Adrian Peterson, Maurice Jones-Drew have bigger roles than expected in opener

Almost every fantasy football “expert” you asked on Sunday would have told you to bench both Adrian Peterson and Maurice Jones-Drew if you had other options. The star backs were not expected to receive a full workload as Peterson is still recovering from ACL surgery and Jones-Drew missed the entire offseason while holding out. If what they saw wasn’t a full load, it was pretty damn close.

Jones-Drew had a decent day from a fantasy standpoint as he had 22 touches for 99 total yards. He failed to find the endzone and it may not have been what we’re used to, but it was far more than expected from someone who was supposed to be out of shape. Peterson, on the other hand, is obviously a freak of nature.

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Adrian Peterson: Jaguars ‘would have been terrible’ without Maurice Jones-Drew

With Week 1 of the NFL season already upon us, two of the league’s top runners are facing an uphill battle to get back into shape. Maurice Jones-Drew missed all of Jaguars training camp while holding out for a new deal, but he returned over the weekend without one. Adrian Peterson has been trying to make a rapid recovery from major knee surgery. While the Jaguars stood strong and refused to give Jones-Drew a new deal, it’s clear that Peterson feels the team was playing with fire in doing so.

“Look at Jones-Drew,” Peterson said according to 1500ESPN.com. “He was their whole offense last year. So, without him, the Jaguars would have been terrible just to be honest.”

Jones-Drew was the NFL’s leading rusher last season, and Peterson credited him with keeping Jacksonville from being worse than 5-11 — which isn’t exactly an amazing accomplishment. The Jaguars were terrible without him last year and most expect them to be terrible again this season regardless.

Last year’s lack of success is what gave the Jaguars so much leverage with MJD this offseason. The team had to have known he wouldn’t hold out forever, and they figured Rashad Jennings would be an ample replacement if he missed any regular season time. Jones-Drew is one of the most talented backs in the league, but unfortunately for him he’s on a horrible team. Teams who win five games with their star players don’t tend to fret when they hold out as much as playoff teams do. How much worse can it get?

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Toby Gerhart once borrowed a car from Adrian Peterson, got it stuck in the snow

When Toby Gerhart was a rookie in 2010, he joined a backfield that was spearheaded by arguably the most talented running back in the NFL. That can be an intimidating situation to come into, but from the sound of it Adrian Peterson tried to make the Stanford standout feel right at home. In fact, Peterson even let Gerhart borrow a set of wheels once. Maybe he shouldn’t have.

When talking to Chris and Ben on XTRA Sports Radio in San Diego earlier this week, Gerhart told a story about how he got Peterson’s sports car stuck in the snow.

“I didn’t have a car up here just yet and so I was borrowing one of Adrian’s cars,” Gerhart recalled according to Sports Radio Interviews. “It was this little sports car. And I didn’t even realize it snowed until I opened the garage, and I was like, ‘Oh no, I’m in trouble.’ I decided I didn’t want to drive. I tried to call a couple guys — nobody answered. And I was a rookie, I was scared to be late to meetings so I was like, ‘All right, I gotta just try to go for it.’ And I was slipping and sliding the whole way and couldn’t make it up the last little hill into the facility.”

That sounds like a situation rookies probably wake up in a cold sweat just thinking about before their first season with a team. Talk about embarrassing. Stories like this help explain why veterans choose to do stuff like this, this, this and this to rookies. Even if they cut them some slack, they’d probably just screw up anyway.

Vikings players reportedly told they will be cut if they touch Adrian Peterson during practice

Adrian Peterson underwent surgery to repair ACL and MCL tears less than eight months ago. Many players require close to a full year to recover from injuries of that magnitude, but Peterson is eyeing a Week 1 return to action. In order to make that goal a more realistic possibility, the Vikings are doing everything they can to make sure he stays healthy during practice. This has apparently led to some pretty intense rules.

“The rules are simple. Do not touch 28,” Vikings safety Jamarca Sanford said Tuesday, according to Dan Wiederer of the Star Tribune. “If you touch him, you’re cut.”

If the other players literally can’t lay a finger on Peterson, it is probably pretty frustrating to have him practicing with the rest of the team. It would also indicate that he has not been cleared for contact, which would make it seem even more unlikely that a return in about three weeks is realistic.

Earlier this week, Hall of Fame wide receiver Jerry Rice said that he believes Peterson is rushing back and could be putting himself at risk of further injury. Peterson dismissed Rice’s comments when asked about them on Tuesday.

“Yeah, I heard about his comments,” A.P. said. “But everyone is different and everyone is entitled to their opinion. It is what it is. It’s just another opinion. Great player. I respect him. But that’s just another opinion.”

Vikings fans, players and coaches are all hoping Rice is wrong. While they certainly need Peterson if they want to have a shot at putting together a decent season, a 100% healthy Adrian Peterson for less than 16 games is much better than a banged-up Peterson for an entire season.

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Adrian Peterson sent to hospital after allergic reaction to seafood

Adrian Peterson‘s far-from-boring offseason continued when he was rushed to the hospital on Monday with an allergic reaction to seafood. Peterson is fine now but it was indeed a scary moment for him and the team when the running back’s face swelled and breathing worsened after a team lunch at Vikings training camp.

“Like 20 minutes after I ate, I went to lay down and felt my throat itching and my ears itching and all of a sudden my face swelled up,” Peterson said, according to NFL.com. “I couldn’t breathe out of my nose.”

After receiving treatment at a hospital in Mankato, Minn., Peterson has been cleared to resume rehabbing his surgically reconstructed knee.

“He’s doing fine,” Vikings coach Leslie Frazier told the Pioneer Press. “He’ll pick back up with his rehab (Tuesday). He’s been cleared. Everything’s back to normal now. Bit of a scare but he’s fine now.

“He had mentioned there was a time early in his life where he had an allergic reaction to something, maybe not quite as severe as this.”

As Shutdown Corner points out, allergies to seafood for some people can flare up for the first time in adulthood. So perhaps Peterson didn’t know what was in store for him when he chowed down on some jambalaya. Although, if you’re eating jambalaya, you’re probably asking for trouble in one form or another.

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Adrian Peterson finally speaks about arrest; First video of incident emerges

For the first time since being arrested after allegedly pushing an off-duty police officer at a Houston nightclub early Saturday morning, Adrian Peterson has spoken out publicly about the incident.

It reportedly took several police officers to place Peterson under arrest after his confrontation with the off-duty officer. He has been charged with resisting arrest. On Twitter Sunday afternoon, the Vikings running back sent out a pair of tweets promising that the “truth will surface.”

In related news, the first video of the incident has surfaced. TMZ has obtained useless cell-phone camera footage supposedly of Peterson being placed under arrest. There’s a brief glimpse of Peterson being restrained by several officers. The rest of the time it’s shaky cell-phone camera video of the backs of people’s heads, the club’s wood-paneled walls and some guy’s plaid shirt. It contains no footage of the moments preceding Peterson’s arrest, including his initial confrontation with the officer, which would be more valuable and help our understanding of the incident, and is therefore a complete waste of time. We’re just passing it along in case you wanted to hear some woman off camera say, “Adrian is my friend.”

Adrian Peterson reportedly shoved police officer before arrest

When news broke that Adrian Peterson was arrested early Saturday morning at a Houston nightclub for resisting arrest, much was still unclear as to what led to the incident. Thanks to Pro Football Talk, we had some of those pieces filled in, but there were still some holes to the story.

But now, per TMZ, we have the police’s side of what happened, and HPD alleges that Peterson is the one who instigated the physical confrontation with an off-duty police officer:

[Public Information Officer Kese] Smith says the officer had to come back and tell Peterson a second time that he needed to leave and Peterson shot back, “Hey man, we heard you the first time!” and pushed the officer in the back of his shoulder, causing him to stumble.

Smith says the officer then told Peterson to turn around and put his arms behind his back because he was under arrest and Peterson began yelling at the officer. Smith says the officer repeated himself and that’s when Peterson turned around to face the officer and got in “an aggressive stance.”

As Peterson continued to resist, a few other officers reportedly came in to assist before finally placing the Vikings running back under arrest. It should also come as no surprise that Peterson allegedly was totally hammered and acted like an aggressive drunk as all of this took place.

This is a slightly different story than the one that was previously out there. In that one, it was believed that, after a brief verbal confrontation with police, Peterson was being led away by a bouncer when he was suddenly brought down to the ground from behind by a police officer. Whatever actually happened, PFT says the whole incident was caught on security cameras, so let’s hope those tapes leak.

It’s still not clear if Peterson, already hit with a resisting arrest charge, has been slapped with any additional charges.