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Dispute emerges regarding internal dispute in Minnesota


With a report emerging that the Vikings aren’t on the same page regarding running back Adrian Peterson, a dispute is now emerging regarding whether that report is accurate.

Earlier today, Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reported that an “internal battle” exists in Minnesota regarding whether Peterson should return to the team. A league source with direct knowledge of the situation insists that the report is not true.

The source contends that the organization is “100 percent unified” on Peterson. “There has been no rift internally at all.”

The question now becomes whether Rapoport, who works for a media company partially owned by the Vikings, will back track or double down.

The question also becomes whether the report is indeed accurate. The players want Peterson. Presumably, the coaches do, too. Ditto for the football operations personnel, whose job security hinges on winning games. If there’s dissent, it’s likely coming from someone whose employment status is determined by factors other than wins and losses.