Adrian Peterson is one of the hottest topics in the NFL for all the wrong reasons at the moment.
The Minnesota Vikings running back was indicted on charges of child abuse this month, and as a result, Adrian Peterson has been suspended indefinitely by the Vikings.
But for all of those Vikings and NFL fantasy fans out there that still support Peterson, there is still hope, with the former NFL MVP still likely to make a return to the NFL this season, according to reports.
The Vikings stated their support for Peterson early last week, explaining that they were willing to see how the legal process played out.
However, after more consideration, the Vikings changed their mind and deactivated Peterson for the rest of the season. But Minnesota did this because they felt compelled to let Peterson go to trial before he plays again.
Peterson could return in 2014
As a result, Peterson could see a jail cell before he sees more action in the NFL. But recent reports have stated that Peterson is trying to accelerate the legal process, which means if he's found not guilty he could be back playing in the NFL this season.
"If Peterson is able to get a trial sooner rather than later, it would increase his chances of returning to action as soon as possible, and do so with the Minnesota Vikings. While ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported on Sunday that the Vikings are likely through with Peterson, if the running back can clear himself of the charges in a way that is satisfactory of the team and the NFL's personal-conduct policy, that could feasibly change," SBNation reported on Tuesday.
Whether he ends up back in a Vikings jersey remains to be seen though. Several reports suggest that the Vikings are willing to trade Peterson, while some others state that the franchise are even interested in releasing their star running back.
One thing is for sure, this story is going to run and run for some time yet. If Peterson can return from a potentially career-ending knee injury and pick the NFL MVP the next season like he did a couple of years back, then he can do just about anything. Watch this space.
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