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October 11, 2013

Report: Vikings RB Peterson dealing with 'serious' family issue

Update (3:20 p.m.): Peterson's father, Nelson Peterson, confirmed to the St. Paul Pioneer Press that the 2-year-old child hospitalized and in critical condition after an alleged abuse is the son of Adrian Peterson.

Peterson practiced for the Vikings Friday afternoon and afterward said he will play Sunday against Carolina.

"I'm able to release a lot of stress through sports," Peterson said

Panthers coach Ron Rivera called the situation "terrible" and passed along his best wishes to Peterson and his family.

“This is a very, very young life and a personal family situation and again, our thoughts and prayers go out to him," Rivera said.

Update (11:40 a.m.): Peterson has returned to Vikings practice and will comment on the issue after practice, according to USA TODAY.



Minnesota running back Adrian Peterson missed Thursday’s practice for personal reasons, and according to reports, he’s dealing with a serious issue in Sioux Falls, S.D.

The Argus (S.D.) Leader reported that Peterson is “dealing with [a] medical issue involving a young family member that will likely be a police matter.

The Leader reported the situation is a “very serious medical issue involving [a] family member.”

According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Peterson was expected to return to practice Friday.

The Vikings play the Panthers on Sunday at 1 p.m.

This story is developing, so check back later for more updates.

--Jonathan Jones

Posted by Observer Sports on October 11, 2013 at 08:28 AM | Permalink


Def not something you want to hear about. Prayers for whoever the person is.

Posted by: Mike W | Oct 11, 2013 8:58:22 AM

I want the Panthers to win come Sunday, but i do not wish any ill on any of the Vikings... will be praying for A.P., and the young family matter. :(

Posted by: John | Oct 11, 2013 9:51:41 AM

I don't want to speculate, but PFT has a report that a 2 year old toddler from Sioux Falls was a victim of child abuse and is in critical condition with "choking injuries." The childs name was not released and neither was the mothers, but the report is that is it possibly AP's. Whether it is or not prayers are being sent for the recovery of this child and for AP's situation. I always want a panthers victory, but not at the expense of the health of a player or players family.

Posted by: Chris | Oct 11, 2013 10:04:49 AM

Damn, he's on my fantasy team. His ass better be in uniform on Sunday!

Posted by: Duder | Oct 11, 2013 11:15:37 AM

jon beason had 12 tackles (11 solo) last night against the bears in a close loss. and all we got was a late round pick for him.


Posted by: charlottean | Oct 11, 2013 11:22:40 AM

i've moved forward charlottean. long term, we made the right move on beason.

Posted by: big gulps | Oct 11, 2013 11:50:24 AM

if that's the case, we better hurry up and trade stewart for a late round pick before he comes back and increases his trade value.

the guy was with his team less than a week, goes out wins the starting job and leads the team in tackles. You don't make 11 solo tackles under those circumstances if you're "done".

kuechley has 21 solo tackles in 4 games.

Posted by: charlottean | Oct 11, 2013 12:09:38 PM

Trading Beason was a stupid move. Our defense is what has been giving us a chance to win and you take a big part of it and trade him for a "late round pick"...what is a late round pick anyway and what round?

I hope we beat Chicago this week but I don't want the win at the expense of a child. I wish AP and his family member a speedy recovery.

Posted by: Karolinaboi | Oct 11, 2013 12:27:29 PM

^^^ we're not playing chicago?

Posted by: big gulps | Oct 11, 2013 1:04:18 PM

AP should break all of Walter Payton records and he looks good in his Bears Uni. What great football knowledge there! SMH

Posted by: Hokebuck | Oct 11, 2013 1:10:56 PM

Y'all have to read the entire article its saying a late round pick or depending on how well he plays so it could very well end up being a third maybe fourth rounder.Go panthers

Posted by: Derek T | Oct 11, 2013 1:26:26 PM

supposedly it's tied to his performance this year. i'm guessing 5th-7th depending on how much he plays. there hasn't been any clear indication of the range it just says "late". 3rd is not late derek.

regardless of how you look at it......you don't get better by giving away talent. cap room is NEVER more valuable than talent. and leadership for that matter.

draft picks can equate to talent but a late round pick doesn't often. not to the level of what jon beason looked like last night.
blackburn has NEVER looked like that in his life. neither has klein. and that's exactly what you can get for a 5th round pick (in most cases).

quietly....gettleman used the slow start to purge hurney guys and go cheap for next year where he can bring in his own guys. I thought at first he was going to just do the right thing regardless of which guys were his and which ones weren't, but these last 4 or 5 moves made clear that wasn't the case.

Posted by: charlottean | Oct 11, 2013 1:53:01 PM

The report I heard on TV during the 5 o'clock hour was that the child has died.

I hope the murdering thug who did this get's
his justice sooner than later. Take care of this child God.

Posted by: Hugo Panther | Oct 11, 2013 6:27:09 PM

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