NFL notebook: Peterson hearing on reinstatement set for Monday
NEW YORK — Adrian Peterson will have a hearing via conference call Monday about possible reinstatement with the Vikings.
The hearing will be handled by Shyam Das, an arbiter used by the NFL and NFLPA under the collective bargaining agreement.
Through the players’ union, Peterson entered a non-injury grievance regarding when his paid leave on the commissioner’s exempt list is supposed to end. Lawyers representing the union and the NFL will discuss the grievance.
Peterson has been on that list since Sept. 18 after his indictment for felony child abuse in Texas. The running back pleaded no contest last week to a lesser charge of misdemeanor reckless assault, freeing him from the court system provided he fulfills his probation terms.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell announced stiffer penalties for players involved with domestic violence in the wake of the Ray Rice case after Goodell originally suspended Rice for two games, then admitted the punishment was too lenient.
The guideline now calls for a six-game suspension for a first offense, though the injuries Peterson acknowledged causing his 4-year-old son occurred in May.
Meanwhile, the NFL players’ union wants to negotiate with the league in changing the personal conduct policy.
In a memo sent to each NFLPA player representative and executive board member, the union cites the NFL’s “mismanagement” of several incidents, including the Rice and Peterson cases.
The NFL did not immediately respond to the union’s memo.
Bears WR, fan bicker
Brandon Marshall’s Twitter exchange with a Lions fan led to the Bears receiver offering the fan $25,000 if he could beat him in a fight.
Marshall said if he won, the fan, who insulted the receiver’s mother, would have to serve 100 hours at an orphanage.
Marshall later downplayed the incident, tweeting, “Looks like people took my boxing match for charity too serious. #chill.”
Texans linebacker Jadeveon Clowney told reporters Thursday his knee feels good. “It’s still not 100 percent, but it’s a lot better,” he said. He expects to play Sunday vs. the Browns, NFL.com reported. Texans running back Arian Foster (groin) is a gametime decision, coach Bill O’Brien said.
Around the league
Bengals running back Giovani Bernard missed a second consecutive practice Thursday. … Lions coach Jim Caldwell said he would consider sitting running back Reggie Bush to allow his ankle to heal. … Houston running back Arian Foster, the league’s second-leading rusher, missed practice for the second straight day with a groin injury. … The Cardinals agreed to a three-year contract extension with defensive coordinator Todd Bowles … The Broncos placed linebacker Nate Irving (torn MCL) on injured reserve. … Giants Coach Tom Coughlin hinted that he expects running back Rashad Jennings to play, but added, “I don’t intend for him to carry a full load,” NFL.com reported.