Goodell praises Vikings' Peterson
MINNEAPOLIS — NFL commissioner Roger Goodell's letter to Adrian Peterson last year spelled out the reasons for his suspension and the conditions for his reinstatement in cold, unsympathetic terms.
The league boss sounded much warmer toward the Vikings running back on Sunday, with Peterson resettled in Minnesota after the child abuse case that kept him out for almost all of last season.
"He's an extraordinary player and a wonderful young man," Goodell said. "I was very impressed with all my meetings with Adrian. He's an individual that took it seriously and said, 'I want to be better.' I think he's taking great advantage of that opportunity."
Goodell was in Minnesota, a scheduled visit for the game against Green Bay.
Peterson was put on paid leave then suspended under the NFL's disputed personal conduct policy. Goodell reinstated him in April. Asked in retrospect if the league should have handled any part of the matter differently, Goodell said yes, without being specific.
Nickname controversy: Redskins DE Jason Hatcher said the he thinks officials make calls against his team because of its controversial nickname. "I'm not saying this out of character to get fined, but it is what it is," Hatcher said, according to the Washington Post. "I don't know if it's about the name or what. … I'm just frustrated with it. We shouldn't have to be punished for that."
Chargers: LaDainian Tomlinson was inducted into the team's Hall of Fame and his No. 21 retired. The 2006 MVP was inducted by former FB Lorenzo Neal. … Phillip Rivers broke Hall of Famer Dan Fouts' team record of 3,297 completions; Rivers now has 3,313.
Chiefs: Alex Smith broke the franchise record for consecutive passes without an interception; after his 20-for-25 day he has gone 248 attempts without a pick, breaking Steve DeBerg's mark set in 1990.
Cowboys: DE Greg Hardy said he'll treat Carolina, for which he played four full seasons before last year's domestic abuse case, as a "nameless, faceless opponent" in Thursday's game. … TE Jason Witten broke Bob Lilly's franchise record for consecutive games played with his 197th. … QB Tony Romo and WR Dez Bryant connected on a touchdown pass for the 50th time, breaking the team record of 49 set by Troy Aikman and Michael Irvin.
Jets: All-Pro CB Darrelle Revis, a former Buc, left with a concussion in the third quarter.
Rams: RB Tre Mason was inactive after violating team rules, coach Jeff Fisher said.
Ravens: Nine-time Pro Bowl free safety Ed Reed, a former All-American in college at Miami, was inducted into the team's Ring of Honor.
Redskins: RB Alfred Morris left early in the first quarter with a rib injury.