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Posted By Sean Eckhardt On Oct 12 2013 @ 4:56 pm In Minnesota Vikings | No Comments

The Vikings are coming off a bye week as they prepare to take on the Carolina Panthers on Sunday.  It may have been a bye week, but the news around the team has been anything but quiet.  Christian Ponder is still nursing a rib injury, however, many fans are just fine with that.  They have been calling for backup Matt Cassel for weeks as Ponder struggled, and when Cassel got his chance, Minnesota got their first win of the year against the Steelers two weeks ago in London.  The Minnesota offense looked better than it has all season with Cassel directing the offense.  Then in a move that was unexpected to say the least, the team signed head case QB Josh Freeman to a 1-yr, $3 million contract.  There was plenty to talk about with the Vikings’ QB carousel spinning at high speed.  Then tragedy struck.  Adrian Peterson left the team mid-week to go to South Dakota to see his 2-yr old son who had been assaulted by a 27-yr old man that is currently in a relationship with the mother.  Peterson’s son died from the assault late Friday.  Now, football doesn’t seem so important.

Reports coming out of Minnesota indicate that AP will still play.  He had stated earlier on Friday, while the boy was in critical condition that he would still play.  He has endured tragedy in his personal life before, and football has always been his sanctuary.  A kind of shelter from the pain, at least for 60 minutes on Sunday.  If in fact he does play, there will be plenty of people out there questioning, even criticizing his decision.  I’m not sure how I feel about it, except for the obvious horror I felt when I heard the news.  I don’t have any children myself, but I just visited my nephews this week, one of which is 2-yrs old.  How a grown man could bring himself to assault a 2-yr old child completely escapes me.  How a parent can deal with it is equally tough to comprehend.  The only person that knows what the right decision is for Adrian Peterson is Adrian Peterson.  We’ve seen athletes turn to their sport before for comfort.  Brett Favre had one of the best games of his life after the death of his father.  Will AP have a great game?  Maybe.  Will he find a way to cope with this and find some sort of peace?  I hope so.

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