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Peterson plays two days after young son dies

MINNEAPOLIS — Adrian Peterson would have been forgiven for sitting out.

Friday, his 2-year-old son died in a reported case of child abuse in Sioux Falls, S.D. The man accused of the abuse is in jail, and Peterson rushed to the hospital Thursday to see the child before vowing to play Sunday against Carolina.

"I was set on it," Peterson said of playing. "I don't ask people to understand my mind-set and how I think. … Anything bad, I try to take good from it."

He rushed for 62 yards in Minnesota's 35-10 loss at home. Peterson declined to discuss his relationship with the boy, who lived with his mother in Sioux Falls. Her boyfriend, Joseph Patterson, is charged with aggravated assault and aggravated battery.

Neither the boy nor his mother have been identified.

The first time Peterson saw his son, he was on life support, CBS's Leslie Visser reported Sunday. Peterson only recently found out the boy was his child, she said on the NFL Today show. He had been planning to visit later this month.

Family reunion: Danielle Kalil, the sister of Vikings T Matt Kalil and Panthers C Ryan Kalil, sang the national anthem before the teams met in Minnesota.

BRONCOS: RT Orlando Franklin (left knee) left in the third quarter and was hobbling on a cane later.

JETS: Former DT Marty Lyons, a St. Petersburg Catholic graduate who played for New York from 1979-89, was inducted into the team's Ring of Honor.

Patriots: CB Aqib Talib didn't return after suffering a hip flexor in the third quarter.

STEELERS: Their victory was the franchise's 600th, making it the fourth team to reach the milestone and first from the AFC (it's also by far the oldest team in the conference, dating to 1933).

Number of the day

210 Career coaching wins (including postseason) for New England's Bill Belichick, who passed Chuck Noll for fifth. He trails Don Shula (347), George Halas (324), Tom Landry (270), Curly Lambeau (229) and Paul Brown (222).

Times wires

Thursday

Seattle at Arizona, 8:25

Sunday, Oct. 20

Tampa Bay at Atlanta, 1

Chicago at Washington, 1

Dallas at Philadelphia, 1

New England at N.Y. Jets, 1

Buffalo at Miami, 1

St. Louis at Carolina, 1

Cincinnati at Detroit, 1

San Diego at Jacksonville, 1

San Francisco at Tennessee, 4:05

Houston at Kansas City, 4:25

Cleveland at Green Bay, 4:25

Baltimore at Pittsburgh, 4:25

Denver at Indianapolis, 8:30

Open: New Orleans, Oakland

Monday, Oct. 21

Minnesota at N.Y. Giants, 8:40

Schedule

Top five quarterbacks

Joe Flacco Ravens 342 yards 2 TD

Andy Dalton Bengals 337 yards 3 TD

Aaron Rodgers Packers 315 yards 1 TD

Chad Henne Jaguars 303 yards 0 TD

Carson Palmer Cardinals 298 yards 2 TD

Top five running backs

Arian Foster Texans 141 yards 0 TD

Eddie Lacy Packers 120 yards 0 TD

LeSean McCoy Eagles 116 yards 0 TD

Brandon Jacobs Giants 106 yards 2 TD

Frank Gore 49ers 101 yards 0 TD

Top five receivers

Justin Blackmon Jaguars 190 yards 0 TD

Vernon Davis 49ers 180 yards 2 TD

Josh Gordon Browns 126 yards 0 TD

Riley Cooper Eagles 120 yards 1 TD

Larry Fitzgerald Cardinals 117 yards 1 TD

.Tonight

Colts at Chargers

8:30, Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego

TV/radio: ESPN, ESPN Deportes; 98.7-FM, 1010-AM

NFL news and notes 10/13/13 [Last modified: Monday, October 14, 2013 12:24am]
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