Vikings reverse decision, suspend Adrian Peterson

Running back Adrian Peterson will remain off of the field until his legal issues are resolved, the Vikings announced early Wednesday morning.

The reversal comes just a day and a half after the Vikings announced that the star running back will fully participate in practice this week and play Sunday in New Orleans.

The Vikings' new position follows public outcry and pressure from angry fans following Monday's announcement that Peterson was back on the field.

Peterson has now been placed on the exempt-commissioner's permission list, a move that will require him to stay away from the team while he addresses child abuse charges.

The new statement reads in part:

"While we were trying to make a balanced decision yesterday, after further reflection we have concluded that this resolution is best for the Vikings and for Adrian. We want to be clear: we have a strong stance regarding the protection and welfare of children, and we want to be sure we get this right. At the same time we want to express our support for Adrian and acknowledge his seven-plus years of outstanding commitment to this organization and this community. Adrian emphasized his desire to avoid further distraction to his teammates and coaches while focusing on his current situation; this resolution accomplishes these objectives as well."

Peterson was suspended last Friday after being indicted Sept. 12 for child abuse in Montgomery County, Texas. He admitted to whipping his 4-year-old son with a tree branch, similar to the way he says he was whipped by his own father.

He turned himself Saturday and was released on a $15,000 bond. Peterson makes a first court appearance Wednesday in Texas.

Peterson also issued a statement saying he was sorry for the hurt he brought to his child, saying he never intended to harm his son.

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