NFL to reinstate Adrian Peterson on Friday after child abuse controversy

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NEW YORK — Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson will be reinstated as an active player by the NFL on Friday after a five-month suspension, the league said Thursday.

The NFL suspended the 30-year-old football star in November over allegations that he disciplined his son too harshly with a “switch,” or thin stick, in May.

Peterson played in one game last season, a 35-6 win against St. Louis in September, before the league put him on an exempt list September 17 — keeping him off the field with pay — in light of his indictment that month in the case.

Initially charged with felony child abuse, Peterson pleaded no contest to misdemeanor reckless assault in November in Texas. The NFL then suspended him without pay.

In a letter, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell told Peterson that his continued participation in the league was contingent on a number of requirements, including that he maintain “an ongoing program of counseling and treatment as recommended by medical advisers,” the NFL said Thursday.

Also required of Peterson: Avoiding “any further conduct that violates the (NFL’s) personal conduct policy or other NFL policies.”

“Any further violation of the personal conduct policy by Peterson would result in additional discipline, which could include suspension without pay or banishment from the NFL,” the league said in a statement.

Though Peterson dodged jail time with his no-contest plea, he received probation, community service and a $4,000 fine.

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