After missing the first week of Minnesota Vikings’ organized team activities, running back Adrian Peterson returned to the team facility on Tuesday and was glad to be back. He citied “personal obligations” for his missed time.
“Ultimately what it came down to was get back in the building,” Peterson told reporters. “I’ve been working out hard, keeping my body in shape and it came down just to getting back in the building, being around my teammates, being around my coaches, getting back into the swing of things. I reached out, kinda gave them the heads up and said I’ll be in town, I’ll be coming in.”
Peterson has been away from the Vikings for nearly nine months following his indictment last September for disciplining his child with a switch.
“I’ve learned a lot from a mistake and I’m moving forward and I’m focused on what’s in front of me and bettering myself as a person and professionally as a player,” Peterson said.
The running back was kept away mostly by the league, but more recently by his reluctance to rejoin a team he felt did not support him enough. However, he appears to have moved past that point.
“It felt good just to kinda be back, to be around the fellas, to be around the people that have been supporting,” Peterson said. “And each and every guy has been supportive and the people in the front office. … I’ve been knowing these people for eight years.”