Mother of Peterson's son supports plea deal

Adrian Peterson
Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, center, leaves the courtroom with his attorney Rusty Hardin, left, after making his first court appearance Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014.
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The mother of Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson's son said Wednesday she supports a plea deal that gave Peterson probation on a charge of abusing the boy.

She also hopes the NFL doesn't impose any additional punishment.

Peterson acknowledged using a wooden switch to discipline his 4-year-old son earlier this year. He pleaded no contest on Tuesday in Conroe, Texas to a misdemeanor charge of reckless assault.

Peterson has been inactive since shortly after he was indicted in September and hasn't played a game this season. Neither the Vikings nor the NFL has commented on his status in the wake of the plea deal.

The mother of Peterson's son has remained anonymous and requested privacy. In a statement through her Minnesota attorney, Kelly Dohm, the woman repeated that she believes Peterson loves the boy and will remain involved throughout his life. The plea agreement allows Peterson to resume contact with the child.

The NFL said Tuesday it has no timetable for a decision on Peterson's status. A league spokesman didn't immediately respond to an email checking for an update.

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