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Facing child abuse charges, Adrian Peterson not at stadium for Patriots-Vikings game

  • Fans walk to TCF Bank Stadium wearing Adrian Peterson jerseys before the start of an NFL football game between the Minnesota Vikings and the New England Patriots, Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, in Minneapolis. Peterson was indicted in Texas on Friday for using a branch to spank one of his sons. He turned himself in early Saturday at a jail in Montgomery County, was processed and released, and deactivated by the Vikings for Sunday's game. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)

    Fans walk to TCF Bank Stadium wearing Adrian Peterson jerseys before the start of an NFL football game between the Minnesota Vikings and the New England Patriots, Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, in Minneapolis. Peterson was indicted in Texas on Friday for using a branch to spank one of his sons. He turned himself in early Saturday at a jail in Montgomery County, was processed and released, and deactivated by the Vikings for Sunday's game. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)  (The Associated Press)

  • A fan holds his tickets, which has a photo of Minnesota Vikings runningback Adrian Peterson outside TCF Bank Stadium before the start of an NFL football game between the Vikings and the New England Patriots, Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, in Minneapolis. Peterson was indicted in Texas on Friday for using a branch to spank one of his sons. He turned himself in early Saturday at a jail in Montgomery County, was processed and released, and deactivated by the Vikings for Sunday's game.  (AP Photo/The Star Tribune, Carlos Gonzalez)  MANDATORY CREDIT; ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS OUT; MAGS OUT; TWIN CITIES LOCAL TELEVISION OUT

    A fan holds his tickets, which has a photo of Minnesota Vikings runningback Adrian Peterson outside TCF Bank Stadium before the start of an NFL football game between the Vikings and the New England Patriots, Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, in Minneapolis. Peterson was indicted in Texas on Friday for using a branch to spank one of his sons. He turned himself in early Saturday at a jail in Montgomery County, was processed and released, and deactivated by the Vikings for Sunday's game. (AP Photo/The Star Tribune, Carlos Gonzalez) MANDATORY CREDIT; ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS OUT; MAGS OUT; TWIN CITIES LOCAL TELEVISION OUT  (The Associated Press)

  • A young boy holds a ticket featuring a photo of Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson before the start of an NFL football game between the Minnesota Vikings and the New England Patriots, Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, in Minneapolis. Peterson was indicted in Texas on Friday for using a branch to spank one of his sons. He turned himself in early Saturday at a jail in Montgomery County, was processed and released, and deactivated by the Vikings for Sunday's game. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)

    A young boy holds a ticket featuring a photo of Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson before the start of an NFL football game between the Minnesota Vikings and the New England Patriots, Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, in Minneapolis. Peterson was indicted in Texas on Friday for using a branch to spank one of his sons. He turned himself in early Saturday at a jail in Montgomery County, was processed and released, and deactivated by the Vikings for Sunday's game. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)  (The Associated Press)

Adrian Peterson did not accompany the Minnesota Vikings to the stadium on Sunday for the game against the New England Patriots. The star running back is keeping his distance in the wake of child abuse charges that prompted the Vikings to deactivate him for the game.

Peterson was indicted on Friday and flew to Houston early Saturday morning to turn himself in. He was booked and released and returned to Minnesota.

Vikings GM Rick Spielman is expected to address the team's plans early this week.

Peterson has acknowledged that he used a tree branch to discipline his 4-year-old son. Peterson's lawyer says his client did not intend to harm the boy.

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