Adrian Peterson has had a high-profile week, but he’s off to a low-key start against the Panthers.
The Vikings running back has not sought out much notice after his tragic week, and that extended into the pre-game. The Vikings did not have a moment of silence for his son, and they introduced the defense to keep him from turning it into a moment.
He sent a text to Laura Okmin of FOX, saying he wanted to play today to take his mind off the pain of losing his 2-year-old son, and try to create a positive.
“My brother passed the night before the combine and I decided to go through with it,” Peterson said. “The same reason why I will play this week. You may ask why? God wants good to come from it … We mourn and grieve but heaven had the baddest welcoming party for my son. That knowledge gives me peace.
“I’m still hurt and feel the pain of life, but I’m able to function because of the peace and joy of knowing my loved ones are in a much better place.”
There was a similarly subdued start to the game. He gained 3 yards on his first two carries, as the Vikings opened the game through the air. Matt Cassel promptly threw an interception as they approached the red zone.