According to San Jose Mercury News on Friday evening, Adrian Peterson's 2-year old son has died after the boyfriend of the boy's mother beat him into unresponsiveness.
Adrian Peterson, excused from Vikings practice Thursday for what was described as a "personal matter," returned Friday but asked reporters to "respect my privacy" and not ask him about the specifics of the matter.
Joseph Robert Patterson, 27, of Sioux Falls, is charged in Lincoln County with aggravated assault and aggravated battery on an infant.
An Argus Leader report identified Peterson on Thursday in Sioux Falls, S.D., where his son was then in critical condition after an alleged beating from a man dating the mother of the child, according to a report from TMZ.
Patterson called 911 shortly before 6 p.m. Wednesday to report a choking, according to police. At the hospital, it became clear the injuries were not an accident and were consistent with abuse, Sioux Falls police spokesman Sam Clemens said.
"I will be playing Sunday, without a doubt," Peterson told the media. "I really appreciate all the support that I’ve been receiving from fans and the Vikings organization. This is a private matter and I would ask you all to please just respect my privacy and not ask at all about the situation at hand."
However, coach Leslie Frazier said Peterson had a “difficult day” and left open the possibility that the NFL’s reigning MVP won’t play Sunday.
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