The NFL has denied All-Pro running back Adrian Peterson’s appeal of a season suspension, the result of him taking personal responsibility in court for hitting his four-year old son in the scrotum with a switch. This means that he won’t be able to return to play in the NFL until April 2015.

Indicted on charges of child abuse after week one of the 2014 season, Peterson voluntarily went on the NFL Commissioner’s exemption list until a legal judgment was rendered. Over the course of his suspension, Peterson has gone from saying he wants to continue playing for the Minnesota Vikings to saying “Maybe it’s best for me to get a fresh start somewhere else.”

Ben Goessling of ESPN tweeted last night, “Talked with Adrian Peterson for about a an hour on the phone tonight. He said he’s seriously considered retirement during his suspension.” And in a second tweet, “Peterson said he traveled to Minnesota to see his son for the first time last Thursday. He feels the support Vikings fans have for him.”

There are rumblings that Peterson may wind up with the Dallas Cowboys. A Texas native, Peterson has shown a real interest in playing for the Cowboys. This scenario sounds a lot more plausible than the future Hall of Famer retiring from pro football, especially since he’s set to make over $12 million next season.

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