By David Bailey MINNEAPOLIS (Reuters) – A federal judge on Thursday overturned the NFL’s suspension of Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, who had pleaded no contest to charges of hitting his son with a switch, and sent the case back to the league’s arbitration process for resolution. In a 16-page ruling, U.S. District Court Judge David Doty said National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell acted beyond his authority in November when he suspended Peterson, the league’s most valuable player in 2012, until at least April 15. Doty, siding with the players’ union, said the NFL could not retroactively suspend Peterson under a new personal conduct policy announced by Goodell in December for behavior that occurred under the old code. The ruling basically allows Peterson to return to the Vikings but it was unclear if the Vikings would take him – and his $13 million salary for 2015 – back.
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