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Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, revered for years as one of the nicest guys in all of sports, is turning out to be anything but nice or reasonable when it comes to administering discipline to his children.
According to KHOU 11 in Houston, the second case against Peterson, which has not yet resulted in criminal charges, arose after he administered a “whooping” to another four-year-old son by creating a head wound that reportedly left a scar over the boy’s right eye.
In a chain of text messages with the boy’s mother, Peterson admits that the wound occurred as Peterson disciplined the boy for cussing at a sibling.
Per the report, Peterson never admits what he struck the boy with, but Peterson told the boy’s mother, “Be still n take ya whooping he would have saved the [scar].” No charges were filed, according to the report. The boy’s mother filed a report with Child Protective Services; the outcome of the investigation is unclear.
The fact that Peterson faces allegations in a separate case compels the league to aggressively investigate both incidents, and to take action against Peterson, if the league determines that Peterson did what he is accused of doing. Failure to act promptly would suggest a level of indifference to child welfare that justifiably should make fans equally indifferent to the NFL.
If, as it appears, Vikings running back Adrian Peterson didn’t see anything wrong with spanking one of his children with a switch until the boy’s flesh ripped open and bled, logic suggests that it wasn’t a one-time occurrence.
According to multiple reports, it may not have been.
The Vikings reinstated Peterson on Monday after a one-game deactivation arising from Friday’s indictment on charges of reckless of negligent injury to a child in Texas. Stay tuned for more details regarding the second case.
Peterson is presumed innocent in a court of law. The Vikings and the NFL will be presumed inept and immoral in the court of public opinion if either or both continue to hide behind Constitutional protections that relate only to the deprivation of a person’s liberty and not to the privilege to play football in exchange for millions of dollars and worldwide fame.
UPDATE 8:05 p.m. ET: The full report from KHOU 11 indicates that the boy’s mother made a report of the injury to Child Protective Services, but that no charges were filed against Peterson.
The Colts’ starting center will miss another game.
A.Q. Shipley is expected to get the call in place of Holmes, who was questionable on the final injury report. He was a limited practice participant all week.
The Colts’ other inactives are outside linebacker Chris Carter, inside linebacker Jerrell Freeman, center Jonotthan Harrison, tailback Dion Lewis, offensive guard Joe Reitz and wide receiver Da’Rick Rogers. Josh McNary will reportedly start for Freeman, who had been ruled out with a hamstring injury.
The Eagles made the following players inactive for Monday night: quarterback Matt Barkley, offensive tackle Kevin Graf, defensive end Taylor Hart, wide receiver Josh Huff, linebacker Marcus Smith II, offensive lineman Matt Tobin and defensive back Jaylen Watkins.
Smith, the Eagles’ first-round pick in May, is a healthy scratch. He was active in Week One but did not play.
The Raiders are adding to their pass catching corps.
The deal has yet to be announced, but the club has put a nameplate above a locker for Brown, according to CSN Bay Area.
A fourth-year pro from San Diego State, Brown (5-11, 190) has hauled in 60 passes for 801 yards and three touchdowns in his NFL career, all with San Diego, which drafted him in the third round in 2011.
Brown missed the 2014 preseason with a calf injury and was released with an injury settlement in September. His deal with the Raiders comes after wideout Rod Streater suffered a hip injury in Oakland’s 30-14 loss vs. Houston on Sunday.
Raiders coach Dennis Allen was already on the hot seat before the season started. That’s what happens when you go 4-12 in each of your first two seasons.
But after an 0-2 start succinctly summed up by Charles Woodson saying, “We suck,” the question is less whether this will be Allen’s last season in Oakland and more whether Allen will even make it to the end of the season.
Raiders owner Mark Davis is already privately expressing his displeasure, according to CSNBayArea.com, to the point where Allen’s tenure as Raiders coach may come to an end this season. According to the report, the Raiders already have a plan to promote offensive line coach Tony Sparano to head coach if Allen gets fired during the season. Sparano spent four seasons as head coach of the Dolphins and is a more experienced coach than Allen.
Allen knows his team needs to get better.
“We need change,” Allen said after Sunday’s loss to Houston. “We need to do better, because we’re a better football team than what we put out on the field today.”
Allen is running out of time to show he’s a better football coach than what his team has put on the field in his first two-plus seasons.
Charles Tillman’s season with Chicago has officially reached a close.
The Bears have placed the 12th-year cornerback on injured reserve with a right triceps injury, the team announced Monday. A similar injury ended his 2013 season.
Tillman, 33, is an unrestricted free agent at season’s end. He indicated Monday he will work to return from his latest injury, which was suffered in the third quarter of Sunday’s win at San Francisco.
“I know this feeling way too well, but this isn’t the end of the road for me,” Tillman said, according to ChicagoBears.com. “As I rehab my injury, my role will transition to helping coach and support my teammates. I will be at Halas Hall and do everything I can to help our team reach its goals.”
Tillman has played his entire career with Chicago. He was named 2013 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year, which recognizes excellence in on-field and community work.
First-round pick Kyle Fuller stepped in for Tillman on Sunday night and starred, intercepting a pair of passes. But losing Tillman’s experience and playmaking ability is certainly a blow to the Bears’ defense. A starter for Chicago since his rookie season of 2003, Tillman has forced 42 fumbles and intercepted 36 passes in regular season play.
The Giants piled up another set of mistakes on Sunday during their 25-14 loss to the Cardinals, dropping their record to 0-2 and providing unhappy memories of their start to last season.
Even after opening 0-6, coach Tom Coughlin never stopped selling that 2013 squad as a playoff contender until mathematics made such claims impossible. So it doesn’t come as much of a surprise that Coughlin says he’s “a believer” in this year’s squad and invited his team and the team’s fans to join him as believers with 14 games left to play this season.
“I don’t see this as being a reason for them not to be. Our task and our goal is to toughen up. Let’s go. Come on. Stop beating ourselves. This is professional football,” Coughlin said, via NJ.com. Make the plays necessary to win and do it on a consistent basis. Eliminate these bizarre events which take the heart right out of you. I hope they’ll respond to the fact that I’m counting on them to accept the challenge, to not feel sorry for ourselves and to realize the work that has to be done for us to win. I hope the fans will join in in that exact feeling.”
Coughlin’s passion never fades, but the Giants have faded on the field too often over the last two years to think that they can just flip a switch and start winning again. As Coughlin said, there’s “work that has to be done” and it will have to be done quickly and consistently for the Giants to avoid starting their season in another deep hole.
The Buccaneers have a short week this week thanks to their Thursday game against the Falcons and that means they have to produce a simulated practice report for Monday even though they didn’t practice.
Coach Lovie Smith said, via Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times, there were three players that wouldn’t have participated in practice and none of them was running back Doug Martin, who missed Sunday’s loss to the Rams with a knee injury. That would suggest he has a chance to get back on the field for this week’s game.
Running the ball wasn’t much of a problem against St. Louis as Bobby Rainey picked up 144 yards on 22 carries. That may work in Martin’s favor when it comes to the decision about dressing him on Thursday since the Bucs wouldn’t need him to be the bell cow in their running game.
Defensive end Michael Johnson was also on the list of Bucs who would have practiced. Johnson missed Sunday’s game with an ankle injury.
Defensive tackle Gerald McCoy (broken hand), linebacker Mason Foster (shoulder) and tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins (ankle) were the three players who would have been on the sideline at a Monday practice.
The Rams could be without Tavon Austin for the rest of September.
The good news? It’s possible he may miss just one game.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports Austin, the Rams’ 2013 first-round pick, is expected to miss “roughly two weeks” with a sprained MCL suffered in Sunday’s win at Tampa Bay.
The Rams have their bye in Week Four (Sept. 28). In short, if Austin misses just two weeks, the Rams might be without him for just one game. So while this is unwelcome news, the timing couldn’t be much better for St. Louis.
Austin (three catches, 34 yards; five rushes, 26 yards in 2014) is one of the Rams’ primary wide receivers and their top punt returner. Austin Pettis, who made a key 27-yard catch late in the Rams’ 19-17 victory against the Bucs, is listed as the top backup to Tavon Austin both at receiver and on punts.
Coach Jay Gruden was asked today if Cousins could play well enough in the coming weeks to hold onto the starting job even after Griffin’s dislocated ankle has healed well enough for him to play. Gruden declined to give a definitive answer.
“We’ll cross that bridge when that comes. Right now we’re going to prepare with Kirk Cousins as our starter, and Robert’s going to rehab. All decisions after that will come after that,” he said.
Cousins played very well on Sunday, completing 22 of 33 passes for 250 yards, with two touchdowns and no interceptions. Of course, that was in a home game against Jacksonville, one of the worst teams in the league. But if Cousins plays that well again next week in Philadelphia, and he leads his team to a win on the road against the NFC East rival Eagles, the calls for Cousins to keep the job will increase. If he keeps playing well, it’s going to be hard for Gruden to send him to the bench when Griffin is ready to go.
Gruden, however, isn’t going to commit to either quarterback until he has to.
The Vikings have proven, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that they will not tolerate a player laying hands on a family member.
Oh, wait, that was last year with a scrub.
While Adrian Peterson apparently isn’t getting more than a paid weekend off after admitting to beating/disciplining his 4-year-old son, the Vikings have acted swiftly before.
Last November, the Vikings released cornerback A.J. Jefferson less than 24 hours after he was arrested for probable cause for domestic assault. I’d look up the disposition of the case, but it’s not like anyone cares anyway.
Jefferson was a reserve, and not worth the trouble of clattering on about due process while pretending to care about anything but the bottom line, so he was released.
That’s life in the NFL. If you can help a team win, excuses will be made for you no matter how ridiculous they sound falling out of the mouths of the excuse-makers.
That’s not to pile on the Vikings. Everybody does it.
The Panthers released sixth-round linebacker Lawrence Wilson in 2011, five days after he was arrested for driving in possession of marijuana (and perhaps because he cried in front of the cops). He was on the practice squad at the time, after they realized he wasn’t worth that sixth-round pick.
But Greg Hardy was arrested in May and found guilty by a judge in July of assaulting his then-girlfriend and communicating threats, including saying he’d kill her and throwing her into a futon full of guns.
He played in the opener at Tampa, and it took video of Ray Rice punching his wife in the face to force them to deactivate him Sunday (that was some punch, that it was felt 450 miles away in Charlotte).
The league can hire women into prestigious jobs with titles and salaries, and they can educate and legislate, but until the paying customers demand accountability from everyone involved — and not just the disposable — nothing is going to change.
The Bengals improved to 2-0 on Sunday, but saw a player integral to their chances of continuing a winning streak leave the game with a foot injury.
Wide receiver A.J. Green suffered what is believed to be a strained ligament in his foot early in the Bengals’ victory over the Falcons and any absence from a player of his stature is cause for concern. It doesn’t sound like anyone in Cincinnati is overwrought, however.
Coach Marvin Lewis said Monday, via the team, that Green doesn’t have a “long-term injury.” Lewis didn’t elaborate on the nature of the injury or how short a term the team is looking at, however.
If Green doesn’t practice this week or play against the Titans, he’ll have a lot of time to get ready for their Week Five game against the Patriots because their bye will fall in between the two games.
Vikings G.M. Rick Spielman earned his salary today and then some, facing the media and trying to defend the team’s decision to allow running back Adrian Peterson to continue to play despite child-abuse charges in Texas. (It’s not Spielman’s job to tiptoe through a minefield of verbiage, and it surely wasn’t his decision alone to welcome Peterson back.)
With Peterson not claiming that the photos of his four-year-old son’s injuries are forged or that Peterson didn’t strike the child at all, it’s impossible to reconcile Spielman’s comments on the matter with the evidence as it appears to be.
While “due process” provided by the court system means that Peterson won’t face any loss of liberty until the legal case ends, the Vikings aren’t bound by that. They can look at the evidence and hear what Peterson has to say for himself and decide that they will take action against him, possibly a suspension without pay for conduct detrimental to the team.
But with the Vikings opting, after a temporary moment of clarity, to retreat to the time-honored notion that excuses are made for stars and examples are made of scrubs, the NFL can address the situation by imposing discipline immediately against Peterson via the personal-conduct policy.
Of course, the league’s ability to take against against Peterson or any other player possibly has been short-circuited by the ongoing siege of 345 Park Avenue regarding the investigation into what the NFL knew and when the NFL knew it about the Ray Rice video. Which could mean that the Vikings will be able to take Peterson to the Superdome on Sunday for a game against the Saints not because of “due process” or any other platitude behind which the team may choose to hide, but because having him on the field puts the team in better position to win games.
If that happens, it will be further proof that the NFL at large has learned little from the events of the past week, requiring perhaps not just a change in leadership of the league office but also a new collection of owners.
He apparently found it this weekend.
According to Darren Urban of the team’s official website, Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said that Abraham was returning to the team.
Abraham is in the process of being cleared from a recent concussion, and there were concerns that he was suffering from memory loss as a result.
Arians said he wasn’t worried about Abraham’s commitment to the team, but the question should be able his ability to play a role.
Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman says he’s alarmed by the case against running back Adrian Peterson, but he stands by the team’s decision to allow Peterson to continue playing.
Spielman said he has seen the widely circulated photos of Peterson’s son, who suffered cuts and bruises when Peterson hit him with a switch. Spielman acknowledged being disturbed by those pictures, but he still thinks the Vikings should keep playing Peterson, who has been indicted for injury to a child, until the legal process plays out.
“The photos are disturbing, I understand that. But to be clear, any matter that’s involving the child is very important to our organization, but we also think it is right for him to go through the process legally,” Spielman said.
Asked if the Vikings are standing by Peterson only because he’s a great player, Spielman insisted that’s not he case.
“It has nothing to do with him as a football player. It’s based purely on the facts that we have, that have been presented to us,” Spielman said. “It has nothing to do with that. It has to do with the information we have gathered.”
Spielman said the team has been gathering information about the case, but what makes the Peterson case different from most other criminal cases is that there are few if any facts in dispute: Peterson has already admitted that he hit his son and inflicted those “disturbing” injuries. The Vikings know what Peterson did, and are choosing to play him anyway.