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NFL Appeals Adrian Peterson Ruling

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The National Football League is not pleased with Minnesota Judge David Doty's ruling to reinstate Viking's running back Adrian Peterson.

Hours after Thursday's ruling, the NFL appealed Judge Doty's decision to overturn the suspension of Peterson in federal court. Additionally, the NFL placed Peterson back on the Commissioner's Exempt List. 

The NFL released 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. 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. In the interim, Adrian Peterson will be returned to the Commissioner Exempt List pending further proceedings by appeals officer Harold Henderson or a determination by the Eighth Circuit Court."

Peterson is set to count for $15.4 million against the Vikings salary cap this season. The team has made public statements saying they would welcome him back, however the running back may not wish to return and privately the team may not want him back either.

Last week, Peterson's agent Ben Dogra had to be separated from Vikings President of Football Operations Rob Brzezinski after the two engaged in an altercation regarding the running back's future in Minnesota.

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Judge Rules in Favor of Vikings RB Adrian Peterson

Andy Lyons/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is a step closer to being reinstated into the NFL.

Judge David Doty ruled on Peterson's behalf in the NFL Player Association's lawsuit against the NFL.

The judge stated that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell acted outside his authority in November, after he suspended Peterson until at least April 15 for disciplining his four-year-old son by hitting him with a switch last May.

"This is a victory for the rule of law, due process and fairness. 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," the NFLPA said in a statement.  

"This is yet another example why neutral arbitration is good for our players, good for the owners and good for our game," the statement continued.

The Vikings will have to decide what they'll do with Peterson -- whether it is a trade, restructure his contract, or release him.

Peterson told that he's had some reservations about returning to Minnesota.

The NFL can appeal Peterson's reinstatement and NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said the league will "review the decision.''

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Adrian Peterson 'Uneasy' About Returning to the Vikings

Ronald C. Modra/Sports Imagery/Getty Images(MINNEAPOLIS) -- There has been recent talk about whether or not the Minnesota Vikings will be willing to bring back suspended running back Adrian Peterson. As it turns out, Peterson himself is "uneasy" about returning to the only NFL team he's only played for.

Peterson missed all but one game this past season after he was indicted on a felony charge of injury to a child. He pleaded no contest to a lesser charge of misdemeanor reckless assault back in November.

"It's hard to say (what my future will be)," Peterson said in an interview with ESPN. "I love Minnesota. There are people that have had my back, and supported me."

"Last year, with the things that took place, [I] had a lot of fans that supported me through everything. For the fans, I would definitely love to come back, but then again, it's a business. When it comes down to business, you can't get caught up in the loyalty to fans or to a team or anything like that. You know how it is in the NFL," he continued.

"I learned a lot through this process. I'm still uneasy, to be honest with you. I'm still uneasy about a lot of things that took place within the organization," Peterson added. "Of course those guys ultimately supported me, and I'm grateful for that. But ultimately, with me being able to be on the inside and see how cards were dealt, how things were worded, this, that and the other, it's about protecting your brand, your organization, what you have built."

"In the scheme of things, not one person counts over that. I get that," he concluded.

Peterson has 10,190 rushing yards in eight NFL seasons.

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Roger Goodell Discusses Deflate-Gate

Christian Petersen/Getty Images (PHOENIX) -- NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell addressed 'Deflate-Gate' for the first time since news came out after the AFC Championship game that 11 of the 12 footballs that the Patriots used were under the league standard of 12.5-13.5 pounds per square inch on Friday.

Goodell has let the investigation take place and said that an announcement would be after Ted Wells has come to a conclusion.

"It has been a tough year," Goodell said. "It's been a tough year on me personally. It's been a year of what I would say is humility and learning. We obviously as an organization have gone through adversity, but more importantly, adversity for me. It's an opportunity for us to get better. ... We've all done a lot of soul searching starting with yours truly."

"We don't know enough in this case to know who is responsible or if there was an infraction," he added.

The NFL has been under a microscope since the Ray Rice elevator incident when he knocked out his then fiancee in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

"This is my job," Goodell said when asked if he would apologize to the Patriots if they weren't found guilty of deflating any of the 11 footballs. "This is my responsibility to protect the integrity of the game. I represent 32 teams. All of us want to make sure the rules are being followed."

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Report: Colts to Sign WR Duron Carter

Tom Cammett/Diamond Images/Getty Images(INDIANAPOLIS, In.) -- The Indianapolis Colts are in the final stages of signing wide receiver Duron Carter, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

The 6'5" Carter is the son of Hall of Fame wide receiver Cris Carter, who played 16 NFL seasons with the Eagles, Vikings and Dolphins.

The younger Carter was initially signed in 2013 as an undrafted free agent by Minnesota, the team his father played for the majority of his career. He was unable to make the team in part because of character concerns.

Last season Carter, 23, played in the CFL for the Montreal Alouettes, catching 75 passes for 1,030 yards and seven touchdowns.

Carter would join an impressive Colts wide receiving group that includes T.Y. Hilton, Donte Moncrief and stalwart veteran Reggie Wayne.

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ESPN: Steelers Expected to Sign Running Back Ben Tate

Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- With the status of running back LeVeon Bell uncertain for the playoffs, the Pittsburgh Steelers are expected to sign free agent running back Ben Tate, according to ESPN.

Bell suffered a hyperextended knee during the team's win over the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday. While the injury could have been much worse, the team is unsure when he'll be able to hit the field again.

The Steelers will be the third team Tate's suited up for this season.

The 26-year-old Tate spent the first three seasons of his career with the Houston Texans. He ran for 942 yards his rookie year in 2011 and looked like he could be a feature back while he backup up Pro Bowler Arian Foster.

Tate signed with the Cleveland Browns during this past offseason. He wound up struggling, running for 333 yards on 106 carries before being cut midseason.

The Minnesota Vikings pickup him up, but he had just 38 rushing yards on 13 carries, and was again cut.

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Former NFL Player Sharper Indicted for Rape

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(NEW ORLEANS) -- Former New Orleans Saints and Minnesota Vikings safety Darren Sharper was indicted Friday on multiple counts of rape in New Orleans.

Sharper, 39, is accused of two counts of aggravated rape for assaulting and impairing two women in September 2013, according to district attorney spokesman Christopher Bowman.

If convicted in Louisiana for aggravated rape, he could face life without parole. 

Since Feb. 27, Sharper has been jailed in a California prison, awaiting a hearing for charges that he drugged and raped two women in Los Angeles.  

In all, Sharper faces charges and allegations in Arizona, Florida, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and New Orleans for raping, drugging and/or sexually assaulting at least seven women. 

Sharper had been an analyst at the NFL Network since 2010 after he retired, but was soon fired after the allegations surfaced.

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Adrian Peterson Appeal Denied

Ronald C. Modra/Sports Imagery/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Hearing officer Harold Henderson upheld Vikings running back Adrian Peterson's suspension appeal on Friday.

Henderson, a former NFL executive, was appointed by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to hear the case and found that the facts against Peterson's child-abuse case held up in court.

"The player entered a plea which effectively admitted guilt to a criminal charge of child abuse, after inflicting serious injuries to his four-year-old son in the course of administering discipline.  No direct evidence of the beating was entered in the record here, but numerous court documents, investigative reports, photographs and news reports, all accepted into evidence without objection, make it clear that Mr. Peterson’s conduct was egregious and aggravated as those terms are used in the Policy, and merits substantial discipline.  His public comments do not reflect remorse or appreciation for the seriousness of his actions and their impact on his family, community, fans and the NFL, although at the close of the hearing he said he has learned from his mistake, he regrets that it happened and it will never happen again.  I reject the argument that placement in Commissioner Exempt status is discipline," Henderson said in a statement on Friday.

Peterson was suspended by the NFL on Nov. 18 for violating the league's personal conduct policy rule.

"I conclude that the player has not demonstrated that the process and procedures surrounding his discipline were not fair and consistent; he was afforded all the protections and rights to which he is entitled, and I find no basis to vacate or reduce the discipline."

Peterson will not be eligible to apply for reinstatement until April 15, 2015, but is expected to appeal the decision in federal court, ESPN reports.

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Packers Edge Vikings, Take Over Sole Possession of 1st in North

Tom Lynn /Getty Images(MINNEAPOLIS) -- Eddie Lacy compiled 138 yards of offense and two touchdowns to help the Green Bay Packers edge the Minnesota Vikings 24-21 Sunday.

The win, coupled with the Lions' loss to the Patriots, puts the Packers (8-3) in sole possession of first place in the NFC North.

Lacy ran for 125 yards on 25 carries in the win.

"He's agile for a guy his size," Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers said of Lacy. "He's got a great spin move. He takes care of the football. He does all the things you want."

Rodgers didn't fair too poorly himself. The former league MVP completed 19 of 29 passes for 209 yards and two touchdowns.

The Vikings (4-7) made a game of it late in the fourth quarter. With 3:23 left to play, Teddy Bridgewater threw a five-yard strike to Greg Jennings in the end zone to put Minnesota down by three, but Lacy ran the ball five straight times to kill the clock and secure the Packers a win.

Next up for the Packers is a visit by the New England Patriots (9-2) next weekend. Meanwhile, the Vikings will host the Carolina Panthers (3-7-1).

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Scoreboard Roundup - 11/23/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NFL: Cleveland Browns 26 (7-4) - Atlanta Falcons 24 (4-7)

Green Bay Packers 24 (8-3) - Minnesota Vikings 21 (4-7)

Cincinnati Bengals 22 (7-3-1) - Houston Texans 13 (5-6)

Indianapolis Colts 23 (7-4) - Jacksonville Jaguars 3 (1-10) 

New England Patriots 34 (9-2) - Detroit Lions 9 (7-4)

Philadelphia Eagles 43 (8-3) - Tennessee Titans 24 (2-9)

Chicago Bears 21 (5-6) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers 13 (2-9)

Seattle Seahawks 19 (7-4) - Arizona Cardinals 3 (9-2)

San Diego Chargers 27 (7-4) - St. Louis Rams 24 (4-7)

San Francisco 49ers 17 (7-4) - Washington Redskins 13 (3-8)

Dallas Cowboys 31 (8-3) - New York Giants 28 (3-8) 

NBA: Portland Trail Blazers 94 (9-3) - Boston Celtics 88 (4-7)

Miami Heat 94 (8-6) - Charlotte Hornets 93 (4-10)

Memphis Grizzlies 107 (12-2) - Los Angeles Clippers 91 (7-5)

Golden State Warriors 91 (10-2) - Oklahoma City Thunder 86 (3-12)

Denver Nuggets 101 (6-7) - Los Angeles Lakers 94 (3-11) - OT

NHL: St. Louis Blues 4 (13-6-1, 27pts) - Winnipeg Jets 2 (10-8-3, 23pts)

New York Rangers 5 (9-7-4, 22pts) - Montreal Canadiens 0 (16-6-1, 33pts) 

Anaheim Ducks 2 (13-4-5, 31pts) - Arizona Coyotes 1 (9-11-2, 20pts)

Vancouver Canucks 4 (14-6-1, 29pts) - Chicago Blackhawks 1 (12-8-1, 25pts)

Top 25 College Basketball: (1) Kentucky 86 (5-0) - Montana State 28 (0-4)

(11) Wichita State 105 (3-0) - Newman University 57 (0-1)

West Virginia 78 (5-0) - (17) Connecticut 68 (3-1) 

(18) Oklahoma 90 (2-1) - Northwestern State 68 (2-2)

(20) Ohio State 106 (3-0) - Sacred Heart 48 (1-2)

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