Adrian Peterson wants to be reinstated by the NFL, but he evidently didn't think attending a meeting set up by the league on Friday would be in his best interests.
Adam Schefter of ESPN reported Saturday that Peterson declined to appear at the meeting with the NFL after originally saying last week he would be in attendance.
The Vikings running back was placed on the commissioner's exempt list in September after being indicted on a charge of child abuse for using a "switch" on his 4-year-old son. Peterson, though, has since pleaded no contest to the charge and his legal case in Texas is resolved.
Peterson and the NFLPA claim he should be taken off the exempt list and he should be able to return to the Vikings while the league is considering further action against him for violating the personal-conduct policy.
According to a post on Schefter's Facebook page: "This is a different, more significant hearing than the conference call set for 2 p.m. (Eastern) Monday, about when Peterson's grievance relating to remaining on the commissioner's exempt list will be heard. The Friday meeting was the one that would have been for a disciplinary decision on Peterson's past and future. ... The NFL also charged that Peterson would not give the NFL an alternative date for the disciplinary hearing in connection to his violation of law in an incident of family violence."
The NFLPA, according to Schefter, told the NFL on Thursday that it would not be available on Friday.
The league said they were unwilling to postpone the hearing due to the desire to resolve the matter. The league said they offered an alternative, but eventually proceeded without Peterson after the alternative was also declined by the NFLPA. The league source added the league "will have to address this based on the information currently available to us."