NFL and players' union hash out his inevitable reinstatement. And presumably he'll go back to the Minnesota Vikings and finish out this season. But in a few months, when the offseason arrives, the inevitable should sink in.
Peterson and the Vikings would be best served to move on again – specifically, in opposite directions. And it should be mutual. The Vikings should be ready to let go, and Peterson should be ready to leave.
Now each should realize that stepping forward can sometimes be better accomplished by moving apart.
Charles Robinson at Yahoo Sports 13 days ago
Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is prepared to fight the NFL – and if it becomes necessary, sue it – if the league continues to hold his career in undefined purgatory, a source told Yahoo Sports.
The NFL Players Association filed a grievance against the NFL on Monday, asking the league to remove Peterson from the commissioner's exempt list. The NFLPA cited an agreement between Peterson and the NFL, which "based on explicit language" would reinstate the running back once his legal case was resolved.
Last week, Peterson pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge related to disciplining his 4-year-old son with a wooden switch. Since that plea deal, the NFL has not moved to reinstate Peterson, and has not given a timetable for when it would resolve the issue. If the league reinstates Peterson and then subsequently suspends him, it is expected that the NFLPA will appeal the suspension.
CONROE, Texas – Adrian Peterson took the survivable hit on Tuesday: no jail time, no felony conviction, no ugly trial played out before the masses. But calculating the damage to his NFL career due to his child abuse charges – that trial is underway, and a resolution is more complicated than when commissioner Roger Goodell allows him to play football again.
By way of a no-contest plea to misdemeanor reckless assault, Peterson plead out of his child abuse charge, which was levied after he disciplined his 4-year-old son with a wooden switch. The plea accomplished what his legal team had set out to obtain almost two months ago, with Peterson avoiding a felony conviction. And he was largely unscathed legally in the process, save for a $4,000 fine, 80 hours of community service and a two-year deferred finding of guilt that will be wiped off the books if Peterson avoids legal issues through his probationary period.
CONROE, Texas – Running back Adrian Peterson reached a plea agreement and plead no contest to misdemeanor reckless assault of his son on Tuesday.
Peterson appeared in a Montgomery County courthouse, where Judge Kelly Case agreed on the plea deal, which will allow the Vikings star to avoid a felony child-abuse conviction. Peterson was sentenced to probation, 80 hours of community service and a $4,000 fine.
The Vikings’ star is charged with injuring his 4-year-old son after using a wooden switch to discipline him.
After the court proceedings, Peterson gave a brief remark to reporters outside the courthouse, saying, " I wanna say I truly regret this incident."
Peterson is subject to potential NFL discipline. He has already sat out eight games this season, as the legal process has moved forward.
The plea agreement was first reported by Pro Football Talk.
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If Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson can't reach a plea deal Tuesday in his child abuse case, his legal team will push for an expedited trial date of Nov. 18, a source told Yahoo Sports.
Peterson is expected to appear Tuesday in a Montgomery County (Texas) courthouse to determine whether a plea deal can be reached for the felony charge.
The Vikings’ star has been charged with injuring his 4-year-old son after using a wooden switch to discipline him.
While speculation has suggested that a deal could be reached in which Peterson would plead down to a misdemeanor, no such agreement had been finalized as of early Tuesday morning.
Should Peterson agree to a misdemeanor charge, his punishment would be expected to include probation and some form of counseling but no jail time. However, any further punishment by the NFL still hangs in the balance, as the league could take its own measures against the Vikings’ star.
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Charles Robinson at Yahoo Sports 21 days ago
ARLINGTON, Texas – Brandon Weeden sat on the bench, pressed the heels of his palms into his eyes, and initiated a deep rub. This is what it looks like when someone is trying to massage their brain through the front of their skull.
Nearby, Dallas Cowboys wideout Dez Bryant barked his way past Weeden, turning toward the quarterback and spinning his fingers next to his head. En route to losing to the Arizona Cardinals 28-17, Bryant could have been suggesting either he, or Weeden, or someone – maybe everyone – was losing their minds. Which, given the state of Dallas right now – suffering back-to-back home losses in a seven-day span – might be understandable.
Understandable, but wrong.
"We have a team that needs to look at all of the pluses that we've got going for us right now," team owner Jerry Jones said. "This is not the time to lose your confidence. I'm not saying that I saw anybody lose their confidence out there [Sunday], but we had many opportunities to do so. We're a good team. Our [6-3] record speaks for itself."
How obsessive is Peyton Manning? Even Broncos' keep-away celebration of record-breaking TD was scriptedCharles Robinson at Yahoo Sports 1 mth ago
DENVER – In the end, the Peyton Manning playbook extended all the way to the touchdown celebration.
When Demaryius Thomas dragged his toe into history Sunday night against the San Francisco 49ers – and Manning touchdown No. 509 was in the books – Thomas already knew the call. Manning had gone over the audible the previous Friday: Keep-away, on four … specifically, Thomas, Wes Welker, Emmanuel Sanders and Julius Thomas.
So that's how it went in the Broncos' 42-17 blowout. The quartet gathered around Manning and hot-potatoed the Canton-bound football beyond Manning's reach, with the quarterback gator-arming at each pass and aw-shucking into the cameras. Fans roared in laughter, television analysts swooned and Manning silently delighted in his ruse.
He scored twice on one play. It might have been the most Manning moment in history.
"He actually planned that himself," Demaryius Thomas said with a smile, drawing chuckles from a collection of half-surprised reporters. "He came to me, it was either Thursday or Friday. [He said], 'If anybody scores 509, this is what we should do.'
"I was like, 'Cool.'
Charles Robinson at Yahoo Sports 1 mth ago
Twenty-eight years ago, then-Los Angeles Rams coach John Robinson asked his future Hall of Fame running back if he could handle 30 carries in a game.
Eric Dickerson couldn't say yes fast enough.
And when the 1986 season opener was over, Dickerson had done even more: 38 carries for 193 yards and two touchdowns. All that was left was to answer Robinson's next question.
"He asked me, 'Well, do you think you can do it again?'" Dickerson recounted with a laugh.
You can tell that Dickerson likes telling that story. In his mind, it's a good illustration of what his NFL era was like. It was tough, challenging – in both good and bad ways. So you can understand why he takes a different view of Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray than the rest of us. As it stands, Murray is on pace for a mind-numbing 424 carries this season, which would set the league's single-season rushing attempts mark, eight more than what Larry Johnson did in 2006.
But Dickerson – the league's all-time single-season rushing leader – says this is all a breath of fresh air. Much to the contrary of popular hand-wringing.