Vikings RB Adrian Peterson will get a chance to be reinstated if his appeal goes well.
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According to ProFootballTalk, the first court date in Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson’s legal challenge to his suspension will be February 6th. ProFootballTalk also reported that Peterson is expected to attend the hearing in person.
Hearings such as this are most often purely procedural, but litigants often choose to attend one or more of the preliminary phases of the court proceedings to show respect for the process, to demonstrate that the person takes the matter seriously, and to meet the presiding judge.
The presiding judge in this case is David Doty, who supervised the settlement agreement that spawned the labor deal that operated from 1993 through 2010. At one point, the NFL tried to get Doty to recuse himself from that case, claiming that Doty had a bias in favor of the players, but have not made any accusations in this present case.
Peterson is eligible for reinstatement by the league on April 15 – a month after the start of the 2015 NFL season. Peterson and the NFL Player’s Association are likely hoping for a resolution by the time the new league year begins, if Peterson intends to try to play for a new team in 2015.
The Minnesota Vikings organization has not confirmed or denied any plans to retain or cut Peterson since his no-contest plea to child abuse.