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NFL Suspends Adrian Peterson For The Rest Of The Season Without Pay

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The NFL announced Tuesday morning that Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson will be suspended for at least the rest of the year, without pay, for violations of the league’s personal conduct policy.

Peterson will not be considered for reinstatement before April 15, 2015.

The league’s full release, including discussion of the requirements Peterson must fulfill for reinstatement, can be read here.

In the league’s letter to Peterson, commissioner Roger Goodell said:

The timing of your potential reinstatement will be based on the results of the counseling and treatment program set forth in this decision. 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.

Peterson has three days to appeal the decision.

The action by the league follows Peterson being indicted on charges of reckless or negligent injury to a child by a Montgomery County, Texas grand jury. The case stems from an incident where Peterson used a switch to discipline the child involved.

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