Even though it might be very good for Adrian Peterson gets a brand new start for a team in the NFL, coach Mike Zimmer said that when the star RB is reinstated with the team he wants the player to go back to the Vikings, something that many fans and online bookmakers would really like to see.
Even though it might be very good for Adrian Peterson to get a brand new start in the NFL, coach Mike Zimmer said that when the star RB is reinstated with the team, he wants the player to go back to the Vikings, something that many fans and online bookmakers would really like to see.
In an interview that was published by USA Today Sports on Thursday, the player said that even though some people in the team’s organization were not at all supportive of him returning to the league, he was thinking about starting again fresh with a new NFL team.
“I know there’s people in the organization that support me and there’s people that I know internally that has not been supporting me,” said Peterson. “Maybe it’s best for me to get a fresh start somewhere else.”
NFL sources said that the player was talking about Kevin Warren, the team’s general counsel, as the one who doesn’t want him to go back to the game.
There are sources that said that Warren and the NFL were working side by side to make sure that Peterson does not return to the league this season.
Earlier during the week, Peterson ended up being suspended by commissioner Roger Goodell for the rest of the season in the midst of allegations involving child abuse that were made in Texas, and he told the player that he won’t be considered to be reinstated before April 15 of next year, due to the player violating the league’s policy involving personal conduct.
On November 4, Peterson, who since Week 1 did not play, pleaded no contest to charges involving misdemeanor reckless assault after he used a switch to hurt his 4-year-old son. ON December 2, the player’s appeal to the suspension given by the NFL is set to take place.
“I think Adrian wants to be back here,” said Zimmer. “You have to ask him. I don’t know. But I know he does have an awful lot of people here who have supported him, and I don’t know who he’s speaking of who doesn’t.
“All I know of Adrian is that he’s always been great with me, always done what I’ve asked him to do, and I kind of go by what I see.”
Zimmer said that Peterson, whose eight seasons of his career were spent with the Vikings, is very well appreciated by the coaching staff of Minnesota, and online bookmakers learned that player’s teammates were not very happy at all by the announcement made by Goodell.
According to sources, Minnesota’s ownership – besides GM Rick Spielman – seriously took part in efforts for the player to feature this season for the team, which means that once he is reinstated they could take him back.
“Throughout the whole season we’ve known he’s been gone and I think players were disappointed with the ruling,” said Zimmer. “It’s really about Adrian taking care of himself. Everybody really likes this kid, feels like they hope he comes out of this thing good. So it’s more concern for him than anything else.”