Sports

Vikings star Adrian Peterson heads to court, not guilty plea likely in child abuse case

  • FILE - In this Sept. 7, 2014, file photo, Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson warms up for an NFL football game against the St. Louis Rams in St. Louis.   Peterson will be in a Texas courtroom Wednesday Oct. 8, 2014, for the first time since being indicted last month on a felony child abuse charge. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam, File)

    FILE - In this Sept. 7, 2014, file photo, Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson warms up for an NFL football game against the St. Louis Rams in St. Louis. Peterson will be in a Texas courtroom Wednesday Oct. 8, 2014, for the first time since being indicted last month on a felony child abuse charge. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - This photo provided by the Montgomery County sheriff’s office shows the booking photo of Adrian Peterson.   Peterson will be in a Texas courtroom Wednesday, OIct. 8, 2014,  for the first time since being indicted last month on a felony child abuse charge. (AP Photo/Montgomery County sheriff’s office)

    FILE - This photo provided by the Montgomery County sheriff’s office shows the booking photo of Adrian Peterson. Peterson will be in a Texas courtroom Wednesday, OIct. 8, 2014, for the first time since being indicted last month on a felony child abuse charge. (AP Photo/Montgomery County sheriff’s office)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In a Sept. 7, 2014, file photo Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson runs with the ball during the second quarter an NFL football game against the St. Louis Rams.   Peterson will be in a Texas courtroom Wednesday Oct. 8, 2014, for the first time since being indicted last month on a felony child abuse charge.(AP Photo/L.G. Patterson, file)

    FILE - In a Sept. 7, 2014, file photo Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson runs with the ball during the second quarter an NFL football game against the St. Louis Rams. Peterson will be in a Texas courtroom Wednesday Oct. 8, 2014, for the first time since being indicted last month on a felony child abuse charge.(AP Photo/L.G. Patterson, file)  (The Associated Press)

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson will be in a Texas courtroom for the first time since being indicted last month on a felony child abuse charge.

Peterson is facing a charge of injury to a child. He has said he never intended to harm his 4-year-old son by spanking him with a tree branch earlier this year in Montgomery County, north of Houston.

A spokeswoman for Peterson's attorney says the NFL player will plead not guilty if asked to enter a plea during Wednesday morning's hearing in Conroe. If convicted, Peterson faces up to two years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

Last month, the Vikings placed Peterson on indefinite paid leave so he could focus on his personal life.