"I think Adrian wants to be back here," Zimmer said. "You have to ask him. I don't know. But I know he does have an awful lot of people here who have supported him, and I don't know who he's speaking of who doesn't. All I know of Adrian is that he's always been great with me, always done what I've asked him to do, and I kind of go by what I see."
However, in an exclusive interview with USA Today on Thursday, Peterson hinted that he hasn't received support from some within the Vikings organization and playing for a different team is a possibility.
"I know who loves me. The coaches and the players, it's not going to be a problem. I've felt so much support from those guys," Peterson said. "The organization, I know there's people in the organization that support me and there's people that I know internally that has not been supporting me. Maybe it's best for me to get a fresh start somewhere else.
"I would love to go back and play in Minnesota to get a feel and just see if my family still feels comfortable there. But if there's word out that, hey, they might release me, then so be it. I would feel good knowing that I've given everything I had in me."
Peterson will have his appeal of the suspension heard Dec. 2. If he loses the appeal, he might explore his legal options and seek damages for missing the season, according to NFL.com National Insider Ian Rapoport.
Peterson was suspended Tuesday for the rest of the season by the league after pleading no contest to misdemeanor reckless assault charges earlier in the month in regard to the beating of his son.
"I won't ever use a switch again," Peterson said. "There's different situations where a child needs to be disciplined as far as timeout, taking their toys away, making them take a nap. There's so many different ways to discipline your kids."
Peterson added that he would "love to go back and play" for the Vikings, "[b]ut if there's word out that hey, they might release me, then so be it. I would feel good knowing that I've given everything I had in me."
Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a letter to Peterson that the running back had failed to show remorse for his actions. "Ultimately, I know I'll have my opportunity to sit down with Roger face to face, and I'll be able to say a lot of the same things that I've said to you," Peterson said. "Don't say that I'm not remorseful, because in my statement, I showed that I was remorseful. I regretted everything that took place. I love my child, more than anyone could ever imagine."
The NFL Players Association appealed the decision to suspend Peterson for at least the remainder of the season Thursday morning.
The NFL Players Association appealed commissioner Roger Goodell's suspension of
In a letter obtained by the Associated Press, the union demanded an independent, neutral arbitrator hear Peterson's case. On Tuesday, under the league's personal conduct policy, Goodell suspended Peterson for the rest of the season and said he won't be considered for reinstatement until April 15.
Peterson's appeal hearing is scheduled for Dec. 2, according to ESPN's Chris Mortensen.
Peterson pleaded no contest to misdemeanor reckless assault for striking his 4-year-old son with a switch. The union claims Peterson was told the games he missed while the legal process played out would count as time served toward his suspension.
The NFL on Tuesday suspended Peterson for the rest of this season and said he won't be reinstated until at least April 2015. Peterson will appeal.
Peterson pleaded no contest this month to misdemeanor reckless assault for striking his 4-year-old son with a switch.
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