It hasn't been the easiest of times for Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, as the world found out last week that his two-year old son had tragically passed away after the boyfriend of Peterson's son's girlfriend was arrested and charged with child abuse and eventually, the boy died last Friday from the trauma.
Despite the extremely heavy heart, Peterson played for the Vikings this past Sunday in a 35-10 loss to the Carolina Panthers at Mall of America Field; Peterson had 62 yards on 10 carries in a losing effort for the team. After the game, Peterson left the team and didn't practice with the Vikings as he traveled to South Dakota for his son's funeral.
The Vikings running back did not know about his 2-year-old son, Tyrese Robert Ruffin until about two months ago, in which he was trying to be there financially for the family and planned on meeting his newly-found son, but unfortunately for him, the only time he got to meet him was in the hospital, the day before he passed away from the injuries.
Now that Peterson was able to get a little bit of closure from the funeral, he has returned to the team and has every intention of playing for the Vikings when they take on the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium on Monday night. On Thursday, Peterson addressed the media and said he was able to get through the tough time because of his teammates and organization supporting him and helping him through the situation.
"They've been great, organization, teammates, they've been supporting me as well," he said. "I can't tell you how many calls I've gotten and texts from the guys up top in the organization and players just making sure that I'm Ok and I'm doing well."
The Giants defense, which currently ranks dead last with a 32nd ranking in the NFL, has allowed 100 yards or more of rushing in five of their first six games and will have to focus on shutting down the former NFL MVP, who currently has 483 yards and five touchdowns on 102 carries.
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