We had a chance to chat Tuesday evening with Jared Allen for a story very much NOT about football — his bull, Magic Train, is competing in a Professional Bull Riders event Saturday at Target Center. Afterwards, though, we also had a chance to chat about Adrian Peterson.
Allen, who is in his first season with the Bears, was teammates with Peterson from 2008-13 and offered these perspectives on the unfolding saga involving the Vikings running back:
*”It’s a sad deal all the way around. Obviously, the Adrian I know is a good-hearted man and I judge people on what I know. People make mistakes. I pray that everyone learns from this situation and it’s handled with dignity and integrity, and that he can become a better man out of it.”
*”I have my beliefs, but I also know the Bible says those without sin cast the first stone. We’ve all made mistakes in our lives, and the key thing is to learn from it, to move forward in a positive way. And also to be sensitive to who is hurting. There are a lot of people hurting in all this. It’s upsetting, but I just pray for an outcome that’s better for all those involved.”
*”I was very much surprised. I don’t know all the details, but I saw the pictures. It’s upsetting. But like I said I judge people on how they treat me, and Adrian was always a kind-hearted human being to myself, my wife and my daughter. He’s been to my house many times. It was a shock to everybody. There will be consequences. There are always consequences for every action.”
Allen made those comments around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, a handful of hours before the Vikings reversed course (again) and announced Peterson was being placed on the Exempt/Commissioner’s Permission list and kept away from the Vikings as his legal situation plays out.
Every weekday, our Vikings reporters walk you through what’s happening with the team that day.
WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED
—The Vikings reversed course on RB Adrian Peterson and placed him on the exempt list.
— The fallout from Peterson’s reinstatement continued all day Tuesday.
— Should the Vikings be ashamed of their decision to reinstate Peterson?
— It isn’t easy for Vikings players who get caught in the media storm.
— The Vikings brought back FB Zach Line to their practice squad.
— Here are five Vikings stats that stand out as we enter Week 3.
TWEET OF THE (YESTER)DAY
The #Vikings are participating in the Arc’s Value Village “Celebration of Sorts” today! #VikingsGiveBack #ACOS14 pic.twitter.com/bsY4Wz4plO
— Minnesota Vikings (@Vikings) September 16, 2014
BEHIND ENEMY LINES
— The Saints must prepare as if Peterson is going to play Sunday.
— Defensive coordinator Rob Ryan said his defense is killing the team.
— The Saints need to focus on their mistakes, not their playoff chances.
TODAY’S VIKINGS SCHEDULE
Head coach Mike Zimmer and QB Matt Cassel will have their weekly press conferences at Winter Park at 11 a.m. The locker room will be open then, too. Practice starts at 12:50 p.m.
SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT
Cassel is the only NFL starter who has yet to complete a pass beyond 20 yards this season, according to Pro Football Focus. Even Bengals WR Mohamed Sanu has completed one.