Peterson earns honor, should have earned penalty

November 12th, 2008 – 10:37 AM by Chip Scoggins

Running back Adrian Peterson was named the NFC offensive player of the week for the third time of his career. Peterson won the award after rushing for 192 yards and one touchdown on 30 carries. He also had three catches for 33 yards. He scored the game-winning touchdown on a 29-yard run with 2:22 left.

After that touchdown, Peterson removed his helmet and some have wondered why he was not penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct. NFL vice president of officiating Mike Pereira is among those who felt a penalty should have been called.

“I can’t figure out why anything wasn’t done about that but I will say this: It frustrates me that we didn’t do anything about that,” Pereira said on Sirius NFL Radio. “You can’t take your helmet off either to argue a call or to celebrate. If you’re in a time out period or a measurement or a challenge there are times when you can take your helmet off on the field. Or when you’re nearing your team area when you approach the bench. But when you score like that, when you remove your helmet you should be flagged. Or when you take off your helmet to argue with the officials you should be flagged, too, and it frustrates me, quite frankly, that we didn’t do that.”


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