Added September 17, 2014 9:34 PM
Admitting they "made a mistake," the Minnesota Vikings have placed running back Adrian Peterson on the NFL's exempt list.
Less than 48 hours after reinstating Adrian Peterson, the Vikings have placed the 2012 NFL MVP on the league's exempt list, barring him from all team activities until his child abuse case is resolved.
"We have a strong stance regarding the protection and welfare of children, and we want to be sure we get this right," Vikings owner Zygi Wilf said.
"It really is about getting it right, and that's what we wanted to do here. We made a mistake, and the main thing is, we're getting it right, and that's how we came to this decision," Vikings co-owner Mark Wilf said.
The Vikings vowed to get it right today, and placed star running back Adrian Peterson on the exempt list, excluding him from all team activities.
"Adrian will be away from the team and focused on his personal situation. We will support Adrian during this legal and personal process, but we firmly believe this is the right decision," Zygi Wilf said.
"working with the league, and I know, the league working with the union and us working diligently with Adrian and his agent, this was the best possible solution," Vikings general manager Rick Spielman said.
The exemption was granted by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, and was announced at 12:47 a.m.
"We felt that once we got it right, to get it out when we got it right, and that's when we got it right," Mark Wilf said.
Peterson's next scheduled court date is October 8th, and a trial could be nearly a year away, which means the team's all-time leading rusher may spend the entire season on the exempt list. As a football team, the Vikings are prepared to move on, with or without Peterson.
"There's no manual that you can go back and look through and figure out all this stuff. You continually do what you think is right. The organization continually does what they think is right, and then you move on," Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer said.
"The sooner we can get things right and move forward to our business, which is playing football and winning games, the better off we are," Mark Wilf said.
Peterson will continue to earn his regular salary, but will not count against the 53-man roster. Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer was arrested Wednesday, on allegations of aggravated assault, stemming from two altercations at his home in late July, involving a 27-year-old woman and 18-month-old child.
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