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Oct 12, 2013 9:49 PM by Associated Press - Posted by Zach Thaxton

Peterson to play Sunday despite son's abuse-related death

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) - Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is mourning the death of his young son, while words of support pour in from all corners of the sports world.

Authorities said a 2-year-old boy died Friday of injuries suffered in an alleged child abuse case in South Dakota, and a person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press the boy was Peterson's son. Twenty-seven-year-old Joseph Patterson was charged with aggravated assault and aggravated battery in the child's death. Peterson declined to talk about the case after practice Friday, and prosecutors and police in South Dakota declined to confirm the boy was his son. However, a person with knowledge of the situation confirmed the connection to the AP on condition of anonymity because Peterson had requested privacy.

Speaking to reporters about an hour after the time of death, Peterson said he was certain he'll play Sunday against Carolina.

The Vikings have also announced that Matt Cassel will start at quarterback against Carolina. He helped lead the Vikings to a win over Pittsburgh in their most recent game.

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