Report: Immediate reinstatement for Peterson rejected after plea deal
The NFL rejected an attempt to have Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson immediately reinstated after his plea agreement this week and refused to discuss any settlement over his playing status, report Fox Sports’ Mike Garofolo.
On Tuesday, Peterson pleaded no contest to misdemeanor reckless assault and was ordered to pay a $4,000 fine and perform 80 hours of community service. He originally faced felony charges of reckless or negligent injury to a child after being accused of hitting his 4-year-old son with a switch.
The league announced Thursday that it has informed Peterson his case will be reviewed for potential discipline under the personal conduct policy, and asked him to submit any relevant information. Peterson also has a right to a hearing before the NFL hands down any punishment.
The running back was also asked by the NFL to meet with "designated experts who will make recommendations for the Commissioner’s consideration."
ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that it is "highly unlikely" anything concerning Peterson will be resolved until next week at the earliest.
According to Garafolo's report, the NFL Players Association, Peterson’s agent Ben Dogra and his lawyer Rusty Hardin kept in contact with the league to let them know that a plea agreement would be coming.
Garofolo reports that the Vikings wanted to know what he needed to do to get back on the field as soon as possible. Peterson, who played in one game this season and ran for 75 yards, has missed the last eight games after being placed on the NFL's exempt/commissioner's permission list until his case was resolved. He will remain on the list until his process is complete.
The Vikings (4-5) are off this week and next play the Chicago Bears on Nov. 16.
- Scooby Axson