VU Daily Blog: 4/30/10

VU Daily Blog: 4/30/10

Friday started as a day all about the rookies with their minicamp beginning, but Brett Favre quickly stole the headlines (and blog entries). See all the Vikings news and speculation as it progressed through the VU Daily Blog.

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Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Friday, April 30, 2010 at 2:31:00 PM

Favre: Ankle injury ‘not debilitating'

Vikings quarterback Brett Favre responded to the report of his ankle injury requiring surgery if he is going to play in 2010. He said the injury isn't debilitating and wouldn't be "the sole factor" affecting his decision to play or not.

On his personal web site, officialbrettfavre.com, he wrote the following:

I want to add to the information provided in the article that was published this morning on ESPN's website. Given the reaction to the article, and the typical conclusion jumping, I thought I'd clarify a few things.

While my ankle has been bothering me, the injury is not debilitating. For example, I'm able to work around my property without any problems. Sure – certain exercises cause some ankle pain, but it's nothing that I haven't experienced (or played with) before. In fact, many people don't realize that I injured my ankle before the NFC Championship game. I've had surgery on this ankle twice before, and I've played with the pain before. The hits I took throughout the 2009 season, including the Saints game, just added to the ankle pain and likely caused some bone spurs.

I don't believe major surgery on the ankle would be required for me to return in 2010. I've consulted with Dr. Andrews on the phone, and a relatively minor procedure could be done to improve the dexterity of the ankle, and to relieve the pain. I've put up with pain worse than this in my career, and I didn't want anyone to assume that the possibility of surgery was the sole factor that would determine whether I return or not. Some people reacting to the ESPN story have made this assumption. I don't blame them for doing so, given that the term "surgery" often covers a variety of procedures, some more complex than others.

The ankle pain is a factor, but one of many factors that I'll need to consider in making my decision. Other factors include the input of my family, and the wonderful experience that I had last year with the Vikings.

-- Brett Favre

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Posted on Twitter at: 4:02:00 PM
#Vikings coach Brad Childress cont. on Favre's ankle: "It didn't have any bearing at the end of the season. "

Posted on Twitter at: 4:01:00 PM
#Vikings coach Brad Childress on Brett Favre's ankle: ""That's been ongoing. That's a life issue for him."


Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Friday, April 30, 2010 at 2:24:00 PM

Vikings rookie camp underway

The Vikings' rookie minicamp is underway with players known and unknown to the media.

About 60 players – including all eight draft picks and 11 undrafted rookies who were signed since the draft – are at Winter Park working out on an overcast day. The list of undrafted rookies not under contract includes QB Ryan Perrilloux, the former LSU quarterback who was kicked off the team and transferred to Jacksonville State. He and fellow rookie R.J. Archer are the only quarterbacks at the rookie camp, which runs through Sunday.

Also attending is Minnesota Gophers coach Tim Brewster, who has several players attending on a tryout basis.

Vikings coach Brad Childress will address the media after the practice has ended.

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Posted on Twitter at: 10:58:00 AM
Report: Favre would need surgery to play: Brett Favre's decision on whether or not to play in 2010 just got a litt... http://bit.ly/agyfiM

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More details on the ESPN report about Brett Favre requiring ankle surgery if he is going to play in 2010. http://bit.ly/9d27Et #vikings #nfl

Posted on Twitter at: 10:09:00 AM
Gerhart's role still in the making: The Vikings traded up to draft RB Toby Gerhart, but it remains to be seen exac... http://bit.ly/bx2Agu

Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Friday, April 30, 2010 at 10:00:00 AM

Report: Favre would need surgery to play

Brett Favre will need ankle surgery to play in 2010, according to ESPN's Ed Werder.

According to the scroll on ESPN, Favre is still deciding whether or not he will play.

This sets up a similar timetable to Favre's decision last year on whether or not to have surgery on his partially torn biceps tendon. He did have surgery in May and signed with the Vikings on Aug. 18.

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Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Friday, April 30, 2010 at 9:44:00 AM

New to the Vikings

The Vikings' rookie minicamp starts this weekend, and there is an addition in the rookies that will be attending.

The Vikings agreed to terms with 10 undrafted free agents in the hours after the 2010 draft was completed Saturday night, but they have since added to that list by signing center Eddie Adamski of Northern Illinois.

Here are the jersey numbers of the undrafted rookies that have signed:

66 – C Eddie Adamski, Northern Illinois
16 – QB R.J. Archer, William & Mary
63 – G Thomas Austin, Clemson
61 – T Matt Hanson, Midwestern State
67 – C Tommy Hernandez, UC-Davis
89 – WR Aaron Rhea, Stephen F. Austin
41 – SS Terrell Skinner, Maryland
85 – WR Ray Small, Ohio State
19 – WR Kelton Tindal, Newberry
36 – CB Angelo Williams, Ferris State
79 – T Marlon Winn, Texas Tech

Previously, the drafted rookies' jersey numbers were announced. CB Chris Cook is 31, RB Toby Gerhart is 32, DE Everson Griffen is 97, G Chris DeGeare is 72, LB Nate Tripplet is 58, WR Joe Webb is 14, TE Mickey Shuler is 84 and FB Ryan D'Imperio is 44.

The Vikings have also assigned free-agent signees Rhys Lloyd number 9, Lito Sheppard number 29 and DE Mike Montgomery number 99.

The entire roster can be viewed here.

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Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Friday, April 30, 2010 at 8:45:00 AM

Speed on an off the field

Vikings wide receiver Bernard Berrian is considered one of the fastest players on the field, but speeding off the field cost Berrian $300, according to the Pioneer Press.

Berrian was convicted of a petty misdemeanor stemming from being clocked at 104 miles per hour in a 60-mph zone on I-694 on Nov. 30, 2009. He was charged with speeding and driving without a valid license and pleaded guilty to speeding last week. The charge regarding an invalid license was dismissed.

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Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Friday, April 30, 2010 at 8:29:00 AM

Praising and panning

The Vikings were criticized by some for their draft, and Scout.com draft analyst Chris Steuber took a different approach in his evaluation.

Steuber picked a sleeper and a best and worst pick from each round, and the Vikings were selected for their fifth-round pick, linebacker Nate Triplett, who Steuber categorized as the worst pick of the fifth round.

"I understand the selection of Nate Triplett; he's a local player that brings a blue collar attitude to the field and will give maximum effort at all times," Steuber writes. "That's fine, but I have a problem with this pick, because at best Triplett will be a solid special teams player, where the two players drafted behind him, Tennessee QB Jonathan Crompton and TCU OG/OT Marshall Newhouse, could have filled pressing depth issues. Crompton and Newhouse will likely make the Chargers and Packers' rosters, respectively, while Triplett will have to play over his head to make the Vikings roster as a special teams contributor."

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Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Friday, April 30, 2010 at 6:56:00 AM

First day for Vikings rookies

Today is the first day of an NFL career for many Vikings rookies.

The team is holding its three-day rookie minicamp, starting Friday. Their eight draft picks, 10 undrafted rookies that signed right after the draft, and probably more than a dozen players on a tryout basis are expected to be at Winter Park for their first practice.

It's the first in a series of organized team activities for the Vikings, but this one features only rookies. After that the Vikings will have voluntary OTAs for the full team from May 18-21, May 24-27, June 1-4 and June 7-8. The mandatory full-team minicamp will be June 11-13.

We will have access to the rookies this afternoon, so continue to check back for updates.

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Posted on Twitter at: 9:42:00 PM
Scout's Notebook: RB Toby Gerhart: The Vikings drafted a complementary back to Adrian Peterson in Stanford's Toby ... http://bit.ly/brDyuj

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2010 NFL Draft Superlatives: Scout.com's NFL Draft Analyst Chris Steuber identifies the best, the worst and the sl... http://bit.ly/doD1sW

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The post-draft chat with Scout.com's Chris Steuber is now open for your questions. Go ahead and submit them: http://bit.ly/buHGeT #vikings

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Spielman does his own grading: The Vikings' draft was graded by many analysts in the media, but Rick Spielman does... http://bit.ly/asypSu

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