VU Daily Blog: 9/23/10

Brett Favre was limited in practice with an elbow injury and more nuggets emerge on the deal that never happened with Vincent Jackson. See all the Vikings news and speculation as it progresses through the VU Daily Blog.

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Vikings' Brett Favre is daze and confused: After an 0-2 start, something's not right in Minnesota. Brett Favre is ... http://bit.ly/bnpTHC

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Notebook: 0-2 start, Favre's elbow and more: The Vikings wouldn't be in unprecedented territory if they made the p... http://bit.ly/9P2STH

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According to long-time NFL scribe Howard Balzer (@HBalzer), the Colts and Giants also put in claims on Mickey Shuler. #Vikings

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Agent confirms Shuler pickup. RT @XAMSports: Congrats to Mickey Shuler ... has been claimed by the Miami Dolphins from waivers. #Vikings

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Harvin returns from short-term migraine: Percy Harvin returned to the Vikings' practice field on at least a limite... http://bit.ly/czu7e8

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Vikings discuss their Best approach: The Vikings have seen what rookie running back Jahvid Best has been able to a... http://bit.ly/aCgt0E

Posted on Twitter at: 3:56:00 PM
RT @RavensInsider: Source: Dolphins claimed rookie TE Mickey Shuler Jr off waivers from Vikings.

Posted on Twitter at: 3:26:00 PM
The full #Vikings and #Lions injury report, with Favre, Harvin, Berrian, Leber and more is right here: http://bit.ly/asKpDk

Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Thursday, September 23, 2010 at 3:24:00 PM

Favre limited in Thursday's practice

The Vikings took one step forward with Percy Harvin returning to practice on Thursday on a limited basis, but they also took at least a precautionary step back with Brett Favre being limited and listed with ankle and right elbow injuries. The right elbow portion of the injury is new, but he was throwing before practice on Thursday without any noticeable pain.

Favre spent part of practice working with the receivers in an effort to get on the same page with them and postponed his normal Wednesday press conference until Thursday so he wouldn't be late for a meeting with his receivers.

The rest of the injury report remained the same for the Vikings on Thursday. Bernard Berrian continued to be limited Thursday with a knee injury, joining cornerback Cedric Griffin and linebacker Ben Leber as limited participants.

Rookie cornerback Chris Cook (knee) was a full participant, as were defensive tackle Jimmy Kennedy (knee), offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie (finger) and center John Sullivan (calf).

The Lions had two changes to their injury report on Thursday. Safety Louis Delmas was limited after missing Wednesday with a groin/biceps/calf injuries, and LB Ashlee Palmer was limited with an ankle injury after practicing on Wednesday.

Wide receiver Nate Burleson (ankle) continued to sit out, as did linebacker Zack Follett (concussion), guard Stephen Peterman (foot) and quarterback Matthew Stafford (shoulder). Defensive end Cliff Avril (knee/finger), safety C.C. Brown (forearm) and linebacker DeAndre Levy (groin) were limited for Detroit.

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Posted on Twitter at: 3:14:00 PM
The only other change to the #Vikings injury report is that Harvin was limited today (migraine) after not practicing Wednesday.

Posted on Twitter at: 3:14:00 PM
Brett Favre was limited Thursday and listed with an ankle/right elbow on the injury report. #Vikings

Posted on Twitter at: 2:57:00 PM
More from Favre:"If I sat here and told you that I know exactly what we're doing right now, I'd be lying. A lot of work is left. " #Vikings

Posted on Twitter at: 2:55:00 PM
Favre on familiarity with the current cast of WRs: "It's like starting over again. We've got a lot of new guys." #Vikings

Posted on Twitter at: 2:45:00 PM
There are just under 300 tickets remaining for Sunday that were returned by the Lions. They can be purchases at Ticketmaster.com. #Vikings

Posted on Twitter at: 2:45:00 PM
There are just under 300 tickets remaining for Sunday that were returned by the Lions. They can be purchases at Ticketmaster.com. #Vikings

Posted on Twitter at: 2:07:00 PM
Favre, asked to assess his play in the first two games: "It's not good enough," saying they are judged on wins and losses. #Vikings

Posted on Twitter at: 2:01:00 PM
Favre said he missed his press conference on Wednesday because he didn't want to be late for a meeting with WRs, nothing more. #Vikings

Posted on Twitter at: 1:53:00 PM
Percy Harvin was on the field at the end of #Vikings practice, another good sign after missing Wednesday.

Posted on Twitter at: 12:35:00 PM
http://twitvid.com/IQPGI - Short video of Percy Harvin running a route in his return to #Vikings practice Thursday. Notice Favre on the def

Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Thursday, September 23, 2010 at 12:19:00 PM

Harvin returns, Favre helping receivers

A day after the Vikings' receiver corps looked paper thin, things are looking a little better. Percy Harvin returned to practice Thursday after sitting out Wednesday because of a migraine.

Harvin didn't appear to be limited during the individual drills, but we'll have to wait a couple hours to find out the extent of his participation in practice.

Bernard Berrian, who appeared on the injury report Wednesday with a knee injury and was limited, was also practicing during the portion that is open to the media.

The Vikings had a full squad participating at the start of practice, and Brett Favre was even playing the role of defensive back as he worked with Harvin and other receivers during individual drills, presumably in an effort to get on the same page when it comes to reading coverages.

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Posted on Twitter at: 12:13:00 PM
Percy Harvin (migraine) has returned to practice. Everyone is participating in at least a limited capacity. #Vikings

Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Thursday, September 23, 2010 at 11:12:00 AM

Nuggets in the aftermath of the Jackson drama

Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune was able to gather some intel on the last-hour rumblings surrounding yesterday's deadline for the Chargers to trade WR Vincent Jackson or have him sit at least six games on the reserve/did not report list.

By all accounts, the Vikings made a concerted and continued effort to trade for Jackson, but, according to Acee's discussions with one of Jackson's agent, Neil Schwartz, one general manager told Schwartz that Chargers GM A.J. Smith didn't have any intention of trading Jackson.

"A.J. was going to squat on your rights the entire time," the GM said, according the Schwartz via the Union-Tribune report.

The Vikings' pursuit of Jackson is even clearer with Acee reporting that the Vikings increased their offer "every three days over the past several days." But if the Chargers really weren't intent on trading Jackson – and it appears as if that's the case after seeing how the whole thing played out – no realistic offer was going to get it done.

"The Chargers' price started as two second-round draft picks and ended up being a second-rounder in 2011 and a fourth-rounder in 2012," Acee reported. "That scenario was based on a one-year deal. The Chargers would have expected more if Jackson had signed a multi-year contract. Chargers sources said that to their knowledge no such multi-year deal existed."

So the Chargers are left to hope to somehow get back to a working relationship with Jackson – which seems like a long shot after all of this – or simply try to feel good about sticking to their guns and alienating another player in the A.J. Smith era. The Vikings, meanwhile, are left even thinner at the wide receiver position with Sidney Rice out until at least late October, Percy Harvin missing practice Wednesday with another migraine and Bernard Berrian limited with knee injury.

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Childress on Hank Baskett familiarity w/ #Vikings offense, being like Philadelphia's: "He can get up to speed as fast as we need him to. "

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Thx. Good times, John. RT @Fantasy_Guru: Wanted to give a shout out to @VikingUpdate for joining me today on Sirius/XM 2. #Vikings

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Childress on the WR's productivity: "I probably need to do a better job of helping design some things to get them open better." #Vikings

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