The Minnesota Vikings have announced that Adrian Peterson will practice with the team this week and is expected to play in Sunday’s game in New Orleans.  Peterson was deactivated for yesterday’s home opener after the team learned he had been indicted on child abuse charges for hitting his four-year-old son with a tree branch earlier this year in Texas.

The following statement is from Vikings Owners Zygi Wilf and Mark Wilf:

 

“ Today’s decision was made after significant thought, discussion and consideration. As evidenced by our decision to deactivate Adrian from yesterday’s game, this is clearly a very important issue. On Friday, we felt it was in the best interests of the organization to step back, evaluate the situation, and not rush to judgment given the seriousness of this matter. At that time, we made the decision that we felt was best for the Vikings and all parties involved.

To be clear, we take very seriously any matter that involves the welfare of a child. 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. This is a difficult path to navigate, and our focus is on doing the right thing. Currently we believe we are at a juncture where the most appropriate next step is to allow the judicial process to move forward.

We will continue to monitor the situation closely and support Adrian’s fulfillment of his legal responsibilities throughout this process. “