Whether Adrian Peterson Plays Again This Year Could Depend On Roger Goodell
The last time we checked in with suspended Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, we were sure his 2014 season had ended after only one game, thanks to a felony child abuse charge and the fact that he smoked weed before a probationary drug test. Looks like we called that one early: Sources say that AP is considering a plea deal that would put him on track to return to the NFL this year, rather than waiting for a Dec. 1 trial.
Some of the details, via ProFootballTalk:
Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Peterson will plead no contest to one count of misdemeanor reckless assault. The plea will not include reference to family violence or violence against a minor.
If the agreement is accepted by Judge Kelly Case, Peterson will pay a $2,000 fine, be placed on probation, and perform 80 hours of community service. Technically, the adjudication of the case will be deferred for two years.
According to the NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the conclusion of AP's legal proceedings won't mean an automatic reinstatement. "Maybe in time" says Rapoport, though what the NFL would use as the basis for further suspension of AP (he's already missed eight games, with pay) isn't clear. Meanwhile, Chris Mortensen said on NFL Insiders that it's "very possible" the Vikings will have their highly-paid star back this year, after originally planning to move on without him.
The bottom line: It will be up to the league office -- namely, Roger "All The Power" Goodell -- to decide whether Peterson plays again this year. It's interesting to note that AP's plea deal won't refer to family violence, which might place it outside the jurisdiction of the NFL's new domestic violence policy. Then again, who fucking knows with these guys? The league's track record with doling out appropriate punishments this year (and every year, really) has been horrendous. They risk a fight with the NFLPA if they come down too hard on him, and public backlash if they let him play next week.
Regardless, from a fantasy perspective, you should probably grab and stash AP. He's worth it.
UPDATE: Peterson has entered a plea deal.
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