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Peterson faces a child abuse charge in Texas for using a wooden switch to spank the boy in May. He's said he meant only to discipline the boy and not hurt him. The order says Peterson told investigators in Texas that he also used a belt to spank his son. Hennepin County authorities have also asked that the order be suspended until the Texas case is resolved.
Peterson issued his statement on Monday a few hours after the Minnesota Vikings reinstated him to the team. Peterson was charged last weekend after he struck his 4-year-old son with a tree branch as a form of discipline earlier this summer.
The Vikings made the announcement early Wednesday morning after initially deciding that Peterson could play with the team while the legal process played out. Peterson is charged with a felony for using a wooden switch to spank his 4-year-old son. The Vikings came under heavy criticism for their initial stance. And several sponsors responded by either suspending their deals with the Vikings or severing ties with Peterson.
Peterson's attorney, Rusty Hardin, has said he's accused of using a wooden switch to spank one of his sons. Hardin has said Peterson is cooperating with authorities and "used the same kind of discipline" that he experienced growing up. After benching him Sunday, the Vikings announced Monday that they had reinstated Peterson for the coming week.
The Vikings, as promised, shelved Peterson on Sunday against the Patriots following his indictment on a charge of child abuse.
The star running back won't play Sunday in Minnesota's home opener against New England. Shortly after the news of the indictment broke Friday, the Vikings announced that Peterson had been benched for the game against the Patriots.
Peterson issued a statement on Thursday after ESPN reported that he asked Jones about playing in Dallas. Peterson says it "was a casual conversation between NFL colleagues in which I never indicated I wanted to leave the Vikings. I have always said I understand the NFL is a business but that I would love to retire as a Viking."
Peterson played in 14 games last season and rushed for 1,266 yards and 10 touchdowns. But he injured his groin in November and Peterson says that contributed to a foot injury that slowed him toward the end of the season. The Vikings opened their offseason conditioning program under new coach Mike Zimmer on Monday. Peterson has not been present because he is still rehabbing in Texas.