NFL reinstates Vikings' running back Adrian Peterson

April 16, 2015

Minnesota Vikings star running back Adrian Peterson was advised that effective tomorrow he is reinstated as an active NFL player and may participate in all scheduled activities with the team.

The team responded by making the following statement on Peterson:
"The Minnesota Vikings have been informed by the NFL that Adrian Peterson has been reinstated. We look forward to Adrian re-joining the Vikings."

In a letter from Commissioner Roger Goodell, Peterson was informed today that he is expected to fulfill his remaining obligations to the authorities in Minnesota and Texas, as well as the additional commitments Peterson made during his April 7 meeting with the commissioner regarding maintaining an ongoing program of counseling and treatment as recommended by medical advisors.

Beyond the requirement to comply with his court obligations and plan of counseling, Peterson was reminded that his continuing participation in the NFL depends on his avoidance of any further conduct that violates the Personal Conduct Policy or other NFL policies. Any further violation of the Personal Conduct Policy by Peterson would result in additional discipline, which could include suspension without pay or banishment from the NFL.

Peterson was suspended without pay last November 18 for the remainder of the 2014 NFL season for violating the NFL Personal Conduct Policy in an incident of abusive discipline that he inflicted on his four-year-old son last May. Peterson pled no contest on November 4 in state court in Montgomery County, Texas to reckless assault of the child.

Many still consider Peterson to be the best at his position in the league, and undoubtedly, there will be many suitors for his services should the Vikings elect to part ways with their star.

One interested team could be the Dallas Cowboys, who recently lost their standout running back, DeMarco Murray, to the Eagles via free agency.

By Staff of and news services

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