Vikings RB Adrian Peterson's first court appearance moved to October

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Vikings GM Rick Spielman supports decision to reinstate Adrian Peterson
Monday September 15th, 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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