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Larry Fitzgerald Comments on Adrian Peterson's Status, Potential Reinstatement

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistFebruary 2, 2015

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (28) talks with Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, right, after an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 9, 2011, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Genevieve Ross)
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Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald was blunt about his feelings regarding Adrian Peterson's indefinite suspension for his child-abuse incident.     

"He's served his penalty," Fitzgerald said, per Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press in St. Paul, Minnesota. "He deserves the opportunity to come back, and I know everybody in the league feels he's served his time. I mean, he made a mistake, he's apologized for it, he's taken the precautionary steps to make amends for everything and I think he deserves to be back on the field."

Fitzgerald added that the financial losses Peterson has suffered are punishment enough for the Minnesota Vikings running back.

"He's lost millions of dollars, endorsements, all types of things," Fitzgerald said. "How much more can a man take? He's apologized. We all make mistakes in life."

Since last September, Peterson has remained on the NFL's exempt list and barred from any team activities. Harold Henderson, a third-party arbitrator, upheld the suspension upon appeal in December. Following the unsuccessful appeal, Peterson can't apply for reinstatement into the league until April 15.

The suspension came about after a Montgomery County (Texas) prosecutor charged Peterson with felony child-abuse after the 29-year-old allegedly beat his four-year-old son with a "whip-like tree branch," per Des Bieler of The Washington Post. Peterson agreed to a plea deal last November, accepting a misdemeanor reckless-assault charge.

CONROE, TX - NOVEMBER 04:  Defense attorney Rusty Hardin, (L) and NFL running back Adrian Peterson of the of the Minnesota Vikings address the media after Peterson plead 'no contest' to a lesser misdemeanor charge of reckless assault on November 4, 2014 i
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Fitzgerald's comments follow Teddy Bridgewater's proclamation last Friday that he wants to see Peterson return to Minnesota.

"From the brief time that I spent with him, he's a great guy," Bridgewater said, per Tomasson. "And I loved practicing with him throughout training camp, and I watched how he approached that first game of the season against St. Louis. It just really hit home with me, and I would love to play with him."

Whatever happens to Peterson, nothing will likely get resolved until April at the earliest, unless the league decides to waive that stipulation.   

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