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MINNEAPOLIS, MN - NOVEMBER 30: A fan holds up a sign in support of Adrian Peterson #28 of the Minnesota Vikings during the third quarter of the game against the Carolina Panthers on November 30, 2014 at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Vikings defeated the Panthers 31-13. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
CONROE, TX - NOVEMBER 04: Football running back Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings arrives for a court hearing on charges of child abuse with his wife Ashley Brown at the Montgomery County Courthouse on November 4, 2014 in Conroe, Texas. Peterson entered a no contest plea and will avoid jail time. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
CONROE, TX - NOVEMBER 04: NFL running back Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings addresses the media after pleading 'no contest' to a lesser misdemeanor charge of reckless assault November 4, 2014 in Conroe, Texas. Peterson's plea to the Class A misdemeanor comes with two years of deferred adjudication. Peterson also received a $4,000 fine and 80 hours of required community service. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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 in Conroe, Texas. Peterson's plea to the Class A misdemeanor comes with two years of deferred adjudication. Peterson also received a $4,000 fine and 80 hours of required community service. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
CONROE, TX - OCTOBER 08: NFL player Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings walks with his wife Ashley Brown to a court appearance at the Montgomery County municipal building on October 8, 2014 in Conroe, Texas. Peterson did not enter a plea, and after about an hour in the courtroom the hearing was reset. A tentative trial date was set for Dec. 1. Petersen is facing charges of reckless or negligent injury to a child. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
CONROE, TX - OCTOBER 08: A fan wears a wildcat suit in support of NFL player Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings as Petersen prepares to arrive at a court appearance at the Lee G. Alworth Building and the Montgomery County 9th District Court in Conroe, Texas on October 8, 2014 in Conroe, Texas. Peterson did not enter a plea, and after about an hour in the courtroom the hearing was reset. A tentative trial date was set for Dec. 1. Petersen is facing charges of reckless or negligent injury to a child. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
CONROE, TX - OCTOBER 08: NFL player Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings enters the courtroom with his wife Ashley Brown and his attorney Rusty Hardin (R) at the Lee G. Alworth Building and the Montgomery County 9th District Court on October 8, 2014 in Conroe, Texas. Petersen is facing charges of reckless or negligent injury to a child. (Photo by David J. Phillip-Pool/Getty Images)
CONROE, TX - OCTOBER 08: NFL player Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings chats with his attorney Rusty Hardin (R) during a court appearance at the Lee G. Alworth Building and the Montgomery County 9th District Court on October 8, 2014 in Conroe, Texas. Peterson did not enter a plea, and after about an hour in the courtroom the hearing was reset. A tentative trial date was set for Dec. 1. Petersen is facing charges of reckless or negligent injury to a child. (Photo by David J. Phillip-Pool/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - AUGUST 28: Running back Adrian Peterson #28 of the Minnesota Vikings looks on during a preseason game against the Tennessee Titans at LP Field on August 28, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Ronald C. Modra/Sports Imagery/ Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, MO - SEPTEMBER 7: Adrian Peterson #28 of the Minnesota Vikings rushes during a game against the St. Louis Rams at the Edward Jones Dome on September 7, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Michael B. Thomas/Getty Images)
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) -- The NFL Players Association has filed an expedited grievance with the NFL to reinstate Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson.

The NFLPA cited Monday "explicit language in a signed agreement" from Sept. 18, when Peterson was placed on a special commissioner's exempt list following his indictment on felony child abuse in Texas. Peterson pleaded no contest Tuesday to a lesser charge of misdemeanor reckless assault, freeing him from the court system provided he fulfills the terms of his probation.

The league began a review Thursday of his case under the personal conduct policy, but it said Peterson would remain on paid leave until the process is completed.

That didn't sit well with the union.

The NFLPA demanded in a letter to the NFL last week that Peterson be allowed to rejoin the Vikings immediately until any determination of any discipline.

"As of now, they have failed to respond or comply," the NFLPA said. "It is our obligation to protect all players' rights, and we will pursue any and all breaches of any contract between a player and his team or the NFL."

The league didn't immediately respond Monday to requests for comment.

NFLPA Seeking Reinstatement For Peterson

The Vikings come off their bye week still waiting for the NFL to act but hardly pinning any plans on a possible Peterson return.

"We'd just prepare like he's not going to be here until we hear differently," coach Mike Zimmer said.

The Vikings offered no hints Monday what their plan would be if Peterson is reinstated by the league. They play at Chicago this Sunday, and in a 48-word statement said the team's focus is on preparing for the Bears.

"As an organization, we respect and understand the league's process," the Vikings said.

The league has offered Peterson a hearing prior to issuing any punishment. It also requested he submit relevant information regarding his case and meet with designated experts who will make recommendations for discipline to Commissioner Roger Goodell.

Goodell announced in August a stiffer penalty for players involved with domestic violence. The guideline now calls for a six-game suspension for a first offense, though the injuries Peterson acknowledged causing his 4-year-old son occurred in May. Peterson has said he didn't mean harm in hitting the boy with a wooden switch. He said was applying the same type of corporal punishment he received as a child.

Zimmer said the Vikings have not been given a timetable by the league for a conclusion.

"When those decisions are made, then we can make decisions. Until then, really our hands are tied."

Coaches and players have said they'd welcome Peterson back. There was no concern expressed about a distraction, either during the wait or after a potential return.

"More than the distractions that we've had this season? No. This team has been pretty resilient," Zimmer said.

Said wide receiver Greg Jennings: "We focus on the Bears and let everyone who's dealing with the whole Adrian situation deal with that. I'll continue to pray for him and his family and things like that, but we have to focus on what we can control."

NOTES: TE Kyle Rudolph, out since sports hernia surgery on Sept. 23, took part in "a little bit of everything" in practice. He could play against the Bears. "We're hopeful, but we'll see as the week goes on," Zimmer said. ... On the first day of snow of the season, the Vikings naturally held their workout inside. But they've ordered a bubble to keep the outdoor field warm enough for them to practice in the elements through the winter. "We just didn't expect it to be this bad this soon," Zimmer said. ... Practice squad QB Pat Devlin suffered an unspecified injury in the weight room Monday and didn't practice. Another practice squad, QB Chandler Harnish, is on the injured list with a broken foot. The Vikings only have two QBs on the active roster.

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