Adrian Peterson is not at the first week of the Vikings’ organized team activities, but the star running clarified his absence Wednesday night after coach Mike Zimmer said Peterson has “two choices — he can either play for us or he can … not play.”

Peterson made a statement to ESPN which read: “The reason I’m not attending OTAs has nothing to do with wanting to be traded. It’s about securing my future with the Vikings. It’s business, not personal, and I understand that firsthand. Go Vikings.”

Peterson has three years and $46 million left on his contract, none of it guaranteed. His agent, Ben Dogra, backed off on trade demands, but clearly the Peterson camp would like some sort of contract guarantees.

“It’s really not my place to figure out what he’s not saying publicly or what anybody else is saying,” Zimmer said. “It’s more about, really, these guys who are out here.

“He’s not going to play for anybody else. That’s just the way it’s going to be.”

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