Chicago Sun-Times Latest news from the Chicago Sun-Times Online en-us (Editor) Newspapers Chicago Sun-Times 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Adrian Peterson, indicted on child abuse charge, won’t play Sunday ]]> Lead story image

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was indicted in Texas on a charge of child abuse after using a branch to spank his son and was swiftly benched by the team for Sunday’s game. ]]> Sat, 13 Sep 2014 23:28:52 -0500 <![CDATA[ NFL Fantasy Football: Who to start, sit in Week 3 ]]> Lead story image

LADD BIRO: Wondering whether or not to start LeSean McCoy and Jordy Nelson, or to bench Alfred Blue and Jerricho Cotchery? The network bozos specialize in that kind of advice. If you’re looking for help with your real starting lineup conundrums, read on. ]]> Fri, 19 Sep 2014 17:00:43 -0500 <![CDATA[ Jonathan Dwyer arrested on assault charges, deactivated by Cardinals ]]> Lead story image

PHOENIX — Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer was arrested Wednesday on aggravated assault charges in connection with two altercations at his home in July involving a woman and their 18-month-old child, the latest in a string of such cases involving NFL players. The Cardinals said they became aware of the situation Wednesday and are cooperating with the investigation. “Given the serious nature of these allegations we have taken the immediate step to deactivate Jonathan from all team activities,” the team said in a statement. The NFL said the case will be reviewed under the league’s personal-conduct policy. One of … ]]> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 23:07:44 -0500 <![CDATA[ Greg Hardy removed from Panthers’ active roster until domestic violence case resolved ]]> Lead story image

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Panthers announced they’ve placed Greg Hardy on the exempt-commissioner’s permission list, meaning the Pro Bowl defensive end has been removed from the team’s active roster until his domestic violence case is resolved. The decision comes just hours after the Vikings took a similar disciplinary approach with Adrian Peterson, who is addressing child abuse charges in Texas. Hardy was convicted July 15 of assault on a female and communicating threats after the victim claimed the 6-foot-4, 275-pound player threw her in the bathtub and onto a sofa covered with guns before threatening to kill her. Hardy is … ]]> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 23:07:54 -0500 <![CDATA[ NFL succumbs to sponsors, not Adrian Peterson’s son or Ray Rice’s wife ]]> Lead story image

RICK MORRISSEY: It took a hotel chain boycott and the threat of other corporate action, not the welts of an abused 4-year-old boy, for the Vikings to suspend Adrian Peterson. No matter where this mess ends up, let’s make sure we never lose sight of that. ]]> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 19:56:10 -0500 <![CDATA[ NFL, union agree to HGH testing ]]>

The NFL reached an agreement with the players association on changes to its performance-enhancing drug policy, including the addition of human growth hormone testing, which will allow the Broncos’ Wes Welker and two other previously suspended players to return to their teams this week. ]]> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 10:16:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Vikings admit ‘mistake,’ will sit Adrian Peterson ]]> Lead story image

Hours after reversing course and benching Adrian Peterson indefinitely, Minnesota Vikings owner Zygi Wilf said Wednesday that the team “made a mistake” in bringing back its superstar following his indictment on a felony child-abuse charge in Texas. ]]> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 12:34:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Vikings place Adrian Peterson on exempt list ]]> Lead story image

MINNEAPOLIS — After a day of public pressure from angry fans and concerned sponsors, the Minnesota Vikings have reversed course and placed star running back Adrian Peterson on the exempt-commissioner’s permission list, a move that will require him to stay away from the team while he addresses child abuse charges in Texas. ]]> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 09:43:13 -0500 <![CDATA[ Ray Rice indefinite suspension by NFL appealed by players’ union ]]> Lead story image

BALTIMORE — The NFL players’ union appealed Ray Rice’s indefinite suspension Tuesday night. Rice was originally handed a two-game suspension in July under the NFL’s personal conduct policy after he was charged with assault following a Feb. 15 altercation with his then-fiancee in a casino elevator. The Baltimore running back had already served the first game of that suspension when, on Sept. 8, a video surfaced showing Rice punching Janay Palmer, now his wife, in that elevator. Within hours, the Ravens released Rice and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell extended the suspension to indefinite based on the “new evidence.” Goodell and … ]]> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 23:19:20 -0500 <![CDATA[ Vikings say Adrian Peterson will play Sunday ]]> Lead story image

Minnesota Vikings say running back Adrian Peterson is expected to play Sunday in New Orleans. ]]> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 11:48:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ NFL: Former FBI director will probe Ray Rice case ]]> Lead story image

NEW YORK — The NFL says former FBI director Robert S. Mueller III will conduct a probe into how the NFL handled evidence as it investigated domestic violence claims against former Ravens running back Ray Rice. NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said in a statement Wednesday that the investigation will be overseen by NFL owners John Mara of the New York Giants and Art Rooney of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Goodell said that Mueller will have access to all NFL records. The NFL’s announcement came after a law enforcement official told the AP on condition of anonymity that he sent a tape … ]]> Wed, 10 Sep 2014 22:16:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ NFL received Ray Rice video months ago — source ]]> Lead story image

A law enforcement official says he sent a video of Ray Rice punching his then-fiancee to an NFL executive five months ago, while league officers have insisted they didn’t see the violent images until this week. ]]> Wed, 10 Sep 2014 21:52:29 -0500 <![CDATA[ Bears-Bills film study reveals a lot of mediocre performances ]]> Lead story image

HUB ARKUSH: The problem with a weekly commitment to watching film and grading performances is that repeated viewings of stinkers like the Bears’ loss to the Bills can get old really fast. ]]> Wed, 10 Sep 2014 10:43:25 -0500 <![CDATA[ Longer Ray Rice video has obscenities, spitting ]]> Lead story image

Ray Rice and Janay Palmer can be heard shouting obscenities at each other, and she appears to spit in the face of the three-time Pro Bowl running back right before he throws a brutal punch in a video shown to The Associated Press by a law enforcement official. ]]> Tue, 09 Sep 2014 09:50:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ NFL fumbles Ray Rice case ]]> Lead story image

RICK MORRISSEY: The NFL office is full of cowards. Surely you can see the irony in that. An operation built on the massive backs of football players began acting like weasels when it became apparent the Ray Rice domestic assault case was a big problem. ]]> Tue, 09 Sep 2014 10:25:15 -0500 <![CDATA[ Ravens release Ray Rice after disturbing video surfaces ]]> Lead story image

Ray Rice was let go by the Baltimore Ravens on Monday and suspended indefinitely by the NFL after a video was released showing the running back striking his then-fiancee in February. ]]> Mon, 08 Sep 2014 16:12:33 -0500