Adrian Peterson reportedly not in Vikings’ future plans

Adrian Peterson mugshot

Adrian Peterson apparently has no clue about the severity of the charges he is facing and how much his NFL future could change as a result.

Peterson was indicted a little over a week ago on charges of injuring a child after multiple wounds were found on his 4-year-old son. Peterson admitted to hitting the boy with a switch as discipline, but he didn’t think there was anything inappropriate about his actions. The Vikings initially deactivated him for their Week 2 game, but they immediately reinstated him for Week 3. That plan changed after a report came out about a separate case he was investigated for regarding an injury to another one of his sons. The Vikings then placed him on the commissioner’s exempt list, meaning he could not return to the team until his legal matters were resolved.

ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reports that Peterson does not comprehend that his season is likely over and that his NFL future is uncertain as a result of the charges he faces. Mort describes Peterson as being in denial over his future. He also reports that Peterson is not in the Vikings’ future plans.

This makes sense. If the Vikings hadn’t botched the situation by activating Peterson so quickly, they wouldn’t have received as much negative PR. Because they activated him, they almost have to keep Peterson away for a long time to prove they don’t condone the running back’s actions.

Additionally and perhaps most relevantly, Roger Goodell said in his press conference on Friday that penalties were going to change concerning child abuse and domestic violence. That’s enough reason to believe Peterson will be punished harshly for the abuse crimes.

I wonder what gave it away that Peterson doesn’t get it? Perhaps that he actually SMILED in his mugshot? Or maybe it was the surreal tweets he sent, such as how he wants a polygraph?

Stephen Tulloch suffers knee injury while celebrating sack (Video)

Stephen-Tulloch-celebration-injuryDetroit Lions linebacker Stephen Tulloch was so excited about sacking Aaron Rodgers on Sunday that he injured himself. After bringing Rodgers down in the first half, Tulloch jumped up and emphatically mocked the Green Bay Packers star’s “Discount Double Check” dance. He immediately fell to the ground and grabbed his knee.

Tulloch walked back to the locker room under his own power but was later seen on the sideline with an ice bag on his knee. He was out of uniform, meaning his day was over.

Tulloch is the same guy who Tebowed after sacking Tim Tebow a few years ago, so we know he likes mocking opposing quarterbacks. Unfortunately, he didn’t get the last laugh this time around. Hopefully the injury is nothing serious. Having to leave the game after that is embarrassing enough.

Andy Dalton catches touchdown pass (Video)

Andy-Dalton-catches-TDAndy Dalton scored the Cincinnati Bengals first touchdown of the day on Sunday against the Tennessee Titans when he caught a pass and took it 18 yards to the end zone. Yes, you read that right.

The Bengals broke out a trick play that called for Dalton to dish the ball to wide receiver Mohamed Sanu and flank out to the left. A Titans defensive back went for the interception, allowing Dalton to break the tackle and scamper his way in for a score.

While it was a highlight Dalton will likely never forget (and he made a nice leaping catch), the Bengals are lucky. He could have gotten absolutely demolished if that corner didn’t go for the interception.

Video via Will Brinson

Report: Ray Rice to argue elevator video was edited

Ray Rice RavensRay Rice is preparing to appeal his indefinite suspension from the NFL, and one of his main defenses will reportedly center around a claim that the league extended his punishment after watching an edited tape.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the footage NFL officials saw of Rice hitting his then-fiancee Janay Palmer on an Atlantic City casino elevator and knocking her unconscious was a “cleaned-up, condensed version” of the original video. TMZ admitted that the original video was “jerky” and informed readers that they had cleaned it up a bit.

Robert Mueller, the man appointed by the NFL to investigate the league’s handling of the Rice incident, will have access to the full elevator video.

Even if the video was cleaned up, I don’t understand what more we need to see. Rice will probably argue that Palmer went after him more than the footage showed (he initially told his teammates he was defending himself), but unless TMZ altered the events in some way most people have probably seen all they need to see. You don’t throw a haymaker at a woman who is half your size.

Rob Bironas dies after flipping car in nasty crash

Rob Bironas

Longtime Tennessee Titans kicker Rob Bironas died late Saturday night after flipping his SUV in a brutal single-car crash in Nashville. He was 36 years old.

WTVF reporter Cuthbert Langley reported the news on Twitter and says the car crash happened when Bironas drove off the road on Battery Lane. Police say Bironas’ car slammed into several trees and flipped upside down.

Bironas’ vehicle was completely wrecked, as you can see from the photos:

The Tennesseean says Bironas was traveling at high speeds and there was no evidence of alcohol on the scene.

Bironas was taken to the Vanderbilt Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. Langley reports the crash occurred just after 11:00 pm.

A tweet sent from Bironas’ Twitter account confirmed the sad news:

Bironas, 36, grew up in Kentucky and went to school at Auburn before transferring to Georgia Southern. He eventually caught on with the Titans and became their full-time place kicker from 2005-2013. Bironas was a two-time All-Pro and is second on the Titans’ all-time scoring list. The team released him in March.

As if all this weren’t bad enough … Bironas just got married in June.

Bironas’ wife is Rachel Bradshaw, the oldest daughter of former Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Terry Bradshaw. We feel terribly for her and her family.

Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti offered Ray Rice job as bribe after cutting him

Steve Bisciotti

ESPN’s Outside the Lines dropped a major bomb on the Baltimore Ravens regarding their handling of the Ray Rice situation, saying that the team engaged in a massive cover-up to lessen the punishment their star running back and franchise icon would receive.

According to ESPN’s story, the Ravens knew exactly what was on the elevator video hours after the assault took place. ESPN’s story says Ravens officials such as owner Steve Bisciotti, Dick Cass and Ozzie Newsome worked together with Rice’s lawyer, Michael J. Diamondstein, to try covering up the incident and lessening the punishment Rice would receive from both the league and legal system.

The report says “within hours of the elevator attack, an employee of the Ravens was describing the inside-elevator video to friends in graphic detail, telling confidants that Rice knocked out his then-fiancée with a punch and that the video was ‘really bad,’ according to a source close to a Ravens official.”

Rice also told his personal trainer as well as Ravens coach John Harbaugh and GM Ozzie Newsome exactly what happened. ESPN says Harbaugh and team director of player personnel George Kokinis wanted to release Rice, but Newsome, Cass and Bisciotti overruled them.

Now how is this for an example of a cover-up? From the report:

By phone, Diamondstein told Cass that the video was “f—ing horrible” and that it was clear “Ray knocked her the f— out.” The lawyer advised Cass that the video, if released, would amount to a public relations disaster for the Ravens and for his client.

For that reason, the Ravens tried hard to get Rice in a pretrial intervention program. Part of the conditions of the program are that the video would remain private. They knew what was on the video. They didn’t want to see what was on the video because that would probably weigh on their conscience and make it harder for them to continue their cover-up.

And who was leading the cover-up? Supposedly it was Ravens owner Bisciotti, who after cutting Rice when the video came out, texted the running back to say there was a job waiting for him after football.

Hey Ray, just want to let you know, we loved you as a player, it was great having you here. Hopefully all these things are going to die down. I wish the best for you and Janay.

When you’re done with football, I’d like you to know you have a job waiting for you with the Ravens helping young guys getting acclimated to the league.

Rice interpreted the these text messages from Bisciotti as a bribe for his silence while the team and league threw him under the bus.

What a scumbag. Bet Bisciotti never thought that would come out.

[Previously: Bisciotti on Rice - We have a tendency to hear what we want to hear]

This is just like what we told you 9 days ago: the Ravens knew what was on the tape and tried to bury it.

Roger Goodell stumbles to answer domestic violence question (Video)

Roger Goodell read a prepared statement during his press conference on Friday and then answered questions using lines given to him by PR people/crisis management firms. The result was a boring, insincere press conference where many of the exact same lines and phrases were repeated.

However, there was one point where Goodell got thrown off by a question and stumbled to answer it.

“Was there something about domestic violence crimes that made it more difficult for you to adjudicate?” the commissioner was asked.

Goodell then fumbled through his mental rolodex of prepared answers before arriving at the one he had been taught to use.

“Well I think the policy itself was, again, not up to standards. The standard of discipline for that was way below where it should be.”

Great answer, Rog. Way to fail to take responsibility for your screwups. Just blame it on a policy. I’m surprised it took him that long before he remembered his scripted answer. Clearly he was thrown off because he had no good answer for it.

Roger Goodell

The NFL’s fear was evident throughout the press conference and was punctuated when they called an abrupt ending to it following another tough question.