Adrian Peterson 'misunderstood' new NFL helmet rule, now all for it
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MANKATO, Minn. -- Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson's impulse to lower his head and violently blast through defenders may be penalized a few times by referees this season.
Peterson, who was initially against the NFL's rule change to penalize hits with the crown of a player's helmet, said his dissent was simply a misunderstanding of the new rule.
"I didn't like it, to be honest, initially," Peterson said after Tuesday's practice. "I kind of misunderstood the rule. I thought it was just pointing out running backs. I thought that was wrong."
"And in the big picture, you hear a lot about guys injuring themselves with their heads down. Not a lot of running backs, but defensive guys as well."
Peterson has undoubtedly injured his fair share of defenders, but the reigning MVP knows he will need to make a few adjustments to avoid any penalties.
"I'm sure sometimes the natural instinct, I'll have my head down," Peterson said. "But I hope they miss it."
The NFL made two key changes in its' owners meetings in March, voting to penalize spearing, or leading with the helmet, as well as eliminating the "Tuck Rule," which came into play in January 2002, when New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady's fumble was ruled an incompletion because his arm came forward.