Nov 4, 2014 3:55 PM

Vikings teammates say they'd welcome Peterson back

The Associated Press

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) Adrian Peterson has been away from the Minnesota Vikings for almost two months.

If he returns this season, teammates would welcome him without hesitation.

That was the consensus from players asked about Peterson, who avoided jail time and a trial on the child abuse charge against him with a plea agreement Tuesday in Texas.

Now the question is whether he will rejoin the Vikings this season. He has been on paid leave, via a special roster exemption issued by the NFL.

General manager Rick Spielman said prior to Peterson's court hearing the Vikings would not comment "until it's appropriate to speak." After the plea agreement was reached, league spokesman Brian McCarthy said there was no timetable for the determination of Peterson's status.


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