Adrian Peterson rejoins Vikings, expected to play Sunday; Peterson: ‘I am … not a child abuser’

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Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson.

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MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Vikings announced Monday that running back Adrian Peterson will rejoin the team and is expected to play next weekend against the New Orleans Saints.

Peterson was deactivated for Sunday’s game against the New England Patriots after he was indicted by a grand jury on a charge of causing injury to his 4-year-old son by disciplining him with a switch.

“Today’s decision was made after significant thought, discussion and consideration,” owners Zygi Wilf and Mrak Wilf said in a joint statement issued by the team.

“As evidenced by our decision to deactivate Adrian from yesterday’s game, this is clearly a very important issue. On Friday, we felt it was in the best interests of the organization to step back, evaluate the situation, and not rush to judgment given the seriousness of this matter. At that time, we made the decision that we felt was best for the Vikings and all parties involved.

“To be clear, we take very seriously any matter that involves the welfare of a child. At this time, however, we believe this is a matter of due process and we should allow the legal system to proceed so we can come to the most effective conclusions and then determine the appropriate course of action. This is a difficult path to navigate, and our focus is on doing the right thing. Currently we believe we are at a juncture where the most appropriate next step is to allow the judicial process to move forward.

“We will continue to monitor the situation closely and support Adrian’s fulfillment of his legal responsibilities throughout this process.”

Later, Peterson released a lengthy statement that read in part: “I am not a perfect son. I am not a perfect husband. I am not a perfect parent, but I am, without a doubt, not a child abuser. I am someone that disciplined his child and did not intend to cause him any injury.”

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