Adrian Peterson was excused from practice on Thursday by the Minnesota Vikings, and was later spotted in South Dakota.
It turns out the running back is dealing with a “tragic” situation reports NBC’s ProFootball Talk.
Stu Whitney of the Argus Leader in Sioux Falls reported that Peterson was in Sioux Falls “dealing with a medical issue involving young family member” and later tweeted that it was a “very serious” situation.
Adrian Peterson is still in Sioux Falls, dealing with medical issue involving young family member that will likely be a police matter.
— Stu Whitney (@stuwhitney) October 10, 2013
Reports began to circulate (TMZ) late last night and early this morning that 27-year-old Jospeh Patterson has been charged with aggravated felony assault and battery of an infant.
According to reports, Patterson was home with the infant when emergency responders arrived at 5:46 pm ET on Wednesday. The child was unresponsive and later showed signs of abuse.
The 2-year-old child is the son of Adrian Peterson. Police reports indicate that the child suffered severe head injuries.