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Adrian Peterson Update: NFL star talks about 2-year-old son's death after playing in Sunday's game

DETROIT, MI - DECEMBER 11: Adrian Peterson #28 of the Minnesota Vikings watches the action during the first half of the game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on December 11, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images) Leon Halip/Getty Images

DETROIT, MI - DECEMBER 11: Adrian Peterson #28 of the Minnesota Vikings watches the action during the first half of the game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on December 11, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - DECEMBER 11: Adrian Peterson #28 of the Minnesota Vikings watches the action during the first half of the game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on December 11, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan.
Leon Halip/Getty Images
(CBS/AP) MINNEAPOLIS - Adrian Peterson says he never wavered in his decision to play against the Carolina Panthers, two days after his 2-year-old son died in an alleged case of child abuse.

Peterson rushed for 62 yards on 10 carries in the Minnesota Vikings' 35-10 loss to the Panthers on Sunday. He says he doesn't expect others to understand why he decided to play. He says getting on the field helped him cope.

Peterson declined to talk about the relationship he had with the boy. He went to see the boy in a Sioux Falls, S.D., hospital Thursday.

Joseph Patterson, 27, who is the boyfriend of the child's mother, was arrested and was charged with aggravated battery of an infant and aggravated assault Friday morning. His bond was set at $750,000.

According to CBS Minnesota, police said Patterson hit the boy in the head with a steel rod.

Peterson says he can't describe what it's been like to go through the situation.

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