( 4UMF NEWS ) NFL To Reinstate Adrian Peterson:
Adrian Peterson will again be a full-fledged member of the Minnesota Vikings on Friday. How long he remains with the the only NFL team he’s ever known remains to be seen.
The NFL announced Thursday that the star tailback will be reinstated tomorrow. After months spent in limbo, Peterson has been eligible to come off the commissioner’s exempt list since Wednesday.
A statement released by the league read:
“Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings was advised today that effective tomorrow he is reinstated as an active NFL player and may participate in all scheduled activities with the Vikings.
“In a letter from Commissioner Roger Goodell, Peterson was informed that he is expected to fulfill his remaining obligations to the authorities in Minnesota and Texas, as well as the additional commitments Peterson made during his April 7 meeting with the commissioner regarding maintaining an ongoing program of counseling and treatment as recommended by medical advisors.
“Beyond the requirement to comply with his court obligations and plan of counseling, Peterson was reminded that his continuing participation in the NFL depends on his avoidance of any further conduct that violates the Personal Conduct Policy or other NFL policies. Any further violation of the Personal Conduct Policy by Peterson would result in additional discipline, which could include suspension without pay or banishment from the NFL.
“Peterson was suspended without pay last November 18 for the remainder of the 2014 NFL season for violating the NFL Personal Conduct Policy in an incident of abusive discipline that he inflicted on his four-year-old son last May. Peterson pled no contest on November 4 in state court in Montgomery County, Texas to reckless assault of the child.”
Peterson’s agent, Ben Dogra, openly said at the league’s spring meetings in March that his client would be prefer a fresh start with a new team in 2015.
Peterson played just one game in 2014, spending most of the year on the exempt list or suspended in the wake of hitting his son with a wooden switch.
A six-time Pro Bowler in his eight NFL seasons and the league MVP in 2012, Peterson is under contract with the Vikings through the 2017 season and is scheduled to make nearly $13 million in 2015. His hefty deal could make him difficult to trade despite speculation he could be headed to the Dallas Cowboys or Arizona Cardinals.
However the Vikings hold nearly all the leverage, and Peterson’s only recourse could be a holdout that would force him to forfeit money. The team is scheduled to begin its offseason program next week, and Vikings brass as well as coach Mike Zimmer have repeatedly indicated they want their best player back.
The team issued a brief statement Thursday afternoon: “The Minnesota Vikings have been informed by the NFL that Adrian Peterson has been reinstated. We look forward to Adrian re-joining the Vikings.”
The Vikings are scheduled to move into a new downtown stadium in Minneapolis in 2016, but Peterson remains their leading on-field attraction.