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(The Sports Xchange) - Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson could still be suspended without pay even if he is found not guilty of felony child abuse, ESPN reported Sunday.

Peterson was charged in Texas stemming from the discipline of his 4-year-old son with a tree branch. He has been on the NFL's exempt/commissioner's permission list since Sept. 17 but is receiving his full $11.75 million salary.

He has been banned from all team activities until his case is resolved.

One area of agreement at last week's owners meetings is that discipline for violating workplace and personal conduct rules should not require a conviction, according to the report.

That reaffirms previous league decisions regarding discipline in which players were suspended for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy even after they were found not guilty. That includes past discipline handed to Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones.

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Some NFL owners urged commissioner Roger Goodell to take a much less substantial role in the discipline of players, according to CBS Sports.

Goodell reportedly has reached out to the NFLPA as he seeks to restructure the personal conduct policy and how it gets enforced.

Several owners praised Goodell for his overall work performance but asked him to delegate much of the disciplinary decisions to others.   Continued...

Nov 3, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (28) runs with ball against Dallas Cowboys linebacker Ernie Sims (59) in the second quarter at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports