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Yes, the rumors are true, Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was in Sioux Falls on Thursday.

TMZ is reporting that Peterson's son was assaulted Wednesday night in Sioux Falls and is in critical condition. There are conflicting reports however with the City Pages in Minneapolis reporting that the child is NOT Adrian Peterson Jr. and quoting a source here in Sioux Falls. Read the article here.

Word started to spread as the chatter on Facebook kicked in, numerous people began spotting AP around town on Thursday afternoon.

The official word out of the Vikings camp was that Peterson was absent from practice due to personal reasons. Whatever the real reason, it somehow ended up taking him to Sioux Falls, where he was spotted at the Little Coalinga Bar & Grill, eating a hot turkey sandwich according to the Sioux Falls Argus Leader.

We will continue to follow this story and update it as more information becomes available. Prayers to the families.

The first look at the accused in the child abuse: 27 year old Joseph Patterson of Sioux Falls. Photo Courtesy of Courtney Collen, KSFY-TV, Twitter

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