Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Adam Schefter reported on ESPN that Adrian Peterson and his legal team is currently in the middle of negotiations to reach a plea deal with Montgomery County, and they may be able to reach that deal as soon as Tuesday. While this case doesn’t have a lot of precedent, the presumption is that as soon as a plea deal is reached, Peterson will be removed from the exempt list and then suspended—with the further assumption that time spent exempt will not count towards a suspension (as he was paid during it and the NFLPA does not, as far as I know, have a provision for this).

Should that be the case, it is likely that he will face suspension from the league, not the team, as the team has less flexibility in regards to this decision (they can suspend for a maximum of four games and a player may not be suspended by a team and the NFL for the same offense as far as I know) and the NFL is very sensitive to how it will be handled.

For what it’s worth, the NFL does not need a conviction to suspend players. In this case, a plea deal will necessarily involve a guilty plea, but for a lesser charge. That may not matter to the NFL. The Vikings suspended Simpson for violating probation even though he never was actually charged for a DUI.

Given that the Vikings will be coming off of Week 8 and that Peterson may be suspended for anywhere between two games and the rest of the season, there remains the chance he could be on the roster by the end of the year and carrying the ball. For fantasy players willing to take a risk to boost an on-the-bubble roster, I would think picking him up would be a good idea—if the plea deal gets resolved, then the suspension may not be long enough to keep him out of fantasy playoffs in Weeks 14-16, depending on your league.

For now, we don’t know what caused the change in strategy for Peterson, whether it was his lawyer convincing him or seeing his negotiating position drop as rumors of a trade swirl.

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UPDATE: It seems as if kickoff time won’t be affected, per Dianna Russini. In order to keep things on schedule, the bus originally designed to pick up the team sponsors is being repurposed to pick up the players stranded by the accident. The Vikings PR staff has confirmed the kickoff time.

The accident has closed off a highway, for those looking to get to the stadium

UPDATE: Everyone from the Washington organization (who is relevant to playing the game) has arrived safely:

Per Mike Garafolo and Dianna Russini, the bus carrying the Washington Redskins crashed on the way to TCF Bank Stadium, as a result of an error by what seems to be both the police escort and the bus drivers. There were no major injuries (UPDATE: It sounds like one of the police escorts went to the hospital with minor injuries, per Leah Beno), just “bumps and bruises” per both reporters. Adam Schefter reported on ESPN that the crash was jarring enough that players fell onto the floor from sitting.

Pictures (they’re not graphic) included in some of the tweets embedded below:

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In Adam’s absence, I forgot to do a player of the game poll! Once again, the defense did more than enough to put the offense in a position to win, regardless of the final drive, and they didn’t quite execute. Regardless, a win feels better than a loss, and there are definitely a lot of performances to celebrate, mostly on the defense.

Past Winners:

WEEK ONE:  Cordarrelle Patterson

WEEK TWO: Harrison Smith

WEEK THREE:  Harrison Smith

WEEK FOUR: Teddy Bridgewater

WEEK FIVE:  Harrison Smith

WEEK SIX:  Linval Joseph

WEEK SEVEN: Everson Griffen

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Another week, another set of power rankings. Like always, we start with point differential. All of the power rankings below the jump, as well as picks against the spread and the general record each statistical system has against the Vegas spread thus far.

Spoilers: beating the worst team in the NFL (at least according to the models) didn’t help the Vikings all that much, who still look like they are a poor team.


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Shortly after Anthony Barr’s award for NFC Defensive Player of the Week was announced, Everson Griffen won the Defensive Player of the Month for October. In that time, Griffen notched 6.0 sacks, eight tackles for loss and a forced fumble.

Everson has been discussed a lot, and the fact remains that he’s emerged both as an effective pass rusher and deadly run defender in his time with the Minnesota Vikings. As a starter, he’s well on his way to proving his detractors wrong for his healthy (but not large) contract. If having two of these awards come in quick succession isn’t a good sign for the defense, I don’t know what is.

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