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Report: Vikings won’t cut Adrian Peterson, might trade him

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A young boy holds a ticket featuring a photo of Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson before the start of an NFL football game between the Minnesota Vikings and the New England Patriots, Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, in Minneapolis. Peterson was indicted in Texas on Friday for using a branch to spank one of his sons. He turned himself in early Saturday at a jail in Montgomery County, was processed and released, and deactivated by the Vikings for Sunday’s game. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)


The Vikings have initially taken an “all options on the table” approach to the future of running back Adrian Peterson, but one report says the scope is narrower than that.

According to Bart Hubbuch of the New York Post, the “only certainty is Peterson won’t be released” as a result of his indictment on felony child abuse charges in Texas.

That leaves continued deactivation as an option (at least for three weeks, since it’s a de facto suspension), and the possibility exists for a trade as well.

A trade would be difficult to pull off because of finances and public image, but it doesn’t seem out of the question. Owner Zygi Wilf scheduled a conference call Sunday night with General Manager Rick Spielman and coach Mike Zimmer to discuss their next move.