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Zimmer: Peterson likely to return to Vikings after reinstatement
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer believes running back Adrian Peterson will return to the team when he's reinstated by the NFL, according to ESPN. Peterson has been suspended for the rest of the season following a plea deal in his child abuse case and has been told he will not be reconsidered for reinstatement before April 15 for his violation of the league's personal conduct policy.

"I think Adrian wants to be back here," Zimmer said. "You have to ask him. I don't know. But I know he does have an awful lot of people here who have supported him, and I don't know who he's speaking of who doesn't. All I know of Adrian is that he's always been great with me, always done what I've asked him to do, and I kind of go by what I see."

However, in an exclusive interview with USA Today on Thursday, Peterson hinted that he hasn't received support from some within the Vikings organization and playing for a different team is a possibility.

"I know who loves me. The coaches and the players, it's not going to be a problem. I've felt so much support from those guys," Peterson said. "The organization, I know there's people in the organization that support me and there's people that I know internally that has not been supporting me. Maybe it's best for me to get a fresh start somewhere else.

"I would love to go back and play in Minnesota to get a feel and just see if my family still feels comfortable there. But if there's word out that, hey, they might release me, then so be it. I would feel good knowing that I've given everything I had in me."

Peterson will have his appeal of the suspension heard Dec. 2. If he loses the appeal, he might explore his legal options and seek damages for missing the season, according to NFL.com National Insider Ian Rapoport.

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Report: Vikings RB Peterson to have appeal heard on Dec. 2
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

Vikings embattled running back Adrian Peterson will have the appeal to his suspension heard on Dec. 2, a source has tld NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport. It will be heard by third-party arbitrator Harold Henderson. The NFL Players Association filed the appeal on Thursday on behalf of Peterson.

Peterson was suspended Tuesday for the rest of the season by the league after pleading no contest to misdemeanor reckless assault charges earlier in the month in regard to the beating of his son.

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Remorseful Adrian Peterson: 'I won't ever use a switch again'
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

Vikings running back Adrian Peterson insisted he is remorseful for injuring his son in an interview with USA Today.

"I won't ever use a switch again," Peterson said. "There's different situations where a child needs to be disciplined as far as timeout, taking their toys away, making them take a nap. There's so many different ways to discipline your kids."

Peterson added that he would "love to go back and play" for the Vikings, "[b]ut if there's word out that hey, they might release me, then so be it. I would feel good knowing that I've given everything I had in me."

Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a letter to Peterson that the running back had failed to show remorse for his actions. "Ultimately, I know I'll have my opportunity to sit down with Roger face to face, and I'll be able to say a lot of the same things that I've said to you," Peterson said. "Don't say that I'm not remorseful, because in my statement, I showed that I was remorseful. I regretted everything that took place. I love my child, more than anyone could ever imagine."

The NFL Players Association appealed the decision to suspend Peterson for at least the remainder of the season Thursday morning.

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Players union appeals Vikings RB Adrian Peterson's suspension
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com

The NFL Players Association appealed commissioner Roger Goodell's suspension of Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, calling the punishment "unprecedented, arbitrary, and unlawful."

In a letter obtained by the Associated Press, the union demanded an independent, neutral arbitrator hear Peterson's case. On Tuesday, under the league's personal conduct policy, Goodell suspended Peterson for the rest of the season and said he won't be considered for reinstatement until April 15.

Peterson's appeal hearing is scheduled for Dec. 2, according to ESPN's Chris Mortensen.

Peterson pleaded no contest to misdemeanor reckless assault for striking his 4-year-old son with a switch. The union claims Peterson was told the games he missed while the legal process played out would count as time served toward his suspension.

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Report: Vikings not planning to cut ties with Adrian Peterson
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com

The Vikings have no plans to cut or trade running back Adrian Peterson during his NFL suspension, reports the New York Post. Peterson's future with the team beyond this year will be decided by general manager Rick Spielman and coach Mike Zimmer, the report added.

The NFL on Tuesday suspended Peterson for the rest of this season and said he won't be reinstated until at least April 2015. Peterson will appeal.

Peterson pleaded no contest this month to misdemeanor reckless assault for striking his 4-year-old son with a switch.

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