EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) -- Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson said he is certain he will play Sunday, despite a serious personal matter that caused him to miss practice Thursday.
Peterson declined to speak Friday specifically about the situation, asking reporters to respect his and his family's privacy. His father, Nelson Peterson, told the St. Paul Pioneer Press that one of Peterson's sons was in critical condition at a hospital in South Dakota.
Prosecutors and police in South Dakota declined to confirm that Peterson is the father of a 2-year-old boy who was hospitalized with severe injuries in Sioux Falls on Wednesday. Police described the child's condition as consistent with abuse.