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Adrian Peterson STRIKES PLEA DEAL No Jail In Child Abuse Case

11/4/2014 9:29 AM PST

Adrian Peterson -- STRIKES PLEA DEAL ... No Jail In Child Abuse Case

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Adrian Peterson just dodged a bullet -- striking a plea deal in his child abuse case that will allow him to plead no contest to a lesser charge and avoid jail time ... this according to multiple reports. 

The Minnesota Vikings running back was originally charged with felony child abuse for repeatedly striking his 4-year-old son with a "switch" ... causing multiple bruises and lacerations. 

Peterson had claimed it was just strong parenting -- not illegal. 

But now, ProFootballTalk.com is reporting AP has agreed to plead no contest to misdemeanor reckless assault ... which carries a much lighter punishment. 

Peterson is expected to appear in court later today to make it official. 

As for when he can return to the NFL, the league has yet to decide. 

Story developing ... 

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