Adrian Peterson will play against Panthers, asks for privacy

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Adrian Peterson plans to play in Sunday’s game against the Carolina Panthers even as his son is in critical condition following an attack from the boyfriend of the child’s mother.

“I really appreciate all the support from fans and the Vikings,” Peterson said after Friday’s practice, via the Pioneer Press. “I ask y’all respect my privacy.”

Peterson described himself as “ready to roll” and told reporters that “I’m able to release a lot of stress though sports.”

Peterson’s father Nelson Peterson told the Pioneer Press that Adrian Jr., a child seen at Vikings camp in the past, is not the child that was injured earlier this week. Rather this is another child of Peterson.

Joseph Robert Patterson, 27, has been charged with aggravated assault and aggravated assault on an infant following the attack.

In four games this season Peterson has 421 yards rushing with five touchdowns. He has caught 11 passes for 52 yards and another touchdown.