• by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

    Vikings RB Adrian Peterson rips off 48-yard touchdown in Week 4 loss

    Vikings running back Adrian Peterson carried the ball 16 times for 81 yards with a touchdown and caught 4 of 6 targets for 13 yards in Sunday's 23-20 loss at Denver.Peterson was bottled up until the fourth quarter when he ripped off a 48-yard touchdown up the middle on fourth down. Meanwhile, Jerrick McKinnon and Matt Asiata combined to touch the ball just two times for nine yards. The Vikings have a bye next week, before facing the Chiefs in Week 6.

  • by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

    Vikings RB Adrian Peterson nets two rushing scores in Week 3

    Vikings running back Adrian Peterson racked up 126 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries in Sunday's home win over the Chargers. Peterson was held in check in the season opener at San Francisco, but in the last two games he has exploded for 318 total yards and a pair of touchdowns. He was not targeted with a pass after reeling in five balls in the first two games, but his 6.3 yards per carry and a couple of trips to the end zone more than made up for his lack of involvement in that department. Peterson will continue to get as many touches as he can handle as the focal point of the Vikings offense, and he will be leaned upon once again as they travel to take on the Broncos in Week 4.

  • by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

    Vikings RB Adrian Peterson shines in win over Lions

    Vikings running back Adrian Peterson rushed for 134 yards on 29 carries and added 58 receiving yards on two catches in Sunday's win over Detroit. Peterson put the concerns that were raised by Week 1's 31-yard performance to rest on Sunday. Though he has entered the dreaded age 30 season and played in just his third game in Norv Turner's offense, Peterson showed that he can still be the focal point of an offense and take over a game. If that sounds like a bit of a blast from the past, you aren't mistaken. Sunday was Peterson's first 100-yard game since Week 13 of the 2013 season.

  • by Michael Hurcomb | Fantasy Writer

    Adrian Peterson adjusting to taking handoffs out of shotgun formation

    Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, who missed most of the 2014 season, took snaps in an NFL game Monday against the 49ers for the first time in a little more than a year. Unfortunately, the results were not what Peterson or the Vikings were looking for. Peterson netted just 10 carries for 31 yards. It seems most of his struggles stemmed from taking handoffs out of the shotgun formation. After the 20-3 loss, Peterson admitted he was "a little hesitant coming out of the shotgun." "You really just need to be more patient, allow the pulling guard to get on his block and hit it up in there," he said, per ESPN.com. "Those are the ones I felt like I was kind of hesitant on. I really wanted to hit like I was coming out of the I-formation. "It's different, because I have to get that speed (from a shallower start). But you can be successful. The guys did a great job with it last year, and I feel like I can run in any type of formation. If we continue to work on the things we need to work on, we will improve."

  • by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com

    Vikings RB Adrian Peterson has disappointing return to field

    After playing in only the first game last season, Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was able to take the field during Monday's 20-3 loss to the 49ers, but he failed to produce any significant stats. The entire offense struggled during the loss and Peterson was no different. Peterson rushed for 31 yards on 10 attempts, with a long of nine yards. He caught all three of his passing targets for 27 yards. His biggest highlight was a 17-yard reception. The 10 attempts and 31 yards were his fewest since Dec. 8, 2013.

  • by Michael Hurcomb | Fantasy Writer

    Zimmer: AP to play 'large percentage' of time, won't monitor carries

    After playing in one game last season due to his off-the-field issues, there is plenty of intrigue regarding how much Vikings running back Adrian Peterson will play heading into the season opener against the 49ers. Although, as Vikings coach Mike Zimmer tells it, there is really no concern about Peterson being game ready. "First of all he's in great shape, he's in really, really great shape," Zimmer said of Peterson, per The San Jose Mercury News. "We won't monitor his carries, really, and he'll be in there a large percentage of the time." Peterson did not receive a carry during the preseason.

  • by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com

    Vikings' Adrian Peterson leaves practice with minor injury

    Vikings running back Adrian Peterson limped off the practice field on Tuesday, but the injury wasn't believed to be serious. "He got tangled up," teammate Jerick McKinnon said, per ESPN. "A defender fell on him, but he said he was alright. Everybody knows Adrian's got a cape on. He'll be back out here tomorrow. I don't think anybody's worried about him."

  • by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer

    Vikings restructure RB Adrian Peterson's contract

    The Vikings announced Tuesday that the team and running back Adrian Peterson "mutually agreed" to restructure the final three years of Peterson's contract, bringing to a close a contentious bit of negotiation between team and player. According to reports, this means his contract for 2015 is guaranteed at $13 million, in addition to receiving guaranteed money for the 2016 season. "I appreciate the Vikings for working together on this restructured contract, which provides additional security for me but also allows opportunities for me to further prove my value to the team and within the NFL," Peterson said. "It was important for me to continue my career in Minnesota, and I cannot wait to get on the field in front of Vikings fans again." Peterson missed 15 games last season after being placed on the commissioner's exempt list while dealing with child abuse allegations, and at times expressed his desire to not play for the Vikings anymore.

  • by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer

    Vikings will make Adrian Peterson's workload more balanced

    The Vikings have always put running back Adrian Peterson to work, and without hesitation. It was just three years ago that Peterson took 348 carries and turned them into 2,078 rushing yards and a playoff berth. Now, the Vikings are planning to use a more balanced offensive attack. "No question that the workload will be a lot more balanced than in the past because the organization has done an outstanding job of acquiring talent and other explosive pieces," Vikings running backs coach Kirby Wilson said. "And just as the natural progression as an older back ages, the workload decreases anyway." Peterson will still get his fair share of carries as the team will strategically try to limit his snaps per game, not necessarily his carriers. "I think it's more about snaps per game, because that's what you have to watch in regard to the wear and tear," Wilson said. "How he'll last for the season is the snaps per game, not the carries or attempts per game, because that comes with the territory. He's going to get his amount of touches that he gets, it's the other snaps and plays that will determine how successful he is at lasting during the season and being powerful, strong, aggressive and explosive." Peterson played in just one game last season due to a suspension. He ran the ball 21 times for 75 yards.

  • by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com

    Vikings owner on Adrian Peterson: He has a good heart

    Despite a contentious relationship recently, Vikings owner Zygi Wilf was pleased to have running back Adrian Peterson back with the team, reports the St. Paul Pioneer Press. "It's all good for the team," Wilf said. "I'm very happy for him to be back with us." Peterson recently returned to the team after missing all of the team's offseason activities and he acknowledged that he didn't always want to play for the Vikings this season. Peterson missed 15 games last season after being placed on the commissioner's exempt list while dealing with child abuse allegations. While the two sides went back and forth over Peterson's commitment to the team, Wilf said it was time to move on. "He's always had a good heart," Wilf said. "He's a great football player. We have great memories, and we'll continue to have good memories with him... He's been great for the community, and that's basically who he is, and when you know that's the character of that person, you believe in him."