It’s unknown if/when the NFL will allow Vikings running back Adrian Peterson to return to football. It’s becoming more and more clear that, whatever the NFL does and whenever the NFL does it, the Vikings are ready to welcome him home.
A report emerged nine days ago suggesting that the Vikings aren’t on the same page about Peterson. One source told us at the time that the report was hogwash (or something conveying that sentiment, with the same bovine reference coach Mike Zimmer made on Sunday about the clock operator in Chicago). It’s now becoming more clear that the Vikings are indeed in agreement that Peterson, perhaps the greatest player in team history and one of the best running backs to ever play the game, will be embraced, once he’s eligible to play.
Another report emerging nine days ago suggested that the team has concerns about Peterson’s mental and physical status. Again, that’s hogwash — or stronger.
Peterson is ready to go; the question is whether the NFL will let him go. Another question is why the NFL didn’t drop the hammer on Peterson on Monday, when multiple reports indicated it was coming.
Either way, answers are coming soon, with a ruling on Peterson’s status under the Commissioner-Exempt list possibly coming by Wednesday.