The NFL suspension of former Oklahoma Sooners running back Adrian Peterson has been rescinded, and the Pro-Bowl offensive star of the Minnesota Vikings is being reinstated effective on Friday.
Peterson was suspended last November after domestic abuse allegations stemming from a incident in which the Viking running back disciplined his four-year-old son using a small tree branch as a switch.
The suspension was imposed by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell after Peterson refused to follow the NFL disciplinary procedures and failed to attend a disciplinary hearing.
Peterson, a former NFL MVP, played in just one game last season for Minnesota, rushing for 75 yards. The season before, in 2013, he gained 1,266 yards rushing in 14 games, and in 2012, Peterson led the NFL in rushing with 2,097 yards, which was just 8 yards shy of tying the single-season NFL rushing record held by Eric Dickerson.
Multiple news sources reported Thursday on the suspension being lifted and Peterson’s reinstatement to NFL active status.
The NFL commissioner’s office issued a news release with the following statement regarding Peterson’s NFL status:
“Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings was advised today that effective tomorrow he is reinstates as an active NFL player and may participate in all activities with the Vikings.
“In a letter from Commissioner Roger Goodell, Peterson was informed that he is expected to fulfill his remaining obligations to the authorities in Minnesota and Texas as well as the additional commitments Peterson made during his April 7 meeting with the commissioner regarding maintaining an ongoing program of counseling and treatment as recommended by medical advisors.”
Peterson played three seasons at Oklahoma, from 2004 to 2006. He gained 4,140 yards rushing while at OU, including a school-record 1,925 as a freshman. He was the No. 7 overall player selected in the 2007 NFL Draft, by the Vikings.
The six-time Pro-Bowler is now a Minnesota Viking again. How long he will remain so remains to be played out.