Peterson returning to Vikings: 'I am, without a doubt, not a child abuser'

3:05 PM

Minnesota Vikings star runner Adrian Peterson issued a lengthy statement to address his indictment on charges of reckless or negligent injury to a child, and admitted he is indeed responsible for his son's injuries, but never intended to cause them.

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. No one can understand the hurt that I feel for my son and for the harm I caused him. My goal is always to teach my son right from wrong and that’s what I tried to do that day.

I accept the fact that people feel very strongly about this issue and what they think about my conduct. Regardless of what others think, however, I love my son very much and I will continue to try to become a better father and person.

Peterson added that he has sought counselling since the incident to reevaluate his methods of discipline, but believes similar physical punishment helped prevent him from becoming a kid "lost in the streets."

I have always believed that the way my parents disciplined me has a great deal to do with the success I have enjoyed as a man. I love my son and I will continue to become a better parent and learn from any mistakes I ever make.

Peterson also said that he appeared in front of a grand jury several weeks ago to answer questions regarding the incident and will maintain that he never intended to harm his son when he appears in court. 

The Vikings announced Monday that Peterson will return to practices and meetings this week, and is expected to play Sunday.

For the full statement posted to Adam Schefter's Facebook page, tap here.

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11:58 AM

Vikings: Adrian Peterson will practice this week, expected to play Sunday vs. Saints

11:58 AM

The verdict is in: Adrian Peterson is returning to the Minnesota Vikings. 

The team confirmed Monday the star running back will practice in full this week as Minnesota prepares for its Week 3 matchup with the New Orleans Saints. 

Owners Zygi and Mark Wilf released this statement via the team's official website

Today’s decision was made after significant thought, discussion and consideration. 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.

Peterson turned himself in to authorities this past weekend after being indicted on charges of reckless or negligent injury to a child.  

Minnesota lost 30-7 to the New England Patriots without the services of Peterson on Sunday, dropping to 1-1.

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9:00 AM

Report: Vikings won't cut Adrian Peterson, considering trade

9:00 AM

The Minnesota Vikings reportedly won't release Adrian Peterson in response to charges of physically abusing his four-year-old son, but that doesn't mean his days in purple aren't numbered.

Sources of the New York Post's Bart Hubbuch suggest the Vikings will explore trade options to shed the All-Pro runner, but it's a "certainty" he won't be cut outright.

A trade, however, is easier said than done. Minnesota will have to find a willing trading partner to take on both the stigma and the more than $60 million remaining on his current deal.

It remains hearsay for now, but the Vikings will end the speculation circling this horrifying situation Monday. 

Sept 14, 12:45 PM

Report: Adrian Peterson's case will be reviewed under new domestic violence policy

Sept 14, 12:45 PM

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson will be suspended at least six games for violating the league's new domestic violence policy if he's found guilty on child abuse charges, according to Fox Sports' Jay Glazer.

It was previously expected Peterson's case would be reviewed under the NFL's personal policy conduct. Per the terms of the domestic abuse policy, first-time offenders are subject to a minimum six-game suspension without pay.

The Vikings will reportedly address Peterson's roster status Monday.

Sept 14, 9:16 AM

Report: Vikings to address Adrian Peterson's status Monday

Sept 14, 9:16 AM

Already having his case reviewed under the NFL's personal conduct policy, the Minnesota Vikings are expected to address running back Adrian Peterson's roster status on Monday,'s Jason LaCanfora reports.

The team was quick to deactivate Peterson for Sunday's game following his indictment on child abuse charges, but a long-term decision still looms.

Per the report, deactivating Peterson for an extended period of time is not an option under the current CBA, but the team could either opt to leave him on the roster and deactivate him from individual games, or suspend him without pay pending the outcome of the legal process.

Vikings general manager Rick Spielman explained the team's position to ESPN's Sal Paolantonio Sunday:

Friday night was the first we heard of the formal allegations against Adrian Peterson, and we decided, as an organization, that to deactivate him this weekend was in the best interest of everybody concerned. We are, as an organization, still in the process of gathering information, and at the end of the weekend we will discuss what we will do going forward. You don't want to make any knee-jerk reactions. All options are on the table. You can't take any options off the table because we're still gathering information.

Sept 13, 3:27 PM

NFL to review Adrian Peterson's case under personal conduct policy

Sept 13, 3:27 PM

The NFL is reviewing whether Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson violated the league's personal conduct policy following his indictment for reckless or negligent injury to a child, league spokesman Brian McCarthy said Saturday.

Peterson was released on $15,000 bond early Saturday morning after surrendering to authorities in Montgomery County, Texas. He is accused of using a tree branch to punish his son.

Nick Wright, host of CBS Sports Radio 610 in Houston, recounted details of what Peterson's four-year-old son told police during an appearance on CBS This Morning: Saturday.

"He mentions his reluctance to want to talk to police because 'Daddy Peterson might hit me,'" Wright said. "He references being hit in the face."

Wright also said that according to a police statement from the boy's mother, her son was told that "Daddy has a whooping room."

"The child's story is truly, truly troubling, disturbing. I mean, sad is the best way I can put it," Wright said.

Peterson was deactivated by the Vikings on Friday after his attorney, Rusty Hardin, confirmed that his client had been indicted for using a switch to discipline his son.

"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," Hardin said.

"Adrian will address the charges with the same respect and responsiveness he has brought to this inquiry from its beginning. It is important to remember that Adrian never intended to harm his son and deeply regrets the unintentional injury."

Under the NFL's new personal conduct policy, first-time offenders are subject to a six-game suspension without pay.

Sept 13, 3:29 AM

Report: Adrian Peterson out on bond after entering custody

Sept 13, 3:29 AM

Minnesota Vikings star Adrian Peterson has reportedly turned himself into authorities after being indicted for reckless or negligent injury to a child.

Peterson entered custody in Montgomery County, Texas, early Saturday morning and was later released on a $15,000 bond, according to Gregg Rosenthal of

The Vikings deactivated Peterson from their roster Friday after his lawyer, Rusty Hardin, confirmed in a statement Peterson had been indicted for using a switch to discipline his son.

Sept 12, 8:08 PM

Adrian Peterson deactivated after reported indictment for reckless or negligent injury to a child

Sept 12, 8:08 PM

The Minnesota Vikings have deactivated running back Adrian Peterson for Sunday's game against the New England Patriots.

Peterson was reportedly indicted Friday for reckless or negligent injury to a child. 

Matt Asiata will likely start in his place and the Vikings also have third-round pick Jerick McKinnon at their disposal as well. 

Asiata started one game when Peterson was injured last year and surprisingly ran for three touchdowns. 

Feature photo courtesy of Getty/Michael Thomas

Sept 12, 6:45 PM

Peterson's lawyer: 'Adrian never intended to harm his son'

Sept 12, 6:45 PM

Adrian Peterson's lawyer has released a statement regarding the Minnesota Vikings running back's reported indictment for reckless or negligent injury to a child.

Sept 12, 5:38 PM

Report: Adrian Peterson indicted for reckless or negligent injury to a child

Sept 12, 5:38 PM

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has reportedly been indicted for reckless or negligent injury to a child, according to Mark Berman of FOX26.

The report was later confirmed by FOX Sports' Jay Glazer, who noted that Peterson had to turn himself in. 

Per Glazer, Peterson's status for Sunday's game versus the New England Patriots is unclear. 

The Vikings released a statement about the situation.