By Kevin C. Wilson, Vikings Correspondent, Tue, Oct 7th 9:26pm EDT
According to a spokesperson for Adrian Peterson's attorney, the Vikings' running back will plead not guilty to child abuse charges when he makes his first court appearance in Texas on Wednesday. This decision makes it unlikely that Peterson will return to the field in 2014.
When asked on Tuesday about the possibility of Peterson returning to the team this season, Vikings' head coach Mike Zimmer did not sound very optimistic. "I don't know that that's not going to happen in 2014," Zimmer said. "Honestly, I want the best for Adrian..., but I also have to coach the guys that are here and go forward. If things get resolved and it's a good thing, then the more power to him. We will worry about that when the time comes." (Source: ESPN
Fantasy Impact: This latest development makes it all but certain that Adrian Peterson will not play again in 2014. If you were still stashing Peterson on your bench in hopes of him returning to the field for the stretch run, it's finally time to drop the former first-round pick from your roster in all redraft leagues. However you will still probably want to hold on to him in keeper or dynasty leagues to see how things play out in the court system. There is a chance that the former face of the franchise has played his last game as a Viking, but Peterson would most likely emerge as a starter for whatever teams he plays for and would continue to be viewed as an RB1.