Citing "due process," the Minnesota Vikings on Monday announced running back Adrian Peterson would practice with the team and play football Sunday despite his recent indictment for child abuse.
"To be clear, we take very seriously any matter that involves the welfare of a child," the team said in a statement. "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."
Peterson was inactive for the team's last game after turning himself in on Saturday to Montgomery County, Texas, authorities. A grand jury indicted the star running back for reckless or negligent injury to a child after he beat his four-year-old son with a switch, leaving injuries on the child's back, legs, and scrotum.