Peterson’s hearing done, no ruling yet

Adrian Peterson’s appeal hearing for his indefinite suspension is over, but a decision could be a week away, according to numerous reports.

Adrian Peterson’s appeal hearing in New York has ended and, according to numerous reports, a decision on Peterson’s potential reinstatement to the NFL this year is likely to be made in about a week.

The Minnesota Vikings running back didn’t testify at the hearing but offered a statement during the hearing, contending that because he hit his 4-year-old son with a switch in May – before the NFL’s new personal conduct policy was in place – his discipline should fall under the old personal conduct guidelines that would call for a two-game suspension instead of the indefinite suspension he received from NFL commissioner Roger Goodell last month, according to ESPN.

NFL arbiter Harold Henderson heard the appeal but, according to numerous reports, would like to hear from the Troy Vincent, the NFL’s executive vice president of football operations. Vincent did not attend Tuesday’s hearing. Peterson’s camp contends that Vincent told Peterson in a phone conversation that if he attended an earlier hearing he would be able to serve only a two-game suspension. Peterson didn’t attend that hearing because it was outside the standards of the collective bargaining agreement, the NFLPA said in a statement last month.

Peterson’s attorney, Jeffrey Kessler, said the hearing will continue Thursday, according to the Associated Press.

Peterson was placed on the Commissioner’s Exempt List while the legal process and now the appeal with the NFL plays out, meaning he continues to be paid but cannot play and has to stay away from the Vikings facility.

In his initial statement announcing Peterson’s suspension, Goodell said Peterson would not be eligible for reinstatement until April 15 and would have to meet certain standards then to be reinstated. The NFL Players Association called Goodell’s ruling “arbritary and unlawful” and has been pushing to have Peterson reinstated immediately.


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