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Adrian Peterson absent at Vikings OTAs on Tuesday

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  • By Manouk Akopyan NFL.com
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The offseason-long wait for when Adrian Peterson will wear a Vikings uniform is still on hold.

Voluntary organized team activities for the Vikings began Tuesday in Minnesota, but Peterson currently is staying home in Texas as planned, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports, per sources informed of the running back's thinking.

Rapoport noted Sunday that Peterson's plans are fluid and could change next week -- the Vikings have additional OTAs scheduled from June 2 to June 4 -- and that his feelings toward his contract still haven't changed.

The six-time Pro Bowl runner has three years and $44.25 million left on his deal -- none of it guaranteed -- including $12.75 million in 2015. Rapoport reported last month that if Minnesota guaranteed some of his 2016 salary, that would go a long way toward mending the strained relationship.

Peterson will receive a $250,000 bonus if he's at 90 percent of OTAs and minicamp. Peterson participated in OTAs and minicamps last year, but that was before he missed 15 games stemming from a no-contest plea on what the NFL called "an incident of abusive discipline" toward his 4-year-old son.

Earlier this week, Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said he had an "indication" when his star player would report to the team, and put the onus on Peterson.

"It's up to Adrian, really," Zimmer said. "He's the guy you should ask ... We'd like all our players here. It's the voluntary time of year right now and it's his decision in what he wants to do."

We expect Peterson to be the Vikings' starting Week 1 back, but the uncomfortable waiting game continues for now.

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