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Adrian Peterson Dr. Oz Breaks Down Injury He'll Be Out This Long...

9/22/2016 9:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Dr. Oz has a message for Adrian Peterson ... even though you might be able to come back this season, it's not necessarily the best idea for your long-term health.

Ya gotta check out this clip ... Dr. Oz breaks down Adrian Peterson's torn meniscus knee injury ... demonstrating how it got hurt, and most importantly, how doctors will fix it.

It's good news, bad news for A.P. and the Vikes ... 'cause Oz says although he might be ready to ball in 3 months, if the team wants a healthy Peterson down the road ... sitting out the season makes sense.

Just a heads-up, this video may make your knees hurt.

Vikings Ronnie Hillman 'Not Replacing Adrian Peterson' ... 'I'm Gonna Be Me'

9/21/2016 10:48 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0921_ronnie-hillman_adrian_peterson_gettyRonnie Hillman's NOT going to the Vikings to fill the shoes of future HOFer Adrian Peterson ... he's goin' to help them win a Super Bowl, the newly signed RB tells TMZ Sports.

We talked to Hillman -- who was signed in the wake of reports that Peterson needs surgery and could miss the rest of the season -- about stepping in for one of the greatest backs of all-time.

"I'm not here to replace anyone. I'm just here to be me," Hillman told us. "I'm excited. It's a fresh start for me. I'm here to do whatever they ask me to do. Run, catch. Whatever I can."

Hillman -- who hasn't played a down of football this season -- says he's not thinking about whether he'll strap 'em up this week in Carolina ... 'cause his full concentration's on mastering the Vikings playbook.

As for joining a squad with Super Bowl aspirations ... R.H. says that was one of the main things that attracted him to the Vikes.

"It's always good to play on a team that wants to win the Super Bowl. Everyone works hard."

Vikings Star Kyle Rudolph We're Not Screwed ... Thanks To Sam Bradford

9/7/2016 9:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Great news, Vikings fans, the season ain't totally doomed with Teddy Bridgewater on the shelf, 'cause new QB Sam Bradford's already lightin' it up.

TMZ Sports spoke to Pro Bowl TE Kyle Rudolph, who says only a few practices in, it's already clear, "why [Bradford's] a former Heisman trophy winner and a first overall pick."

So, what's been S.B.'s biggest issue in Minnesota? Learning a fat NFL playbook in such a short time.

"It's a steep learning curve when you come into a new offense and you have a new playbook, so his head was spinning a little early. Each and everyday, things have slowed down for him."

Check out the clip!

If you're more Fighting Irish than Viking ... Kyle's part of a dope package that includes ND football tix, a private jet, his old off-campus pad!

Joe Theismann Teddy Bridgewater Will Be Back Trust Me, I Know Leg Injuries

8/31/2016 1:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Teddy Bridgewater WILL BE BACK under center in an NFL game ... so says former star QB Joe Theismann -- who sustained possibly the most gruesome sports injury of all time.

TMZ Sports spoke to the former Redskins signal caller -- who had his career ended after Lawrence Taylor snapped his leg back in '85 -- about Bridgewater's prospects of returning to the league after dislocating his knee and tearing his ACL at practice Tuesday.

Good news, Vikings fans ... Theismann says he fully expects T.B. will be the starting QB for Minnesota next season. But the question is, does Joe think Teddy will ever be the same player?

Check out the video.

Adrian Peterson I'm Gunning for Rushing Record ... 'That's My Goal'

6/28/2016 6:24 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Adrian Peterson says he ain't ready to retire anytime soon -- telling TMZ Sports he's got his sights set on breaking the rushing record in 2016.  

The Minnesota Vikings running back was leaving The Argyle with a buddy when we asked about a recent interview in which 31-year-old AP discussed how much longer he'd like to play in the NFL. 

When our guy asked if there was a chance he'd hang it up before the season starts, Peterson quickly shut him down -- and told us he expects nothing short of another spectacular season. 

Moral of the story -- get Peterson on your fantasy team ... even if it's a keeper league. 

Vikings Rookie Pranked 60k Packs Of Fruit Snacks In SUV ... Chew On That!

6/16/2016 6:54 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0616-vikings-rookie-laquon-treadwell-fruitsnacks-INSTAGRAM-01Minnesota Vikings WR Laquon Treadwell learned the hard way ... DO NOT let your teammates know it's your birthday when you're a rookie ... or get 60,000 packs of fruit snacks in your SUV.

Treadwell -- a 1st round draft pick this year -- turned 21 this week. LT's teammates gave him a lot of very small, fruity birthday gifts ... and they even loaded them into his SUV.

FYI -- that's around $10,000 worth of fruit snacks.

This what happens when your rookie and your birthday is during Minicamp.. @vikings

A video posted by Laquon Treadwell (@successfulquon) on

The good news ... it coulda been A LOT worse -- just ask ex-NBA star Kenyon Martin. 

Back in 2010, someone pulled an April Fools prank on Martin -- filling up his Range Rover with BUTTERED POPCORN ... and dude was pissed!!!

We got the audio -- in which you can hear Martin threatening to bring the wrath to whoever pulled the prank 'cause the butter ruined his expensive interior ... angry, angry stuff. 

So yeah ... Treadwell got off easy! 

Blair Walsh's GF DEFENDS KICKER 'He Scored Every Point'

1/11/2016 7:07 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

0111-blair-walsh-twitterBefore you blame Blair Walsh for blowing the Vikings' season -- his girlfriend has a reminder for you ... THEY WOULDN'T HAVE EVEN BEEN IN A POSITION TO WIN WITHOUT HIM!!! 

Walsh's GF, Sarah Chaffee -- a TV news reporter in Alabama -- went to Twitter after the heartbreaking playoff loss to the Seahawks yesterday and defended her man. 

"Vikings were not in a position to win the game w/out @BlairWalsh3 keep in mind he scored evry pt today. also handled himself like class act."

FYI -- Walsh hit 3 field goals earlier in the game ... but isn't that what kickers are supposed to do? 

Nick Swardson I Love the Vikings ... But AP's Gotta Go!

5/19/2015 9:31 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Nick Swardson is a massive Minnesota Vikings fan ... HUUGE ... but the actor tells TMZ Sports his team needs to drop Adrian Peterson, ASAP ... saying he just can't root for a convicted child abuser. 

Swardon's love for the Vikes is well known -- remember, we shot him going berserk in a bar when they passed on Johnny Manziel last year -- so, when we saw him out in NYC today, we had to ask about AP. 

"Get rid of him." 

You gotta watch the clip, Swardson says that while AP is a beast on the field, he just can't get past the brutal images of Peterson's abused 4-year-old son. 

"I'm a diehard Vikings fan but I'm also a fan of children."

NFL Draft's Trae Waynes Did He Celebrate With Lil Jon?? ... Yeeeahhhhh!!!!

5/1/2015 7:58 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0501-waynes-lil-jon-instagramHours after Trae Waynes was taken as the 11th overall pick in the NFL Draft ... the newest member of the Minnesota Vikings partied from the windowwwwwww to the wall -- with Lil Jon!! 

The former Michigan State cornerback hit up Studio Paris in Chicago for a post-draft party ... where he rocked the purple and gold to celebrate the fact that he just became a friggin' MILLIONAIRE! 

Congrats! 

NFL LB Anthony Barr I Can Explain Kim K's Blonde Hair ... She Went Super Saiyan!

3/9/2015 1:28 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Kim Kardashian's power has increased by 50 times and she now has the power to destroy most beings in the galaxy ... at least according to Minnesota Vikings LB/cartoon nerd Anthony Barr. We'll explain ...

Anthony -- who just finished up his rookie year -- was out in L.A. Sunday night when we asked the former UCLA stud what he thought of Kim K's new blonde look.

That's when Barr went full comic book nerd ... comparing KK to a Super Saiyan, a type of character from the show "Dragon Ball Z" that has achieved nearly unlimited power through training.

You be the judge.

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Adrian Peterson Crappin' Out in Puerto Rico

1/7/2015 12:44 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Daddy needs a new pair of shoes ... especially since daddy lost his shoe deal!

Adrian Peterson was spotted at a craps table at the El San Juan Casino in Puerto Rico last week ... gamblin' alongside his wife Ashley Brown.

Of course, it's not like AP had practice or anything ... since he's still suspended from the NFL and the Vikings didn't make the playoffs.

According to people at the casino, AP was friendly with fans ... and even shook a few hands when he wasn't bellied up to the table.

No word on how much $$$ Peterson won or lost ... but it's not like he doesn't have the cash -- he still made nearly $12 million this season despite the suspension. 

[H/T Busted Coverage]

Adrian Peterson Audio Proves I Got Screwed ... NFL Exec Gave His 'Word'

12/15/2014 6:15 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

Adrian Peterson might have the smoking gun he needs to get his indefinite suspension overturned -- audio of NFL exec Troy Vincent seemingly promising the Vikings star he'd only sit for 2 games.

Peterson had previously claimed Vincent made the promise, but now -- 2 days after an arbitrator denied AP's appeal to overturn the suspension -- ABC News played audio of the Nov. 12 convo between Vincent and Peterson. 

On the tape, Vincent never uses the p-word, but does say ... "I gave you my word." He also hints Peterson needs to "go through the process" quietly. Translation: keep your mouth shut, don't blast the league ... and you'll be back on the field in no time.

The NFL Players Association filed a lawsuit Monday on AP's behalf, challenging the decision on Friday to uphold his indefinite suspension.

Earlier this month we talked to Vincent about the alleged "promise." Interestingly, he didn't say AP was wrong for calling him out -- and only said he was "praying" for him.

Adrian Peterson Appeal of Suspension DENIED

12/12/2014 2:35 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Adrian Peterson has almost ZERO chance of getting back on the field this season -- the NFL star's appeal of his suspension was denied Friday.

Peterson was immediately placed on leave after his arrest for abusing his 4-year-old son. The case wrapped up on Nov. 4 .. when he pleaded no contest to misdemeanor reckless assault. He had hoped the NFL would reinstate him shortly after that.

No dice. Instead the Vikings running back was suspended without pay. He appealed the NFL ruling, but an independent arbitrator ruled today the punishment was fair and consistent ... and refused to lift the suspension.

Peterson plans to appeal the ruling in federal court, but with only 3 Sundays left in the regular season ... it's highly unlikely he'll be back in 2014.

Ray Rice got his suspension overturned back on Nov. 28 -- but still hasn't been signed by an NFL team.

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