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REPORT: PETERSON SET TO PLAY TODAY

Times wires

Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is expected to play against the Panthers today, two days after the death of his 2-year-old son, ESPN reported Saturday.

The boy died Friday in Sioux Falls, S.D., from injuries sustained during an alleged assault, police said. Before the announcement about the death Friday, Peterson said he would play.

Lincoln County State's Attorney Tom Wollman confirmed the death of the child, who had been in critical condition at a hospital with severe head injuries since Wednesday.

Joseph Patterson, 27, was charged with aggravated assault and aggravated battery in the death and is being held on $750,000 cash bond.

Vick reportedly out: Eagles quarterback Michael Vick won't be active against the Bucs today, espn.com reported. Nick Foles will start with rookie Matt Barkley, inactive for the first five games, the No. 2. Vick left last week's game against the Giants with a sore hamstring. He was a limited participant at practice Wednesday and Thursday and a full participant Friday.

Chargers: Running back Ryan Mathews, who sustained a concussion last week against the Raiders, probably will play, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported. "I'm looking forward to seeing him out there," coach Mike McCoy told the newspaper. Also, ESPN said it will work with local sponsors and charities to buy the remaining tickets and ensure Monday's game against the Colts, airing on ESPN, is not blacked out.

Jets: Former UCF linebacker Troy Davis, an undrafted rookie, was promoted from the practice squad.

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