Vikings change their mind: Peterson won't play, after all


The Minnesota Vikings called a reverse early Wednesday.

In a statement issued by team owners Zygi and Mark Wilf a little before 1 a.m., the team announced that Adrian Peterson has been placed on the exempt/commissioner's permission list, meaning he will not play or practice with the Vikings while a felony charge of injuring a child is pending against the star running back.

In the statement the Wilfs describe their reconsideration of the matter this way:

In conversations with the NFL over the last two days, the Vikings advised the League of the team’s decision to revisit the situation regarding Adrian Peterson. In response, the League informed the team of the option to place Adrian on the Exempt/Commissioner’s Permission list, which will require that Adrian remain away from all team activities while allowing him to take care of his personal situation until the legal proceedings are resolved. After giving the situation additional thought, we have decided this is the appropriate course of action for the organization and for Adrian.

Peterson was indicted by a grand jury in Texas Friday for striking his 4-year-old son with a switch a number of times to discipline the boy last May. He did not join his teammates for Sunday's loss to the New England Patriots, but on Monday the Vikings reinstated Peterson and announced he would play while his legal case ran its course.

That decision was widely criticized Tuesday, including by Gov. Mark Dayton, who said that Peterson's "actions, as described, are a public embarrassment to the Vikings organization and the State of Minnesota."

Peterson's agent Ben Dogra told the Associated Press the overnight move by the Vikings to sit the 29-year-old is "the best possible outcome given the circumstances."

"Adrian understands the gravity of the situation and this enables him to take care of his personal situation," he added.

Peterson insists he is not a child abuser. He says he was disciplining his son the same way he was disciplined while growing up in east Texas and did not intend to injure the boy. His initial court appearance in Montgomery County, Texas, is scheduled for October 8. Prosecutors expect the case will be resolved some time in 2015.

Shortly after the Vikings announced the decision, Peterson tweeted the following:

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