Vikings’ Adrian Peterson unlikely to return in 2014, per report
The Minnesota running back’s suspension could last into the 2015 season if upheld.
The ruling on Minnesota Vikings‘ running back Adrian Peterson’s appeal of his six-game suspension will come sometime this week. However, even if he wins the appeal, it’s unlikely he’ll play this season, according to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen.
The hearing, which came after the NFL Players Association filed an appeal on Peterson’s behalf, ended Thursday. Former NFL executive Harold Henderson oversaw the appeal after the NFLPA requested a neutral arbitrator. In the hearing, the players’ union argued that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell suspending Peterson without pay was unprecedented and went against the collective bargaining agreement.
Peterson only played one game this season after he was indicted on felony child abuse charges in September. Those charges were reduced to a misdemeanor after Peterson pleaded no contest. The 30-year-old running back still believes he has a “long career” in front of him.
Peterson was suspended for the remainder of the season — six games — without pay in November, but the suspension will not start until the appeal is over. If Peterson loses, he will miss the last three games of the Vikings’ season and the first three of 2015.