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Vikings' Mike Zimmer says he wants Adrian Peterson back in 2015

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Adrian Peterson's career with the Minnesota Vikings may have just taken another twist after it was revealed that not everybody at the Vikings wants the star running back to find a new team.

Following Peterson's child abuse charges for striking his own four-year-old son, the noise out of Minnesota suggested that key Vikings' personnel wanted to trade or release Peterson after all the bad publicity the franchise has been subject to.

Peterson is still wanted

But now Minnesota seemed to have changed their tune, with head coach Mike Zimmer stating today that he wants Peterson to return to the Vikings in 2015.

"I think obviously he's a great running back, and if it works out that way and things work out and he gets his life in order -- that's the most important thing, he gets his life in order, he gets the opportunity to come back -- then I will be in his corner whatever the decision is made," Zimmer explained.

Plenty of support

Peterson still has a lot of supporters in the NFL amongst players and staff. Even though he has dragged his reputation globally in the mud, Zimmer says Peterson has never acted out in front of him and he believes he can still be an excellent football player going forward.

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"Adrian was always great with me. I think he's a good person," Zimmer added. "I think he would add value to any team, to be honest with you. I think the kid's a heck of a football player."

What does the future hold?

Adrian Peterson's future at the Vikings is still up in the air after a terrible season of woes for the running back.

Peterson certainly deserves those woes after some despicable actions in his private life. Striking his son with a switch was hugely misguided and it started a debate world wide about what is acceptable when it comes to disciplined parenting.

In the end, Peterson apologized and was banned by the NFL after reaching a plea deal.

But while the Vikings make noises like this there is a chance he could return to Minnesota. But maybe the more likely scenario at the moment is that the All-Pro running back will move on from the NFC North team in the offseason.

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