EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — The NFL Players Association has filed an expedited grievance with the NFL to reinstate Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson.
The NFLPA cited Monday "explicit language in a signed agreement" from Sept. 18, when Peterson was placed on a special commissioner's exempt list following his indictment on felony child abuse in Texas. Peterson pleaded no contest Tuesday to a lesser charge of misdemeanor reckless assault, freeing him from the court system provided he fulfills the terms of his probation.
The league began a review Thursday of his case under the personal conduct policy, but it said Peterson would remain on paid leave until the process is completed.
That didn't sit well with the union.
The NFLPA demanded in a letter to the NFL last week that Peterson be allowed to rejoin the Vikings immediately until any determination of any discipline.
"As of now, they have failed to respond or comply," the NFLPA said. "It is our obligation to protect all players' rights, and we will pursue any and all breaches of any contract between a player and his team or the NFL."
The league said in a statement that it had "received the NFLPA's grievance on behalf of Adrian Peterson"
"We have honored our commitment to Mr. Peterson and the NFLPA not to process or impose any discipline until the criminal charges pending in Texas were resolved," the league said in a statement. "When Mr. Peterson decided not to contest criminal charges, we promptly advised both him and the NFLPA that we were prepared to consider what, if any, discipline should now be imposed under the Personal Conduct Policy.
"We asked Mr. Peterson and his representatives, including the NFLPA, for relevant information. We have not received any of the requested information, but remain prepared to schedule a hearing and make a determination as quickly as possible based on as much information as available."
The Vikings come off their bye week still waiting for the NFL to act but hardly pinning any plans on a possible Peterson return.