Adrian Peterson suspended for 2014 season, LeGarrette Blount released

Adrian Peterson (left) and LeGarrette Blount.
Adrian Peterson (left) and LeGarrette Blount.

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Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has been suspended without pay for the remainder of the 2014 season, the NFL announced Nov. 18.

According to the league office, Peterson cannot be considered for reinstatement before April 15, 2015. (Click here to read the NFL’s full statement regarding Adrian Peterson’s suspension.)

Peterson has been on the Commissioner’s Exempt List since being indicted on felony child abuse charges in September. He has pleaded no contest to misdemeanor reckless assault charges in the case.

Peterson, a six-time Pro-Bowler and 2008 NFL MVP, stands to lose $4.2 million during his suspension over the next six games. However, he has three days to mount an appeal, which the players’ union, the NFL Players Association, says it plans to proceed with. Peterson would continue to receive a paycheck and remain on the exempt list throughout the appeals process.

Peterson has been accused of using a switch to spank his 4-year-old son earlier this year when the boy was visiting him in Montgomery County, Texas. Prosecutors say Peterson caused “slash-like wounds” to his son’s legs. According to a police report, the boy was punished after he pushed one of his siblings off a motorcycle video game. Peterson admitted to using the switch to administer the punishment, but says he didn’t intend to hurt him. The boy told his mother about the spanking during a Skype call. She took him to a doctor when he returned to Garden Prairie, Minnesota.

In other NFL news, the Pittsburgh Steelers have cut running back LeGarrette Blount after he reportedly left the field early during a Monday night game against the Titans in Nashville, Tennessee Nov. 17. The Steelers won that game 27-24. Blount’s teammate, Le’Veon Bell, ran for 204 yards and one touchdown on 33 carries in that game.

After carrying the ball five times for zero yards in Week 10 against the New York Jets and 10 times for 23 yards in Week 9 against Baltimore, Blount did not get a single carry in the game against the Titans.

Blount had carried the ball 65 times for 266 yards (a 4.1-yard-per-carry average) and two touchdowns this season for Pittsburgh. He started seven games for the New England Patriots last season, rushing for 772 yards and seven touchdowns, averaging 5.0 yards per carry. Prior to that, he spent three seasons in Tampa Bay, including rushing for 1,007 yards during his rookie season in 2010.

The Steelers had signed Blount to a two-year deal during the offseason. However, the 27-year-old had also had off-the-field trouble, including being cited for marijuana possession during a traffic stop in August.

Posted Nov. 18, 2014

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