Eariler today, both the NFL and the Minnesota Vikings released separate statements about the current status of Adrian Peterson. The NFL's statement said, basically, 'we're reviewing things'. The Vikings statement said, basically 'we're waiting for the NFL to act'.
Yeah, the NFLPA gives zero hoots in Hell about what the NFL or the Vikings said...or didn't say. They released a statement awhile ago that pretty much laid it all out:
The NFLPA has filed an expedited, non-injury grievance to remove Adrian Peterson from the Commissioner's Exempt list based on explicit language in a signed agreement dated September 18, 2014," the statement read. "We asked the NFL to honor the terms of that agreement last week and as of now, they have failed to respond or comply. It is our obligation to protect all players' rights, and we will pursue any and all breaches of any contract between a player and his team or the NFL.
The NFL contends that they're waiting for all relevant information from Peterson's camp before they decide on whether or not there will be any suspension, and they fired back with another statement of their own:
We have received the NFLPA's grievance on behalf of Adrian Peterson. We have honored our commitment to Mr. Peterson and the NFLPA not to process or impose any discipline until the criminal charges pending in Texas were resolved. When Mr. Peterson decided not to contest criminal charges, we promptly advised both him and the NFLPA that we were prepared to consider what, if any, discipline should now be imposed under the Personal Conduct Policy. We asked Mr. Peterson and his representatives, including the NFLPA, for relevant information. We have not received any of the requested information, but remain prepared to schedule a hearing and make a determination as quickly as possible based on as much information as available.
At this point, this War Of Statements is taking on the feel of a high school girls spat, and it's kind of ridiculous:
Girl 1: "And so I was like, you really need to give me that info and she was like I will and then I was like okay but then I never heard back from her so whatever."
Girl 2: "She was like well when all this is done you'll be good and I was like great and she was like great and like all my stuff is done now and I'm like can I play and she was like I need more stuff and I'm like this is bullshit so I told my guidance counselor and he's like REALLLLLLY pissed."
Girl 1: "OH NO YOU DI-INT"
So, it appears that the NFLPA is trying to force the league's hand, and get Peterson activated in time for the Bears game on Sunday. It may force their hand, but in which direction is anyone's guess. That last sentence in the league's final statement could mean to telegraph that if they don't get any more info, they'll act with what info they do have, and it might not bode well for Peterson.
Or he might be in uniform Sunday. I have no idea...and at this point, no one else really does, either.