Adrian Peterson was back on the field for the Minnesota Vikings for the first time since Week 1 of the 2014 season on Monday night, but Peterson said the team was “embarrassing” in its 20–3 loss to the 49ers.
“It felt good to be out there, play some football, take some hits,” Peterson told Benn Goessling of ESPN, “But [it was] definitely embarrassing to perform the way we did.”
The running back had just 10 carries for 31 yards and caught three passes for 21 yards.
Peterson was indicted on child abuse charges in September 2014 for allegedly hitting his 4-year-old son with a switch and was subsequently placed on the commissioner's exempt list. He missed the final 15 games of the 2014 season.
In November, he pleaded no contest to a count of misdemeanor reckless assault and was sentenced to probation. The NFL suspended him indefinitely.
Peterson was reinstated in April.
The Vikings will take on the Detroit Lions at home on Sunday.
- Xandria James