Adrian Peterson is once again eligible to be reinstated as NFL player. Peterson received good news on Thursday when U.S Judge David Doty overturned the NFL’s denial of appeal for the Vikings running back.
The NFL’s suspension for Peterson initially would have run through April 15th under the leagues personal conduct policy as a result of his child abuse case. However, Judge Doty felt differently.
According to ESPN, the NFL will appeal. Representative Brian McCarthy stated the following…
We believe strongly that Judge Doty’s order is incorrect and fundamentally at odds with well-established legal precedent governing the district court’s role in reviewing arbitration decisions… As a result, we have filed a notice of appeal to have the ruling reviewed by the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals.”
As it stands, the Minnesota Vikings will welcome Adrian Peterson back to the team with open arms when the time comes.
The Vikings organization stated…
Adrian Peterson is an important member of the Minnesota Vikings, and our focus remains on welcoming him back when he is able to rejoin our organization… Today’s ruling leaves Adrian’s status under the control of the NFL, the NFLPA and the legal system, and we will have no further comment at this time.”
The NFL has been in the hot seat in the recent past due to a slew of questionable behavior by its players, and questionable decisions by its administration. Could the refusal to accept Judge Doty’s appeal be the NFL’s attempt to break a string of less than ideal situations? Moreover, what happens if the NFL’s new appeal does not go through?
Perhaps, the NFL could take in house actions, such as fining Peterson to resolve any ill feelings left between the two parties. Regardless, it is in the best interest of both the NFL and Adrian Peterson to refrain from adding drama to an already murky situation.
In non-related news, the Philadelphia Eagles have begun to make changes to their franchise today in efforts to make the 2015-2016 NFL season a success. Unfortunately, it has come at the expense of veteran offensive lineman, Todd Herremans.
On Thursday, ESPN reported that the Eagles veteran would part ways with the team after almost a decade. Herremans missed most of the 2014 – 2015 season due to an injury he sustained verses the Cardinals in October. His empty slot offers a lot of cap space for the franchise to make of good use. According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Eagles will gain $2.8 million in cap space.
Though he was one of the longest standing players on the team, and played almost every position on offensive line, his departure from the team will allow Chip Kelly and friends to consider other options for the Eagles team. Whether or not that free space will be allotted for a fresh offensive linemen or another position, it is a start.
With rumors swirling about possible quarterback changes, the Eagles’ front office could be in the process of pulling funds to attract worthwhile candidates when free agency begins in March.
Neither Todd Herremans nor the Philadelphia Eagles have issued a formal statement about Herremans’ departure from the team at this time.