Adrian Peterson avoids jail time in child abuse case
As part of the deal, Peterson will avoid jail time and instead be ordered to pay a $4,000 fine, costs of court and 80 hours of community service. "I truly regret this incident," Peterson said outside the courthouse. "I stand here and I take full responsibility for my actions. I love my son more than anyone of you could imagine, and I look forward to continuing my relationship with my child. "I'm just glad this is over and I can put this behind me, and me and my family can move forward." The immediate question is when Peterson, the 2012 NFL's Most Valuable Player, will return to the field for the Minnesota Vikings, who on Sept. 17 placed the 2012 NFL MVP on the exempt/commissioner's permission list, which required Peterson to remain away from all team activities. Peterson, 29, has missed eight games with pay. Commissioner Roger Goodell must first rule on Peterson's status, reinstating him or subjecting Peterson to discipline. "We would review the matter, including the court record, and the commissioner would make a determination," NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said before the ruling. "We cannot provide a timetable." When asked when Peterson will return to the field, his attorney, Rusty Hardin, said, "All of that is in the hands of the NFL." After a grand jury indicted Peterson in September, the Vikings said he would not play at least until his legal proceedings were resolved. The plea deal paves the way for his return and helps him avoid the risk of being sentenced to up to two years in jail.Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson pleaded no contest Tuesday to a reduced charge of misdemeanor reckless assault as part of plea deal with prosecutors to resolve his felony child abuse case.