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Adrian Peterson allowed to play by Vikings despite arrest

Adrian Peterson will play for the Minnesota Vikings this weekend despite the controversy surrounding his recent arrest.

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The 29-year-old was released "on bond" last Saturday after being taken into custody in Montgomery County, Texas, and charged with "reckless or negligent injury to a child".

The charges are reported to relate to Peterson using a tree branch to discipline his four-year-old son, who is said to have suffered severe cuts and bruises as a result.

Two-time rushing leader and 2012 NFL MVP (Most Valuable Player) Peterson was deactivated for the Vikings' first home game of the season last Sunday, which ended in a 30-7 defeat to the New England Patriots.

However, the franchise's hierarchy have now decided that is in their best interests to allow Peterson to fully participate in practices and play this Sunday against the New Orleans Saints while the legal process takes its course.

A statement from Vikings owners Zygi and Mark Wilf read: "Today's [Monday] decision was made after significant thought, discussion and consideration.

"As evidenced by our decision to deactivate Adrian from yesterday's [Sunday] game, this is clearly a very important issue.

"On Friday, we felt it was in the best interests of the organisation 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."

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