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Adrian Peterson, indicted on child abuse charge, won’t play Sunday

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.


Jonathan Dwyer arrested on assault charges, deactivated by Cardinals


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 …

Greg Hardy removed from Panthers’ active roster until domestic violence case resolved


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 …

NFL succumbs to sponsors, not Adrian Peterson’s son or Ray Rice’s wife


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.

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.

Vikings admit ‘mistake,’ will sit Adrian Peterson


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.

Vikings place Adrian Peterson on exempt list


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.

Ray Rice indefinite suspension by NFL appealed by players’ union


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 …

Vikings say Adrian Peterson will play Sunday


Minnesota Vikings say running back Adrian Peterson is expected to play Sunday in New Orleans.

NFL: Former FBI director will probe Ray Rice case


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 …

NFL received Ray Rice video months ago — source


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.

Bears-Bills film study reveals a lot of mediocre performances


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.

Longer Ray Rice video has obscenities, spitting


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.

NFL fumbles Ray Rice case


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.

Ravens release Ray Rice after disturbing video surfaces


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.

Johnny Manziel’s my main man, Browns my Team of Destiny


Usually, I pick my NFL Teams of Destiny after hundreds of hours poring over game film and scouting reports and sabermetrical data, plus a quick call to Ron Jaworski.* (* To be honest, there’s no such thing as a “quick call” to the ESPN analyst …