Vikings Place Adrian Peterson On Exempt List

The change to running back Adrian Peterson's status will require him to stay away from the Minnesota Vikings while he takes care of legal proceedings regarding child abuse charges, according to a statement issued by the team.

Peterson faces a felony count for using a wooden switch to punish his 4-year-old son.

The Vikings announced early Wednesday morning that they had place Peterson on the exempt/commissioner's permission list.

Before that, Viking officials decided Peterson could play with the team while the legal process continued.

In a statement, owners Zygi and Mark Wilf stressed that the team has "a strong stance regarding the protection and welfare of children." "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 his community."

The Associated Press reports that several sponsors are either suspending their deals with the Vikings or severing ties with Peterson.

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