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.