Skip to main content

NFL to review Adrian Peterson case for potential league discipline


The NFL announced Thursday it will review the Adrian Peterson matter for potential discipline under the NFL's Personal Conduct Policy, now that the criminal portion of his case is over.

Peterson avoided a trial that could have led to a prison sentence when a Texas judge accepted his plea deal to reduce his crime to misdemeanor reckless assault, down from the original charge of felony child abuse. Peterson was accused of whipping his four-year-old son with a thin wooden tree branch.

According to Pro Football Talk, the NFL has requested Peterson submit relevant information about the case, and meet with experts who will make recommendations to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

Peterson will remain on the commissioner's exempt list until the process is completed.

But it may not be quite that simple. The NFL Players Association followed that statement by demanding the league handle the matter with efficiency and consistency.

Peterson was hoping for a speedy return to the field, but as Fox Sports reports, the NFL previously rejected a request from Peterson's camp to be immediately reinstated following the Tuesday's deal.

The NFL Players Association, Peterson's agent Ben Dogra and his attorney Rusty Hardin were in constant contact with NFL officials about Peterson's plea deal and were pushing for the immediate reinstatement, but the league denied the request and said that a decision on Peterson's playing status would be coming.

An NFL spokesperson told multiple media outlets earlier this week that a timetable for a decision is not available.

"There's no hurry but no delay either," an unnamed source told

The Vikings are off this week, but return from the bye in Week 11 against Chicago. The Star Tribune notes the decision will keep his status for that game, and the remainder of the season, in doubt.

"I truly regret this incident," Peterson said Tuesday. "I take full responsibility for my actions. I love my son more than anyone you could even imagine, and I'm anxious to continue my relationship with my child."

While things remain unclear for Peterson on the field, he has lost another one of his sponsors. Nike, who had previously suspended it's deal with Peterson, announced Thursday that it would terminate the contract.

Next Up

ted mann concert hall - university of minnesota

2 armed suspects rob victim at U of M concert hall

The two suspects pointed guns at the victim.

West St Paul, Minnesota - June 2019

Nine police agencies called in for crowd control after 2 shot in West St. Paul

Police say a large group "attempted to take control" of part of the crime scene.

Brooklyn Center police, Daunte Wright

Brooklyn Center approves $1.3M public safety budget, including policing reforms

The city will use some money from the police department for the new programs.

snow, slush

Snow impacting morning commute across southern Minnesota

A quick inch could make a bit of a mess on the roads.


Minnesota United star allegedly hit teen with gun in Argentina

The 26-year-old could face charges in Argentina.

Chris Finch

Hawks bury Timberwolves in 3-point barrage

Without D'Angelo Russell, the Wolves couldn't keep up with the Hawks.

P.J. Fleck, Gophers football

Kirk Ciarocca returning to Gophers as offensive coordinator

The architect of the 2019 offense will look to revive the Gophers.

Klobuchar - MTP - NBC screengrab

Klobuchar says Congress should pass law to protect abortion rights

Her comments came as the Supreme Court appears poised to weaken — or gut — Roe v. Wade

MPD missing Heard - crop 1_

Minneapolis woman missing a week is found safe

The 36-year-old hasn't been seen or heard from recently.

unsplash cold winter breath dark

Hello, winter: List of the coldest wind chills in MN Monday morning

The state went from a relatively mild start of the season, to downright frigid wind chills.


1 CWD-positive deer in Brainerd Lakes area, so surveillance will continue

The CWD monitoring measures were supposed to end after this year.

unsplash - visitor patient doctor hospital emergency - crop

MN program will train, hire 1,000 nursing assistants for long-term care

The facilities are facing a severe staffing shortage.