The Minnesota Vikings will deactivate All-Pro running back Adrian Peterson for Sunday's contest vs. the New England Patriots.
Adrian Peterson deactivated for Sunday's game, Vikings announce— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) September 12, 2014
This following, Peterson being indicted in Texas on a charge of injury to a child and a warrant has been issued for his arrest, the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office confirmed Friday.
A statement from Sheriff Tommy Gage said a grand jury "true billed" Peterson on Thursday and the arrest warrant was issued at 2:47 p.m. Central on Friday. No further details on the case or investigation were given.
Peterson's attorney, Rusty Hardin, released a statement saying the charge involves the use of a "switch" to spank Peterson's son – the same type of discipline Peterson experienced as a child growing up in east Texas.
"This indictment follows Adrian's full cooperation with authorities who have been looking into this matter. Adrian is a loving father who used his judgment as a parent to discipline his son," Hardin said in his statement. "He used the same kind of discipline with his child that he experienced as a child growing up in east Texas. Adrian has never hidden from what happened."
"Adrian will address the charges with the same respect and responsiveness he has brought to this inquiry from its beginning," Hardin said. "It is important to remember that Adrian never intended to harm his son and deeply regrets the unintentional injury."
Peterson is widely considered the best running back in the league after rushing for more than 2,000 yards in the 2012 season. He was held to 'just' 1,266 yards in 2013 after missing two games with a groin injury.