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Peterson denied a return to the NFL despite previous re-instatement

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The decision all NFL fans have been waiting for has now been made but it hasn't gone the way many people expected.

Minnesota Vikings Runningback Adrian Peterson has today seen his appeal against his NFL ban denied by an independent arbitrator.

The decision has come following the conclusion of his trial after being arrested for abusing his four-year-old son.

Peterson pleaded no contest to misdemeanor reckless assault and was along with the rest of the NFL fans when they anticipated a quick re-instatement.

On the contrary, Peterson was suspended without pay which prompted the trial in which he has tried to have the decision overturned.


The independent arbitrator has deemed the punishment fair and refused to overrule it meaning that we likely won't see Peterson at all this season.

In an NFL that is still in the wake of the crucial decision which saw former Baltimore Ravens Runningback Ray Rice re-instated, some fans find the decision surprising.

Rice was initially suspended indefinitely by the NFL following his release by the Ravens but was reinstated on November 28th.

Unlike Peterson however, Rice now has to find himself a team which with his new reputation, may prove difficult.

Peterson however is set to appeal the decision given today in federal court but with three Sunday's of the season left, his hopes of appearing this year seem to have faded.

Who needs it more?

Without question, Peterson being suspended without pay is a big blow to the star Runningback, but who misses his participation in the NFL more, himself or the Vikings?

The Vikings are 6-7 this year and currently on a two game winning streak under the leadership of rookie Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.

Whilst still technically in the hunt for the play-offs, a loss this weekend to the Detroit Lions or a win for any of the Dallas Cowboys, Seattle Seahawks or Philadelphia Eagles will see the Vikings officially eliminated.

So the question becomes, with Bridgewater beginning to look impressive and the Vikings already with more wins than the whole of last season, how would things have been different with Peterson?

Last year's Pro-Bowler is a big miss for the Vikings and despite the Lions and Green Bay Packers looking very impressive this year, he could have helped the Vikings turn some of those losses into victories.

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