The Vikings apparently won’t be getting their wish this year.
The NFL announced that running back Adrian Peterson would be suspended for at least the rest of the year, without pay, for violations of the league’s personal conduct policy.
He will not be considered for reinstatement before April 15, 2015.
PFT's story went on to say that in the letter to Peterson, commissioner Roger Goodell said the timing of the potential reinstatement will be based on results of counseling and treatment. The precise length of suspension will depend on Peterson's action, the letter added. The letter added that the league is prepared to put in place a program that can help Peterson to succeed, but it added that "no program can succeed without [Peterson's] genuine and continuing engagement." Peterson has three days to appeal the decision, and based on previous stances taken by his side, you can count on that, PTF added. While it may be best to at least wait the three days to see how this plays out, it's hard to imagine Peterson getting back on the field this year. It's looking like you can eventually drop him in redraft leagues. Jerick McKinnon will continue to carry the load for the Vikings with Matt Asiata in the mix.