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#28 RB

Adrian Peterson

Status:
Suspended
Height:
6' 1"
Weight:
217 lbs
Age:
29
Born:
Mar 21, 1985
Birth Place:
Palestine,
Experience:
8 years
College:
Oklahoma
Att Yds Avg Lng TD
2013 Regular Season
21 75 3.6 17 0

The Minnesota Vikings have made their in-person pitch to Adrian Peterson.

General manager Rick Spielman and head coach Mike Zimmer spent about four hours Wednesday afternoon at Peterson's home north of Houston. Photographers captured Spielman and Zimmer leaving together, dressed in sport coats and blue jeans. This was the first time meeting they've had with Peterson since the star running back was placed on the exempt list in mid-September following his indictment in a child abuse case involving his 4-year-old son.

Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman says he expects Peterson to stay with the team this season.

Several high-ranking Vikings officials have expressed their desire to bring Peterson back in recent weeks, and Spielman's comments to reporters at the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis were the strongest yet. Spielman, however, declined to comment about whether or not the Vikings would ask Peterson to restructure his contract. His deal calls for a salary cap hit of $15.4 million in 2015.

The latest dispute between the NFL Players Association and the NFL over the league's personal conduct policy was aired Friday in federal court, as Adrian Peterson listened to arguments about his suspension that the union is trying to have overturned.

It was more criticism of the disciplinary process that Peterson and the union have derided as arbitrary and unfair since punishment was levied by the NFL after the running back was charged in a child abuse case involving his son. He resolved the case with a plea bargain last year. Peterson and the union would prefer a ruling before March 10, when the league's free agency and trading period starts.

Peterson remains in NFL limbo and his union's latest attempt to restore his playing status will take place in federal court.

Attorneys for the NFL Players Association are scheduled to argue Friday for the Minnesota Vikings running back's reinstatement from a suspension levied by the league under its personal conduct policy.

Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman says the team is waiting for the process to play out before it can make any definitive statements on the future of suspended running back Adrian Peterson.

Spielman says he has no doubt Peterson "is going to play at a very high level when he comes back." When asked if he wants Peterson back on the Vikings, Spielman said, "I don't know if there's a team in the NFL that wouldn't want Adrian Peterson on their football team."

The NFL Players Association has filed a federal lawsuit for Peterson, asking the court to dismiss an arbitrator's decision to uphold the NFL's punishment of the star running back.

The petition was filed Monday in Minnesota, where the NFLPA has often gone to contest labor matters with the league. Peterson was suspended without pay for the remaining six games of this season by Commissioner Roger Goodell as a result of the child-abuse case that has kept the six-time Pro Bowl pick out of all but one game this year. Arbitrator Harold Henderson on Friday affirmed the penalty issued by Goodell, which Peterson appealed.

An arbiter appointed by the NFL to hear Peterson's appeal has ruled that the Minnesota Vikings running back will remain suspended until at least next spring. The decision by Harold Henderson, a former league official, was announced on Friday. His ruling upheld the NFL's decision last month to suspend Peterson without pay for the remainder of the season and not consider him for reinstatement until April 15.

The NFL Players Association balked at the punishment. Peterson was charged with felony child abuse in September for using a wooden switch to discipline his son, but he pleaded no contest to misdemeanor reckless assault in November. He had been on paid leave while his case moved through the court system.

Peterson won't attend the conclusion of his suspension appeal hearing Thursday when NFL executive Troy Vincent is scheduled to testify.

Peterson gave a statement without testifying on Tuesday, according to one person. Another person said hearing officer Harold Henderson asked Vincent to testify after the NFL Players Association submitted an audio tape and a transcript of a conversation between Vincent and Peterson as evidence.

Peterson did not testify at his appeal hearing Tuesday, according to a person familiar with the case. Peterson left without comment after spending more than three hours at the hearing. His attorney, Jeffrey Kessler, said only that the hearing will continue Thursday.

Peterson is seeking reinstatement after NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell suspended him for the rest of the season for violating the league's personal conduct policy. Peterson will not be considered for reinstatement before April 15.

Adrian Peterson's hearing for the appeal of his suspension will be held on Dec. 2, and it will not be in front of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

The NFL announced Friday that longtime hearing officer Harold Henderson will preside over the proceedings involving the Minnesota Vikings star running back. Goodell has the authority to decide whether to hear the appeal himself or appoint someone else. Peterson has not played since the opening week of the season while dealing with child abuse allegations in Texas.

Data provided by STATS LLC.

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