Settlement talks regarding suspended Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson could reportedly begin as early as Wednesday.
Last month, the NFL suspended Peterson without pay for at least the remainder of the season for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy. Peterson, who cannot be considered for reinstatement until at least April 15, is appealing the ruling.
Peterson's appeal hearing began on Tuesday and is being heard by Harold Henderson. The NFL Players Association did not agree with Henderson's appointment, as he once served as the league's executive vice president for labor relations.
League executive vice president of football operations Troy Vincent is scheduled to testify on the second day of the hearing, according to PFT. The NFLPA wanted Vincent to testify because of his communication with Peterson before his season-long suspension was handed down on Nov. 18
If Peterson is fully reinstated before the end of the year, he would be allowed to return to the team. The 5-7 Vikings have four games left on their 2014 schedule. Minnesota reportedly has no plans to trade or release Peterson, however ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that the team's general counsel has been working to make sure he does not return this season.
Peterson had been placed on the Commissioner's Exempt List after he was originally indicted on felony charges of reckless or negligent injury to a child. 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.
- Molly Geary