Peterson to play for Vikings or not at all this season

Published 8:50 am Thursday, May 28, 2015

EDEN PRAIRIE — Adrian Peterson spent the last five months sending vague and sometimes ambiguous messages about his desire or lack thereof to remain with the Minnesota Vikings.

Peterson and Vikings coach Mike Zimmer finally cut to the chase Wednesday.

“He’s really got two choices. He can either play for us or he cannot play,” Zimmer said on the second day of optional practices that Peterson skipped. “He’s not going to play for anybody else and that’s just the way it’s going to be.”

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Hours after Zimmer laid down that edict, Peterson tweeted a statement of his own that he gave to ESPN.

“The reason I’m not attending OTAs has nothing to do with wanting to be traded,” he said. “It’s about securing my future with the Vikings. It’s business, not personal and I understand that firsthand. Go Vikings.”