Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is "highly unlikely" to be suspended once he is reinstated from the commissioner's exempt list, Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reports.
Peterson was indicted on child abuse charges in September for allegedly hitting his four-year-old son with a switch. After the indictment, he was placed on the commissioner's exempt list and missed final 15 games of the season. He pleaded no contest to a count of misdemeanor reckless assault in November.
Peterson was still paid while on the exempt list but was suspended indefinitely without pay after his plea. Peterson's appeal of the suspension was denied by an NFL-appointed arbitrator in December but a federal judge overturned the suspension in February. After the suspension was overturned, Peterson was placed back on the exempt list.
Peterson met with commissioner Roger Goodell Tuesday to discuss his reinstatement.
There has been much speculation this off-season as to whether Peterson will play for the Vikings next season. General manager Rick Spielman and owner Mark Wilf have said they would like Peterson back with the team. Peterson's agent, Ben Dogra, reportedly had a "heated exchange" with Vikings executive Rob Brzezinski at the NFL combine in February. Dogra also said in March that he doesn't "think it's in [Peterson's] best interests" to remain in Minnesota.
Peterson is under contract for three more seasons.
- Dan Gartland