Adrian Peterson revealed today that he has not given up on playing again in the NFL this season.
The Minnesota Vikings running back has only completed one NFL game so far during the 2014 campaign after child abuse charges saw him placed on indefinite leave, before he was suspended by the NFL for the rest of the season.
The clock is certainly ticking with regard to Peterson's chances of playing again this season with only three regular season games remaining, but the running back has never let adversity get him down and he's told the NFL Players Association that he still aims to return to the field this season.
Peterson remains hopeful
"He's told us he wants to play this season," revealed NFLPA union executive George Atallah on Tuesday, NFL.com reported.
What we've got to remember is that through all of the problems that Peterson has endured in the last few months, the Vikings have stood by Peterson and kept him contracted to the franchise.
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Peterson unlikely to return
This means that if Peterson did have his suspension overturned he could then return to action much quicker than a player such a Ray Rice, who has no team.
And the likelihood of the Vikings wanting to put him back in their starting line-up is very high right now, with fellow tailback Jerick McKinnon out for the rest of the season.
Meanwhile, NFL insider Ian Rapoport stated last month that certain Vikings' personnel would like to see him playing again in Minnesota.
But in reality, Peterson will not return to the NFL this season and he should concern himself with what plans he has for next season and beyond. Making comments such as this just shows how deluded Peterson is right now. He should have just accepted his punishment and moved on.