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The Vikings are expected to ask Peterson to reduce his $12.5 million contract for 2015, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. While the NFL plans to appeal a federal judge's ruling that overturned Peterson's suspension, the Vikings and Peterson can talk about a new contract while he remains on the Commissioner's exempt list during the appeal process.

The ruling from U.S. District Court Judge David Doty overturned the suspension, but sent the case back to the NFL to make a ruling that was consistent with the collective bargaining agreement between the NFL and NFLPA. While the ultimate decision on the case may not be known for months, the Vikings can talk to Peterson and re-work his contract, release or trade him during the appeal process. As a result, the Vikings and Peterson can start to figure out if he'll be on the team in 2015. Vikings management has said they want Peterson to return for 2015, but Peterson recently said he's uneasy with a return to the team and there are reports his agent told Vikings management his client would never play for the team again. This report saying the Vikings will ask him to take a pay cut could mean the team isn't as committed for him to return as their recent overtures would appear.

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Peterson's suspension has been overturned by a federal judge and he's been reinstated, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

Peterson was suspended for the season in November after he pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge of reckless assault for disciplining his child with a switch and wasn't set to be eligible to be reinstated until Apr. 15. It looks like Peterson can recoup some of his lost salary due to the suspension, but more importantly he'll now likely be able to figure out his 2015 team before free agency begins on Mar. 7. Vikings management has said they want Peterson to return for 2015, but Peterson recently said he's uneasy with a return to the team and there are reports his agent told Vikings management his client would never play for the team again. There's also some thought the Vikings may trade him or release him if he doesn't take a pay cut since he's due $12.75 million next season since he turns 30 next month. This ruling could still be appealed by the NFL, but unless there's a quick reversal it looks like the Vikings and Peterson could figure out his future before the start of free agent signings.

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Peterson's agent had to be separated from a member of the Vikings front office during a heated argument at last week's NFL scouting combine and made it clear his client would never play for the Vikings again, CBSSports.com reports. However, Peterson's father denies the report that he no longer wants to play for the Vikings, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Neither Peterson, his agent or the Vikings have commented on the reported incident. It's becoming a daily soap opera whether Peterson will return to the Vikings in 2015. Since the end of the regular season, Vikings management has said they want Peterson to return to the team in 2015. However, Peterson recently said he's uneasy with a return to the team since some in the organization didn't support him when he was suspended last fall and this incident would add fuel to that fire. Many thought before management's recent comments that the team would ask him to take a pay cut, trade him or release him since he's the highest paid running back in the league and turning 30 next month. Peterson was suspended for the season in November after he pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge of reckless assault for disciplining his child with a switch and can't be reinstated until April 15.

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Peterson said he's undecided about his future with the Vikings as he's uneasy about how some members of the organization didn't support him when the team worked with the NFL to put him om the commissioner's exempt list last September, ESPN reports. "I'm still uneasy, to be honest with you. I'm still uneasy about a lot of things that took place within the organization," he said.Team president Mark Wilf, general manager Rick Spielman and coach Mike Zimmer have all recently said they want Peterson to return to the team in 2015. Vikings management appeared to be testing the waters for his return to see if there was a public backlash. Or they could have been trying to increase his trade value. However, Peterson's comments would appear to sidetrack that campaign. Peterson is due $12.75 million next season and many thought before management's recent comments that the team would ask him to take a pay cut, trade him or release him since he's the highest paid running back in the league and turning 30 next month. Peterson was suspended for the season in November after he pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge of reckless assault for disciplining his child with a switch and can't be reinstated until April 15. Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer told the St. Paul Pioneer Press the team doesn't plan to sign a running back in free agency. However, Peterson's comments cloud his future with the team and we'll have to see whether the Vikings now waiver about his return at his current salary.

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Peterson and the NFL Players Association have a filed lawsuit against the NFL to reinstate Peterson to the NFL and end his current suspension, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. The NFLPA will not push for a hearing to have Peterson play in Week 16 or Week 17, NBC Pro Football Talk reports.

No date has been set for a hearing on the case and the NFLPA didn't immediately file a motion for a preliminary injunction. As a result, this case is almost certain to be heard after the current NFL season ends. The lawsuit will try to recoup some of Peterson's lost salary (six games) and have him reinstated before April 15 so he can better navigate the NFL offseason. Peterson may be a fantasy factor again in 2015 depending on this case, but he's done playing in 2014.

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Peterson said he has considered retiring from the NFL, ESPN.com reports.

Peterson said that he wants to continue playing football, but he expressed frustration with the league's disciplinary handling of his September child abuse indictment. ESPN reports that a lawsuit is expected to be filed on Peterson's behalf in federal court as soon as Monday in an attempt to challenge the league-issued suspension through at least April 15. Peterson implied that if the lawsuit complicated his NFL reinstatement process, he might walk away from the game to perhaps pursue real estate work or an Olympic appearance for the 200- and 400-yard dashes. Peterson is no doubt genuinely frustrated, but he seems committed to pursuing reinstatement to the NFL, and for now it's hard to see why he wouldn't have a chance to get that reinstatement in April. Peterson will turn 30 in March.

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Peterson's appeal for his season-long suspension from the NFL for violating the league's personal-conduct policy has been denied by arbitrator Herald Henderson, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

Peterson's season has officially ended as a result. He will be ineligible for reinstatement until April 15, 2015. Peterson and the player's union could perhaps take legal action against the league, but that would likely take a long time resolve the matter.

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Peterson's appeal for his season-long suspension from the NFL for violating the league's personal-conduct policy will be held Dec. 2 and heard before arbitrator Herald Henderson, not Roger Goodell, ESPN reports.

The NFL Player's Association had asked for a neutral arbitrator oversee the process instead of commissioner Roger Goodell. Henderson is a former NFL executive frequently used by the league for PED suspension appeals, NBC Sports adds, having upheld Josh Gordon's full season suspension (later reduced to ten games by a substance-abuse policy change). While not having Goodell hearing the appeal likely helps Peterson's chances, it's still widely thought he'll lose the appeal and not play this season.

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Peterson has officially appealed his season-long suspension from the NFL for violating the league's personal-conduct policy, NFL.com reports. The NFL Player's Association has also asked that a neutral arbitrator oversee the process instead of commissioner Roger Goodell.

Since Goodell has the authority to rule on the appeal, it seems all but certain Peterson's appeal will be denied. Peterson remains on the Commissioner's Exempt List while his appeal is heard and will get paid.

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Arbitrator Shyam Das has ruled that the NFL can keep Peterson (suspension) on the Commissioner Exempt list, Tom Pelissero of USA Today reports.

Peterson's camp and the NFLPA hoped an arbitrator would clear Peterson to play until the appeal of his season-long suspension was heard, but according to the arbitrator, they "failed to establish" that the NFL violated the CBA by placing Peterson on the Exempt list. The NFL can now keep Peterson on the Exempt list until it hears his appeal, and the league will have final say over whether or not he returns in 2014, which seems unlikely given the punishment that was levied Tuesday morning.