Report: Adrian Peterson to plead no contest

The legal portion of Adrian Peterson's case will soon be resolved as he's expected to plead no contest in a child abuse case that's kept him from the football field since Week 1, according to a report from Pro Football Talk.

Peterson was slated to stand trial for felony child abuse charges, but has opted to take a plea instead. The no contest plea will be for a misdemeanor reckless assault and result in no jail time. With the charges reduced, Peterson's chances at returning to the playing field this season have suddenly increased. However, nothing is guaranteed.

The NFL will likely step in with its own punishment next. With Peterson missing eight games, the league could decide either that time has been served or that Peterson is required to finish out a longer suspension. If the NFL decides that time has been served, Peterson will likely still be docked game checks in the amount of the games missed. He's been on the Exempt/Commissioner's Permission list since the child-abuse allegations surfaced.

On top of the NFL's next move, the Vikings will need to figure out what to do with Peterson. It once seemed improbable that Peterson would end up in a Vikings uniform this season. Now it's a possibility and something the Vikings could wind up doing, given that the team 4-5 and in the Wild Card race.

It's a tough situation for all parties involved. Of course the Vikings want a player of Peterson's caliber back on the team. After deactivating him for Week 2, the Vikings released a statement saying he'd play. After a public backlash, the Vikings changed their mind and moved Peterson to the exempt list.

Given the nature of the allegations — Peterson beating his son with a switch and leaving visible cuts and bruises on his body — the NFL and the Vikings have something to ponder from a moral standpoint.

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