The Minnesota Vikings running back, currently on the Exempt/Commissioner's Permission List, was indicted on charges of reckless or negligent injury to a child. Peterson will not be eligible to play for the Vikings until his legal case is resolved.
A Montgomery County (Texas) district attorney indicated that a trial for Peterson might not happen until 2015. But NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that Peterson's team is pushing to move that date up to sometime during this season. Rapoport also noted some "serious confidence" from Peterson's side that they could win their case.
An early legal decision would force the Vikings into making a decision on Peterson's future with the team sooner rather than later. Because of the accusations and Peterson's salary, it's fair to wonder if he ever plays for the team again.