Running back Adrian Peterson is being reinstated by the Minnesota Vikings. The team says the former NFL MVP will fully practice this week and play Sunday against New Orleans.

Peterson was deactivated for Sunday's loss to New England after being indicted late last week on charges of reckless or negligent injury to a child. Vikings owners Zygi and Mark Wilf issued a statement saying the decision to have Peterson practice and play this week was made after significant thought, discussion and consideration. They add that it's also about due process and not rushing to judgment.

The Wilfs also said Friday's move to deactivate Peterson was in the best interest of the Vikings at that time and they are taking this matter very seriously. The NFL will also review Peterson's case as it relates to the league's personal conduct policy.

The star running back is accused of spanking his four-year old son with a tree branch, leaving the boy with bruises and cuts on his back and legs.  (Metro Networks Inc.)