The Minnesota Vikings announced Monday that All-Pro running back Adrian Peterson, who was indicted on child injury charges last week, would be allowed to practice with the team and is expected to play in its next game on Sunday.
"This is a difficult path to navigate, and our focus is on doing the right thing," the team's owners said in a statement. "Currently we believe we are at a juncture where the most appropriate next step is to allow the judicial process to move forward."
The Vikings deactivated Peterson for last Sunday's game after he was indicted in Montgomery County, Texas, for reckless or negligent injury to a child. He allegedly hit his 4-year-old son with a switch over the summer, according to reports. A doctor who later examined the boy "told investigators that the boy had a number of lacerations on his thighs, along with bruise-like marks on his lower back and buttocks and cuts on his hand," according to the CBS affiliate in Minneapolis.
"Adrian is a loving father who used his judgment as a parent to discipline his son. He used the same kind of discipline with his child that he experienced as a child growing up in East Texas," Peterson's Texas attorney Rusty Hardin said Friday.
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