If Adrian Peterson is allowed to return to the Minnesota Vikings this season, the reunion probably won’t happen swiftly. The NFL formally began a review of the star running back’s case for potential punishment under the league’s personal conduct policy, informing Peterson on Thursday that his status on paid leave from the Vikings will not change until completion of the process. Peterson pleaded no contest in Texas on Tuesday to misdemeanor reckless assault, down from a felony charge of child abuse for disciplining his 4-year-old son with a wooden switch. He received what’s essentially two years of probation, plus a $4,000 fine and requirement to complete parenting classes and 80 hours of community service. The plea agreement was reached to avoid a trial or any jail time for the 29-year-old. – AP
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