Adrian Peterson's father has confirmed that a two-year-old son of the Vikings running back has been injured. Local news reports have listed the boy as being in critical condition at a South Dakota hospital.
(UPDATE: According to many reports on Friday evening, including the Minneapolis Star Tribune, police announced that Peterson's son has died as a result of his injuries.)
"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 told the Twin Cities Pioneer Press.
"This is a private matter. I will ask y'all to all respect my privacy," Peterson said after practice on Friday. "I will be playing Sunday. Focused. Ready to roll." Peterson added that he is "able to release a lot of stress through sports." He did not offer specific details on the case.
According to the newspaper, Sioux Falls, S.D. police arrested Joseph Robert Patterson, age 27, on Wednesday night on charges of aggravated assault and battery against an infant. Patterson called police early in the evening to report that the child was choking, and at the hospital it was determined that the child's injuries were consistent with abuse. Police would not confirm that the child is Peterson's son.
Peterson had previously left Vikings practice on Thursday to go to South Dakota for what was, at the time, an undisclosed personal matter. He was back at practice on Friday.