Thursday, February 26, 2015

Peterson wins suspension appeal

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Adrian Peterson has won his appeal in district court and will be reinstated to the Minnesota Vikings. Daniel House takes you through the decision and what it means for Peterson's future. 

Updated: February 26th, 2015 11:52am

By: Daniel House 

According to court records, U.S. District Court judge David Doty has vacated the arbitration award on Adrian Peterson. He now has the potential to be reinstated to the Minnesota Vikings and the front office can now make a decision regarding his future.

The NFL is not commenting on the matter, but Peterson can now communicate with team officials. This opens the door for the Vikings to make a decision on whether he will return, be released, or traded when the league year begins on March 10th.

It allows the Vikings to make a decision before the April 15th deadline that was imposed upon Peterson when he was placed on the Commissioner's Exempt List. Peterson has been held off the field since September 12th and after being placed on the exempt list, he has been continually battling this decision in the legal system.

Today, provides Peterson the opportunity to communicate with Vikings officials and if he wants to be traded, it considerably helps his chances to be moved when the league year begins. The Vikings organization has indicated they would welcome Peterson back, but they haven't communicated with him since the suspension.

The Vikings can play Peterson this season for a 2015 cap hit of $15.4 million, restructure his deal to improve salary cap figures, trade him, or release him for a cost of $2.4 million.

Peterson has said he is "uneasy" about a return and after a speculated blow-up between a Vikings executive and Peterson's agent, the outlook is still blurry.

The NFL is not commenting on the decision and may appeal, but Peterson winning reinstatement is the first step to his return.

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