NFL's Adrian Peterson ready to return to the field, says lawyer

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By Steve Ginsburg

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Adrian Peterson is ready to return to the Minnesota Vikings following his plea deal on child abuse charges and it would be "just horrible" if the NFL compares his case to other instances of domestic violence, his lawyer told Reuters on Wednesday.

Peterson, a former NFL most valuable player, pleaded no contest Tuesday to misdemeanor reckless assault to resolve his felony child abuse case involving his 4-year-old son.

Rusty Hardin, Peterson's high-profile lawyer, said it was time to have the running back's name taken off NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell's "exempt list" and let him suit up.

"I hope that they get to this thing right away and let what's happened in the courts be sufficient and let him go back and play football," Hardin said in a telephone interview.

"There's no real need for anything else to be done. He's ready to go."

Peterson, 29, faced abuse charges for disciplining his son in May with a "switch," a thin tree branch, but he avoided jail time with the plea deal. The beating left welts on much of the child's body.

"There's no suggestion from anyone that he's an abusive parent," said Hardin. "He's readily admitted he never wanted to injure his son and he feels very badly about it."

The National Football League has been under fire for the last six months over its perceived light sanctions in cases involving domestic abuse and sexual assault.   Continued...

Dec 15, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (28) talks on the sidelines during the first quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports