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Vikings RB Peterson to be reinstated Friday

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Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson will be reinstated by the NFL on Friday, returning to active status for the first time since September 2014 when child abuse charges involving his 4-year-old son led to seven months on the sideline.

Peterson, in a letter from NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, was informed that he is expected to fulfill his remaining obligations to the authorities in Minnesota and Texas, as well as the additional commitments Peterson made during his April 7 meeting with the commissioner regarding maintaining an ongoing program of counseling and treatment as recommended by medical advisors, the league said in a statement.

Being reinstated before the April 30 NFL draft makes Peterson eligible to be traded. Coach Mike Zimmer and general manager Rick Spielman have said the team has no plans to deal Peterson, who is owed $12.75 million in 2014. However, Peterson’s agent, Ben Dogra, is adamant the player’s time is done in Minnesota.

Peterson agreed to a plea deal in November to one count of misdemeanor reckless assault.

Peterson has spent his entire career with the Vikings. Since being drafted out of Oklahoma in 2007, he has rushed for 10,190 yards and scored 86 touchdowns.


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