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Updated: October 11th, 2013 9:31am
Report: Adrian Peterson dealing with 'tragic' situation involving son

Report: Adrian Peterson dealing with 'tragic' situation involving son

by Andrew Krammer
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Minnesota Vikings running back was absent from Thursday's practice for what coach Leslie Frazier called personal reasons. Late Thursday, Pro Football Talk reported that Peterson was dealing with a "tragic" matter involving a young family member. 

Whitney, of the Argus Leader, said it was a "very serious" health situation. 

On Friday morning, TMZ reported that Peterson's 2-year-old son is in critical condition in a South Dakota hospital after being assaulted by the man dating the child's mother. 

The Argus Leader reported that Joseph Patterson has been charged with aggravated assault and agravated assault on an infant "for reportedly harming a 2-year-old boy who was in his care."

The county prosecutor involved spoke Friday morning and declined to identify the identity of the child's father, according to the Argus Leader. But Vikings reporter Ben Goessling tweeted that police confirmed Joseph Patterson is not the father of the two-year-old boy.

The Vikings practice at 11 a.m. on Friday and we'll get an update from coach Leslie Frazier afterward. 

Peterson is at Winter Park and will speak after Friday's practice. 

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