Vikings place Peterson on exempt list, must stay away from team while legal process unfolds

Minnesota Vikings owners are scheduled to address their middle-of-the-night decision to put Adrian Peterson on hiatus.

The Vikings say owners Zygi Wilf and Mark Wilf will lead off a news conference at team headquarters. The organization has reversed course by using an NFL exemption to take Peterson off the active roster while he tends to a child-abuse charge in Texas. Just a day-and-a-half earlier, the Vikings declared the star running back would rejoin the team.

But the backlash to that announcement was significant. Peterson lost endorsements. The Vikings had at least one major sponsorship suspended. Several prominent NFL advertisers expressed concern about the league's recent off-the-field problems, including the indictment of Peterson.



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