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
Adrian Peterson Out for Season With No Pay
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)

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, 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, 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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