The NFL announced Thursday that Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson will be reinstated from the commissioner’s exempt list on Friday.
“Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings was advised today that effective tomorrow he is reinstated as an active NFL player and may participate in all scheduled activities with the Vikings,” the league office said in a press release. “In a letter from Commissioner Roger Goodell, Peterson was informed that he is expected to fulfill his remaining obligations to the authorities in Minnesota and Texas, as well as the additional commitments Peterson made during his April 7 meeting with the commissioner regarding maintaining an ongoing program of counseling and treatment as recommended by medical advisors.”
Following the league’s announcement, the Vikings released a brief statement: “The Minnesota Vikings have been informed by the NFL that Adrian Peterson has been reinstated. We look forward to Adrian re-joining the Vikings.”
Peterson was hit with child abuse charges on Sept. 12, 2014, stemming from an incident in which he hit his four-year-old son with a switch. He eventually pled no contest to a misdemeanor charge of reckless assault.
Peterson, 30, appeared in just one game last season, spending the rest of the year suspended and/or on the commissioner’s exempt list.