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NFL Reinstates Adrian Peterson After Domestic Abuse Suspension

The NFL reinstated Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson Thursday afternoon, ending a nearly year-long suspension he incurred over reports of child abuse. Wednesday was the earliest day he could have been functionally reinstated, and he can rejoin the Vikings starting tomorrow, if he chooses.

Peterson was suspended for the season last year after gruesome photos emerged of injuries he had caused his four-year-old son with a switch. “I am not a perfect parent, but I am, without a doubt, not a child abuser,” Peterson wrote at the time. He ended up pleading no contest to a misdemeanor.

Peterson’s punishment was overturned in February after a federal judge found the NFL had inconsistently applied its disciplinary procedures. Peterson had been indicted in the midst of the Ray Rice fallout, which had focused public outrage of the NFL’s leniency over domestic abuse and pressured the league into instituting harsher penalties.

Peterson has indicated that he no longer wants to play for the Vikings, which had suspended him before the NFL did (after some prodding).

Read the NFL’s memo below, via BuzzFeed:

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