Vikings 'made mistake,' now bar Peterson

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Hours after reversing course and benching Adrian Peterson indefinitely, Minnesota Vikings owner Zygi Wilf said Wednesday that the team "made a mistake" in bringing back its superstar following his indictment on a felony child-abuse charge in Texas.

"We made a mistake and we need to get this right," he said at a crowded news conference. "It is important to always listen to our fans and the community and our sponsors. Our goal is always to make the decision we feel is right for the Minnesota Vikings ... We want to be sure we get this right."

Wilf and his co-owner brother, Mark Wilf, announced their decision around 2 a.m. Eastern after concluding it was best for the Vikings and for Peterson, their All-Pro running back who has played his entire NFL career with Minnesota and is accused of injuring his 4-year-old son by spanking him with a wooden switch earlier this year.

QB Winston benched half for lewd remark

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) Jameis Winston has been benched for the first half of Saturday's game against Clemson after making "offensive and vulgar" comments about women and Florida State officials say that the quarterback will undergo internal discipline.

The decision was announced Wednesday in a joint statement by Florida State interim President Dr. Garnett S. Stokes and athletic director Stan Wilcox. Several students tweeted Winston stood on campus Tuesday and shouted a lascivious comment about female anatomy that may have derived from an internet meme. (MORE)

New drug policy allows Welker to return

NEW YORK (AP) The NFL finally will have HGH testing, perhaps as early as the end of this month.

And of more immediate impact - this weekend - the new performance-enhancing drug policy the league and players' union agreed to Wednesday will allow the Broncos' Wes Welker and two other suspended players to return to the field. (MORE)

Panthers may put DE Hardy on exempt list

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Greg Hardy did not practice with the Panthers and left the stadium in street clothes with his agent Drew Rosenhaus while awaiting a decision on his playing status regarding his domestic violence case.

Panthers coach Ron Rivera was 20 minutes late arriving to practice and said that Hardy would not participate in workouts as he walked past reporters. (MORE)

'Skins WR Jackson likely to face Eagles

ASHBURN, Va. (AP) Washington Redskins receiver DeSean Jackson says he expects to play Sunday in his much-anticipated return to Philadelphia.

Jackson has a Grade 1 sprain of the AC joint in his left shoulder from the Redskins' win over Jacksonville, but he said Wednesday that the swelling and soreness have gone down and he's getting back to full strength and full motion in the arm. (MORE)

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