Adrian Peterson Out for Season With No Pay

Vikings running back can't be reinstated till April 2015, will appeal NFL decision
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 18, 2014 9:06 AM CST
Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson leaves court accompanied by his wife, Ashley Brown Peterson, in Conroe, Texas, on Oct. 8, 2014.   (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Billy Smith II)

(Newser) – Just two days ago, Adrian Peterson complained about his paid leave from the Minnesota Vikings, but now he's got other worries: He's been suspended from the NFL without pay for the rest of the season, NFL.com reports. The running back—who pleaded no contest to misdemeanor reckless assault of his 4-year-old son earlier this month—was suspended for violating the league's personal conduct code and can't be considered for reinstatement until April 2015, ESPN notes.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a letter to Peterson, as per NFL.com, that any reinstatement would depend on how he responded to counseling and a treatment program and that Peterson "must commit [himself] to ... counseling and rehabilitative effort, properly care for [his] children, and have no further violations of law or league policy." NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport notes that the suspension could cost Peterson $4.2 million over the next six games. Peterson has three days to appeal the decision, which he's apparently doing "right away," according to a league source who talked to ESPN's Adam Schefter. (Peterson reportedly texted about another son's "whooping" as well.)

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