Vikings’ Patterson: Team needs to realize Peterson could be out a while
The Vikings only had 54 rushing yards and 217 total yards on Sunday in a 30-7 loss against the Patriots. They also turned the ball over four times.
"We've got to get the mindset that (No.) 28 probably ain't going to be here with us," Patterson said, according to ESPN.com. "So we have to come in and do what we do best."
Peterson turned himself in on Saturday and was released on $15,000 bond after being charged with reckless or negligent injury to a child. He did not play in Sunday's game.
The New York Post reported on Monday that the team met Sunday night to discuss Peterson’s future with the team, which could include a trade of the six-time Pro Bowler.
But Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer dismissed the notion that Peterson's situation affected the team.
"No, it didn't affect the team," Zimmer said. "You know what affected the team? Throwing interceptions, getting a field goal blocked, not tackling well enough, having penalties on defense. That's what affected the team. The team was fine."
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