UPDATE — 12:17 p.m. ET: Vikings' owners said that Peterson will remain on the exempt list until his legal matters are resolved.
In a press conference Wednesday, the team's co-owner Zygi Wilf said, "We made a mistake and we needed to get this right."
The owners said they supported Peterson and called him an "unselfish person" for stepping back and giving the team an opportunity to focus on football. They also said the team has a long-standing record of being supportive of children and youth.
UPDATE — 11:54 a.m. ET: Nike suspended its contract with Peterson.
UPDATE — Sept. 17, 10:27 p.m. ET: The NFLPA issued a statement saying Peterson "has made a decision to take a voluntary leave with pay to take care of his personal and legal issues."
The statement said, "The NFLPA and NFL worked with Adrian and the Minnesota Vikings to resolve this unique situation. We support this decision and hope the best for him and his family."
Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, who was indicted on child abuse charges Friday for beating his son, has been accused of injuring another one of his children.
The incident allegedly took place last June while Peterson's 4-year-old son, who is from a different mother than the other alleged victim, was visiting him from out of state at his gated home in Texas, a new report from KHOU-TV reveals.
Peterson allegedly sent a photo to the boy's mom via text, which showed a wound covered in bandages on the 4-year-old's head. Another photo taken a few weeks later revealed a scar above the boy's right eye.
In the alleged text conversation, Peterson said his 4-year-old son received the beating because he was swearing at a sibling. Peterson also said the injury to his son's head was from hitting the car seat, during "a whoopin' in the car." The NFL star did not answer the mother's question about what he hit the 4-year-old with, KHOU reported, but Peterson did say, "I felt so bad. But he did it his self."
The boy's mother filed a report with Child Protective Services over the beating, but charges were never pressed.
"The allegation of another investigation into Adrian Peterson is simply not true," Peterson's attorney Rusty Hardin said in a statement Monday evening. "The allegation is more than one year old and authorities took no action. An adult witness admittedly insists Adrian did nothing inappropriate with his son."
In a separate incident reported on Friday, Peterson allegedly struck his son with a "switch" (a tree branch) and images of the child showed the wounds he allegedly suffered. Peterson said in a statement Monday that he was sorry "about the hurt I have brought to my child," but maintains he was disciplining his son. He was indicted on Friday for child abuse by a Montgomery, Texas, grand jury.
The NFL announced earlier Monday that Peterson would play in Sunday's game.