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Stock markets penalize companies whose futures have additional uncertainty or might only break even at best. Similarly, Peterson might not have any real unanticipated issues, but it's clear that the only outcomes are either neutral or bad news.
While we knew his stock was depreciated entering the offseason because of his injury, the explosive running back from Texas found an additional set of problems.
On July 7th, Adrian Peterson was arrested by the Houston Police Department.
While it is unlikely to affect his rehab schedule, legal proceedings can only mean trouble for Peterson, which translates into trouble for the Vikings.
Adrian Peterson is uncontestedly their best offensive player, an All-Pro running back who has been asked to carry his team on multiple occasions.
The evolving developments of the arrest, including initial reports of breathing problems, allegations by the club owner, further allegations by Peterson's lawyer, hospital visits to confirm injury sustained during the arrest and a missing security tape have all created drama from one of the NFL's more reputable players.
To top it all off, instead of dropping the case like many expected, the prosecuting attorney and the police department have decided to move forward and have scheduled another hearing on August 6th, during the preseason.
He isn't scheduled to play during the preseason, and may even miss the first few weeks of the regular season, but the broader issue is that Peterson's lawyer may be correct in that the process could drag on for months if need be.
The bright spot here is that Peterson has been doing well enough in rehab that he outraced the entire team during windsprints in OTAs. While impressive, the larger issue is his ability to maintain quick cuts, and that has not been tested yet.
Eric Sugarman, the team's athletic trainer, is a world-class professional in his field and has maintained the optimistic September 9th start as his projection for serious playing time.
Nevertheless, the court case looms in the distance for Adrian, and this distraction does not serve the Sooner well.