After a tumultuous 2014 season and 2015 offseason, Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson will finally be reinstated by the NFL on Friday.
The star running back was deactivated by the Vikings after being indicted for child abuse, due to injuring his four-year-old son with a tree branch that had no leaves.
This was in an attempt to discipline him, but the NFL saw this as a violation of the personal conduct policy and suspended him indefinitely.
Peterson has been the focal point of the Vikings offense since being drafted by them, and he has been able to mask their previous troubles at quarterback, particularly in 2012 when he won the MVP award.
The Vikings went 10-6 and made the playoffs that year despite having current Oakland Raiders backup Christian Ponder as their starting quarterback.
It remains to be seen whether the Vikings will want to continue with the 30-year-old Peterson as their running back.
They may decide to trade him and move on with Jerick McKinnon at running back and give second-year quarterback Teddy Bridgewater a vote of confidence.
Peterson carries a $15.4 million salary cap hit for the 2015 season. However, the Vikings insist that they want him back on the team.