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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.
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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.