The Minnesota Vikings have just released a statement regarding the status of running back Adrian Peterson. Here, in its entirety, is that statement.
In regards to Adrian Peterson's status with the Minnesota Vikings, at this time his potential reinstatement is under NFL guidelines. As an organization, we respect and understand the league's process. In the interim, our focus is on the team and preparing for this weekend's game against the Bears.
Part of me says that they're willing to let the legal process play out, because that's really all they can do.
The more skeptical side of me thinks that they're saying that they're willing to let the legal process play out because it continues to keep the heat off of them for the time being.
As I stated yesterday, I don't know what direction the Minnesota Vikings are going to go with Adrian Peterson when the league decides what it's going to do with him. But the league is burning daylight here, and has the real spectre of a grievance from the NFLPA staring at them if they don't do something fairly soon.
EDIT: From today's press conference just moments ago.
Zimmer on AP: "We support him, but the whole thing is out of our hands."— Ben Goessling (@GoesslingESPN) November 10, 2014
Zimmer: NFL has not given Vikings a timetable; assuming he's not here until they hear different.— Ben Goessling (@GoesslingESPN) November 10, 2014