NFL returns Adrian Peterson to commissioner's exempt list

Hours after Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson's won a legal victory to overturn his suspension, the NFL returned him to the commissioner's exempt list and is appealing the ruling by Judge David S. Doty. Doty vacated the previous ruling by former NFL executive Harold Henderson. "Petition to vacate the arbitration award was granted," Judge Doty wrote in his decision. "Case was remanded for further proceedings ... as the (collective bargaining agreement) may permit." The NFL issued a statement. "Judge Doty's order did not contain any determinations concerning the fairness of the appeals process under the CBA, including the commissioner's longstanding authority to appoint a designee to act as hearing officer," the league said in a statement. "Even so, 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." The Vikings issued a statement. "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," the Vikings said. "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." Earlier, the NFLPA issued a statement. "This is a victory for the rule of law, due process and fairness," the statement read. "Our collective bargaining agreement has rules for implementation of the personal conduct policy and when those rules are violated, our union always stands up to protect our players' rights. This is yet another example why neutral arbitration is good for our players, good for the owners and good for our game." Follow me on Twitter: @RavensInsider Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun  
Aaron Wilson
Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post, his second stint at the Post. He has previously written for Pro Football Talk and FOX Sports-Scout. Entering his 13th year covering the Baltimore Ravens, he's a beat writer for The Baltimore Sun. Wilson has also covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.

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