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PostSubject: Athlete indicted in child injury case   Fri Sep 12, 2014 6:07 pm

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The NFL, already swamped with negative news in what has been a horrible week for the league, now has to deal with Adrian Peterson, one of its biggest stars, being indicted for injuring a child.

Multiple reports, including TMZ, Fox Sports and the Fox affiliate in Houston, said Peterson was indicted on Thursday in Montgomery County for reckless or negligent injury to a child. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport said the indictment stems from Peterson disciplining his son with a switch, which is a flexible rod.

According to TMZ, unnamed sources said the alleged victim is a male child from Minnesota, who was visiting Peterson at the running back's home in Texas this past May. When the child returned home to his mother in Minnesota, she noticed injuries and took the child to a doctor, TMZ siad. TMZ added the doctor contacted authorities in Texas to report Peterson.

Fox Sports' Jay Glazer said Peterson has been cooperating with law enforcement, and has to turn himself in to authorities. His status for this weekend's game against New England is unclear, Glazer said.

Child Protective Services confirmed to TMZ that they are working on a case involving Peterson and an 11-year-old boy.

Peterson was not at practice on Thursday, with what coach Mike Zimmer classified as a day of rest, or "veteran day," but was at practice early Friday afternoon according to Matt Vensel of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

The Vikings put out the following statement, through a team spokesman:

"The Vikings are in the process of gathering information regarding the legal situation involving Adrian Peterson. At this time, we will defer further questions to Adrian’s attorney Rusty Hardin."

Hardin declined comment when contacted by Fox 26 Sports in Houston.

Peterson is one of the league's most marketable stars. He was named 2012 NFL MVP after coming back from ACL surgery to rush for 2,097 yards and lead the Vikings to the playoffs. The league has been under constant criticism since Monday morning, when TMZ released a video of Baltimore running back Ray Rice punching and knocking out his then-fiancee. Rice was cut by the Ravens on Monday.

Peterson posted an inspirational quote on Twitter about two hours before news broke of his indictment:

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