Adrian Peterson will not play in the NFL in 2014.
Peterson has missed the Vikings’ past nine games after being charged in Texas with committing reckless or negligent injury to a child. The felony charges stem from injuries Peterson’s son sustained when Peterson disciplined him with a switch.
The NFL has ruled that Peterson, who has pleaded no contest to misdemeanor reckless assault charges, will be suspended without pay for at least the remainder of the 2014 season. The Vikings running back will not be eligible for reinstatement before April 15, 2015.
NFL executives discussed possible disciplinary actions on Monday. Arbitrator Shyam Das rendered the decision; the NFL Players’ Association has already announced it will appeal.
“The timing of your potential reinstatement will be based on the results of the counseling and treatment program set forth in this decision,” NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said in an open letter to Peterson. “Under this two-step approach, the precise length of the suspension will depend on your actions. We are prepared to put in place a program that can help you to succeed, but no program can succeed without your genuine and continuing engagement. You must commit yourself to your counseling and rehabilitative effort, properly care for your children, and have no further violations of law or league policy.” …