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Adrian Peterson says he apologized to son, 'would run through brick wall' for kids

Adrian Peterson spoke about how he has reconciled with his son and the Vikings after a saga sparked by child abuse charges last September.

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Adrian Peterson took to the podium Tuesday for the first time since returning to practice with the Minnesota Vikings. The running back discussed why he returned to the team and gave his thoughts on the coaching staff. Perhaps most revealingly, he explained his evolution as a father.

The press conference seemingly closed a saga that has lasted nearly a year. Last September, Peterson was indicted for reckless or negligent injury to a child after he hit his 4-year-old son with a switch in Texas. He was placed on the commissioner's exempt list, which amounted to an indefinite suspension with pay after he played just one game of the 2014 season.

Peterson was handed a suspension in November, which resulted in contentious appeals that have led the NFL Players Association to file a motion to hold commissioner Roger Goodell in contempt of federal court. Since being reinstated in April, Peterson has seemingly lashed out at the Vikings, suggesting that the franchise did little to support him against the NFL's disciplinary actions. In a Twitter rant last week, Peterson decried the NFL's contract system, which may soon work against him when the Vikings are finished paying his guaranteed salary this season.

On Tuesday, however, there seemed to be no bad blood between Peterson and the Vikings, at least on the surface. Head coach Mike Zimmer spoke about his love for the running back, and Peterson claimed to be happy just to be back in Minnesota's facilities.

Other notes:

Peterson says he never played the victim:

Peterson's agent, Ben Dogra, did nothing wrong:

The Vikings never held trade talks about Peterson: