Minnesota Vikings running-back Adrian Peterson has been in the headlines for all the wrong reasons lately after he was indicted on charges of child abuse.
The All-Pro tailback was deactivated for Minnesota's week two game on Sunday against the New England Patriots, and it seems that his punishment may go even further than that.
Vikings' personnel are understood to be rightly concerned about the amount of bad publicity that Peterson has brought upon the franchise in the past week.
On the trade block
But according to the New York Post, Minnesota are not willing to release their star running back, but alternately could well look into trading him down the line.
It is important to mention that at this stage the Vikings are not eager to trade Peterson, but the Post's report suggests that if any further details emerge that shine both Peterson and the Vikings in turn in a bad light, then they will be willing to trade.
"An NFL source familiar with the thinking of the Vikings’ ownership group said Sunday the only certainty is Peterson won’t be released because of his shocking indictment Friday afternoon," The Post reported.
"But everything else — including the long-shot possibility of a trade — is still on the table after the Minnesota star was arrested and jailed over the weekend for allegedly injuring his 4-year-old son last May by brutally beating him with a thin tree limb while the child was naked."
But even if the Vikings want to trade Peterson in the coming weeks or months, they may face a hard time trying to get another team to broker a trade.
This isn't because Peterson lacks quality, it is more to do with the fact that his NFL future remains uncertain.
Even second-year Vikings' receiver Cordarrelle Patterson admits that his team expect Peterson will be gone for a while.
"We've got to get the mindset that (No.) 28 probably ain't going to be here with us," Patterson told ESPN. "So we have to come in and do what we do best."
However, recent reports have suggested that Peterson will play week 3 against New Orleans Saints. This is a clear example of the Vikings using up as much of Peterson as they can before they make a real decision on his future, or a decision gets made for them by the authorities.