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Adrian Peterson’s hearing for the appeal of his suspension will be Dec. 2, and it will not be in front of NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.

The NFL announced Friday that longtime hearing officer Harold Henderson will preside over the proceedings involving the Vikings running back. Goodell has the authority to decide whether to hear the appeal himself or appoint someone.

Peterson has not played since the opening week of the season while dealing with child abuse allegations in Texas. He was placed on paid leave while the legal process played out, and he pleaded no contest Nov. 4 to misdemeanor reckless assault for injuring his 4-year-old son with a wooden switch.

Goodell suspended Peterson earlier this week for the rest of the season and told Peterson he will not be considered for reinstatement before April 15 for his violation of the NFL’s personal conduct policy. Peterson is appealing the punishment, which the NFL Players Association called “unprecedented, arbitrary and unlawful.”

Fitzgerald’s status

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said it will be a game-time decision as to whether Larry Fitzgerald will play against the Seahawks on Sunday in Seattle. The eight-time Pro Bowl wide receiver did not practice all week and was listed as questionable for the NFC West contest that pits the Cardinals (9-1) against the Seahawks (6-4).

Arians said it’s possible the 31-year-old wide receiver could play despite missing the entire week of practice.

“Practice at his age can be overrated sometimes,” Arians said after Friday’s workout.

Fitzgerald said Thursday he could play without practicing because he knows the game plan.

Chargers’ Rivers will play

Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers practiced again Friday and likely will start against the visiting Rams. Tight end Antonio Gates said earlier this week that Rivers, who has struggled while the Chargers have lost three of their past four games, had a “severe rib injury.”

Matthews should be fine

The Packers expect linebacker Clay Matthews to play Sunday against the Vikings. Matthews has been dealing with a recurring groin injury.

Broncos’ Sanders cleared

Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders practiced and is probable for the game versus the Dolphins on Sunday. Sanders suffered a concussion Sunday in Denver’s 22-7 loss in St. Louis.

Dorsey still ailing

San Francisco defensive lineman Glenn Dorsey continues to believe he’ll play this season, although it will not be Sunday against the Redskins. Dorsey, who came off the injured reserve list this week, continues to experience problems following after to repair a biceps tear.

Lockett fined

Seahawks receiver Ricardo Lockett was fined $10,000 by the NFL for striking an opponent in the head. Lockett was ejected from last Sunday’s game at Kansas City for hitting Chiefs defensive back Kurt Coleman after Coleman shoved him in the back.

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