Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is scheduled to meet with NFL officials this week to discuss reinstatement into the league, according to NFL.com.
According to ESPN, that meeting will take place Tuesday, but his reinstatement isn’t likely to happen before April 15, the earliest date the NFL originally set for Peterson’s reinstatment when it issued a six-game suspension for him.
Peterson won a court case in late February that overturned his suspension, but the NFL quickly appealed the decision and placed Peterson back on the Commissioner’s Exempt List after he won his appeal in February. The proceedings from the NFL’s appeal aren’t expected to get underway until at least next month, but if he is reinstated those proceedings would be rendered moot.
Last month at the NFL owners meetings, Commissioner Roger Goodell said the plan was to meet with Peterson close to the original April 15 date that was initially given.
“We’re going to continue the evaluation,” Goodell said two weeks ago at the NFL owners meetings. “We’ll have our people, and I will expect to meet with Adrian before we make a final determination on his status. But we expect to keep that timetable (of April 15).”
That meeting has apparently been moved up.
The NFL Players Association argued that Peterson’s six-game suspension after pleading no contest to misdemeanor reckless assault shouldn’t have been applied under the new rules of the NFL’s domestic violence policy, issued in August, because Peterson’s discipline of his 4-year-old son took place in May. The union said the punishment to Peterson was unfairly and retroactively applied.
Judge David Doty agreed, but the NFL’s appeal further delayed a resolution on the matter.
Peterson is scheduled to make a $12.75 million salary in 2015 and his contract runs through the 2017 season. The Vikings want to keep him, but Peterson has expressed an uneasiness to return to the team, sparking rumors of a possible trade.
The Vikings’ offseason conditioning program starts on April 20, but organized team activities (OTAs) don’t begin until May and the only mandatory part of the offseason for veterans is minicamp, which for the Vikings runs from June 16-18.
Peterson meeting with NFL this week
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