Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson's first court appearance in Texas for allegations of child abuse has been moved to Oct. 8 because his attorney, Rusty Hardin, is out of the country this week.​ Peterson was indicted on a felony charge of injury to a child for hitting his four-year old son with a tree branch as a method of discipline.

By SI Wire
September 15, 2014

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson's first court appearance in Texas for allegations of child injury has been moved to Oct. 8 because his attorney, Rusty Hardin, is out of the country this week, reports say.

Peterson was indicted on a felony charge of injury to a child for hitting his four-year old son with a tree branch as a method of discipline.

Early Saturday morning, Peterson turned himself in. He was released after paying a $15,000 bail.

In a statement Monday, the Vikings said they "will continue to monitor the situation closely and support Adrian’s fulfillment of his legal responsibilities throughout this process."

Later, Peterson released a statement in which he said, "I am not a perfect parent, but I am, without a doubt, not a child abuser.​"​

The running back was deactivated by the Vikings before Sunday's loss to the New England Patriots.

On Monday, the Vikings released a statement saying Peterson will practice this week and is expected to play Sunday against the New Orleans Saints.

- Sarah Barshop

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