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Peterson, Vikings are on the same page, for now


While it remains to be seen what the Vikings will do with running back Adrian Peterson going forward, the Vikings and Peterson currently are on the same page regarding his absence from the team for Sunday’s home opener against the Patriots.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, it’s very hard on Peterson to not be with the team, but he wants to minimize any distraction arising from his present. He agrees completely with the decision that he not attend Sunday’s game.

The Vikings also wanted to be sure that Peterson would be able to take care of the legal side of the pending child abuse charges, which he did on Saturday by turning himself in and then posting bond.

“The Vikings support him because they know how much he means to the team and that he’s a good person,” the source said. While Peterson supports and accepts the decision that he shouldn’t attend the game, it’s eating at him to miss it -- especially since a victory over the Patriots could mean that the Vikings will be a true contender in 2014.

Win or lose, many questions remain regarding when and if Peterson will be wearing a Vikings uniform again.