MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The NFL and the NFL Players Association have been ordered into settlement negotiations on the case filed in federal court by the union over Adrian Peterson's suspension.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Janie Mayeron issued her order Monday. She set a settlement conference for Aug. 13, a half-hour following a previously scheduled hearing on the case in front of U.S. District Judge David Doty.

The NFLPA filed a petition last November, seeking a rejection of NFL arbitrator Harold Henderson's decision to deny Peterson's appeal of his suspension. Peterson was punished by the league for the child abuse charge he faced in Texas regarding his young son.

Doty sided with the union in February, and the league appealed.

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