Adrian Peterson's Trial Set For Dec. 1, Which Means His 2014 Season Is Almost Definitely Over
October 8 / Eric Goldschein / SportsGrid
Adrian Peterson appeared in court today for his arraignment, and a tentative trial date was set for Dec. 1, 2014. AP will reportedly not strike a deal or otherwise plead guilty. Though it's possible that the trial will get moved up to November if another case before his falls off the docket, Peterson probably won't get the "speedy" trial he sought and will remain away from the Vikings until, at the earliest, the last month of the season.
Even if the trial is moved up to Nov. 18, at this point, it's safe to assume that Peterson's 2014 season is over. In a best case scenario, assuming he's found not guilty and the NFL doesn't punish him at all, he would be eligible to return to the team for, say, Week 15 against the Lions. Unless the Vikings are in the playoff hunt, there'd be almost no reason -- especially from a PR standpoint -- for the team to reinstate him.
In any case, knowing Roger Goodell, Peterson will still face some sort of punishment from the NFL, likely under the new domestic abuse policy. Bottom line: If you haven't dropped him from your fantasy team, you should do that. And if you haven't dropped him from your heart, you should do that too. He needs to earn his way back in there.
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