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NFL's Adrian Peterson Wins Reversal of Suspension by League

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NFL running back Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings. (Bob Levey/Getty Images)

Thursday, 26 Feb 2015 02:37 PM

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson’s indefinite suspension from the National Football League was overturned by a federal judge, potentially clearing the way for his return to the game.

Peterson was banned in November following his prosecution in Texas in an abuse case involving his his four-year-old son. That sanction came after the league was widely criticized for its failure to adequately punish Baltimore Ravens player Ray Rice, who was caught on a security camera knocking out his future wife in an Atlantic City hotel elevator.

The NFL Players Association sued the 32-team league in December after arbitrator Harold Henderson upheld Peterson’s open-ended punishment. A judge in St. Paul, Minnesota, on Thursday ruled Henderson had exceeded his authority and “strayed beyond the issues submitted to him” by the union.

U.S. District Judge David Doty also faulted the arbitrator for retroactively applying a new disciplinary policy, adopted after the incident involving Ravens player Ray Rice.

Brian McCarthy, a spokesman for the New York-based NFL, said in an e-mail that the league was reviewing Doty’s decision.

Peterson’s Agent

Peterson’s agent, Ben Dogra, didn’t immediately reply to messages seeking comment. The running back was the NFL’s most valuable player in 2012 after rushing for more than 2,000 yards.

Dogra at last week’s NFL Scouting Combine told Vikings vice president of football operations Rob Brzezinski that Peterson would never play for the Vikings again, ESPN reported.

The running back is under contract with the Vikings for 2015, with a $12.75 million base salary, so the team would have to trade or release Peterson for him to play elsewhere.

Peterson was quoted by ESPN as saying he’s “still uneasy” about returning to the Vikings, with whom he’s spent his entire eight-year NFL career since being selected with the seventh pick in the 2007 draft.

Peterson told ESPN he questioned the support he received from team officials when he was placed on the commissioner’s exempt list in September after being indicted on a count of injury to a child. He played in only one game in 2014 and was paid $11.75 million while sitting out.

Peterson, who was accused of striking his son with a switch, said he was regretful and took full responsibility for the incident. He pleaded no contest to reckless assault, for which was fined $4,000 by a Texas court and ordered to perform 80 hours of community service. He said he never intended to hurt his son and that he’d been disciplined in the same way while growing up in east Texas.

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