BARRY WILNER, AP Pro Football Writer
NEW YORK (AP) — Adrian Peterson will have a hearing via conference call on Monday about possible reinstatement with the Minnesota Vikings.
The hearing will be handled by Shyam Das, an arbiter used by the NFL and NFLPA under the collective bargaining agreement reached in 2011.
Through the players’ union, Peterson entered a non-injury grievance regarding when his paid leave on the commissioner’s exempt list is supposed to end. Lawyers representing the union and the NFL will discuss the grievance.
Peterson has been on that list since Sept. 18 following his indictment for felony child abuse in Texas. The running back pleaded no contest last week to a lesser charge of misdemeanor reckless assault, freeing him from the court system provided he fulfills his probation terms.
Also last week, the players’ union demanded in a letter to the league that Peterson be allowed to rejoin the Vikings immediately until any discipline has been determined. But the NFL began a review of his case under the personal conduct policy, and said Peterson would remain on paid leave until the process is completed.
It also requested Peterson submit relevant information regarding his case and meet with designated experts who will make recommendations for discipline to Commissioner Roger Goodell.
Goodell announced in August a stiffer penalty for players involved with domestic violence in the wake of the Ray Rice case after Goodell originally suspended Rice for two games, then admitted the punishment was too lenient.
The guideline now calls for a six-game suspension for a first offense, though the injuries Peterson acknowledged causing his 4-year-old son occurred in May. Peterson has said he didn’t mean harm in hitting the boy with a wooden switch, and that he was applying the same kind of corporal punishment he received as a child.
AP Pro Football Writer Dave Campbell contributed to this report.
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