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Height/Weight: 6-1/217 | Birthdate: 3/21/1985 | Birthplace: Palestine, TX, USA | Team: Minnesota | College: Oklahoma | NFL Experience: 8 | Owned/Started%: 73/11 | Average Draft Position: 4.81
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Players union appeals Vikings RB Adrian Peterson's suspension


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(1:09 pm ET) The NFL Players Association appealed commissioner Roger Goodell's suspension of Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, calling the punishment "unprecedented, arbitrary, and unlawful."

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.


Report: Vikings not planning to cut ties with Adrian Peterson


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(11/18/2014) The Vikings have no plans to cut or trade running back Adrian Peterson during his NFL suspension, reports the New York Post. Peterson's future with the team beyond this year will be decided by general manager Rick Spielman and coach Mike Zimmer, the report added.

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.


Arbitrator sides with NFL against Adrian Peterson


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(11/18/2014) Arbitrator Shyam Das ruled against Adrian Peterson, agreeing with the NFL that it can keep the Vikings running back on the commissioner's exempt list, reports CBS Sports Insider Jason La Canfora. Das heard Peterson's grievance in a conference call Monday.

The ruling comes on the heels of Commissioner Roger Goodell suspending Peterson without pay for at least the rest of this season. Peterson is expected to file an appeal soon.

Peterson pleaded no contest to misdmeanor reckless assault for hitting his 4-year-old child. He avoided jail time in the case and was seeking immediate reinstatement to the NFL.

Tuesday's ruling means Peterson remains barred from all team activities pending the appeal of his suspension.


Waiting on Adrian Peterson probably won't pay off


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(11/18/2014) Fantasy owners who stashed Adrian Peterson in hopes of getting a boost late in the season received a body blow Tuesday, with the league's announcement that Peterson has been suspended for the remainder of the season.

Peterson, who had been on the league's Exempt/Commissioner's Permission list since Sept. 17, was hoping to return for the final six weeks of the season after accepting a plea deal in his case last week. However, the announcement of Peterson's suspension and the Vikings' statement of non-support for Peterson seems to indicate that his chances of seeing the field this season are essentially gone.

The NFLPA has already announced it will appeal the suspension, but is there any reason at this point to think the Vikings would welcome Peterson back into the fold with open arms? "We respect the league's decision and will have no further comment at this time," hardly sounds like the statement of a team that is going to fight to get Peterson back on the field, does it? Even if he is reinstated, will the Vikings be willing to make him active every week, especially when reports have indicated he may not be a long-term part of their plans beyond this season anyways?

Though there is a slim chance Peterson could still return, it probably isn't something you want to pin your hopes on. If you can spare the roster spot, it probably isn't hurting you to keep him on the end of your bench, but don't expect much out of it. At this point, both Jerick McKinnon (79 percent owned) and Matt Asiata (73 percent) should both be valued over Peterson.


Vikings have 'no further comment' on Adrian Peterson's suspension


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/18/2014) The Vikings released a statement Tuesday in the wake of the NFL announcement it has suspended running back Adrian Peterson without pay for the rest of the 2014 season. However, the Vikings were very brief with their statement.

"The NFL has informed the Vikings of today's decision regarding Adrian Peterson. We respect the league’s decision and will have no further comment at this time," the Vikings announced.

The NFLPA has announced it will appeal the league's decision.


Vikings RB Adrian Peterson suspended remainder of 2014 season


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/18/2014) The NFL announced Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is suspended without pay for at least the remainder of the 2014 season on Tuesday.

Peterson is expected to appeal. 


Arbitrator says he'll issue Adrian Peterson decision 'quickly'


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(11/17/2014) Arbitrator Shyam Das heard Adrian Peterson's grievance seeking immediate reinstatement in a 30-minute conference call Monday and told both parties he would issue his decision "quickly," reports ESPN's Chris Mortensen. Mortensen said that could mean a ruling as early as Tuesday.

The Vikings running back, who was initially charged with felony child abuse, wants to be allowed to play following his no contest plea to misdemeanor reckless assault in the case. The NFL said it would remove Peterson from the commissioner's exempt list once the case was resolved, but now says it is reviewing the incident under the league's personal conduct policy for possible discipline.


Vikings' Adrian Peterson disputes NFL version of events on hearing


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/16/2014) Vikings running back Adrian Peterson released a statement Sunday through the NFLPA disputing the events that led to him missing a disciplinary hearing Friday.

"The report that I backed out of a meeting with the NFL is just not true. When Roger Goodell's office asked that I attend the 'hearing' on Friday, I consulted with my union and learned that this 'hearing' was something new and inconsistent with the CBA. On Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday of this past week, my union sent emails, letters, and had conversations with his office on my behalf asking about the nature of the hearing, how it was to occur, who would participate, and its purpose. We repeatedly asked them to respond quickly to my questions because I want to cooperate and get back on the field, but they didn't respond until late Wednesday evening, and even then they didn't answer important questions about their proposed 'hearing.'

"After consulting with the union, I told the NFL that I will attend the standard meeting with the Commissioner prior to possible imposition of discipline, as has been the long-term practice under the CBA, but I wouldn’t participate in a newly created and non-collectively bargained pre-discipline 'hearing' that would include outside people I don't know and who would have roles in the process that the NFL wouldn't disclose. At this point, I've resolved my matter in the criminal court; I've worked to make amends for what I've done; I've missed most of the season, and I stand ready to be candid and forthcoming with Mr. Goodell about what happened. However, I will not allow the NFL to impose a new process of discipline on me, ignore the CBA, ignore the deal they agreed to with me, and behave without fairness or accountability. The process they are pushing is arbitrary, inconsistent, and contrary to what they agreed to do, and for those reasons, I never agreed to the hearing.

"I'm sorry for all of this, but I can't excuse their refusal to be fair."


Report: Adrian Peterson missed 'more significant' hearing Friday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11/15/2014) Although he has a grievance hearing set for Monday, Vikings running back Adrian Peterson missed an even "more significant" disciplinary hearing on Friday in connection to his violation of law in an incident of family violence. Peterson previously agreed to attend the meeting before backing out, a league source told Adam Schefter of ESPN Saturday.

According to the report, Peterson would not give the league an alternative date and it appears as if the NFL and NFLPA have reached a stalemate. NFLPA spokesperson George Atallah criticized the league's handling of Peterson's ban in an email to Schefter on Saturday.

"The League office seems more focused on creating an arbitrary disciplinary process for Adrian instead of honoring a signed agreement to remove him from the Commissioner's list," Atallah said.


Asiata on fellow Vikings RB Peterson: 'He can't wait to play'


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11/13/2014) Vikings running back Matt Asiata revealed Thursday that he's been exchanging texts with suspended Adrian Peterson and that the latter is optimistic about soon rejoining the team.

Peterson was indicted in Texas in September to a felony charge of child abuse and will miss his ninth straight game Sunday. He remains on the NFL exempt list and will have a hearing Monday with an arbitrator over an NFLPA grievance that seeks to have him reinstated.

"He can't wait to play," Asiata reported to the St. Paul Pioneer Press. "He's staying on the grind and just waiting for the call to come back. ... He's so competitive."


Report: Adrian Peterson's grievance hearing set for Monday


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(11/11/2014) The hearing on Vikings running back Adrian Peterson's grievance against the NFL will be held Monday, reports Pro Football Talk. Then arbitrator Shyam Das will have five days to issue a ruling, the report said.

Under that timetable, Peterson's playing status would be determined before Minnesota's Nov. 23 game against Green Bay.

The NFL Players Association filed a grievance Monday seeking Peterson's immediate reinstatement. The filing came after Peterson avoided jail time in his child abuse case, pleading no contest to misdemeanor reckless assault.

Per PFT, the grievance argues Peterson should have been removed from the Commissioner's Exempt List as soon as his legal case was resolved. The league has said it is reviewing Peterson's status under its personal conduct policy.


Report: Adrian Peterson's status to be decided by Nov. 22


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(11/11/2014) The status of Vikings running back Adrian Peterson will be decided by Nov. 22 at the latest, reports Pro Football Talk. The NFL Players Association filed an expedited grievance Monday to remove Peterson from the Commissioner's Exempt List and allow him to play.

According to PFT, the collective bargaining agreement states a hearing on the grievance must be held within seven days, then the grievance must be resolved within five days of the hearing.

The case could be resolved much sooner, PFT notes. "A conference call will happen as soon as Tuesday between the league, the NFLPA, and arbitrator Shyam Das," the website said.

Peterson pleaded no contest to misdemeanor reckless assault in his child abuse case, avoiding jail time. He has not played since Week 1 and remains barred from all team activities. The NFL could still suspend Peterson under its personal conduct policy.


NFLPA files non-injury grievance on behalf of Adrian Peterson


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(11/10/2014) Not wanting to wait on the NFL’s decision, the NFL Players Association announced they filed an expedited, non-injury grievance to remove Adrian Peterson from the Commissioner’s Exempt list.

Peterson has not played for the Vikings since Week 1 after being placed on the Commissioner's Exempt list. He is currently waiting to hear if he’ll be suspended under the NFL's personal conduct policy

“We asked the NFL to honor the terms of that agreement last week and as of now, they have failed to respond or comply,” said the NFLPA in a statement. “It is our obligation to protect all players’ rights, and we will pursue any and all breaches of any contract between a player and his team or the NFL.”


Vikings release statement on status of Adrian Peterson


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(11/10/2014) With the NFL inching closer to a decision on Adrian Peterson's reinstatement, the Vikings released a statement on their website.

"In regards to Adrian Peterson's status with the Minnesota Vikings, at this time his potential reinstatement is under NFL guidelines," the team wrote. "As an organization, we respect and understand the league's process. In the interim, our focus is on the team and preparing for this weekend's game against the Bears."

Peterson recently pleaded no contest to reckless assault in a child abuse case. He has not played since Week 1 after being placed on the NFL's exempt list. He is currently waiting to hear if he'll be suspended under the NFL's personal conduct policy.

Whether the Vikings welcome Peterson back also remains to be seen. Sources within the Vikings organization have indicated team executives are split on what to do with the running back, reports Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.


NFLPA expected to file grievance if NFL delays Peterson ruling


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(11/9/2014) The NFLPA wants the NFL to rule on Adrian Peterson's status by Tuesday, and if the league delays the decision, the NFLPA is expected to file a non-injury grievance, according to CBSSports.com NFL Insider Jason La Canfora.

Sources indicated Peterson is hoping to play for the Vikings in Week 11 against the Bears, and his legal team is prepared to file a court injunction to expedite the NFL’s decision.

Peterson recently pleaded no contest to reckless assault in a child abuse case. He has not played since Week 1 after being placed on the NFL’s exempt list.


NFL to review Adrian Peterson's case for potential discipline


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/6/2014) The NFL informed Vikings running back Adrian Peterson on Thursday his case will be reviewed for potential discipline under the league's personal conduct policy. Peterson is seeking reinstatement after he reached a plea agreement in his child abuse case Tuesday.

The NFL has requested Peterson submit relevant information regarding his case and meet with designated experts who will make recommendations for the Commissioner’s consideration. Peterson will also be allowed to have a hearing prior to issuance of any discipline.

Peterson will remain on the Reserve/Commissioner Exempt list until the process is complete. Peterson has been away from the team since mid-September.

He made an attempt for immediate resinstatement following his plea agreement Tuesday, but the NFL denied the request, according to a FOX Sports report. However, it "highly unlikely" anything with Peterson will be resolved until next week at the earliest, sources told ESPN.


Report: NFL rejected attempt for Peterson's immediate reinstatement


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/6/2014) The NFL rejected an attempt for immediate reinstatement for Vikings running back Adrian Peterson following his plea agreement Tuesday, two sources informed of the discussions told FOX Sports. The NFL also refused to engage in talks about a settlement over his playing status.

If Peterson wasn't able to get immediate reinstatement, his camp hoped to at least reach an understanding with the league about what Peterson would need to do to return to the field and how quickly that would take place.

The sources said the NFL executives made it clear a decision on Peterson's status would be forthcoming, and the league would inform Peterson at that point.

On Wednesday, a ProFootballTalk.com report indicated Peterson is hoping to be back on the field Week 11 at Chicago.

"It only takes an airplane trip to do it," Peterson's attorney, Rusty Hardin, said. "I'm hoping that can be done quickly and I'm hoping the NFL is receptive to it and agrees to it and get this issue off the front page, because it's time for him to go back and ... play football."

Peterson pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge of reckless assault in his child abuse case. He was fined $4,000 and must serve 80 hours of community service.


Adrian Peterson hoping to play Week 11


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(11/5/2014) The NFL has not set a timetable on Adrian Peterson's potential reinstatement, but the Vikings running back is aiming to play Week 11 at Chicago when the team returns from its bye, reports Pro Football Talk.

"It only takes an airplane trip to do it," Peterson's attorney, Rusty Hardin, told the website. "I'm hoping that can be done quickly and I'm hoping the NFL is receptive to it and agrees to it and get this issue off the front page, because it's time for him to go back and ... play football."

Peterson pleaded no contest Tuesday to a Class A misdemeanor in his child abuse case and will avoid jail time. He remains on the Exempt/Commissioner's Permission List and is not allowed to participate in team activities. The NFL, which could decide to suspend Peterson, has said only that it will review his status.


Vikings will not comment on Adrian Peterson until 'appropriate time'


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11/4/2014) The Vikings have released a statement regarding the recent news on Adrian Peterson:

"The Vikings are aware of today's plea agreement involving Adrian Peterson. We will have further comment at the appropriate time."

Peterson pleaded no contest to a Class A misdemeanor, avoiding jail time on Tuesday. He was fined $4,000, will serve 80 hours of community service and be placed on probation. He is currently on the Exempt/Commissioner's Permission list with pay and could be back on the football field at some point this season, pending a decision from the league.


Judge accepts Adrian Peterson's no contest plea, avoids jail time


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/4/2014) Montgomery County (Texas) District Attorney Brett Ligon announced Tuesday Vikings running back Adrian Peterson pleaded no contest to a Class A misdemeanor. Peterson was charged with reckless assault in the child abuse case.

Judge Kelly Case deferred Peterson's no contest plea for two years. He was fined $4,000, will serve 80 hours of community service and be placed on probation

Peterson was indicted in September on a felony charge of injury to a child for using a wooden switch to discipline his 4-year-old son. The boy suffered cuts, marks and bruising, according to the Associated Press.

Ligon added there will be no conviction on Peterson's record provided he completes the conditions of the plea agreement. Ligon also said Peterson will be subjected to random drug tests, as per the condition of every probation.

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said the league will review Peterson's situation, but the league "cannot provide a timetable," according to NFL.com. Peterson's attorney, Rusty Hardin, said Peterson's return to the league "is in the hands of the NFL."


Report: Adrian Peterson reaches agreement in child abuse case


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/4/2014) Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has reached an agreement Tuesday to resolve his child abuse case, according to ProFootballTalk.com. Multiple outlets are confirming Peterson has reached a plea deal and will serve no jail time.

A source with knowledge of the situation said Peterson will plead no contest to one count of misdemeanor reckless assault. The plea will not include reference to family violence or violence against a minor.

If the agreement is accepted, then Peterson will pay a $4,000 fine, be placed on probation and perform 80 hours of community service, according to the report. 

Peterson, who will appear Tuesday in a Montgomery County, Texas, courthouse, was placed on the Exempt/Commissioner's Permission list in mid-September after his legal problems surfaced. NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said the league will review Peterson's situation, but the league "cannot provide a timetable," according to NFL.com.


Report: If plea deal fails, Peterson to push for expedited trial date


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/4/2014) If Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is unable to reach a plea deal Tuesday in his child abuse case, then his legal team is expected to push for an expedited trial date of Nov. 18, a source told Yahoo Sports.

Peterson will appear Tuesday in a Montgomery County, Texas, courthouse to determine if a plea deal can be reached for the felony charge. He is being charged with injuring his 4-year-old son after using a wooden switch to discipline him.

Peterson was placed on the Exempt/Commissioner's Permission list in mid-September after his legal problems surfaced.


Vikings players open to Adrian Peterson returning in 2014


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/3/2014) While it is uncertain if running back Adrian Peterson will rejoin the Vikings roster this season, fullback Jerome Felton and running back Jerick McKinnon would welcome Peterson back to the team. The duo have stayed in touch with Peterson, who is away from the team while he deals with child abuse allegations.

"I think we’d be happy to have him back," McKinnon said, per ESPN. "He’s a leader on this team. He’s done a lot for this team, this organization, over the past years. I think it’d be good for the team, having his leadership back, and of course his ability and talent and everything he can do as well."

Felton said he has traded text messages with Peterson several times since he has been away from the team.

"He’s staying strong. He’s doing as good as he can, despite the circumstances. I just showed him my support," Felton said. "He’s one of the top five players in the world. That would be exciting if we could get him back."


Report: Vikings RB Adrian Peterson won't be reinstated right away


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11/3/2014) Although Vikings running back Adrian Peterson and his representatives could reach a plea agreement in his child abuse case as early as Tuesday, Peterson is not expected to be reinstated from the exempt/commissioner's permission list immediately, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network on Monday. However, Rapoport added that Peterson could possibly be reinstated in the near future.

Peterson is tentatively scheduled to go on trial Dec. 1 on a felony child abuse charge, if a plea deal does not go through.

Report: Adrian Peterson plea deal could get done soon


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(11/2/2014) Attorneys for Vikings running back Adrian Peterson are in talks with prosecutors about a plea agreement in his child abuse case, and a deal could be reached as early as Tuesday, reports ESPN's Adam Schefter. Peterson is tentatively scheduled to go on trial Dec. 1 on a felony child abuse charge.

He's accused of striking his 4-year-old son with a switch. Peterson pleaded not guilty.

Peterson remains on the exempt/commissioner's permission list and is not allowed to participate in any team activities. Schefter's report did not specify the terms of the potential plea deal.