Peterson has said that he may go to a different team for a change
of scenery, but Zimmer thinks differently.
Last week, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell suspended Peterson for the
remainder of the season in connection with child abuse allegations
in Texas earlier this season. Peterson will not be considered for
reinstatement until at least April 15, 2015, for violating the
league's personal conduct policy.
Peterson pleaded no contest on Nov. 4 to misdemeanor reckless
assault for injuring his 4-year-old son while disciplining him a
tree branch. He has not played since the season opener in September.
His suspension appeal is Dec. 2.
"I think Adrian wants to be back here," Zimmer told ESPN. "You have
to ask him. I don't know. But I know he does have an awful lot of
people here who have supported him, and I don't know who he's
speaking of who doesn't."
Peterson told USA Today on Thursday that he may play for a different
team once he is reinstated because he believes some within the
Vikings organization do not support him.
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Detroit Lions center Dominic Raiola thought the New England Patriots
were running up the score with a last-minute touchdown, and he
admitted following the 34-6 loss that he went at the knees of a
defensive lineman in retaliation.
Raiola said he intentionally launched himself at the knees of a
defender, trying to cut-block Patriots defensive tackle Zach Moore
on the Lions' final offensive play of the game.
"I cut him," Raiola said, per the Detroit Free Press. "We took a
knee, so I cut the nose (tackle). They went for six (a touchdown).
They went for a touchdown at 2 minutes. They could have took three
knees and the game could have been over. It's football. He wants to
keep playing football, let's play football. Not a big deal. It's
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Buffalo Bills president Russ Brandon said the team will practice in
Buffalo this week and host the Cleveland Browns at Ralph Wilson
Stadium next Sunday.
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The team is in Detroit for Monday night's game against the New York
Jets. The game was originally scheduled for Buffalo on Sunday, but a
snow storm forced the game to be relocated and rescheduled. The
storm prevented the team from practicing in Buffalo.
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Denver Broncos president Joe Ellis and vice president Mac Freeman
spoke with the team's scoreboard operator about using more
appropriate guidelines, ESPN reported.
The talks stem from the Broncos' last home game against the San
Diego Chargers on Oct. 23, which Denver won 35-21.
Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning was critical of the scoreboard
operator, blaming the video boards' technical crew for a false start
penalty by causing distractions.
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Cincinnati Bengals right tackle Andre Smith left Sunday's game
against the Houston Texans with a torn triceps. The injury could end
his season. (Editing by Gene Cherry)
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