Adrian Peterson Rejoins The Vikings After 9 Months

By Staff  |  06/02/2015

Adrian Peterson

After a nine-month absence, running back Adrian Peterson is back with the Minnesota Vikings.

The 30-year-old is set to re-join the Vikings for organized team activities on Tuesday (June 2), following his absence that back to when he was indicted on Sept. 12 for injuring his child while disciplining him with a switch.

"I'm returning because I want to. I'm a part of this football team and I owe it to the guys I play with and to our coaches," Peterson wrote in an email to ESPN. "I was planning on coming in this week, and I'm looking forward to getting back on the field. It's what I love to do."

Peterson previously had reservations about returning to the Vikings after missing 15 games last season. Back in February, he told ESPN he believed the team had not sufficiently supported him through his legal troubles.

His agent, Ben Dogra, said in March it was in Peterson's "best interests" to play elsewhere.

Despite the friction, the Vikings said they would not trade Peterson, and after talking to coach Mike Zimmer, he returns to the team.