Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson mourned the death of his young son Friday, while words of support poured in from all corners of the sports world. Authorities said the 2-year-old boy died Friday of injuries suffered in an alleged child abuse case in South Dakota.
Joseph Patterson, 27, was charged with aggravated assault and aggravated battery in the child’s death. He had a court appearance Friday and was ordered held on $750,000 cash bond.
Speaking to reporters about an hour after the time of death, Peterson said he was certain he’ll play Sunday against Carolina.
“I’ll be ready to roll, focused,” Peterson said. “I will be playing Sunday, without a doubt.”
In a tweet, Peterson wrote: “The NFL is a fraternity of brothers and I am thankful for the tweets, phone calls and text messages from my fellow players.”
BRONCOS: Cornerback Champ Bailey closed out a quality week of practice and will play in his first game of the season Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars,
The former Georgia star has not played since injuring his left foot in an Aug. 17 preseason loss in Seattle.
LIONS: Defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh lost an appeal of the $100,000 fine against him, taking a financial hit for a block below the belt.
BUCCANEERS: A third player – Johnthan Banks – has been diagnosed with MRSA, a staph infection that is resistant to many common antibiotics.
General manager Mark Dominik made the announcement Friday, a day after confirming guard Carl Nicks is being treated for a recurrence of MRSA.
Nicks, who along with kicker Lawrence Tynes was diagnosed as having MRSA in August, also sat out practice.