(KETK) — The Minnesota Vikings organization announced Monday morning East Texas native and star running back Adrian Peterson will fully participate in this week’s practices and meetings and is expected to play this Sunday in New Orleans.
Peterson turned himself in to the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office early Saturday on a felony charge of child abuse. He’s accused of using a switch to discipline his son, according to his attorney. According to the police reports, Peterson’s four-year-old son suffered cuts to his legs, hands, arms, buttocks and genitals at the hands of the Palestine native.
According to Texas law, a person can be convicted of injury to a child if they are proven to have caused bodily or mental injury “intentionally, knowingly, recklessly or with criminal negligence” or causing such harm by omission.
The alleged abuse took place in Montgomery County, which is north of Houston.
Shortly after surrendering to authorities, Peterson was freed on a $15,000 bail, authorities said.
Vikings owners Zygi Wilf and Mark Wilf said the following concerning Peterson’s status for this week’s matchup:
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.
In 2013, another one of Peterson’s sons died after allegedly being abused and beat to death by another man.
Authorities in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, found the 2-year-old boy unresponsive, and later determined he’d suffered injuries to his head consistent with abuse.
The decision to reinstate the dominate running back comes one day after the Vikings suffered a devastating 30-7 loss to the New England Patriots.