Adrian Peterson returns to the field

Grief is personal. Grief can't be defined by somebody at home watching on television. Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson returns on Sunday, two days after his 2-year old son died after allegedly being beaten by the boyfriend of the boy's mother. Some people might not understand that. Some might find it confusing that Peterson chooses to play football before his child is buried. But it could be the best thing he does.
Les Carpenter

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, left, hugs Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton following a 35-10 Panthers win in an NFL football game in Minneapolis, Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013. One of Peterson's sons, a 2-year-old in South Dakota, died Friday after an alleged attack in a child abuse case

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, left, hugs Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton following a 35-10 Panthers win in an NFL football game in Minneapolis, Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013. One of Peterson's sons, a 2-year-old in South Dakota, died Friday after an alleged attack in a child abuse case. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Minnesota Vikings fans hold a sign supporting Vikings running back Adrian Peterson during the second half of an NFL football game in Minneapolis, Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013. One of the star running back's sons, a 2-year-old in South Dakota, died Friday after an alleged attack in a child abuse case. The Carolina Panthers defeated the Vikings 35-10

Minnesota Vikings fans hold a sign supporting Vikings running back Adrian Peterson during the second half of an NFL football game in Minneapolis, Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013. One of the star running back's sons, a 2-year-old in South Dakota, died Friday after an alleged attack in a child abuse case. The Carolina Panthers defeated the Vikings 35-10. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Carolina Panthers v Minnesota Vikings

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - OCTOBER 13: Adrian Peterson #28 of the Minnesota Vikings and Mike Mitchell #21 of the Carolina Panthers speak after the game on October 13, 2013 at Mall of America Field at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Panthers defeated the Vikings 35-10. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Carolina Panthers v Minnesota Vikings

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - OCTOBER 13: Adrian Peterson #28 of the Minnesota Vikings looks on during the fourth quarter of the game against the Carolina Panthers on October 13, 2013 at Mall of America Field at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Panthers defeated the Vikings 35-10. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Matt Asiata #44 of the Minnesota Vikings hugs teammate Adrian Peterson #28 during warmups before the game against the Carolina Panthers on October 13, 2013 at Mall of America Field at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Carolina Panthers cornerback Captain Munnerlyn, left, chases down Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson during the first half of an NFL football game in Minneapolis, Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013

Carolina Panthers cornerback Captain Munnerlyn, left, chases down Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson during the first half of an NFL football game in Minneapolis, Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson leaves the field during the first half of an NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers in Minneapolis, Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013. One of the star running back's sons, a 2-year-old in South Dakota, died Friday after an alleged attack in a child abuse case

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson leaves the field during the first half of an NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers in Minneapolis, Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013. One of the star running back's sons, a 2-year-old in South Dakota, died Friday after an alleged attack in a child abuse case.(AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, right, joins tight end Kyle Rudolph for a National Anthem before an NFL football game in Minneapolis, Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013. One of Peterson's sons, a 2-year-old in South Dakota, died Friday after an alleged attack in a child abuse case

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, right, joins tight end Kyle Rudolph for a National Anthem before an NFL football game in Minneapolis, Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013. One of Peterson's sons, a 2-year-old in South Dakota, died Friday after an alleged attack in a child abuse case.(AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Adrian Peterson #28 of the Minnesota Vikings looks on before the game against the Carolina Panthers on October 13, 2013 at Mall of America Field at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson pauses during introductions before an NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers in Minneapolis, Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013. One of the star running back's sons, a 2-year-old in South Dakota, died Friday after an alleged attack in a child abuse case

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson pauses during introductions before an NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers in Minneapolis, Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013. One of the star running back's sons, a 2-year-old in South Dakota, died Friday after an alleged attack in a child abuse case. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Minnesota Vikings running back Toby Gerhart, left, greets teammate Adrian Peterson before an NFL football game in Minneapolis, Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013. One of Peterson's sons, a 2-year-old in South Dakota, died Friday after an alleged attack in a child abuse case

Minnesota Vikings running back Toby Gerhart, left, greets teammate Adrian Peterson before an NFL football game in Minneapolis, Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013. One of Peterson's sons, a 2-year-old in South Dakota, died Friday after an alleged attack in a child abuse case. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)

Peterson on son's death: 'It's a crazy situation'

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson warms up before an NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers in Minneapolis, Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013. One of the star running back's sons, a 2-year-old in South Dakota, died Friday after an alleged attack in a child abuse case. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)

Adrian Peterson has dealt with tragedy often

Minnesota Vikings' Adrian Peterson, right, receives a hug from an unidentified person during an NFL football practice field at Winter Park in Eden Prairie, Minn., Friday, Oct. 11, 2013. Peterson said he is certain he will play Sunday despite a serious personal matter that caused him to miss practice earlier this week. (AP Photo/The Star Tribune, Elizabeth Flores)

Minnesota Vikings' Adrian Peterson, second from right, makes his way onto an NFL football practice field at Winter Park in Eden Prairie, Minn., Friday, Oct. 11, 2013. Peterson said he is certain he will play Sunday despite a serious personal matter that caused him to miss practice earlier this week. (AP Photo/The Star Tribune, Elizabeth Flores) ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS OUT; SOFT OUT MINNEAPOLIS-AREA TV NOT TV OUT; MAGAZINES OUT

Adrian Peterson has dealt with tragedy often

Minnesota Vikings' Adrian Peterson makes his way off an NFL football practice field at Winter Park in Eden Prairie, Minn., Friday, Oct. 11, 2013. Peterson said he is certain he will play Sunday despite a serious personal matter that caused him to miss practice earlier this week. (AP Photo/The Star Tribune, Elizabeth Flores)

Peterson active for Vikings vs. Panthers

Minnesota Vikings' Adrian Peterson makes his way off an NFL football practice field at Winter Park in Eden Prairie, Minn., Friday, Oct. 11, 2013. Peterson said he is certain he will play Sunday despite a serious personal matter that caused him to miss practice earlier this week. (AP Photo/The Star Tribune, Elizabeth Flores)