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Adrian Peterson Reinstated By Vikings Amid Child Abuse Allegations

Matthew Tufts |
September 15, 2014 | 11:35 a.m. PDT

Senior Sports Editor

Minnesota Vikings' star running back Adrian Peterson was reinstated Monday morning, days after he was deactivated by the team amid allegations of child abuse.

The winner of the 2012 National Football League's Most Valuable Player award was booked and released at Montgomery County Jail in Texas on Saturday morning. He was indicted on charges of causing negligent injury to his 4-year-old son after accusations surfaced about an incident in which he "spanked" his son with a tree branch last May.

Peterson is expected to play this Sunday against the New Orleans Saints after sitting out last week's 30-7 loss to the New England Patriots. 

If convicted, Peterson could face up to two years in prison and a $10,000 fine. His first hearing is scheduled for Wednesday in Conroe, Texas.

This is the latest legal proceeding to surface in a string of scandals surrounding the NFL. Former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice and Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy both face domestic violence charges.

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