The Minnesota Vikings have responded to public and potential financial pressure on Adrian Peterson and they are opting to sit him down again. The team released a statement early Wednesday morning saying they have changed their stance again on playing Peterson after saying Monday that he would be active this weekend against the New Orleans Saints. Now, they once more will sit him after deactivating Peterson last week for a 30-7 loss to  the New England Patriots. The Vikings, namely owners Zygi and Mark Wilf, said that their decision on Monday to allow Peterson to play was theirs and theirs alone. But now it appears as if the NFL intervened in the process. You wonder whether it will do the same with the Carolina Panthers’ Greg Hardy and the San Francisco 49ers’ Ray McDonald, although the difference in the cases is that Hardy already has been convicted; McDonald is still awaiting charges, which have yet to be filed. Peterson has been cooperating with police and since has posted bond after charges were filed and a warrant was issued for him. Procedurally, the Vikings have placed him on the exempt/commissioner’s permission list, an option the team inferred it did not know about previously. The move means Peterson must stay away from all team-related activities until his legal process plays out completely. Here’s the Vikings statement: “This has been an ongoing and deliberate process since last Friday’s news. In conversations with the NFL over the last two days, the Vikings advised the League of the team’s decision to revisit the situation regarding Adrian Peterson. In response, the League informed the team of the option to place Adrian on the Exempt/Commissioner’s Permission list, which will require that Adrian remain away from all team activities while allowing him to take care of his personal situation until the legal proceedings are resolved. After giving the situation additional thought, we have decided this is the appropriate course of action for the organization and for Adrian. “We are always focused on trying to make the right decision as an organization. We embrace our role — and the responsibilities that go with it — as a leader in the community, as a business partner and as an organization that can build bridges with our fans and positively impact this great region. We appreciate and value the input we have received from our fans, our partners and the community. “While we were trying to make a balanced decision yesterday, after further reflection we have concluded that this resolution is best for the Vikings and for Adrian. We want to be clear: we have a strong stance regarding the protection and welfare of children, and we want to be sure we get this right. At the same time we want to express our support for Adrian and acknowledge his seven-plus years of outstanding commitment to this organization and this community. Adrian emphasized his desire to avoid further distraction to his teammates and coaches while focusing on his current situation; this resolution accomplishes these objectives as well. “We will support Adrian during this legal and personal process, but we firmly believe and realize this is the right decision. We hope that all of our fans can respect the process that we have gone through to reach this final decision.” The union and Peterson’s agent both made it sound like Peterson wanted to be deactivated. Here’s the NFL Players Association’s statement: “Adrian Peterson made a decision to take a voluntary leave with pay to take care of his personal and legal issues. The NFLPA and NFL worked with Adrian and the Minnesota Vikings to resolve this unique situation. We support this decision and hope the best for him and his family.” Peterson’s agent, Ben Dogra, told the Associated Press that he believes this is actually a good thing while he tends to his legal situation. “This is the best possible outcome given the circumstances,” Dogra said. “Adrian understands the gravity of the situation and this enables him to take care of his personal situation. We fully support Adrian and he looks forward to watching his teammates and coaches being successful during his absence.” This is the right decision, as it’s clear Peterson has some serious hurdles to overcome and the message the team was sending by allowing him to play was the wrong one. – - – - – - – Eric Edholm is a writer for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at edholm@yahoo-inc.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Eric_Edholm View full post on Yahoo Sports – NFL – San Francisco 49ers News

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With two late interceptions, Kyle Fuller showed his athleticism and instincts. If this is a sign of things to come, the Chicago Bears will take it. The rookie cornerback made a big impression by picking off Colin Kaepernick twice to help the Bears rally from a 17-point deficit in a 28-20 victory at San Francisco on Sunday night. With the Bears losing veteran Charles Tillman to a torn right triceps for the second straight year, Fuller is likely to get the call when Chicago visits the New York Jets on Monday night. View full post on Yahoo Sports – NFL – San Francisco 49ers News

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If you knew nothing about the NFL before Sept. 4, were dropped in and watched the first two weeks and had to determine the best team in the NFL just off that, the answer would be easy. It’s the Cincinnati Bengals. It’s not particularly close, either. In Week 1, the Bengals played very well in a road win against the Ravens. Four days later, the Ravens looked phenomenal against the Steelers. The Falcons couldn’t be stopped against the Saints in a Week 1 win. Then Atlanta played Cincinnati, and the Falcons didn’t score until deep into the fourth quarter when the game’s result was not in doubt anymore. Also, the Bengals won that game without their best player, receiver A.J. Green, who left early with a toe injury. The Bengals’ defense looks like one of the best in the NFL. The offense has a lot of playmakers. They have been dominant in both games. So are they the best team in the NFL? I’ll explain here: I don’t do these power rankings in a one- or two-game vacuum. If you want something that ranks teams in exact order of their win-loss record, this link has the only power rankings you’ll need. It’s not always that easy. I don’t think 2-0 Houston would beat 0-2 New Orleans on a neutral field, and I doubt you do either. Similarly, I’m not quite ready to buy into Andy Dalton and Marvin Lewis being the leaders of the best team in the NFL. But they’re creeping up. A few more dominant weeks like the first one, and they’ll be in the discussion. They’ve clearly moved into the small group of teams that is clearly good enough to be called a Super Bowl contender. But I don’t think they should be No. 1. So who is, after the 49ers’ loss? Let’s go to the post-Week 2 power rankings. 32. Oakland Raiders (0-2, LW: 30) They’re likely going to be underdogs in each of their last 14 games. It’s hard to figure out how Dennis Allen saves his job. View full post on Yahoo Sports – NFL – San Francisco 49ers News

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The ‘Comeback Cardinals’ find themselves alone in first place in the NFC West heading into an important game at home against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday. Whether Arizona will have quarterback Carson Palmer back for that game remains a big question. Backup Drew Stanton filled in admirably in the Cardinals’ 25-14 road victory over the New York Giants on Sunday, the second game in a row that Arizona won with a fourth-quarter comeback. Palmer is nursing what coach Bruce Arians called ”a bruised nerve that’s being ornery” in his throwing shoulder. View full post on Yahoo Sports – NFL – San Francisco 49ers News

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In a Sunday marred by a slew of injuries to high-profile players , the day’s action was capped by one that might have ended a career. Chicago Bears cornerback Charles Tillman considered retiring this offseason but ultimately returned to the only professional team he has known on a one-year, $3.25 million deal that was believed to be his swan-song contract in the NFL. He was still playing at a high level at 33 in Sunday night’s game against the San Francisco 49ers. And yet, in a moment that was raw and unnerving, the man who affectionately is known to Bears fans as “Peanut” went down in clear anguish with a triceps injury, aggravating the same right arm that cost him the last part of his 2013 season and threatened to end his career. [ Join FanDuel's 1-week fantasy league: $10 to enter; top 4,985 teams get paid Monday ] Now Tillman, who appeared to be in severe pain after he shoved 49ers receiver Michael Crabtree out of bounds on a play in the third quarter, might be done for his career. What a bitter moment in what eventually would be a dramatic comeback for the Bears. The 12-year veteran is third in Bears history with 36 interceptions (he appeared to snag one Sunday night, but it was ruled a trap) and is first in the club annals with 675 return yards off those picks. His patented “Peanut Punch” has helped dislodge 42 career fumbles in his 152 starts, all with Chicago. Prior to the Super Bowl in February, Tillman was named the Walter Payton Man of the Year. Watching teammates Roberto Garza and Lance Briggs console Tillman after the injury, and seeing the look of concern on the face of Bears trainer Chris Hanks, it’s easy to see how much respect Tillman has earned in the locker room. [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Football: It's still not too late to join a league today! ] But as is the case in league where time waits for no man, it’s perhaps fitting that there might have been a ceremonial torch passing after Tillman left the game. First-round pick Kyle Fuller, after a quiet debut, had two terrific fourth-quarter interceptions to fuel the fairly improbable comeback after the Bears had trailed 20-7 on the road. Fuller roundly is viewed as the heir apparent to Tillman. But Tillman didn’t appear to be bitter that he perhaps already has been replaced, pending the results of an MRI that will help determine the severity of his status. He was down on the field after having been taken off for examination previously, congratulating Fuller on his exceptional performance. If it is the end for Tillman, he showed grace in his final act and went out with his team rallying around him. All things considered, the way things are in this brutal business, not a horrible way to go. – - – - – - – Eric Edholm is a writer for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at edholm@yahoo-inc.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Eric_Edholm View full post on Yahoo Sports – NFL – San Francisco 49ers News

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Colin Kaepernick hit Michael Crabtree for a 3-yard touchdown pass following a blocked punt, and the San Francisco 49ers led the Chicago Bears 10-0 after one quarter Sunday night. Rookie Aaron Lynch blocked the punt by Patrick O’Donnell on Chicago’s initial series, giving San Francisco first-and-goal from the 8. Kaepernick found Crabtree in the right corner of the end zone three plays later to give the sellout crowd plenty to cheer for in the regular-season debut of Levi’s Stadium. Looking for Stevie Johnson on his second series, Kaepernick threw an incomplete pass initially ruled an interception by Charles Tillman before being overturned on replay. View full post on Yahoo Sports – NFL – San Francisco 49ers News

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With the Ray Rice scandal and the turmoil surrounding the NFL and Roger Goodell, it’s not much of a surprise that the Carolina Panthers’ Greg Hardy — who is embroiled in a domestic violence case — has become the next player to be mentioned in this discussion. But as of now, Hardy is not only a paid member of the Panthers and is expected to suit up this weekend against the Detroit Lions, but the Panthers reportedly have no plans of cutting him anytime soon, or at least until his legal case plays out, per CBS Sports. Panthers team official tells @CBSSports Panthers not releasing Greg Hardy — Will Brinson (@WillBrinson) September 12, 2014 Hardy’s scheduled jury trial is set for Nov. 17. In July, Hardy was found guilty by a judge of assaulting and threatening ex-girlfriend Nicole Holder — a decision that Hardy appealed, which is his right as a criminal defendant in the state of North Carolina.  The law in that state says that in cases where the defendant is convicted of a misdemeanor, the jury trial will occur as if previous trial hadn’t taken place. Hardy’s lawyer seems to think that the court’s backlog will prevent the case from even going to trial until 2015. So for now, Hardy, who practiced with the team on Friday, remains a Panther in good standing, and the team is allowing the legal case to be completed before they consider parting ways with him. “We are in a process and we’re letting the process play its way out,” Panthers head coach Ron Rivera said on Friday, per ESPN.com . “Because of that, we’re following through with the situation [and] set of circumstances. We’re not trying to do anything below board or way above board. “We’re trying to go through the process as we understand it. We’re going to do the best we can. The players have handled it tremendously well. It’s been really hard on them I know, as far as those things. But again, get on the football field and be able to handle those situations, circumstances, that’s what the guys have done.” Rice was released by the Ravens and later suspended indefinitely by the NFL after a second tape of him hitting his wife surfaced early this week. There is no known tape of Hardy’s incident, but he’s accused of some heinous acts. ESPN played the 911 calls from the Hardy incident on  SportsCenter on Friday from a woman who begged police to come quickly to the house where she said Hardy was assaulting his then-girlfriend. Given the Rice backlash, the Panthers have faced pressure to release or suspend Hardy, but that’s apparently not happening. There’s a similar situation playing out in San Francisco where the 49ers are awaiting further word on defensive lineman Ray McDonald, who was accused of domestic abuse, before the team considers cutting or suspending him for his reported actions. Hardy is one of the Panthers’ best players and their franchise-tag recipient, who is playing on a one-year, $13 million tender this season. His future is very much up in the air with the team, even if his present location is pretty clearly solidified on the Panthers’ roster. Some thought that emotion could have swayed that, especially after a teary-eyed Jerry Richardson, the team’s owner, delievered a speech on Wednesday (one that Goodell was expected to attend initially) that touched on the subject of domestic abuse very tenderly. “Standing before you tonight, I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge an issue weighing heavily on our sport and our society,” Richardson said. “When it comes to domestic violence, my stance is not one of indifference. I stand firmly against domestic violence, plain and simple.” Instead, the Panthers are waiting for word on Hardy and perhaps whether or not he’s convicted a second time before they cut ties with him. – - – - – - – Eric Edholm is a writer for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at edholm@yahoo-inc.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Eric_Edholm View full post on Yahoo Sports – NFL – San Francisco 49ers News

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Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler will not know who his options are at wide receiver for Sunday night’s game with the San Francisco 49ers are until shortly before kickoff. Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall didn’t practice Friday after saying Thursday he expected to try to test his injured ankle. Backup receiver Josh Morgan was downgraded to doubtful after missing a second straight practice with a groin injury. Starting receiver Alshon Jeffery practiced Friday for the first time this week. View full post on Yahoo Sports – NFL – San Francisco 49ers News

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In Week 1, Dallas’ Tony Romo looked like an inexperienced quarterback. He did not read coverage well. He did not see things clearly. He threw the ball late. This is all unusual because, of course, Romo is in his 12th season. Yet he missed some things against the 49ers that you’d have to consider routine for a veteran NFL quarterback. Before we look at two examples of that, it didn’t look on film like there was anything wrong physically with Romo. There have been a lot of questions about that because he’s 34 and coming off back surgery. But he started the game very well. He made some good throws on intermediate in-breaking routes. He looked solid. He just missed some things. [ Join FanDuel's 1-week fantasy league: $10 to enter; top 4,985 teams get paid Monday ] Let’s start with the first interception, picked off by San Francisco safety Eric Reid. It was a first-and-10 play-action pass (this will be a theme with Romo’s interceptions) and Romo tracked Dez Bryant all the way on Bryant’s crossing route. He never saw Reid, the backside underneath defender. That’s something a quarterback has to pick up. View full post on Yahoo Sports – NFL – San Francisco 49ers News

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — The San Francisco 49ers will practice in Levi’s Stadium on Saturday, a step that might be more about footing than getting familiar with the surroundings. View full post on Yahoo Sports – NFL – San Francisco 49ers News

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