Plea deal wouldn't ensure Peterson returns to field

Adrian Peterson currently is considering a plea deal that would reduce his felony charge of injury to a child to a misdemeanor, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports, per a source informed of the running back's thinking. A plea agreement won't ensure a return to the field for the Minnesota Vikings star.

Rapoport reported Monday that Peterson won't be immediately reinstated and active if he takes a plea deal, according to two sources with direct knowledge of his situation. A deal could be presented at Peterson's pre-trial hearing, scheduled for Tuesday afternoon in Texas.

According to Rapoport, there is a possibility Peterson plays for the Vikings this season, but his status won't change upon acceptance of a plea deal.

Peterson hasn't appeared in a game since Week 1. The Vikings placed the 2012 NFL MVP on their Exempt/Commissioner's Permission List on Sept. 17. The designation requires Peterson to remain away from all team activities. The Vikings agreed to pay Peterson's salary during his stay on the exempt list.

Peterson was indicted by a grand jury in September on charges of reckless or negligent injury to a child. Montgomery (Texas) County first assistant district attorney Phil Grant said the current charge against Peterson carries a punishment of up to two years in state jail and a $10,000 fine, although probation is an option for persons without criminal records.

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