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Judge sides with Adrian Peterson

Minnesota Vikings v St. Louis Rams

ST. LOUIS, MO - SEPTEMBER 7: Adrian Peterson #28 of the Minnesota Vikings rushes during a game against the St. Louis Rams at the Edward Jones Dome on September 7, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Michael B. Thomas/Getty Images)

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Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has won a major victory in the courtroom of Judge David Doty.

Doty ruled today in Peterson’s favor on his appeal of the suspension that he was handed after Peterson pleaded no contest to reckless assault on his son. Peterson and the NFL Players Association argued that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell was wrong to apply a new policy to Peterson for an act he committed before that policy was put into place. Judge Doty agreed.

That means Peterson has taken a major step toward being reinstated to the Vikings, although it’s unclear whether he’ll play for the Vikings, get traded to another team or get released. It’s also unclear whether the NFL will exercise its right to appeal Doty’s ruling.

Peterson has indicated that he does want to play this year, but there are multiple reports that he wants to go elsewhere because he feels the Vikings did not support him. The Vikings have said they expect Peterson to play for them this year.