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Adrian Peterson’s status with Vikings could change Monday

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Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has been deactivated for Sunday’s game against the New England Patriots. Above, Peterson in a game against the Seattle Seahawks in November.
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The Minnesota Vikings reportedly will decide by Monday whether the team will take further action against All-Pro running back Adrian Peterson, who has been indicted on child abuse charges.

According to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, because the NFL’s collective bargaining agreement does not allow for players to be deactivated for a long period of time, the Vikings have three options: Keep Peterson on the roster, allow him to practice and be with the team before being deactivated for games, or suspend him with pay until the status of the criminal case becomes clearer.

If the Vikings continue to stay proactive in their handling of the Peterson situation, the NFL might not get involved in the matter, the report said. The NFL is reviewing the case under its personal conduct policy.

Peterson was deactivated by the Vikings for Sunday’s game against the New England Patriots after prosecutors in Texas alleged he beat his 4-year-old son with what has been described as a “switch” or a “branch.” Phil Grant of the Montgomery County district attorney’s office said Peterson, when disciplining his son, left the child with cuts on his thighs and hand and bruises on his lower back and buttocks.

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Peterson turned himself in to authorities Saturday morning and posted $15,000 bail.

A Texas grand jury returned an indictment against Peterson, charging him with causing an injury to a child. The incident took place May 18, according to a copy of the indictment.

Peterson could face up to two years in prison if convicted, according to Grant, who said probation could also be an option. Peterson probably will appear in court “within a few weeks,” the prosecutor said.

On Sunday, Peterson posted on Twitter for the first time since the news of his indictment broke.

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The tweet shows an image of a highlighted text apparently inspired by Bible verses. “Give your mind a break from its habitual judging,” it says in part. “When you become preoccupied with passing judgment, you usurp My role.”

Times staff writers Sam Farmer, James Queally and Lauren Raab contributed to this report.


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