VU Daily Blog: 9/14/10

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Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Tuesday, September 14, 2010 at 9:19:00 PM

Fun with corn mazes

Severs corn maze in Shakopee, just south of the Vikings' home in Eden Prairie, is known for its different designs each fall. This year, the maze is celebrating the Vikings' 50th season, giving new meaning to an NFL combine (couldn't resist).

Fox 9 has aerial pictures of the maze right here.

The maze also has a challenge for walkers to try to find six pictures of Viktor the Viking and will be giving away Vikings tickets.

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The chat on VikingUpdate.com with #Vikings DE Brian Robison is open now for your questions. Here's the link: http://bit.ly/bSrAAv

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RT @Adam_Schefter: Dolphins first-round pick Jared Odrick has a leg injury that will prevent him from playing Sunday versus MN. #Vikings

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RT @BearReport: The Bears placed LB Hunter Hillenmeyer on injured reserve today as a result of a concussion suffered during the preseason.

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Packers scramble after season-ending injuries: The Packers were dealt a big blow to their offense and a less signi... http://bit.ly/cYT5Vp

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Notebook: Injured Vikings on their way back: Several Vikings are making progress rehabilitating their injuries. Se... http://bit.ly/aQDndz

Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Tuesday, September 14, 2010 at 1:20:00 PM

Glazer: Packers' Grant done for season

Packers running back Ryan Grant is done for the season, according to Jay Glazer of FoxSports.com.

Glazer reported on his Twitter page that Grant will be placed on season-ending injured reserve with "severe ankle and leg injuries."

Grant had over 1,200 yards rushing in each of his last two seasons and nearly had a 1,000-yard season in 2007 on his way back from injuries. He averaged 5.6 yards on eight carries Sunday against the Chicago Bears before leaving the game with the injury.

The Packers are paper thin at the position and will likely be looking to make a move at the position.

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Secondary coming into focus: The Vikings' secondary held up short-handed against a pass-happy Saints team. Changes... http://bit.ly/bQOP4R

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Around the NFC North: The Bears are settling into a rhythm with Matt Forte and former Viking Chester Taylor. The L... http://bit.ly/a6LoV7

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Notebook: Pat Williams ready to ‘smash' it: Playing one of the better rushing teams in the league hasn't changed P... http://bit.ly/btY7ZF

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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