It was reported that Vikings’ All Pro running back Adrian Peterson would miss the season after being placed on the Commissioner’s exempt list while waiting for the results of his trial.
It was originally thought that the case would not go to trial until 2015, but Peterson’s camp is seeking an accelerated process that would move the trial date up significantly, reports Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk.
If the trial date is moved closer, and Peterson is cleared of the charges, there is hope that he will be able to return to the field in a Vikings’ uniform this season.
As of now, Peterson has been placed on the Commissioner’s exempt list, which keeps him off the field but serves as a paid suspension from the team. With an accelerated trial, the Vikings’ star risks exposing himself to additional penalties under the player conduct policy, including fines and possibly a lengthy unpaid suspension from the NFL.
It also remains to be seen whether or not the team would want him back, or if at this point they have decided to move on from the face of their franchise. Florio notes that he expects more information to surface this week about the possibility of an accelerated trial date.