Daunte Culpepper

Amid the turmoil, NFL still shows its strength

Adrian Peterson emerged into the late July sunshine in Mankato, Minn., and the crowd erupted with applause just as if the past 10 months had never happened.

Not only is Peterson back in a Vikings uniform after his suspension for whipping his child, but the NFL is back and seemingly as popular as ever after an offseason of Deflategate, concussion controversy, Roger Goodell bashing, and more domestic violence accusations and player suspensions.

Before training camps began, ESPN already was taking the NFL's latest black eyes in stride, ranking the "most impactful player suspensions" for the upcoming season. Dallas Cowboys defensive end Greg Hardy ranked near...