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Adrian Peterson Officially Reinstated By NFL
Following up on the ongoing story. ... The NFL announced Thursday that Adrian Peterson has been reinstated effective Friday as an active NFL player and may participate in all scheduled activities with the Vikings.

Now we'll see if he wants to. ...

For now, however, fantasy football owners will find at least some degree of resolution. Peterson will be playing in 2015; the question is will whether he'll continue to ply his trade in Minnesota or if he'll be playing elsewhere.

For the record, the league released the following statement: “In a letter from Commissioner Roger Goodell, Peterson was informed that he is expected to fulfill his remaining obligations to the authorities in Minnesota and Texas, as well as the additional commitments Peterson made during his April 7 meeting with the commissioner regarding maintaining an ongoing program of counseling and treatment as recommended by medical advisors.

“Beyond the requirement to comply with his court obligations and plan of counseling, Peterson was reminded that his continuing participation in the NFL depends on his avoidance of any further conduct that violates the Personal Conduct Policy or other NFL policies. Any further violation of the Personal Conduct Policy by Peterson would result in additional discipline, which could include suspension without pay or banishment from the NFL.

“Peterson was suspended without pay last November 18 for the remainder of the 2014 NFL season for violating the NFL Personal Conduct Policy in an incident of abusive discipline that he inflicted on his four-year-old son last May. Peterson pled no contest on November 4 in state court in Montgomery County, Texas to reckless assault of the child.”

The Vikings begin their voluntary offseason program on Monday. Asked by's Ben Goessling earlier this week if he planned to participate in any of the Vikings' offseason workouts. "We'll see," he said. "I haven't even been reinstated yet."

Now he has.

Remember, Peterson's agent, Ben Dogra, said last month it isn't in Peterson's best interests to return to the Vikings.

However, the Vikings, who stood by Peterson through his legal issue and paid him $13 million last year, should not have to beg him to return to his job. As adamant as Dogra was about being ready to move on, Vikings general manager Rick Spielman seemed equally committed to his position.

"Adrian's a member of our football team," Spielman said. "He's under contract with us. We are focused on the 2015 season and expect Adrian to be a part of that. Our whole focus is getting ready for that season with Adrian."

Asked point-blank about a trade, he said, "We're not going to deal in hypotheticals."

The team put out a simple statement in the wake of the league reinstating Peterson reiterating that stance.

“The Minnesota Vikings have been informed by the NFL that Adrian Peterson has been reinstated. We look forward to Adrian re-joining the Vikings.”

Still, we should all expect considerable trade speculation leading up to the NFL Draft later this month. The Cowboys and Cardinals have been mentioned as possible candidates, but assuming Peterson's contract (starting with the $12.75 million he's owed this coming year) won't be easy for either club.