Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson's suspension for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy could extend into the 2015 season if he does not win his appeal, ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports.
Peterson was originally suspended for the final six games of the 2014 regular season on Nov. 18. If the suspension is upheld by arbitrator Harold Henderson, he could miss the Vikings' last three games of 2014 and the first three games of the 2015 season without pay.
Peterson's hearing ended on Thursday. According to the AP, Peterson gave a statement without testifying on Tuesday and did not attend the conclusion of the hearing on Thursday.
NFL executive vice president of football operations Troy Vincent was scheduled to testify on Thursday. The AP reports Peterson was told by Vincent that he would be credited with time served while on the Commissioner’s Exempt list and would be given a two-game ban if he showed up at a disciplinary hearing Nov. 14 with Goodell.
Peterson had been placed on the exempt list after he was originally indicted on felony charges of reckless or negligent injury to a child in September. On Nov. 4, he pleaded no contest to misdemeanor reckless assault after authorities said he hit his 4-year old son with a switch. He was ordered to pay a $4,000 fine and perform 80 hours of community service.
If Peterson is fully reinstated before the end of the year, he would be allowed to return to the team.
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