VU Daily Blog: 9/16/10

While another injury update came down on Thursday, the talk was mainly about the Vincent Jackson speculation. See all the Vikings news and speculation as it progresses through the VU Daily Blog.

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Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Thursday, September 16, 2010 at 3:41:00 PM

Harvin doesn't practice Thursday

The wide receiver corps suffered another setback on Thursday. After being limited on Wednesday, Percy Harvin didn't practice on Thursday because of a hip injury. Harvin was in the locker room after practice but declined to comment.

The rest of the injury report for the Vikings and Dolphins remained unchanged from Wednesday.

CBs Chris Cook and Cedric Griffin (knees), DT Jimmy Kennedy (knee) and T Bryant McKinnie (finger) continued to be limited. Brett Favre (ankle/back), Toby Gerhart (knee) and John Sullivan (calf) remained full participants.

For the Dolphins, DE Ikaika Alama-Francis (illness), LB Channing Crowder (groin) and DE Jared Odrick (ankle) did not practice and were the only players listed on the injury report. Odrick will not play.


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#Dolphins injury report unchanged from Wed: DE I. Alama-Francis (illness), LB C. Crowder (groin) and DE J. Odrick (ankle) DNP. #Vikings

Posted on Twitter at: 3:35:00 PM
Brett Favre (ankle/back), Toby Gerhart (knee) and John Sullivan (calf) remain full participants at #Vikings practice.

Posted on Twitter at: 3:34:00 PM
#Vikings limited: CBs Chris Cook and Cedric Griffin (knees), DT Jimmy Kennedy (knee) and T Bryant McKinnie (finger). Harvin didn't practice.

Posted on Twitter at: 3:32:00 PM
It must be the hip that is keeping Harvin out of practice because that's what's listed on the injury report. #Vikings

Posted on Twitter at: 3:19:00 PM
Percy Harvin (hip) did not practice on Thursday, but he was in the locker room. He declined to comment. #Vikings

Posted on Twitter at: 3:18:00 PM
Leslie Frazier on #Vikings CBs Chris Cook (knee) and Cedric Griffin (knee): "They're not that far away from getting on the field."

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NFL statement on Vincent Jackson: The NFL has issued a statement regarding the status of Chargers wide receiver Vi...

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The NFL has issued a statement on this morning's agreement on Vincent Jackson. Here are the parameters: #Vikings

Posted on Twitter at: 1:20:00 PM
The NFL will be releasing a statement on the Vincent Jackson ruling this afternoon. #Vikings

Posted on Twitter at: 1:11:00 PM
A quick update on Vincent Jackson and Percy Harvin for those craving more #Vikings receiver talk:

Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Thursday, September 16, 2010 at 1:09:00 PM

Quick updates: Vincent Jackson, Percy Harvin

Multiple media outlets are reporting that the NFL and NFL Players Association have come to an agreement that Chargers receiver Vincent Jackson will only be out four games if he is traded. He was suspended three games for violating the league's substance abuse policy and the Chargers placed him on the reserve/did not report list, which would have put him out for the first six games. However, the NFLPA met with the league this morning and a settlement was reached that Jackson would only have to be out four games if he is traded to another team.

That is important to Vikings fans because persistent rumors have popped up in the last week that the Vikings are exploring a trade for Jackson, a move that would make sense given the Vikings' need for a bigger receiver since Sidney Rice elected to have hip surgery during the preseason and will be out for at least the first six weeks.

Rice remains on crutches and is still "non-weight-bearing," Vikings coach Brad Childress said Wednesday. There is no timetable yet for his return because his rehabilitation isn't far enough long to venture any educated guesses.

The Vikings could be even more in need of receiver help because of another injury. On Wednesday, Percy Harvin was listed on the injury report as being limited in his participation because of a hip injury. On Thursday, he was not on the field at the beginning of practice.

That could pave the way to intensify any preliminary trade talks that might have taken place. So far, there hasn't been any real confirmation of those talks, but there is a lot of smoke and rumors surrounding them.

"It is believed – and certainly the hope of Jackson's agents – that this ruling could help pave the way for a trade," wrote Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune. "Three teams have been given official permission to speak to Jackson's agents. Seattle and St. Louis are two, and it is believed Minnesota is the third. The Vikings were interested last month but balked at the high asking price from Jackson."

The Vikings will have to issue an injury report later this afternoon and the extent of Harvin's participation, if any, will be revealed then.


Posted on Twitter at: 12:54:00 PM
SD Union-Tribune on Vincent Jackson: RT @sdutChargers: Settlement reached: VJ can play in fifth game of any team he's traded to. #Vikings

Posted on Twitter at: 12:32:00 PM
Former Gopher and Kansas City Chief defender Bobby Bell, a Pro Football Hall of Famer, was at #Vikings practice talking to the players.

Posted on Twitter at: 12:30:00 PM
WR Percy Harvin was the only player missing at #Vikings practice Thursday. He was listed with a hip injury Wednesday.

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Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Thursday, September 16, 2010 at 11:29:00 AM

Report: Jackson trying to get suspension reduced

As the Vikings continue preparations for the Miami Dolphins on Sunday, a longer-term situation is worth watching for Vikings fans.

Chargers receiver Vincent Jackson, who is suspended for three games and has been placed on the team's reserve/did not report list for another three games of inaction, is having his case reviewed in a meeting between the NFL and the NFL Players Association Thursday morning. The union is trying to have the second set of three games reduced to four or five games if he is traded, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter, since he would no longer be property of the team that put him on the reserve list.

The move is important because Jackson has been rumored to be of interest to the Vikings, who lack a big, physical receiver for the first half of the season because Sidney Rice had preseason hip surgery that will keep him out at least the first six weeks of the season, quite possibly longer.

If Jackson would be available after three, four or five games, the likelihood of another team being interested in trading for him increases. Whether or not that team is the Vikings remains to be seen.


Posted on Twitter at: 11:19:00 AM
RT @Adam_Schefter: NFL and NFLPA engaged in settlement talks that will reduce Vincent Jackson's suspension from 6 to 5 or 4 games if traded.

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Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Thursday, September 16, 2010 at 7:45:00 AM

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