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Updated: October 17th, 2013 1:08pm
Adrian Peterson returns to practice after attending his son's funeral

Adrian Peterson returns to practice after attending his son's funeral

by Andrew Krammer
1500ESPN.com
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Editor's note: A previous version of this story incorrectly stated the number of consecutive starts that Adrian Peterson has made. Monday night's game would be his 22nd consecutive start.

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. - Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson missed Wednesday's practice to attend his son's funeral in Sioux Falls, S.D.

Peterson said he isn't expecting to miss anymore practice time, but the grieving process has just begun for the child's mother and his family.

"It was a difficult day," Peterson said. "A child was buried. That's difficult for anyone."

In the aftermath of the tragic news, many media organizations have made attempts to find all the odds and ends of Peterson's personal life. Peterson spoke for the first time on Thursday since the information was made public that he hadn't had a relationship with his child in Sioux Falls.

"People are going to speculate, people are going to say this or that. I can't let that bother me," Peterson said. "I've been too focused on trying to mourn and be there for his mother and take in the loss of my son. I haven't been able to focus on anything outside of that."

"It's an unfortunate situation, I can speak on it. I found out recently that it's my son, like two months ago and I was planning on seeing him. I had talked with his mom and we got some things together as far as financially helping her. Unfortunately, this situation took place. It's devastating."

Peterson has dealt with tragedies through his entire life, including the murder of his half-brother before the 2007 combine. Peterson returned to run a 4.3 40-yard dash the next day. 

Andrew Krammer covers the Minnesota Vikings for 1500ESPN.com. He previously covered the Gophers men's basketball team for the Minnesota Daily.
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