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Adrian Peterson's son attacked; man in custody

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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has returned to the team after missing Thursday's practice to tend to a personal matter.

Peterson was on the field for stretching with the Vikings on Friday morning. He left for the locker room briefly during special teams drills, which he doesn't participate in, and returned later. The team has not specified Peterson's absence on Thursday.

His father, Nelson Peterson, told the St. Paul Pioneer Press that one of Peterson's sons was in critical condition in a hospital in South Dakota.

A Sioux Falls toddler is in critical condition with choking injuries after allegedly being assaulted by a man, according to the Argus Leader.

TMZ reported that Peterson's son was rushed to a hospital and medical experts determined the injuries were consistent with abuse.

According to police, emergency responders arrived at the apartment where Peterson's son lives at 5:46 p.m. Wednesday and found the child unresponsive.

Joseph Robert Patterson, 27, is being held without bail at the Minnehaha County Jail, charged with aggravated assault and aggravated battery of an infant against his girlfriend's 2-year-old son.

Peterson was spotted in Sioux Falls on Thursday, according to a Sioux Falls Argus Leader report.

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