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Adrian Peterson camp hopeful NFL will expedite return

Adrian Peterson wants to return to the football field as soon as possible. He'll need leniency from the NFL -- done in a timely fashion -- to make it happen.

Peterson's lawyer, Rusty Hardin, said Wednesday on PFT Live he hopes the NFL makes a swift decision that gets him back to work. Peterson is currently on the Exempt/Commissioner's Permission List and will need to be removed before he can return. It is up to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to determine when the exemption should be lifted.

With the Minnesota Vikings on their bye week, Peterson's next opportunity to play is a Nov. 16 game against the Chicago Bears.

Hardin said Peterson did everything in his power to move forward by pleading no contest to one count of misdemeanor reckless assault on Tuesday. Hardin believes the onus is now on the league to proceed in an expedient manner.

"It takes only an airplane trip to do it," Hardin said. "I'm hoping that can be done quickly and I'm hoping the NFL is receptive to it and agrees to it and get this issue off the front page, because it's time for him to go back and have a relationship with his son and play football."

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