MINNEAPOLIS -- When Adrian Peterson was 7, he saw his older brother die in a bike accident when he was hit by a drunken driver.
For Peterson's teenage years, his father was in prison. He grew up poor in east Texas. Shortly before the Minnesota Vikings drafted him in 2007, a half-brother, was shot and killed.
Long before Peterson began running through the NFL record book, he learned to turn tragedy into fuel for an exceptional career. Football has always been his escape, and now he's dealing with more off-the-field strife.
One of Peterson's sons, a victim of alleged child abuse, died Friday of severe head injuries suffered in the attack. The man charged in the case, Joseph Patterson, was home alone with the 2-year-old boy Wednesday and called 911 to report he was choking, according to police. Patterson was the boyfriend of the child's mother.
Peterson missed practice Thursday to be in Sioux Falls, S.D., where the boy lived with his mother and Patterson. He returned to the Vikings on Friday.
"Things that I go through, I've said a thousand times, it helps me play this game to a different level," he said after practice, about an hour after the child's death. "I'm able to kind of release a lot of my stress through this sport, so that's what I plan on doing."
Twitter has been filled with public condolences for Peterson and his loved ones. From LeBron James to Barry Sanders to Josh Groban, his peers, opponents and admirers expressed their sadness and support.
Hoyer on IR: The Browns have placed quarterback Brian Hoyer on injured reserve with a torn knee ligament, officially ending his season.
Hoyer led Cleveland to two wins in his first two starts. He tore the anterior cruciate ligament in the first quarter of Cleveland's victory over Buffalo on Oct. 3. Hoyer was sliding at the end of a run when his cleat got caught in the turf as he hit the ground. Hoyer will undergo surgery next Friday.
The club signed rookie wide receiver Charles Johnson off Green Bay's practice squad. The Packers drafted him in the seventh round in April. He played in Green Bay's final two exhibition games.
Chiefs make moves: The Kansas City Chiefs have placed rookie tight end Travis Kelce on injured reserve after he had arthroscopic surgery this week to repair damaged cartilage in his left knee.
The Chiefs made the move Saturday. They also elevated defensive back Bradley McDougald from the practice squad to the 53-man roster to fill his spot.
Kelce had been dealing with what the Chiefs thought was a bruised bone in his knee since training camp. Kelce underwent a series of MRI exams that came back negative, so he opted to have arthroscopic surgery Tuesday that revealed the damage to his cartilage.
Pleads not guilty: A former Minot State University football player accused of attacking two police officers during a traffic stop has pleaded not guilty to six charges and asked that he be allowed to move home to California.
Jesse Ili, who entered his plea on Friday, is charged with felony aggravated assault, simple assault on a peace officer and preventing arrest. He also faces misdemeanor charges of ingesting a controlled substance, refusing to halt and possession of marijuana.
Zeller out indefinitely: Cavaliers forward Tyler Zeller will be sidelined for an indefinite period after having his appendix removed.
The second-year forward had an appendectomy Friday at the Cleveland Clinic. The team said Saturday that Zeller is recovering in the hospital and no timetable has been set for his return.
It's been a tough start to the season for Zeller. He injured his hip last week after a fall in an intrasquad scrimmage and has missed Cleveland's first two exhibition games.
Rose sits: Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose is sitting out a preseason game against the Washington Wizards because of a sore left knee, the same one that kept him out all last season after surgery.
Team officials did not indicate the extent of the injury Saturday, simply listing Rose with "left knee soreness."
Rose has played two preseason games without any sign of problems. The first NBA game in South America now will be missing its biggest star.
Thompson in position: Lexi Thompson moved into position for her second LPGA Tour title, shooting a 5-under 66 on Saturday to take a three-stroke lead in the LPGA Malaysia.
The 18-year-old American, the 2011 Navistar LPGA Classic winner, had five birdies in her bogey-free round to reach 17-under 196 at Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club. She opened with rounds of 67 and 63.
South Korea's Ilhee Lee was second after a 70.
Jamieson sets record: Scotland's Scott Jamieson matched the European Tour record with an 11-under 60 to pull within two strokes of leader Paul Waring after the third round of the Portugal Masters.
The 18th player to shoot 60 on the tour, Jamieson settled for par on the final hole when his 15-foot birdie chip grazed the edge of the hole and stayed out.
Cochran up two: Russ Cochran shot his second straight 6-under 66 to take a two-stroke lead after the second round of the Champions Tour's SAS Championship.
The 54-year-old left-hander, the 2010 winner at Prestonwood Country Club, birdied five of the first six holes, dropped a stroke on the par-5 seventh and added birdies on Nos. 15 and 17. He won the Principal Charity Classic in Iowa in June for his fourth victory.