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Report: Vikings Divided About Adrian Peterson Returning

Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network report that Vikings executives are divided on whether they want Adrian Peterson to return immediately if reinstated.

  • According to Rapoport, there is an “internal battle brewing” in the Vikings’ front office.
  • Rapoport adds that the coaching staff reportedly wants Peterson back, but there appears to be some concern coming the front office.
  • Jason La Canfora reports that the Vikings have some “serious concerns” about Peterson’s physical and mental state following his prolonged layoff.

Peterson could still face a six-game suspension under the new personal conduct policy, but Rapoport mentions that his bad will most likely be less than six games after a compromise is reached.

The NFL is expected to weigh a combination of time served and loss of pay upon reinstating Peterson. Rapoport suggests Peterson could be back by the time December rolls around.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen reported earlier Sunday morning that the NFL Players Association sent a letter to the NFL on Friday, calling for the immediate reinstatement of RB Adrian Peterson based on the agreement that allowed Peterson to be placed on the commissioner’s exempt list.

The agreement explicitly states that Peterson would be removed from the list upon resolution of his legal matter, which happened last week.

However, the NFL appears to be dragging their feet. For the time being, the league has requested all evidence from his court case to have reviewed by independent experts.

The NFLPA is reportedly prepared to file a grievance on his behalf this week, but Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk mentions that the NFL could actually be buying the Viking time to make a decision regarding Peterson.

We’ll have more updates regarding Peterson and his reinstatement as the news is available.