VU Daily Blog: 9/8/10

Some Saints actually respect Brett Favre's toughness, but that isn't likely to change their approach. Plus, the final injury report was issued and Drew Brees is set to play to the fans before the game. See all the Vikings news and speculation as it progressed through the VU Daily Blog.

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Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Wednesday, September 08, 2010 at 3:10:00 PM

Some Saints respect Brett's bounce-back ability

Like a bloodied boxer, Brett Favre kept taking shots and pulling himself off the carpet at the Superdome last January. He wasn't officially sacked, but he took his licks – 16 of them in all.

In a column for, Alex Marvez talked with some of the Saints responsible for sending Favre to the turf and found out that some respect him and others think they were just doing their job.

"I even said it on the sideline to one of the players: ‘How does he keep getting up?'" defensive lineman Remi Ayodele told Marvez on Monday. "He was getting some shots and getting up like everything was cool. I really admired him after seeing it first-hand."

Said safety Roman Harper: "It blew me away how accurate (Favre) was amongst all the pressure. He'd be throwing off his back foot and zing it 25 yards on a rope. You just don't see a lot of quarterbacks able to do that. For him at his age, it's amazing."

More on the Saints' reaction to the physicality of NFC Championship showdown can be found in Marvez's column right here.


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Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Wednesday, September 08, 2010 at 12:37:00 PM

Cedric Griffin questionable

The Vikings are apparently still holding out hope that Cedric Griffin (knee) can play on Thursday night. Griffin is one of two Vikings listed as questionable on Wednesday's injury report, joining RB Toby Gerhart (knee).

Griffin's inclusion in the game, although it still seems unlikely given his limited participation during the week, would be a boost to a secondary that is without rookie CB Chris Cook (knee), who has been ruled out. DT Jimmy Kennedy (knee) is also out.

C John Sullivan (calf), QB Brett Favre (ankle) and S Jamarca Sanford (ankle) are probable.

For the Saints, RB Chris Ivory (knee) and LB Stanley Arnoux (ankle) are out. T Zach Strief (knee) is questionable.

Most of the Saints' injured players, including starting LB Jonathan Vilma (groin) and starting CB Tracy Porter (knee), are probable. That list also includes S Pierson Prioleau (knee), DT Anthony Hargrove (knee), TE Jimmy Graham (ankle) and WR Marques Colston (kidney).


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Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Wednesday, September 08, 2010 at 7:56:00 AM

Brees plays to the Saints fan base

Drew Brees knows how to sling a football and he knows how to play to a fan base. That became abundantly clear Tuesday when he arranged a quick press conference to announce a plan that had been in the making since this summer.

Brees wants to start a tradition in the Superdome Thursday night when the Vikings are preparing for a rematch of the two teams in the NFC Championship Game. After the coin toss, Brees wants the entire crowd to break into three rounds of the chant that has become associated with the team: ""Who Dat! Who Dat! Who Dat Say Dey Gonna Beat Dem Saints!"

"That'll obviously get us fired up as a team," Brees said, according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune. "I think that will just echo throughout the Dome. I mean, just imagine 70,000 people screaming that in unison right before the game. I mean, it's part of our identity. You go anywhere in the world, and you hear somebody say, 'Who Dat,' you know exactly where they're from and what they're all about. So I think it's appropriate."

Brees got the idea after hearing the "J-E-T-S, Jets, Jets, Jets!" chant and Chiefs fans breaking into "The home of the Chiefs" cheer at the end of the National Anthem.


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