Adrian Peterson, appearing in court on Oct. 8, was back in a Montgomery County courtroom on Tuesday. (David J. Phillip/AP Photo)
Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson arrives at the courthouse with his wife Ashley Brown Peterson, right, for an appearance Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014, in Conroe, Texas. A judge presiding over Adrian Peterson’’s child abuse case may consider whether the Vikings star should be arrested for allegedly smoking marijuana while out on bond. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

CONROE, Texas (USA Today) — Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson pleaded no contest Tuesday to a reduced charge of misdemeanor reckless assault as part of plea deal with prosecutors to resolve his felony child abuse case.

As part of the deal, Peterson will avoid jail time and instead be ordered to pay a $4,000 fine, costs of court and 80 hours of community service.

“Good luck to you sir,” Judge Kelly Case said to close the case.

The immediate question is when Peterson, the 2012 NFL’s Most Valuable Player, will return to the field for the Minnesota Vikings, who on Sept. 17 placed the 2012 NFL MVP on the exempt/commissioner’s permission list, which required Peterson to remain away from all team activities. Peterson, 29, has missed eight games with pay.


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