On the heels of the NFL Players Association filing a grievance on behalf of Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, Jay Glazer of FOX Sports and Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk (Twitter links) report that the hearing for Peterson will happen next Monday, November 17.
Because the union filed an expedited grievance, one of four it can use per year, a hearing was required to happen within seven days, so next Monday would have been the latest it could occur. Once the hearing concludes, arbitrator Shyam Das will have an additional five days to make a decision.
The NFLPA is looking to get Peterson removed from the commissioner’s exempt list, arguing that when the running back agreed to be placed on the list back in September, he agreed to remain there “until the criminal charges pending against him are adjudicated.” Despite Peterson’s legal case being resolved last week, his status remains unchanged, as the league attempt to determine what sort of penalty he’ll face.
If the grievance does result in Peterson being reinstated, he could – and likely will – still face additional discipline. However, he would be eligible to play until the NFL announced that penalty. Of course, just because he’s eligible to play doesn’t mean he’ll hit the field right away for the Vikings. At least one report suggested the 29-year-old isn’t currently in game shape, and while Peterson’s Minnesota teammates want to see him back in the lineup, the team’s ownership and front office will have to sign off on that as well.
Although it appears as if the grievance and hearing process will take the maximum alloted time, Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk wrote earlier today that it shouldn’t have to drag on that long. A conference call involving Das, the league, and the NFLPA is scheduled to happen as soon as today, and Florio suggests that a few pointed questions from Das during that conference call should be enough to make a decision.