The Minnesota Vikings have placed star running back Adrian Peterson on the NFL exempt list, suspending him from all team activities until his child-abuse case is resolved, the franchise said on Wednesday.

The Vikings, who initially reactivated Peterson for week three of the NFL, had a change of heart after reconsidering their position in the domestic violence scandal.

"After giving the situation additional thought, we have decided this is the appropriate course of action for the organisation and for Adrian," Vikings owners Zygi Wilf and Mark Wilf said in a team news release.

"We are always focused on trying to make the right decision as an organisation."

Peterson faces court in Texas for reckless or negligent injury to a child, coming from a whipping incident that reportedly left bruises and wounds on his four-year-old son.

Peterson was deactivated for last Sunday's 30-7 loss to the New England Patriots but was set to return this Sunday against the New Orleans Saints.

Source: Reuters