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Minnesota authorities file for protection order for Adrian Peterson's son

FILE - In ths Oct. 7, 2013, file photo, Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (28) walks off the field after an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers in Minneapolis. After enduring the fallout from child abuse allegations against star running back Adrian Peterson, the Vikings first-year coach Mike Zimmer might benefit from visiting an old friend in the football business. He'll do so this Sunday when he sees Saints coach Sean Payton in the New Orleans, though the timing is far from ideal. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt, File)

FILE - In ths Oct. 7, 2013, file photo, Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (28) walks off the field after an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers in Minneapolis. After enduring the fallout from child abuse allegations against star running back Adrian Peterson, the Vikings first-year coach Mike Zimmer might benefit from visiting an old friend in the football business. He'll do so this Sunday when he sees Saints coach Sean Payton in the New Orleans, though the timing is far from ideal. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt, File)  (The Associated Press)

Authorities in Minnesota have filed a petition seeking a protective order for the son of Vikings running back Adrian Peterson.

The petition asks a judge to block Peterson from using any corporal punishment or physical discipline on the 4-year-old boy. It also would block any unauthorized or unsupervised contact.

Peterson faces a child abuse charge in Texas for using a wooden switch to spank the boy in May. He's said he meant only to discipline the boy and not hurt him.

The order says Peterson told investigators in Texas that he also used a belt to spank his son.

Hennepin County authorities have also asked that the order be suspended until the Texas case is resolved.

It was first reported by the Minneapolis Star Tribune.