Peterson skips practice for personal matter

Updated: October 16, 2013, 3:03 PM ET

Ben Goessling |

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson missed practice Wednesday because of a personal matter, and while coach Leslie Frazier would not address whether his absence was related to the death of his 2-year-old son last Friday in South Dakota, the coach said he expects Peterson at practice Thursday.

“He and I will talk later today, but I expect him to be back tomorrow, ready to go,” Frazier said.

Peterson played on Sunday in the Vikings’ 35-10 loss to the Carolina Panthers, two days after his son died from injuries sustained in an alleged aggravated assault from Joseph Patterson, who was dating the boy’s mother.

Patterson is being held in a Lincoln County jail on $750,000 bail, and the Lincoln County Attorney’s office has said it will review the case for additional charges in light of the boy’s death.

“This is a very difficult situation, without question,” Frazier said. “And it has many challenges, many challenges.”

  • Previously covered Vikings for St. Paul Pioneer Press
  • Also covered Minnesota Twins, Minnesota Wild and Washington Nationals
  • Twin Cities native and University of Minnesota graduate

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