Minnesota Vikings fans hoping to see Adrian Peterson return to the team for the 2015 season have been dealt a number of blows this week but, after comments from the running back's father today, there may yet be light at the end of the tunnel.
Twenty four hours after it emerged that Peterson's agent had, during an altercation with Vikings officials at the recent NFL Combine, told the team that his client would never play for Minnesota again, AP's dad went on record to deny the player's decision was yet made.
Answering the rumors
Speaking to Minnesota publication The Pioneers Press, Nelson Peterson set the record straight on a number of rumors that have recently surfaced regarding his son's NFL future - and his comments will delight many Vikings fans.
"He (Adrian Peterson) is open to returning to the Vikings," explained Peterson senior.
"He hasn't closed the door on saying, 'I won't play for the Vikings.' He hasn't demanded a trade."
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Setting the record straight
After reports that Adrian Peterson was looking to manufacture a Dallas Cowboys trade, coupled with his agent's recent actions, many had been led to believe that the controversial running back's mind was well and truly made up.
Peterson's father's comments though are about as unambiguous as they come and clearly team Peterson is doing its best to keep all avenues open at this time.
According to Adrian Peterson's family at least, the player has never requested a trade to Dallas and has never had a problem with the Minnesota Vikings fan base during the entire period since allegations surfaced.
While Adrian Peterson may not have ruled out a Vikings comeback in 2015, it is clear that there remains an uneasy relationship between the key players in the saga.
Nelson Peterson spoke with distain when discussing Minnesota Vikings chief operating officer Kevin Warren and his apparent role in ensuring AP didn't take to the field for much of the last campaign.
"Kevin Warren was a major player in the push last year to not have Adrian reinstated," Nelson said.
"We had our sources that we knew that Kevin wasn't working for Adrian to get him back on the field and was working to keep Adrian off the field."