The 2014-15 NFL season might be over for Adrian Peterson. Very early Wednesday morning, the Vikings changed a decision that they made earlier this week and revealed that they will not allow AP to play this Sunday. Or next Sunday. Or any Sunday until his child abuse case is over. They have placed their star running back on the "Exempt/Commissioner's Permission List," which will not allow him to take part in any team activities and could potentially keep him out for the remainder of the NFL season.
Here is the full statement from Vikings owners Zygi Wilf and Mark Wilf:
"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."
Peterson posted this to Twitter shortly after the announcement:
While on the exempt list, the Vikings will still pay Peterson his $11.75 million salary.