The arrest of Vikings running back Adrian Peterson for resisting arrest was the biggest development of an otherwise sleepy summer Saturday.
Peterson will appear in a Houston court this week to answer the charges, which means that the fallout from the incident still remains unclear. It’s not too soon to start thinking about the impact it might have on the Vikings, though. According to quarterback Christian Ponder, there won’t be any negative impact on the team as a result of the arrest.
“He’s one of our biggest leaders,” Ponder said, via Dan Wierderer of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. “Adrian is a great guy. Maybe it was one bad decision he made. Who knows? He won’t be a distraction at all.”
The Vikings are holding off on making any official comment, but another one of Peterson’s teammates is also sticking by Peterson in the wake of the arrest. Punter Chris Kluwe thinks that “everyone needs to take a breath and wait for some sort of concrete details before getting worked up” about what went down early Saturday morning.
The court of public opinion will weigh in one way or another, but there shouldn’t be too much chance of the arrest hurting the Vikings on the field. Peterson’s knee, which he’s been rehabbing at a furious pace all offseason, is the only thing that’s going to keep him from being the key to the Vikings offense this season.