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Ruling expected next week on Peterson's suspension appeal

Minnesota running back Adrian Peterson's appeal of his suspension reportedly will be resolved next week. Peterson's appeal was heard this week by league-appointed arbitrator Harold Henderson, who is expected to rule by midweek, the St. Paul Pione...

Minnesota running back Adrian Peterson's appeal of his suspension reportedly will be resolved next week.

Peterson's appeal was heard this week by league-appointed arbitrator Harold Henderson, who is expected to rule by midweek, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported Friday.

Peterson reportedly gave a statement without testifying Tuesday and was not present for the hearing's conclusion Thursday.

Peterson was suspended for the rest of the season by commissioner Roger Goodell on Nov. 18, after Peterson failed to attend a disciplinary hearing regarding his alleged violation of the NFL's personal conduct policy.

Peterson was indicted in September on felony charges of reckless or negligent injury to a child after Texas authorities said he hit his 4-year-old son with a switch. He pleaded no contest to misdemeanor reckless assault on Nov. 4 and was ordered to pay a $4,000 fine and perform 80 hours of community service.

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Until the plea deal, Peterson had been on the commissioner's exempt list, drawing his salary from the Vikings but not allowed to play.

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