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

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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