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28 Adrian Peterson RB
Height/Weight: 6-1/217 | Birthdate: 3/21/1985 | Birthplace: Palestine, TX, USA | Team: Minnesota | College: Oklahoma | NFL Experience: 8 | Owned/Started%: 59/11 | Average Draft Position: 4.81
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Adrian Peterson: 'I've considered retiring from the NFL'


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12/12/2014) Vikings running back Adrian Peterson plans to file a lawsuit against the league after his suspension was upheld by arbitrator Harold Henderson Friday, and he could retire from the NFL if his lawsuit puts his chance for reinstatement at risk, ESPN.com reports.

"I've considered retiring from the NFL," Peterson said. "I still made $8 million dollars this year. ... I love playing football, don't get me wrong, but this situation is deeper than that. For me, it's like, 'Why should I continue to be a part of an organization or a business that handles players the way they do?'"

Peterson indicated that he's thought about "getting back into real estate" or "going after the Olympics," competing in the 200- and 400-meter dashes. He is suspended by the league until at least April 2015 after being indicted by a grand jury in September for recklessly injuring his four-year-old son while disciplining him.


NFL denies Vikings RB Adrian Peterson's appeal


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/12/2014) Vikings running back Adrian Peterson's suspension has been upheld on appeal, the NFL announced Friday.

"I conclude that the player has not demonstrated that the process and procedures surrounding his discipline were not fair and consistent," appeals officer Harold Henderson said in a statement released by the league. "He was afforded all the protections and rights to which he is entitled, and I find no basis to vacate or reduce the discipline."

Peterson was placed on the commissioner's exempt list on Sept. 17 after he was arrested on a charge of recklessly injuring his 4-year-old son. After pleading no contest to misdemeanor charges on Nov. 4, commissioner Roger Goodell suspended Peterson for the remainder of the season.

The NFLPA released the following statement following Peterson's denied appeal: "The NFLPA expected this outcome, given the hearing officer's relationship and financial ties to the NFL. The decision itself ignores the facts, the evidence and the collective bargaining agreement. This decision also represents the NFL's repeated failure to adhere to due process and confirms its inconsistent treatment of players. Our union is considering immediate legal remedies."

According to CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora, Peterson will likely take the case to federal court in hopes of being reinstated before April 15, 2015, the start of the NFL calendar.


Adrian Peterson's discipline settlement could be reached this week


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(12/7/2014) Vikings running back Adrian Peterson could reach a settlement with the NFL this week prior to a ruling from appeals officer Harold Henderson, according to CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora. 

Peterson was placed on the Exempt/Commissioner's Permission List on Sept. 17 and is not allowed to participate in team activities. He was suspended for the remainder of the season on Nov. 18 by Commissioner Roger Goodell.


Report: Arbiter encourages settlement for Peterson suspension


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/3/2014) While arbiter Harold Henderson is scheduled to hear testimony from NFL executive vice president for football operations Troy Vincent on Thursday regarding running back Adrian Peterson's indefinite suspension, Henderson encouraged the NFL and NFLPA to negotiate a settlement, according to ESPN.

However, a source said there have been no offers exchanged.

"In our view, the league would have to show a level of reason and humility to present a settlement offer that would be acceptable," an NFLPA source said Wednesday morning. "Thus far, they have displayed neither."

Henderson ordered Vincent to testify after the union submitted an audio recording and transcript of a phone conversation between Vincent and Peterson. 

Vincent allegedly told Peterson his time on the commissioner's exempt list would be considered time served and that he would be suspended two additional games. He would also not be subjected to the new personal conduct policy on domestic violence -- mandating a six-game suspension without pay -- if he attended a Nov. 14 disciplinary hearing with Roger Goodell. Peterson declined to attend the November hearing with Goodell. It is unknown if Vincent made the offer or had the authority to do so.


Adrian Peterson making case for reinstatement


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/2/2014) The appeal hearing for Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is underway in Manhattan, reports the New York Times. Peterson's reps are making his case for immediate reinstatement to Harold Henderson, the NFL's former vice president of labor relations.

Peterson pleaded no contest to misdemeanor reckless assault for hurting his 4-year-old son with a wooden switch. Under the league's personal conduct policy, commissioner Roger Goodell suspended Peterson for the rest of the season and said he won't be considered for reinstatement before April 15.

Goodell picked Henderson to hear the appeal. The players association asked Henderson to recuse himself, but he declined.


Zimmer: Peterson likely to return to Vikings after reinstatement


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/23/2014) Vikings coach Mike Zimmer believes running back Adrian Peterson will return to the team when he's reinstated by the NFL, according to ESPN. Peterson has been suspended for the rest of the season following a plea deal in his child abuse case and has been told he will not be reconsidered for reinstatement before April 15 for his violation of the league's personal conduct policy.

"I think Adrian wants to be back here," Zimmer said. "You have to ask him. I don't know. But I know he does have an awful lot of people here who have supported him, and I don't know who he's speaking of who doesn't. All I know of Adrian is that he's always been great with me, always done what I've asked him to do, and I kind of go by what I see."

However, in an exclusive interview with USA Today on Thursday, Peterson hinted that he hasn't received support from some within the Vikings organization and playing for a different team is a possibility.

"I know who loves me. The coaches and the players, it's not going to be a problem. I've felt so much support from those guys," Peterson said. "The organization, I know there's people in the organization that support me and there's people that I know internally that has not been supporting me. Maybe it's best for me to get a fresh start somewhere else.

"I would love to go back and play in Minnesota to get a feel and just see if my family still feels comfortable there. But if there's word out that, hey, they might release me, then so be it. I would feel good knowing that I've given everything I had in me."

Peterson will have his appeal of the suspension heard Dec. 2. If he loses the appeal, he might explore his legal options and seek damages for missing the season, according to NFL.com National Insider Ian Rapoport.


Report: Vikings RB Peterson to have appeal heard on Dec. 2


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11/21/2014) Vikings embattled running back Adrian Peterson will have the appeal to his suspension heard on Dec. 2, a source has tld NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport. It will be heard by third-party arbitrator Harold Henderson. The NFL Players Association filed the appeal on Thursday on behalf of Peterson.

Peterson was suspended Tuesday for the rest of the season by the league after pleading no contest to misdemeanor reckless assault charges earlier in the month in regard to the beating of his son.


Remorseful Adrian Peterson: 'I won't ever use a switch again'


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(11/20/2014) Vikings running back Adrian Peterson insisted he is remorseful for injuring his son in an interview with USA Today.

"I won't ever use a switch again," Peterson said. "There's different situations where a child needs to be disciplined as far as timeout, taking their toys away, making them take a nap. There's so many different ways to discipline your kids."

Peterson added that he would "love to go back and play" for the Vikings, "[b]ut if there's word out that hey, they might release me, then so be it. I would feel good knowing that I've given everything I had in me."

Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a letter to Peterson that the running back had failed to show remorse for his actions. "Ultimately, I know I'll have my opportunity to sit down with Roger face to face, and I'll be able to say a lot of the same things that I've said to you," Peterson said. "Don't say that I'm not remorseful, because in my statement, I showed that I was remorseful. I regretted everything that took place. I love my child, more than anyone could ever imagine."

The NFL Players Association appealed the decision to suspend Peterson for at least the remainder of the season Thursday morning.


Players union appeals Vikings RB Adrian Peterson's suspension


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(11/20/2014) 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.