One of those people said a decision about Peterson’s playing status is expected “soon.” That person called a suspension of Peterson by the NFL “very possible.”
Peterson missed his ninth straight game Sunday. He missed one game when he was on the Vikings’ inactive list. He has missed the past eight games since agreeing in September to be placed on the exempt-commissioner’s permission list while facing charges in Texas related to him disciplining his 4-year-old son by striking the child with a switch. Peterson has been paid while not playing.
He reached a recent plea agreement to avoid jail time in the case.
The NFL Players Association has filed a grievance on Peterson’s behalf seeking to have him reinstated from the exempt list pending the outcome of the league’s review under the personal conduct policy. A hearing on the grievance is scheduled to be conducted Monday afternoon by conference call.
The league could suspend Peterson without pay under the terms of the conduct policy. An NFL official said Saturday that Peterson and the union declined to participate in a hearing Friday to review Peterson’s case. The union issued a written statement Sunday by Peterson saying the hearing did not comply with the terms of the collective bargaining agreement.