Despite the potential negative PR consequences, the Vikings have steadfastly said they would welcome Peterson back to the playing field.
Chief operating officer Kevin Warren said on Thursday that the club would welcome him back “with open arms” once he is reinstated by the NFL.
“He’s a member of the Vikings family,” said Warren during a conference call with reproters. “I just wanted to go up, give him a hug and let him know he looked good.” Warren added that he hopes to “win multiple Super Bowls with Peterson,” and “attend his Hall of Fame induction.”
Peterson, 29, finished the 2013 season with 1,266 yards and 10 touchdowns. What he could bring to the Vikings who ran rookie Jerrick McKinnon remains to be seen. McKinnon looked efficient in his 11 games last season running for 538 yards on a 4.8 average.