Minnesota Vikings executive vice president and general manager Rick Spielman said Sunday that "all options are on the table" when it comes to how the team will handle the allegations against running back Adrian Peterson.
On Friday, Peterson was indicted by a grand jury on charges of reckless or negligent injury to a child. He was booked into the Montgomery County jail at 1:06 a.m. CT and released at 1:35 a.m. CT early Saturday morning after posting $15,000 bond. He was deactivated for the Vikings' 30-7 loss to the Patriots on Sunday.
"Friday night was the first we heard of the formal allegations against Adrian Peterson, and we decided, as an organization, that to deactivate him this weekend was in the best interest of everybody concerned," Spielman told ESPN's Sal Paolantonio. "We are, as an organization, still in the process of gathering information, and at the end of the weekend we will discuss what we will do going forward.
"You don't want to make any knee-jerk reactions. All options are on the table. You can't take any options off the table because we're still gathering information."
An announcement or decision on Peterson's future could come as early as Monday, according to a league source.
Coach Mike Zimmer said he addressed the situation with the team before Sunday's game.
After the game he talked about the team playing without it's top playmaker.
"We've got to go on and go about it. It's just part of life," Zimmer said. "Would we have liked to have him? Sure. But I think any time you lose your best player, it's a team game. Everybody has to step up. I'm sure that when [Packers quarterback Aaron] Rodgers went down last year that Green Bay had to suck it up and go, so we've got to suck it up, too. We didn't today."
"You know what affected the team? Throwing interceptions, getting a field goal blocked, not tackling well enough, having penalties on defense," Zimmer said. "That's what affected the team. The team was fine."
Peterson didn't accompany the Vikings to Sunday's game. He did, however, tweet a Bible verse on the topic of judging others.
- Adrian Peterson (@AdrianPeterson) September 14, 2014
At a news conference on Saturday afternoon, Montgomery County first assistant district attorney Phil Grant said Peterson was charged with one count of injury to a child and could be sentenced to as many as two years in state jail as well as a $10,000 fine. Probation is an option, Grant said, for defendants with no prior criminal record.
On Saturday, the NFL told ESPN.com it would review Peterson's case under the league's personal conduct policy.
Last October, Peterson's 2-year-old son died in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, after being allegedly assaulted by a man who was dating the boy's mother. Peterson learned only two months earlier that he was the boy's father. The man who is accused of assaulting the boy, Joseph Robert Patterson, was charged with murder and manslaughter.
Peterson reflected on the loss in an August interview with ESPN.com Vikings reporter Ben Goessling.
"It's just made me stop taking things for granted," said Peterson, who turned 29 in March. "Life is short. You never know. You just want to take advantage of the time you do have."
Meanwhile, those Vikings players who would speak about Peterson largely supported the 2012 NFL MVP while doing their best to downplay the effect his absence had in Sunday's loss.
Quarterback Matt Cassel said he was "shocked" to hear the news about Peterson, "probably just like everybody else," but added the Vikings didn't change their game plan because of Peterson's absence.
"It's Adrian Peterson. He's definitely an impact player without a doubt," Cassel said. "At the same time, I don't think we can use that as an excuse for why we performed the way we did today. The great example was last year, when we lost him for the Philadelphia game, and the team went out and performed well and we won the game without him. That happens sometimes, whether it's through injury or unfortunate circumstances; you're going to lose players and you have to learn how to close ranks and move forward."
Wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson gave possibly the most insightful response when asked about the identity of the Vikings' offense without Peterson. "We've got to get the mindset that (No.) 28 probably ain't going to be here with us," Patterson said, "so we have to come in and do what we do best."
ESPN.com's Ben Goessling contributed to this report.