(KARE 11) NEW YORK - The hearing that will determine whether Adrian Peterson can play this season has wrapped up in New York City.
ESPN's Adam Schefter tweeted that Peterson did not testify in the hearing, which began shortly before 9 a.m. in front of former NFL employee Harold Henderson. Schefter does say that Henderson is likely to order the testimony of Executive V.P. of football operations Troy Vincent either Thursday or Friday if a settlement between the NFL and Peterson is not reached. Inside sources say Henderson is lobbying for that to occur.
Vincent was testifying before the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee Tuesday on the issue of domestic violence in pro sports, so he didn't testify at Peterson's hearing. Vincent's words, however, will play a huge role as Peterson's submission of evidence includes the transcript of discussions between Vincent and Peterson. Vincent allegedly told Peterson that he'd get credit for "time served" while suspended with pay, and that the domestic violence policy unveiled on August 28 would not apply to Peterson retroactively.
NBC's ProFootballTalk (PFT) reports that the hearing comes at a time when the NFL intends to unveil a new personal conduct policy without the approval of the NFLPA. The league and the union disagree on whether the NFL should retain final say over the appeal process.
Peterson is seeking reinstatement after NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell suspended him for the rest of the season for violating the league's personal conduct policy.
The former NFL MVP hasn't played for the Minnesota Vikings since Week 1 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 on Nov. 4 to misdemeanor reckless assault for injuring his 4-year-old son with a wooden switch.
Goodell told Peterson that he will not be considered for reinstatement before April 15. The NFL Players Association called the punishment "unprecedented, arbitrary, and unlawful." The union is arguing that Peterson should get credit for time served on the exempt list.