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Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is avoiding jail time by pleading no contest to a misdemeanor reckless assault charge in his child abuse case.  Judge Kelly Case on Tuesday placed Peterson on two years' probation, fined him $4,000 and ordered him to serve 80 hours of community service.  Montgomery County District Attorney Brett Ligon says Peterson will attend parenting classes. 

The former NFL MVP was indicted by a grand jury after being accused of using a switch to discipline his four-year-old son, leaving the boy with lacerations and cuts on his body.  Peterson was placed on the commissioner's exempt list after the indictment and has not played since Week One while the legal process played out.  The NFL could now impose further discipline under the league's personal conduct policy. 

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