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Adrian Peterson plans to play Sunday vs. Panthers

By Ryan Wilson |

Adrian Peterson has asked the media to respect his privacy. (USATSI)

UPDATED: Adrian Peterson's 2-year-old son has died

Despite reports that Adrian Peterson's two-year-old son is in critical condition in a South Dakota hospital after he was allegedly beaten by the man dating the boy's mother, the Vikings' running back says he will play Sunday against the Panthers.

The Vikings (1-3) were on their bye last week, yet Peterson still ranks third in the league in rushing.

His 421-yard total (4.6 yards per carry) trails Philadelphia's LeSean McCoy (514 yards, 5.2 YPC) and Chicago's Matt Forte(442 yards, 4.4 YPC).

Authorities haven't confirmed that the child is Peterson's son but Nelson Peterson, AP's father, told the Pioneer Press that it is indeed one of his grandsons.

"All I can say is, we are asking for prayers and for respect for our family as we deal with this tragic situation," Nelson Peterson said.

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