Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson missed practice on Thursday for personal reasons. An unnamed source described as close to the reigning NFL MVP described the situation as "tragic" to ProFootballTalk.
On Friday, TMZ reported that Peterson's 2-year-old son was in critical condition in a South Dakota hospital after he was allegedly beaten by a man dating his mother.
Citing unnamed sources in Minnesota and South Dakota, Aaron Rupar of The City Pages subsequently reported that "the injured child is not actually Adrian Peterson's son." The paper later updated its story, citing an unnamed source in South Dakota, to indicate "the victim was Adrian Peterson's son, but not Adrian Peterson Jr."
Stu Whitney of the Argus Leader had reported Thursday via Twitter that Peterson was in Sioux Falls, South Dakota “dealing with medical issue involving young family member that likely will be a police matter."
Adrian Peterson is still in Sioux Falls, dealing with medical issue involving young family member that will likely be a police matter.— Stu Whitney (@stuwhitney) October 10, 2013
Amid the unconfirmed reports, Peterson returned to practice on Friday. He is expected to address the media, according to ESPN.
Adrian Peterson back with Vikings after missing practice yesterday for personal matter. Expected to address after practice today.— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) October 11, 2013