NFL Defends Peterson's Abuse Suspension In 8th Circ.

By Maya Rajamani (June 11, 2015, 6:45 PM EDT) -- The National Football League told the Eighth Circuit on Tuesday that running back Adrian Peterson's 2014 suspension for allegedly abusing his child was proper, despite claims from the players union that the suspension violated the league's collective bargaining agreement.

Peterson pled no contest to a charge of misdemeanor reckless assault in November after disciplining his son by hitting him with a switch, after which the NFL suspended him indefinitely on Nov. 18. He was reinstated into the NFL in April.

In Tuesday's brief, the league backed a finding by hearing officer Harold Henderson that Peterson's suspension had been appropriate.

"As the...

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