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NFL notebook: Adrian Peterson loses son, 2; set to play on Sunday

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The Sioux Falls police department released news Friday afternoon that one of Adrian Peterson’s children, a 2-year-old son, died from injuries sustained in alleged assault by the boyfriend of the child’s mother.

Police are withholding the child’s name at the request of the family. A police spokesman said the state attorney’s office is reviewing the case to consider additional charges against Joseph Patterson, 27.

Patterson was charged with aggravated assault and aggravated battery of an infant. His bond is $750,000.

Peterson talked to the media at Winter Park, asking for privacy.

“I really appreciate all the support that I’ve been receiving from fans, the Vikings organization,” the MVP running back said at a brief news conference inside the locker room. “This is a private matter and I would ask you all to please just respect my privacy and not ask at all about the situation at hand. Thanks.”

Peterson’s father, Nelson, confirmed to the Minneapolis Star Tribune earlier Friday by phone that the child is Adrian’s son. Peterson said he planned to play Sunday against the Carolina Panthers at Mall of America Field.

NFL suspends Winslow

New York Jets tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. was suspended without pay for four games by the NFL on Friday for violating the league’s policy on performance enhancing substances.

Winslow, the team’s leading receiver with 17 catches, is immediately beginning his suspension, meaning he will sit out the Jets’ game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday. He will be eligible to return to the Jets’ active roster on Nov. 4.

Bears lose linebacker

Chicago Bears middle linebacker D.J. Williams will miss the remainder of the season because of a chest injury.

Williams ruptured his left pectoral muscle tendon during Thursday’s win over the New York Giants.

Coach Marc Trestman was not sure on Friday how the injury occurred. Williams left in the third quarter.

Shorts ready to play

Jacksonville Jaguars receiver Cecil Shorts III returned to practice and is expected to play Sunday at Denver. Shorts, a former standout at Mount Union, was limited in practice Wednesday and sat out as a precaution Thursday because of a groin injury. But he was full go Friday, and coach Gus Bradley says he will start. Shorts leads the Jaguars (0-5) with 31 catches for 411 yards and a touchdown.

More Buccaneers sick

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced that a third player has been diagnosed with MRSA, a day after announcing offensive lineman Carl Nicks is being treated for a recurrence of the staph infection. Coach Greg Schiano declined to identify the player on Friday, saying the player requested his name not be released. NFL.com reported the player was cornerback Johnthan Banks.

Around the league

Denver’s shaky secondary gets a big boost Sunday with Champ Bailey set to make his 2013 debut against the Jacksonville Jaguars. … The Dallas Cowboys signed linebacker Cameron Lawrence off their practice squad. … Receiver Stevie Johnson and cornerback Stephon Gilmore are expected to be game-time decisions this week, Buffalo Bills coach Doug Marrone said. Johnson has been dealing with a back injury and has not practiced this week. Gilmoreis hoping to return from a broken left hand he suffered in the preseason. … Running back Darren McFadden inched closer to returning to the Oakland Raiders lineup, though he hasn’t been fully cleared yet. McFadden practiced for a third consecutive day. … Center Max Unger is returning to Seattle’s lineup for the Seahawks’ game against the Tennessee Titans after missing the last two weeks with a strained triceps. … New York Giants second-year running back David Wilson is going to get a second-opinion on his neck injury next week.


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