Peterson is cleared by the NFL to put back on the pads

Adrian Peterson’s suspension is over.

The Minnesota Vikings star running back was informed Thursday that, effective Friday, the NFL has reinstated him as an active player and that he may participate in all team activities.

Peterson, the league’s most valuable player in 2012, was suspended without pay Nov. 18 and for the remainder of the 2014 season for violating the league’s personal conduct policy. Two weeks earlier, he pleaded no contest in Texas to reckless assault on his 4-year-old son, whom he had disciplined by striking with a tree switch.

In a letter to the player Thursday, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell informed Peterson he is expected to fulfill his remaining obligations to authorities in Minnesota and Texas, as well as maintain an ongoing program of counseling and treatment.

According to the NFL, Goodell reminded Peterson that his continuing participation in the league “depends on his avoidance of any further conduct” that violates league policy. Any further violations, the league said in a news release, would result in additional discipline that could include suspension without pay or banishment from the NFL.


The NFL’s stadium czar has visited Oakland to press Raiders executives and city and county officials for signs of progress in their efforts to keep the team in the East Bay.

The Contra Costa Times reports the visit from NFL Executive Vice President Eric Grubman comes as Oakland and Alameda County have begun working in tandem with a private developer to keep the football team from moving south once again.

Grubman was not available for comment Wednesday after attending the meeting at Raiders headquarters in Alameda.

Alameda County Supervisor Scott Haggerty called the meeting productive but says Grubman still needed convincing that progress was being made.

Since the Raiders announced their interest in Carson, the city of Oakland and Alameda County have begun discussions with their development partner to advance Coliseum City, which would be built on the 120-acre Coliseum complex in East Oakland that they jointly own.


Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Paul Posluszny has agreed to a one-year contract extension that restructures his salary.

Posluszny’s new deal will pay him $15 million over three seasons. The ninth-year pro was slated to earn about $7.5 million in 2015 and 2016 – what had been the final two years of a six-year, $42 million contract he signed in 2011.

Posluszny led the Jaguars in tackles in three of the last four seasons. He was on pace to do the same last year before suffering a season-ending pectoral muscle injury in Week 7.

Jaguars general manager David Caldwell says Posluszny “is a valuable asset on and off the field and has done a great job mentoring our younger players while also performing well on the field.”


The Super Bowl champion New England Patriots will be honored at the White House.

The Patriots defeated the Seattle Seahawks 28-24 in Super Bowl XLIX. It was New England’s fourth NFL title since the 2001 season.

The White House announced Thursday that the team will be welcomed by President Barack Obama on April 23, continuing a tradition of Obama honoring sports teams for giving back to their community.