The running back will become an active NFL player on Friday

By Sheila Cosgrove Baylis
Updated April 16, 2015 04:50 PM
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Adrian Peterson will be reinstated as running back for the Minnesota Vikings after being suspended last November due to child-abuse allegations.

Peterson will become an active member of the league on Friday, the NFL announced Thursday. The team also released a statement that said, “We look forward to Adrian re-joining the Vikings.”

The 30-year-old player had been suspended without pay for what the league called “an incident of abusive discipline” towards his then 4-year-old son. A grand jury had indicted Peterson on charges of reckless or negligent injury to a child in September 2014 after the NFL star spanked his son to the point where the child bled. Peterson entered a no contest plea.

Peterson apologized publicly last November and said he “won’t ever use a switch again,” referring to the tree branch he used to strike his son.

“No one knows how I felt when I turned my child around after spanking him and seeing what I had left on his leg,” he said at the time. “No one knows that Dad sat there and apologized to him, hugged him and told him that I didn’t mean to do this to you and how sorry I was.”

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