7:56pm: Peterson’s team initiated talks last week on a potential settlement but those discussions went nowhere, according to Tom Pelissero of USA Today (on Twitter).
7:36pm: A ruling will likely come between now and Wednesday, a source with knowledge of the situation tells Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk. Peterson also requested, for a second time, to meet personally with Roger Goodell via the union’s letter, but he has yet to receive a reply, according to one of Mortensen’s sources (on Twitter).
Meanwhile, the league says that they agreed to give Peterson the exact type of hearing that he requested, only to have him pass on it (link). The NFL has also made it clear that disciplinary action for Peterson will focus on the incident of Peterson beating his child, which brought the initial charges, Mortensen tweets.
5:29pm: Peterson’s grievance seeking immediate reinstatement was heard by an arbitrator via a conference call, which took about 30 minutes, tweets Chris Mortensen of ESPN. The arbitrator, Shyam Das, told the participating reps in the grievance that he would have a decision “quickly,” Mortensen tweets.
11:51am:The NFL may announce a decision on additional discipline for Vikings running back Adrian Peterson today, according to multiple reports. Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com tweets that an announcement on Peterson’s discipline could happen before his afternoon hearing, while Peter King of TheMMQB.com writes in his weekly column that he expects the league to issue its decision today, with Peterson appealing the sanction immediately.
There are currently two parallel issues to be resolved for Peterson, whose hearing today relates to his grievance to be removed from the commissioner’s exempt list. Arbitrator Shyam Das will have five days to issue a ruling on that matter, meaning it should be worked out by Saturday. However, with the NFL expected to announce a possible fine or suspension for Peterson, that matter will have to be resolved as well — Peterson would likely file an appeal within three days, giving the league another three days to hold an appeal hearing and make a decision, as Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk details.
With so many balls up in the air, it seems unlikely that Peterson will suit up for the Vikings this coming weekend against Green Bay, though that isn’t entirely out of the question. We should get a better idea of whether or not the All-Pro running back will play this season when the league announces its decision on discipline, which could happen in a matter of hours. Despite having sat out half the season so far, Peterson is expected to face a suspension since he was still being paid during his absence.