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Bad news for Peterson: NFL wins court battle over AP's fine

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The legal battle between Adrian Peterson and the NFL stemming from the running back's 2014 suspension has an update – and it means Peterson has to pay up.

On Thursday, the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that arbitrator Harold Henderon's decision to suspend and fine Peterson was indeed within his rights, and also allowed under the NFL's collective bargaining agreement. You can read more on this at

Henderson's decision had been overturned by a district judge, and the NFL was forced to reinstate the Vikings' running back. But this week's ruling reverses what the district judge had decided.

So what the heck does it mean?

According to ESPN, it won't force Peterson to go back on a suspension list, but it does mean he'll have to pay the equivalent of six games' salary, which was part of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell's initial punishment against Peterson.

How much money is that? More than $4.1 million, ESPN says.

Here's the official ruling if you want to read it.

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