Bernard Berrian (Bruce Kluckhohn/US Presswire)
Bernard Berrian said he wanted to move past the first healthy scratch of his Vikings career on Sunday, and he was in no mood to talk extensively about the issue, saying repeatedly on Wednesday the incident old news.
Bernard Berrian wasn’t interested in talking about the first healthy game-day scratch of his Vikings career.
“That’s old news. I’m already over it. Can’t do nothing about it now,” Berrian said after Wednesday’s practice.
However, Berrian was unavailable for comment after Sunday’s game because he left the locker room before reporters were allowed inside. On Monday, he saw reporters in the locker room at Winter Park, quickly dropped an object in his locker and went to the equipment room, which is off limits to reporters, before he was asked to stopped and talk.
According to the Pioneer Press, Berrian missed two meetings Saturday night at the team hotel, leading to his deactivation.
Asked about that report, Berrian said, “[Vikings coach Leslie] Frazier already described that and talked about that.”
But Frazier was vague in his explanation about it Monday.
“I really don't want to get into why we chose to have discipline in this particular case, but one thing that all of our players know, we're going to try to do the right things when it comes to what we're asking of him and we expect a reciprocation from them to do the things that we're asking them to do. Then there are consequences,” Frazier said Monday. “But Bernard knows what we want to get done, just like the other 52 guys on our roster."
Berrian signed a six-year, $42 million deal with the Vikings in 2008 and led the NFL with a 20.8-yard average per catch with 964 yards on 48 receptions, but he hasn’t come close to those numbers since. He produced 618 yards on 55 catches in 2009 and had only 247 yards on 28 catches last year. Through five games this year, he has only two catches after taking a paycut to $1.9 million this season.
“Chemistry is fine,” he said when asked about his relationship with Vikings QB Donovan McNabb. “We’re going out here, working and doing everything we need to do. I’m saying the same things over and over again. Chemistry is chemistry. It can only take you so far.”
Berrian said he is in good standing with the team, and Frazier said he didn’t expect any more issues with Berrian.
On Wednesday, Berrian repeatedly said his deactivation was “old news” and said he’s confident he can help the team moving forward.
“I’m not trying to talk about things in the past. It is over with, done deal. It’s already over. Moving on to Chicago,” he said.
But, when asked about returning to Chicago, where he played four seasons before signing his big free-agent deal with the Vikings, he said he wasn’t doing anything special to prepare for the Bears.
Asked if was easy to put his deactivation in the past, he said:
“Don’t you have to? Somebody gets beat for a touchdown, they’ve got to put it in the past. You’ve got to put it behind and play your next play.”
WINFIELD SITS AGAIN
After missing his first game since the 2009 season Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals, Vikings cornerback Antoine Winfield sat out of practice Wednesday as he continued to recover from stiffness in the neck, the result of a tackle he made the previous week against the Kansas City Chiefs.
“We’re going to have to go day by day. He still has some stiffness in his neck and we’ll see,” Frazier said before Wednesday’s practice. “I don’t think he’ll be able to do anything today, but we’re going to try to get him to do something tomorrow. Hopefully by Friday we’ll have him out there moving around, hopefully.”
While Winfield was the only Viking who didn’t practice at all, a few others were limited in Wednesday’s practice because of injuries. WR Percy Harvin (ribs), LB E.J. Henderson (knee) and LB Kenny Onatolu (hamstring) were limited.
DE Jared Allen (eye) and Husain Abdullah (pelvis) were full participants. Brian Robison, who came out of Sunday’ game for a few plays with an abdominal strain that he said felt like he had been shot in the gut, wasn’t listed on the injury report and practiced fully.
After playing on Monday night, the Bears didn’t practice on Wednesday but are still required to issue an injury report with their best guesses for who would have been held out. WR Earl Bennett (chest), T Gabe Carimi (knee), DE Julius Peppers (knee) and DT Matt Toeanina (knee) wouldn’t have practiced and CB Tillman would have been limited.
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