Peterson’s two tracks could collide on Monday

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On the field, Vikings running back Adrian Peterson’s career has been defined by collisions.  Specifically, collisions he initiates with defenders over which he is running.  Off the field, a collision that will define the rest of Peterson’s 2014 season could be happening on Monday.

On one track, the arbitration hearing challenging the league’s decision to keep Peterson on the Commissioner-Exempt list will happen on Monday.  A ruling must come by Saturday, one day before the Vikings host the Packers.

Of course, a ruling on the last possible day would make it difficult for the Vikings to integrate Peterson into the game plan, since he will have missed the full week of practice, meetings, etc.  And while it should be an easy and quick decision to reinstate Peterson, given the language of the September 2014 agreement that placed Peterson on the Commissioner-Exempt list, the arbitrator’s decision to schedule the hearing on the last possible day allowed under the labor deal has some wondering whether arbitrator Shyam Das will take the full five days.

There’s no reason to think Das would be inclined to do the league office a favor by delaying the reinstatement as long as possible, but the full extent of unusual things happening behind the scenes in the Peterson case (more on that coming in the future, perhaps) invites speculation that other unusual things could be happening behind the scenes, too.

Regardless, Das has until Saturday to make a decision, but there’s no apparent reason to wait that long.  And time is clearly of the essence for Peterson, who needs to be able to adequately prepare for Sunday’s game.

On the other track, the NFL has expedited the review of Peterson’s case under the personal conduct policy.  Peter King of TheMMQB.com and NBC’s Football Night in America said last night that a ruling could come as soon as Monday.  With the league unable to determine that the situation won’t repeat itself and inexplicably believing that Peterson lost nothing by missing nine games because he has received his game checks, a suspension that would sideline Peterson for the rest of the season could happen.

Ultimately, that seems to be the NFL’s desire — to keep Peterson out of football for the rest of the season.  They surely thought they’d get there much more easily before Peterson’s lawyer, Rusty Hardin, finagled a December 1 trial date.  Even then, the NFL would have needed only to tap the brakes for a few weeks to keep Peterson off the field, if Peterson had been acquitted at a trial starting on December 1.  Now that Hardin negotiated a plea bargain that, as of 13 days ago, should have resulted in Peterson’s reinstatement, the NFL has opted first to renege on its agreement with Peterson and now to move quickly to suspend him.

It may not be enough to keep Peterson off the field on Sunday.  If the league imposes punishment on Peterson on Monday, he’ll have three days to appeal.  If, as he should, Peterson waits until Thursday to request the appeal, the NFL will have three days to conduct the appeal hearing and issue a decision, in order to keep Peterson off the field.

The end result could be that the NFL issues the suspension today (six games would keep him out of action through the rest of the season), Peterson appeals on Thursday, Das delays the decision until Saturday, the Vikings decide that Peterson can’t show up on a Saturday and play the next day after missing 11 weeks of action, and before the team’s next game the appeal on the suspension is resolved.

It’s also possible that one of the things happening behind the scenes is that Peterson and the NFL will work out a compromise.  And that, like everything else when it comes to Peterson’s case, could potentially happen as soon as Monday.

79 responses to “Peterson’s two tracks could collide on Monday

  1. I really hope Peterson plays on Sunday. I’m so sick of hearing Viking’s fans excuses:

    No Adrian Peterson

    The refs are against us

    Malfunctioning clocks

    The one excuse a Viking fan NEVER mentions is that they simply just suck.

  2. The nfl and its refs are always trying to screw over the Vikes. I won’t buy any merch or tickets for the rest of my life. The nfl can’t do anything right.

  3. It seems to me that we have a case of good cop/ bad cop between the NFL and Vikings but neither want to play the bad cop role.

    In this case, the NFL should reinstate him as per the agreement (good cop) and let the Vikings (bad cop) decide if they want Peterson to represent them and their sponsors at this time.

    Pretty simple in my opinion.

  4. NFL will do all they can to get the Packers to win the NFC North. We saw it the calls in the Cardinals vs. Lions that basically secured the Cardinals victory. Sad the NFL is becoming the NBA. Not that the Vikings have a chance to beat the One-Man show Packers this week. But with Peterson, they have a better chance.

  5. This all gives me a headache. End it all already. It is disgusting that the NFL hadn’t worked out their response to each possible scenario sometime over the last 8 weeks. What kind of an operation are they running over their. Stop counting your money and start doing your jobs.

    Sad.

  6. The entirety of the NFL’s system of discipline is flawed. Players only have a finite number of years they can play that is unable to be measured or gauged and the NFL wants their cake and eat it, too. With Mike Vick they held him out for the year, then he went to jail for 2 years, and when he came back they suspended him 2 more games. Josh Brent was suspended – err, held out of 4 games in 2012, didn’t play in 2013, and then suspended for 10 more games in 2014.

    Players can’t say, “I’m going ot play until I am 31 years old. The NFL should do the right thing and say time served, but you know that they won’t. The NFLPA has got to be the absolute worst union in sports.

  7. IMO you and King wasted good tv time talking legalese when there were actual games to discuss.

  8. Peterson has only himself to blame or this mess.

    Nobody forced him to impregnate half a dozen women at drug-fueled sxe parties and then beat the resultant offspring on his yearly visitations.

    R.I.P. to his other kid, killed by another abusive father figure because A.P. wasn’t around to protect him.

  9. Here is what I think will happen today…..the NFL will offer Peterson a choice…..be indefinitely suspended, try for appeal and take his chances OR take the 6 game suspension, don’t appeal it and he plays next year.

    What he did to his own child is FAR WORSE than what Rice did to his then girlfriend/fiancee. The NFL should ban Peterson from pro football FOR LIFE!!

    At the very least, I hope he never wears Vikings purple EVER AGAIN!

  10. Irony:

    Adrian Peterson believes he is being harshly and overly punished.

    Adrian Peterson punishes his children by beating them with a tree branch until they bleed.

  11. There a couple questions that I have.

    1. Why does everyone keep saying that the NFL put him on the exempt list? I seem to remember the Vikings and the Panthers putting Peterson and Hardy on the list.

    2. I keep hearing media say that the NFL should’ve reinstated Peterson 13 days ago. I saw no language in that letter that said that he would be reinstated/removed from the list, I saw that it said that the agreement would end, and that punishment would be set then. So to me, the end of the agreement means that the protection from punishment ended not that he would be reinstated.

    3. Everyone keeps comparing AP to Little and Stallworth – there are many differences the biggest ones are that neither player came back or even tried to come back during the same season.

    If AP was smart, which he has proven that he isn’t, he would stay on the list until the end of the season. No matter how much he plays, the reality is that he won’t be able to help the Vikings make the playoffs. So if he can collect the checks, not take a chance of serious injury, and let people have a chance to forget about what he did why wouldn’t he do that. It isn’t like playing will do anything for him, he is already being paid.

  12. I want to see Peterson reinstated just so Goodell’s head will explode. Plus I want the NFL’s hypocrisy to be further exposed.

  13. All I can say is that I expect the NFL to handle EVERY damn case the same as Adrian– moving forward!

    If a player like Aaron Rodgers gets pinched for a Misdemeanor Crime— they better sit on the butts for a long stretch of games too.

  14. mnvikingsfan says: Nov 17, 2014 9:56 AM

    Here is what I think will happen today…..the NFL will offer Peterson a choice…..be indefinitely suspended, try for appeal and take his chances OR take the 6 game suspension, don’t appeal it and he plays next year.

    What he did to his own child is FAR WORSE than what Rice did to his then girlfriend/fiancee. The NFL should ban Peterson from pro football FOR LIFE!!

    At the very least, I hope he never wears Vikings purple EVER AGAIN!

    Can I have your season tickets? Oh wait…. You on’t have any.

  15. Peterson desperately wants to be on the field against the Packers. This is the closest he will ever get to a SuperBowl, and everyone knows that playing the Packers is the Vikings and Vikings fans equivalent of a SuperBowl. If they win, their trolls can blather indefinitely about how great they are. If they lose, “they were supposed to lose.” Christmas is coming early in Minnesota. The SuperBowl is here!!!

  16. The poor child beater wants things to go quickly, too bad for him. He beat a four year old bloody. I am teacher, if I did that I would never be allowed to teach again in any state. Ever. I would be permanently unemployed. Just a little perspective…

  17. Some want him back playing, some want him out of the sport and some want something else. We can all complain about the decision,

    IF THEY WOULD MAKE ONE!

  18. His lawyer/agents are a morons who can keep his client out of jail (this he did well) but did him no favors getting him back on the field.

    They poked the bear that is Roger G. with that statement and talk about CBA and not wanting to be treated differently than the rest of the players.

    Well guess now you won’t! You plead guilt to abusing a child. While it was a reduced charge you still said you did it. So AD, welcome to your six game non paid leave that was announced to the punishment for ALL players who were convicted of domestic violence. In the NFL you won’t be treated different the the rest of the P.O.S who commit similar crimes, this is not ass backwards texas court system.

  19. I say they can let him back on the team if he takes a MAJOR paycut…even then you can trade him off of a restructured contract. The guy will have takers if they can lower his contract enough, we all know he’s still one of the best backs in the league (on the field anyway), and based off his play (a HOF resume) someone will trade for him in the offseaseon. If Dallas loses Murray to free agency i would put them near the top of the list, the Seattle train between them and Minnesota could keep running as they are trying to part ways with Lynch after this year, the Colts might be an option as well, I might even throw Denver in there since they seem to not have a true starting halfback. And all the Vikings would have to do is draft Gurley out of Georgia to replace him, and get another workhorse in the backfield.

  20. “The nfl and its refs are always trying to screw over the Vikes. I won’t buy any merch or tickets for the rest of my life.”

    That makes the NFL shudder with fear. You really know how to scare a multi-billion dollar organization.

  21. While the NFL screws around, the only ones who suffer are the fans… You’d think they want to protect their $9bn business. Or are they doing that by making sure GB is relevant.

  22. Let him play! Seriously? If not for the ray rice incident we would not have this talk! High profile athlete getting punishment that he already did the time! Only thing that he should not have gotten was his salary!

  23. Smh at all the haters here and im most surprised at our own Vikings fans not supporting him. Haha! yeah punching your girlfriend in the face twice and knocking her out is wayyyy less worse then disciplining your child with a switch. C’mon people are you serious. Adrian Peterson is NOT a child beater. I know what real child abusers are like and after studying his situation it is clear he is not a child abuser. Just a father from Texas trying to discipline his child amd steer them in the right direction. The media has destroyed his career. It is ubsurd that he is not playing right now. People are saying a 6 game suspension is what he could get and if thats the case the nfl owes him some games! The games he already sat out should count towards the suspension they can give him today. The nfl already backed out of their agreement that they would reinstate after his legal situation is cleared up.

    The media is the only reason why he will not be able to play…. so upsetting….I really do hope Peterson stays a Viking tho cause things are actually starting to look very bright.

  24. After yesterday let’s be honest this season is booked. What’s AP going to do to help Teddy? QB watch back alive in Viking Nation. Teddy looked hurt/scared/lost yesterday.

  25. followme2boston says:
    Nov 17, 2014 10:22 AM
    He beat a four year old bloody. I am teacher, if I did that I would never be allowed to teach again in any state. Just a little perspective…
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    AP isn’t caring for children, he carries a football. Just a little perspective.

  26. If the vikings had AP this season they would have won every game and the superbowl twice already.
    Guess they are gonna have to settle for bragging rights after holding the Packers to under 50 points this week.

  27. The only thing that should be colliding is Roger Goodell and the unemployment desk. This guy and his office are single handedly destroying the NFL and our beloved game This guy is a cancer, a power monger of the nth degree. A total control freak without regard to the fans or to the game. This Peterson saga is so mis-managed I’m wondering what other commissioners in other leagues are saying. I’m sure they are working feverishly to avoid making the same blunders this corp of incompetents is making on a daily basis. If the Viking had the courage to simply play Peterson while this whole thing was going on then a suspension would be justified. Since they made him sit he’s missed more that enough playing time to suspension. These NFL (Goodell and crew) guys think backwards. Fire Goodell and let’s restore this game to the game it once was. So many screw-ups. They are wrecking the game!!!

  28. Adrian Peterson is a good person and doesnt deserve all this ridicule. Let’s dive in other football players lives and see what we dig up. Im sure there’s plenty of Hernandez’ and rice’s throughout the nfl.

  29. You beat your 4 year-old with a tree branch until he bleeds and you stuff leaves in his mouth.
    No doubt that all of his other kids have suffered the same punishment by this loser. When is Peterson going to actually pay for this??? Exemption with pay (millions) is not punishment. I hope they come down hard on him. Give him the boot and take the paychecks away. He needs serious mental help for starters.

  30. Before the season, there was a lot of talk about trading Peterson to avoid his massive contract. This gives the Vikes the excuse to move on.

  31. You can say he should be reinstated, but there is NO DEFENSE for what he did to that little boy. Viking defender clearly did not read all the facts of the incident, or is a big believer in torturing pre-schoolers.

    Reminder for those who want to forget: Peterson STUFFED LEAVES IN A 4-YEAR OLD’S MOUTH AND BEAT HIM WITH A STICK UNTIL HIS LEGS AND GENITALS BLED. This is not discipline, it’s torture. Imagine on top of the pain the horror that child faced knowing his own father was doing this to him. Because he pushed his older brother. How did that teach the child that violence is wrong?

    If you believe this is an appropriate “discipline” you should seek professional counseling, and I don’t mean that as an insult, but as an honest recommendation.

    Just imagine if there was video of this incident. He would be in jail for years and there would be a restraining order. But Texas strikes again.

  32. sdsmooth says:
    Nov 17, 2014 9:32 AM
    I really hope Peterson plays on Sunday. I’m so sick of hearing Viking’s fans excuses:

    No Adrian Peterson

    The refs are against us

    Malfunctioning clocks

    The one excuse a Viking fan NEVER mentions is that they simply just suck
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    Actually there are many Viking fans that see that they suck including myself. However, the other excuses sure do have a part in why they are only 4-6 right now.

    Not having Adrian Peterson is a big deal. The game they had AP they beat the Rams pretty handily if I recall. You know the same team that has beaten the Broncos and Seahawks pretty handily themselves.

    Bottom line is most of you non Viking fans predicted the Vikings to be 1-9 by now. A lot of you said they would be 0-7. The fact they’ve won 4 games out of 10 puts all your theories to rest. They aren’t a good team but they are not as bad as people try to say they are. Not that one person makes a team but when that person is one of the best offensive players in the league it does take a toll.

    All of that said, I am glad Teddy gets to learn without AP. I wouldn’t like it if they would have just relied on him as they have done since 09. This is better in the long run.

  33. The end result could be that the NFL issues the suspension today (six games would keep him out of action through the rest of the season),

    Unless, of course, the Vikings make the playoffs.

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!

  34. Suspend indefinitely, forced counseling, phycological evaluation. If he meets all conditions, maybe he plays next year for some other team. He is not welcome in the state of MN.

  35. “Bottom line is most of you non Viking fans predicted the Vikings to be 1-9 by now. A lot of you said they would be 0-7. The fact they’ve won 4 games out of 10 puts all your theories to rest. They aren’t a good team but they are not as bad as people try to say they are.”

    Have you seen the pathetic schedule they have played? They’ve only played 3 teams with winning records and all three scorched them.

    But maybe you’re right. Being 3 points better than Washington at home is better than I thought they’d be. But Washington is far worse and so is Tampa.

    Well on their way to the next half century of futility.

  36. It is sad what he did to his child and he was definitely punished for it. I just want the NFL to just do what everyone think they will do. This is getting old. The Vikings season is officially over and don’t see why he cant return this year.

  37. There are several issues that few seem to understand here.

    1. The law did not have to accept a plea deal from AP. If they felt they had enough to prosecute then they wouldn’t have. This is the same law that governs all of us. (Yes the wealthy can afford their innocence this is nothing new OJ)

    2. He has followed the guidance of both the team and the league. His trouble with the law has been settled.

    3. The commissioners exempt list is not in the CBA. This is a fictitious list designed to give time to the league not the player. RG’s decision to play with the agreement will all but guarantee that NO PLAYER WILL EVER GO ON THE LIST AGAIN. Why should they?

  38. Like bringing him back is going to help that team, they have never won with him and never won without him. He was part of 1 win out of the last 10 against the Pack.

    I get a kick out of the people who think he is tradeable with that contract and his shady background. I wonder how he will answer for the drug use the oblivious fans like to try and sweep under the rug? Will the fan base protest in Minnesota like they did about the Redskins name or do they condone what he did and value football over the welfare of a child?

  39. To you haters, need I say 4 – 6 is the top of the NFC West. Other then that butt whooping by arguably the best team in the NFC (Green Bay) I think the Vikings have Moxie all things considered.

  40. thunderstruck24 says:Nov 17, 2014 10:37 AM

    Hey knucklehead…look up the meaning of ‘No Contest’ It is neither an admission of guilt or innocence and if in two years he does what the court has ordered it is not on his record…completely irrelevant. As your post is.

  41. bradygirl12 says:Nov 17, 2014 11:22 AM

    So your solution is to take away a man’s work because he has shortcomings?

    If he was such an abuser where are the other 6 baby’s mama’s?

    Perhaps, just perhaps…I know and realize this may be a reach for you, but possibly…the prosecutor was hoping someone else would step forward and when no one did. His boarderline case went South.

    I think the FACT the first Grand Jury did not indict him speaks volumes of just what the evidence was.

  42. Watch he will be cleared to play the Packers and then feign a season ending injury just to make everyone happy. Football today is sooo FIXED!!

  43. It’s funny how Ray Lewis was able to have s productive career and looked at like an amazing role model when he took a plea to get out of murder charges. No one cared about that but since the Ray rice issue everyone cares about everything they read through the media. How do any of you know exactly what happened? The judge and prosecution wouldn’t have dealt it down to a misdemeanor if he didn’t have a case.

  44. vikingfan07 says: Nov 17, 2014 10:19 AM

    Can I have your season tickets? Oh wait…. You on’t have any.
    =========================

    You don’t deserve my 40 yard line tickets……especially if you think Peterson should ever play for the Vikings again!

  45. atthemurph says: Nov 17, 2014 12:25 PM

    “Bottom line is most of you non Viking fans predicted the Vikings to be 1-9 by now. A lot of you said they would be 0-7. The fact they’ve won 4 games out of 10 puts all your theories to rest. They aren’t a good team but they are not as bad as people try to say they are.”

    Have you seen the pathetic schedule they have played? They’ve only played 3 teams with winning records and all three scorched them.
    =====================

    You mean kinda like the GB schedule? Philly is the first team they have beat that have a legitimate chance at the playoffs…….

  46. phinagain says:Nov 17, 2014 11:48 AM

    While you may not think this type of discipline is warranted all I have to say is look at the puke that our youth has turned into since people like you forced these touchy feely rules down our throats.

    Starting around 3 I was whipped with a switch, a belt, a belt buckle, Hot Wheels track, a horse whip, and lastly at 13 years of age the Vice Principle at our school hit me with a paddle so hard he brused my tail bone and left my rear end black and blue for over a week.

    By far the most tramatic event in my young childhood. I have to say though, I have not strayed to the naughty side since that day.

    Lets’ see. Corporal punishment was allowed in the house and at school…meaning it was legal to knock a student out if necessary. It was pretty lax back in those days.

    I was also raised in the strong Catholic environment. Meaning the Nuns could break a stick over your hands if you couldn’t keep them to yourself.

    According to you Sir, all of this is abuse. To me I see it no more than discipline. It taught me about the consequences of my actions.

    I personally see no harm in it. It serves a purpose as a deterant. No I do not need help. It was acceptable in my day and it should be today.

  47. Looked it up. Here it is below for you to to see as well:

    Six Games it will be.
    Love, Knucklehead

    no contest
    n. in criminal law, a defendant’s plea in court that he/she will not contest the charge of a particular crime, also called nolo contendere.
    *****While technically not an admission of guilt for commission of the crime, the judge will treat a plea of “no contest” as such an admission and proceed to find the defendant guilty as charged.**** A “no contest” plea is often made in cases in which there is also a possible lawsuit for damages by a person injured by the criminal conduct (such as reckless driving, assault with a deadly weapon, aggravated assault), because it cannot be used in the civil lawsuit as an admission of fault. “No contest” is also used where there has been a “plea bargain” in which the defendant does not want to say he/she is guilty but accepts the sentence recommended by the prosecutor in exchange for not contesting the charge (which is often reduced to a lesser crime). It is standard practice for the judge to ask either the attorneys or the defendant, “Is there a factual basis for the plea?” before accepting it and finding the defendant guilty.

  48. If Peterson didn’t think the prosecution had a case, why didn’t he go to trial so he could be found not guilty? Mark Chmura did exactly that. I guess AP was at least smart enough to realize he broke the law and took the coward’s way out.

  49. rightwingguy says: Nov 17, 2014 9:34 AM

    The nfl and its refs are always trying to screw over the Vikes. I won’t buy any merch or tickets for the rest of my life. The nfl can’t do anything right.

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    Hey man, the NFL is really gonna miss you!

    Not.

  50. thunderstruck24 says:Nov 17, 2014 2:24 PM

    I stand corrected 🙁 I bow to you Sir, and ask I be spared the switch and given the paddle instead.

    Just saying we all especially myself are too hung up in this case…I need a life

  51. Just let the man play ball….go by the rules put in place when he was put on exempt list…..you can’t change the rules because you feel like it…..there are enough crookes affiliated with the nfl….you need to fulfill your part of the agreement…..LET AD PLAY!!

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