NEW YORK — Running back Adrian Peterson will meet with the NFL on Monday about possible reinstatement with the Minnesota Vikings.

A person with knowledge of the hearing told The Associated Press on Thursday that the hearing will be at 2 p.m. The person spoke on condition of anonymity.

Peterson has been on the commissioner’s exempt list since Sept. 18 after his indictment for felony child abuse in Texas. Peterson pleaded no contest last week to a lesser charge of misdemeanor reckless assault, freeing him from the court system, provided he fulfills his probation terms.

Also last week, the NFL players’ union demanded in a letter to the league that Peterson be allowed to rejoin the Vikings immediately until any discipline has been determined.

However, the NFL began a review of his case under the personal conduct policy, and said Peterson would remain on paid leave until the process is completed.

Players’ union wants input on personal conduct policy

NEW YORK — The NFL players’ union is pushing for collective bargaining with the league on the personal conduct policy.

In a memo sent to each NFLPA player representative and executive board member, and obtained by The Associated Press on Thursday, the union cites “the NFL’s mismanagement” of several incidents, including the Ray Rice and Peterson cases. The memo claims the league has “inconsistencies that have led to the lack of credibility and damage to our brand.”

The union says the league hasn’t complied with terms of the CBA reached in 2011 in regard to personal conduct discipline. The memo mentions “imposed superficial changes to the adjudication process,” apparently referring to commissioner Roger Goodell installing stronger punishment for first-time offenders of the policy.

Goodell announced in August a stiffer penalty for players involved with domestic violence, with a six-game minimum.


Cardinals: Arizona has given defensive coordinator Todd Bowles a three-year contract extension that runs through the 2017 season.

The team made no announcement but Bowles confirmed reports of the extension at his weekly meeting with reporters on Thursday.

Terms weren’t revealed.

Bowles’ opportunistic defense is credited as a big reason the team has the best record in the NFL at 8-1.

The extension is believed to make him one of the highest-paid coordinators in the league.

But it wouldn’t preclude Bowles from accepting a head coaching position. Bowles has been mentioned prominently as a prime candidate for a head coaching job next year.

Browns: Josh Gordon‘s 10-game suspension has dwindled to a few days. The Browns are on the verge of getting back their troubled big-play wide receiver.

Gordon will be allowed Monday to rejoin the Browns, who have managed to move into first place in the AFC North despite not having Gordon, a Pro Bowler, on the field all season. Gordon had a one-year ban reduced to 10 games on Sept. 19 for repeated violations of the NFL’s drug policy.

Gordon led the league with 1,646 yards receiving, scored nine touchdowns and had consecutive 200-yard games last season.

Browns offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan said Thursday he “can’t wait to get him back.”

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— From wire reports

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