VU Daily Blog: 9/13/10

The Vikings eased into their work week Monday with injured players returning to practice and a few free-agent players working out on Tuesday. See all the Vikings news and speculation as it progresses through the VU Daily Blog.

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Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Monday, September 13, 2010 at 3:52:00 PM

Childress downplays wide receiver workouts

Just because the Vikings are working out four receivers on Tuesday doesn't mean a signing is imminent.

Vikings coach Brad Childress said on Friday that he wasn't looking at signing a wide receiver – the Vikings currently have only four on the 53-man roster – but they are still scheduled to work out four of them on Tuesday.

"We actually had those shaped up the middle of last week," Childress said. "It's a thing that we do every week. We usually bring people in to try to get a look at them. We've had numbers of people through here to look at, whether it's the offensive line, whether it's in the secondary. We'll bring guys in tonight for a workout tomorrow. What it does is it gives us a mind's-eye picture of what those guys look like should we require somebody down the road. Not just wide receivers, I might add. They're not the only people that are coming in here. It's what you do."

The Vikings are slated to bring in receivers Sam Aiken, Reggie Brown, Ruvell Martin and Demetrius Williams for the workout. Brown has familiarity with a similar style to the Vikings' offensive system since he spent the first five years of his career with the Philadelphia Eagles, where Childress was offensive coordinator before becoming the head coach with the Vikings in 2006. Brown's most productive seasons were 2006 and 2007, when he combined for 107 catches for 1,596 yards and 12 touchdowns. He was released by Tampa Bay during this preseason.

Childress was asked if that familiarity with him is an advantage for Brown.

"From that standpoint, I haven't seen Reggie in four or five years," Childress said. "… He's a good young man. I'll have to refresh my memory with what I see."

Childress did admit that familiarity with the offense can be a benefit.

"It can be an advantage, but I think really we are looking at what kind of hops they have, how they catch the ball, how they get in and out of breaks, those kinds of things," he said. "If we've got to get a guy and get him up to speed, our coaches have done a good job with that, of embracing the guy that has more ability. It's always our job to get ability in front of experience."

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Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Monday, September 13, 2010 at 2:25:00 PM

Injured Vikings work their way back

Two Vikings – CB Chris Cook and DT Jimmy Kennedy – that were held out of practices last week returned to work on Monday as the team started preparation for the Miami Dolphins on Sunday.

Cook tore his meniscus in the third preseason game against Seattle on Aug. 28 and had surgery to repair it shortly thereafter. Kennedy hurt his knee in the second preseason game at San Francisco on Aug. 22 and returned to Winter Park last week but didn't practice.

RB Toby Gerhart, who hurt his knee against Seattle, didn't play last Thursday against New Orleans, but he was practicing again on Monday.

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Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Monday, September 13, 2010 at 9:37:00 AM

Vikings return to work

Four days after their 14-9 season-opening loss to the defending Super Bowl champion Saints, the Vikings return to work on Monday.

The biggest question will be which of the injured players can make it back this week. Cedric Griffin was questionable entering the opener. With another week of practice, he might be ready to test his surgically repaired knee.

Rookie running back Toby Gerhart also missed the opener with a knee injury, leaving the Vikings with only Adrian Peterson and Albert Young at tailback.

The only other Viking who didn't play Thursday because of injury was defensive tackle Jimmy Kennedy. He, like Cook, is recovering from a knee injury suffered in the preseason. Like Cook, Kennedy didn't practice at all last week.

Also, looking ahead, the Vikings could be facing former Vikings QB Shaun Hill on Sept. 26 in the Metrodome. Lions starter Matthew Stafford injured his throwing shoulder Sunday and left the game shortly before halftime. Bears defensive end Julius Peppers got to Stafford from his blind side and forced Stafford out of the game. He spent the second half on the sidelines with his arm in a sling.

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