Vikings’ Mike Zimmer: Adrian Peterson ‘Can Play For Us Or He Cannot Play’


May 27, 2015

The Minnesota Vikings appear willing to play hardball with running back Adrian Peterson.

Peterson and the Vikings are at odds over where he’ll play football this season. The running back reportedly wants out, and the Vikings have insisted they plan on keeping him in Minnesota. The result, thus far, has been Peterson skipping OTAs.

Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer drew a pretty definitive line in the sand Wednesday, however, when speaking to reporters.

“He’s really got two choices,” Zimmer stated, via “He can play for us or he cannot play. He’s not going to play for anybody else, that’s just the way it’s going to be.”

The issues between the two sides stem back to last season and are centered around what Peterson felt was a lack of support from the club during his legal troubles. The former MVP played in just one game before he was indicted on charges of reckless or negligent injury to a child. reported Tuesday that the 30-year-old Peterson is considering retirement, although one might assume that to be a long shot given Peterson has three years and $45 million left on his contract.

Thumbnail photo via Bruce Kluckhohn/USA TODAY Sports Images

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