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  • Vikings: Adrian Peterson suspended for at least 2014 season; NFLPA will appeal - 11/18/2014

    A minimum six-game suspension can be imposed for offenses including assault, battery or domestic violence, with “aggravating circumstances that would warrant higher levels of discipline,” the NFL said.

    Smith said “litigation was inevitable” in fighting for Peterson.

    But the players union does not have much leverage beyond the bully pulpit to demand an independent arbitrator through a lawsuit, two leading sports law professors said.

    “I would be very surprised if an outside arbitrator was brought in to hear this case,” said Roger Abrams, sports law professor at Northeastern University and a former baseball salary arbitrator.

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