Adrian Peterson returns to court, stuck on PUP at least another week
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HOUSTON -- Prosecutors have again agreed to push back the court date for Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson to face a misdemeanor resisting arrest charge.
A pretrial hearing was originally scheduled for July 13, and it was moved to Monday. Attorney Rusty Hardin says hearings will now be held Sept. 27 and Nov. 15 before Judge Natalie Fleming.
The first date is the Thursday before the Vikings' Week 4 game at Detroit, but it is believed Peterson wouldn't need to be in court for that one. The second date is during the Vikings' bye week.
Hardin says prosecutors need more time to review evidence and conduct interviews about the July 7 incident in which Peterson was arrested outside a Houston night club.
Dressed in a gray suit with a blue polka-dot tie, Peterson chatted with defendants and signed autographs in the courtroom Monday morning as Hardin talked with attorneys and Fleming. Peterson did not speak to reporters outside the courtroom before he and Hardin boarded an elevator.
Peterson remains on the active/physically unable to perform list as he rehabilitates his reconstructed left knee. Coach Leslie Frazier said the Vikings won't re-evaluate Peterson's status until at least after Friday's preseason opener at San Francisco.
"I don't anticipate us doing anything different than what we did a week ago with him," Frazier said. "We'll continue to go through this process and then evaluate it after the San Francisco game. But the plan right now is to let him continue to go through the work that he's going through with our athletic trainer and our strength coach."
Tom Pelissero contributed from Mankato, Minn.© The Associated Press