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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.

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The NFL announced Tuesday that Peterson has been suspended for the remainder of the 2014 season without pay for violating the league's personal conduct policy, and he will be ineligible for reinstatement until April 15, 2015.

Peterson has three days to appeal the hearing, which will likely be heard by a third-party arbitrator. With an appeal likely to come quickly, a final decision on Peterson's status for this season could be determined later this week.

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The NFL is deliberating whether to discipline Peterson before Monday's hearing for an expedited, non-injury grievance that the NFL Players Association filed, ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports. Meanwhile, Peterson maitains he skipped a disciplinary hearing with the NFL on Friday because the "'hearing' was something new and inconsistent with the CBA," he further told ESPN.

Peterson appears stuck in a battle between the NFL and NFLPA about how the league can discipline players according to the league's new policy. Arbitrator Shyam Das is still scheduled to hear on Monday the NFLPA's grievance on whether Peterson should be reinstated while the league determines final discipline. It's not clear how Peterson missing Friday's meeting will impact the process. Hopefully we'll get a resolution on when he may return Monday, but the recent developments may only cause more delays to the process.

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Peterson refused to appear Friday at a scheduled disciplinary hearing with the NFL, ESPN.com reports.

The scheduled hearing was a different, more significant one than the conference call set for Monday, when Peterson's grievance relating to remaining on the commissioner's exempt list will be heard. The Friday meeting was the one that would have been for a disciplinary decision on Peterson's past and future. Peterson reportedly refused to attend Friday's league-scheduled hearing due to unanswered questions about the process, including the role of outside experts.

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Peterson's hearing for the expedited, non-injury grievance that the NFL Players Association filed will be Monday, Nov. 17, NBC Pro Football Talk reports.

He'll miss this week's game against Chicago as a result. Peterson reached a plea agreement Nov. 4 to resolve his criminal child abuse charges, pleading no contest to a misdemeanor charge of reckless assault. The NFL said after the plea agreement that Peterson's case will now be reviewed for potential discipline under the league's personal conduct policy and will remain on the Commissioner's Exempt list, but the NFLPA argues he should be reinstated immediately while the NFL decides on further discipline and filed the grievance. It looks like we may get some clarity on Peterson's status for the rest of the season on Monday.

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The NFL Players Association has filed an expedited, non-injury grievance to remove Peterson from the Commissioner's Exempt list. Under the grievance the NFL and NFLPA are supposed to work in "good faith" to resolve the issue before the player's next game, Mike Garafolo of Fox Sports reports.

The NFLPA sent a letter to the NFL on Friday requesting Peterson's immediate reinstatement and they've increased the pressure after failing to get results they wanted. Peterson reached a plea agreement Tuesday to resolve his criminal child abuse charges, pleading no contest to a misdemeanor charge of reckless assault. The NFL said after the plea agreement that Peterson's case will now be reviewed for potential discipline, under the league's personal conduct policy. However, the player's union feels that review will take too long and breaks a prior agreement since the NFL reportedly wants Peterson to submit evidence and for independent experts to review and make a recommendation. With the NFLPA's filing of the grievance we may know Peterson's status for the rest of the season later this week.

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The NFL Players Association sent a letter to the NFL on Friday, calling for Peterson's immediate reinstatement based on the agreement that placed him on the commissioner's exempt list in September, ESPN reports. "The big problem, one big problem, is that there is an internal battle with the Minnesota Vikings," Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reports. "Some of their executives are divided on whether they want Adrian Paterson back immediately."

Peterson reached a plea agreement Tuesday to resolve his criminal child abuse charges, pleading no contest to a misdemeanor charge of reckless assault. The NFL said after plea agreement that Peterson's case will now be reviewed for potential discipline under the league's personal conduct policy. However, the player's union feels that review will take too long with the NFL reportedly wanting Peterson to submit evidence and for independent experts to review it and make a recommendation. However, the player's union says Peterson should be eligible to play while under review like similar personal conduct cases. The one unknown is whether the Vikins ownership wants Peterson to play for the team again. Rapoport's report suggests that Peterson may suspended six games with some time credited for time served, which would mean he could return in December. However, the situation is in flux and we may know a better target early next week.

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Following a plea agreement reached Tuesday in which Peterson pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge of reckless assault, the running back's situation is slated to be reviewed for potential discipline under the NFL's personal conduct policy, according to ESPN.com.

The report relays that pending the completion of the process, Peterson will remain on the commissioner's exempt list, adding that according to sources, it appears unlikely that the matter will be resolved before next week, at the earliest. Per NFL.com, in a statement released by the league, "as part of the process, the NFL has requested that Peterson submit relevant information regarding his case and meet with designated experts who will make recommendations for the Commissioner's consideration."