Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said he thought his star running back handled himself well during the trying circumstances.
"It's a difficult, difficult situation and there are a lot of people trying to support him within in the organization, his teammates as well," Frazier said.
Panthers safety Mike Mitchell, who had two interceptions and a sack, sought out Peterson during the game to offer some words of encouragement. Mitchell said he mentioned to the deeply religious Peterson the Bible verse Jeremiah 29:11 about God providing hope for the future.
"I told him that to keep that in his heart as he continues to take this challenge going forward," Mitchell said.
Peterson said he is leaning on his teammates and family to help him through, and he will continue to look to the football field as a shelter, as he has throughout his life during the toughest of times.
And the Vikings will have to lean on Peterson if they hope to get things turned around before it's too late.
"In life situations, and in football, you've got to continue to believe," Peterson said. "We've got to get everyone with that same mindset, to believe no matter what the circumstances. We're 1-4. We've got to believe and have faith that we're going to be able to turn it around and accomplish our goals. That's the way I think. We just have to get everyone thinking the same way."
NOTES: Viking S Harrison Smith (turf toe), LB Desmond Bishop (right knee sprain) and CB Xavier Rhodes (ankle) will all get MRIs on Monday. ... Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph registered career highs with nine catches for 97 yards, including a 23-yard touchdown in garbage time.
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