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Should The Vikings Play Adrian Peterson If He’s Reinstated Back Into The NFL Next Week?

Submitted by on December 6, 2014 – 1:45 pmOne Comment

There are only four weeks left in the 2014 NFL regular season. And as of right now, the Minnesota Vikings are sitting at 5-7 and appear as though they have little to no chance of making it to the NFL Playoffs. But the team may be getting some good news next week with regards to their star running back Adrian Peterson. And that news may change the way that the Vikings approach the rest of their season.

According to MMQB reporter Peter King, there’s a very good chance that Peterson is going to be reinstated back into the NFL next week, much like Ray Rice was reinstated last week. And if he is—it’s still a big “if” at this point—Peterson will be eligible to play in the rest of the Vikings games this season. So at the very least, the Vikings could get a good look at what Peterson can do on the football field after being forced to sit on the sideline for most of the season due to legal issues stemming from a child abuse-related case. They could also see how he fits into the Vikings’ offensive system now that they’re running with rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.

But will they actually play AP if he’s reinstated? And maybe more importantly, should they play him?

Those questions are really difficult to answer because, at the moment, it’s uncertain where the Vikings even stand when it comes to AP. Back in September, it sounded like they were ready to trade or release him. But they didn’t, which leads us to believe that they’re going to hang on to him next season. And if they’re planning on doing that, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to give him some snaps this season, just to allow him to work his way back into football shape and to knock some of the rust off of him.

We could also see the Vikings not wanting to play him, though. Reason being, he’d serve as a huge distraction to the team at this point. So they might want to leave him on the sideline for the rest of the season and allow him to start fresh next year.

Either way, it’ll be interesting to see how the Vikings handle Peterson if he is, in fact, reinstated. They’re likely going to have to make a decision and that decision could impact their team both this season and next season. So they need to make sure that it’s the right one.

What do you think the Vikings should do if Adrian Peterson is reinstated back into the NFL next week? Play him? Sit him? Release him? Let us know.

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