Viking on Patrick Peterson’s hit to Sam Bradford: ‘He knows what he’s got coming’
Patrick Peterson’s hit to Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford drew an unnecessary roughness penalty in Sunday’s Cardinals loss, but Minnesota’s players don’t see that infraction as enough punishment.
On Tuesday, offensive lineman Brandon Fusco told TwinCities.com’s Chris Tomasson that “the league should take a look at that” while teammate Alex Boone took it a bit further.
“I’m not happy about that,” Boone said Tuesday. “We’ll talk about it later. He knows what he did, and he knows what he’s got coming to him.”
When Bradford lined up as a receiver in the Vikings’ Wildcat formation, Peterson earned a 15-yard penalty by shoving the quarterback away from the play.
Tackle Jeremiah Sirles called it “uncalled for,” and several Vikings told TwinCities.com they were perturbed just watching Peterson’s hit during a film session. Many had initially missed the play during the 30-24 Minnesota win.
Following the game on Sunday, Peterson told reporters in Minneapolis that referees said Bradford was considered a defenseless receiver.
“Honestly, I thought it was a bit bizarre because he was outside of the pocket and I thought he was an eligible receiver so I did what my coaches told me to do, take him out of the ball game,” the Cardinals corner said. “I told Sam that it definitely wasn’t personal. I wanted to let him know that first and foremost. It was me being a football player. I thought I was making a smart play for our defense to take the quarterback out of the play, but evidently, it was a penalty on me.”
Bradford shrugged off the penalty when asked about it following the game.
“If we get 15 yards, I’ll take it every time,” he said.
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