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.
Peterson said he will play Sunday "without a doubt" asked media not to ask questions about situation— chipscoggins (@chipscoggins) October 11, 2013
Adrian Peterson said he plans to play. "I'm able to release a lot of stress through sports."— Sean Jensen (@seankjensen) October 11, 2013
Frazier: "Adrian Peterson had a "difficult day. We expect him to play, but we'll talk more over the next 24 hours."— Sean Jensen (@seankjensen) October 11, 2013
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.
#Vikings RB Adrian Peterson: "I really appreciate all the support from fans and the Vikings. I ask y'all respect my privacy."— Sean Jensen (@seankjensen) October 11, 2013