Petition filed seeking to block Adrian Peterson from son _lowres

Associated Press file photo by L.G. PATTERSON -- Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson

MINNEAPOLIS — Authorities in Minnesota have filed a petition seeking a protective order for the son of Vikings running back Adrian Peterson.

The petition asks a judge to block Peterson from using any corporal punishment or physical discipline on the 4-year-old boy. It also would block any unauthorized or unsupervised contact.

Peterson faces a child abuse charge in Texas for using a wooden switch to spank the boy in May. He’s said he meant only to discipline the boy and not hurt him.

The order says Peterson told investigators in Texas that he also used a belt to spank his son.

Hennepin County authorities have also asked that the order be suspended until the Texas case is resolved.

It was first reported by the Minneapolis Star Tribune.


GORDON HAS SUSPENSION REDUCED TO 10 GAMES: In Berea, Ohio, Josh Gordon’s tangled ordeal, full of legal twists and turns, has finally been straightened out.

He can run a route back to the Browns this season.

Cleveland’s star wide receiver was reinstated into the NFL and had his one-year suspension reduced to 10 games Friday after the league announced changes to its drug policy. The decision ends months of personal torment for the Pro Bowler, who had been banned for repeated drug violations.

Gordon will be eligible to play in Cleveland’s final six games after the league and NFL Players Association agreed on revisions to the substance abuse program two days after announcing changes on performance enhancing drugs.

Because he has already served two games of the suspension, Gordon will be eligible to play Nov. 23 when the Browns visit Atlanta. Gordon’s 10-game suspension will cost him more than $800,000. He’ll be paid over $300,000 if he plays in those last six games.

Ray Rice

FANS TRADE IN JERSEYS AT STADIUM: In Baltimore, thousands of fans traded in their Ray Rice jerseys for those of other Baltimore Ravens at the team’s stadium store.

The team set up the two-day program after releasing Rice last week. He has been suspended indefinitely by the NFL for domestic violence.

An estimated 5,000 fans are expected to show up before the event ends Saturday.

Jerseys to be traded had to be officially licensed by the NFL and manufactured by Nike or Reebok.

The exchange was limited to one per person.


WILKERSON FINED $20K FOR EJECTION: In New York, New York Jets defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson was fined $20,000 by the NFL on Friday for unnecessary roughness — throwing punches — in a fight that resulted in him being ejected against the Green Bay Packers.

Wilkerson was tossed when he got into it with Packers players in the third quarter of Green Bay’s 31-24 victory last Sunday. Wilkerson was called for an unsportsmanlike conduct, as was teammate Sheldon Richardson.

The penalty on Richardson was declined, but the defensive lineman was fined $8,268 on Friday for unnecessary roughness: grabbing an opponent’s facemask after the play.

Packers tight end Andrew Quarless was also docked $8,268 for unnecessary roughness after he ripped off Richardson’s helmet during the shoving match.

San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick was fined $11,025 for using “inappropriate language” after a play against Chicago last Sunday night.

St. Louis linebacker Jo-Lonn Dunbar was fined $16,537 for a hit on Tampa Bay quarterback Josh McCown. Giants linebacker Jameel McClain was docked $8,268 for a late hit on Arizona quarterback Drew Stanton.


JORDAN SUSPENDED AGAIN BY NFL: In Davie, Fla., Miami defensive end Dion Jordan was suspended for the second time this year for a violation of the NFL’s substance abuse policy, and he must sit out the next four games without pay.

As a result, he’ll miss the season’s first six games.

Jordan was first suspended July 3 after testing positive for a prohibited stimulant. That suspension, originally for four games, was lifted Friday under terms of the league’s new policy on performance-enhancing substances that took effect Wednesday.

As the Dolphins were notified that the suspension was lifted, they were advised of the second suspension, coach Joe Philbin said.

Jordan will be eligible to rejoin practice and return to the Dolphins’ active roster Oct. 20.