With Peterson’s suspension still in place for another week-plus, the Vikings star RB is seeking an early end to his punishment.
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Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson is reportedly meeting with NFL officials today to discuss having his 2014 year-long suspension lifted early.
Sources told NFL.com insider Ian Rapoport that Peterson is seeking reinstatement into the league ahead of April 15th – the date when his 2014 suspension for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy would be lifted.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 6, 2015
Peterson was arrested in Texas back in September and charged with child abuse against his 4-year-old son by disciplining him with a switch to the point where the boy’s backside reportedly was bloodied. Shortly after, Peterson was placed on the Commissioner’s Exempt list for the duration of his legal matters – earning his full 2014 salary in the process. After Peterson pleaded no contest to the child abuse charges and was given probation and counseling, the NFL hit him with a suspension for the remainder of the 2014 season.
Part of Peterson’s rationale for getting the suspension lifted early is his reported desire to leave the Minnesota Vikings and get traded to a team like Arizona Cardinals, Indianapolis Colts or Dallas Cowboys. Peterson’s representatives and family have stated that the former NFL MVP is seeking to leave the Minnesota Vikings, who Peterson feels slighted him with their treatment of him after his arrest.
Since being drafted No. 7 overall by the Vikings in 2007, Peterson leads the NFL in every major rushing category – yards, TDs, carries, yards/game and yards/carry. He has made six Pro Bowls and is a six-time All-Pro selection. In 2012, Peterson was named NFL Most Valuable Player and NFL Offensive Player of the Year after rushing for 2,097 yards in a single season – the 2nd highest total in NFL history.