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Updated: March 2nd, 2012 8:09pm
Did Saints have bounty on Adrian Peterson? Sure seems that way

Did Saints have bounty on Adrian Peterson? Sure seems that way

by Judd Zulgad
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Adrian Peterson suffered a season-ending knee injury on Christmas Eve at Washington, but it's quite possible the New Orleans Saints were hoping to put the Minnesota Vikings star running back on the sideline the week before.

Peterson was unhappy following the Vikings' 42-20 loss to the Saints on Dec. 18 at the Metrodome. He had missed the previous three games because of a high ankle sprain and Peterson said Saints cornerback Jabari Greer twisted his ankle while he was at the bottom of a pile.

"I came into the game kind of expecting that coming back from a high ankle sprain," Peterson said. "Guys are going to try to take their shots when we're on the pile and try to twist it up and things like that.

"I felt like it kind of got overboard. I got up and kind of got in his face. Thank God I was able to keep my composure."

Peterson's anger now seems fully justified after the NFL announced Friday that Saints players and defensive coordinator Gregg Williams had a bounty pool of up to $50,000 the past three seasons and that players were rewarded for game-ending injuries they inflicted on opponents.

Peterson's comments came a week after Tennessee Titans receiver Nate Washington accused Saints safety Roman Harper of dirty play.

"Honestly, he's a dirty player," Washington said. "I've been watching him. We watched film on him. He's dirty, and I don't appreciate it. I'm going to step out in public and say it - he's dirty."

Harper was called for a personal foul penalty on a sack of Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder in the meeting between the teams last December.

Judd Zulgad is a columnist for He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays and "Saturday Morning SportsTalk" from 10 a.m. to noon on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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