VU Daily Blog: 10/14/10

Brett Favre returned to throwing passes in team drills, Brad Childress defended passing the ball at the end of the Cowboys playoff game and more. 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, OCTOBER 14, 2010 AT 21:01:00

Did Vikings run up the score last year?

Too bad it's so late in the week or we might have more time to gather reaction and let two 1-3 teams volley their trash talk back and forth. As it stands, there is only one more day of media access at Winter Park, and by Friday afternoon's open locker room it may be boring rubbish for both teams.

For now, there is a little more smoke to the fire between the Vikings and Cowboys left over from the divisional playoff game between the teams in January.

To review: The Vikings were leading 27-3 late in the game. According to Vikings coach Brad Childress, Dallas continued to blitz so the Vikings threw the ball on third-and-6 from the Dallas 14 and fourth-and-3 with 1:55 remaining instead of kicking a field goal or running it. Visanthe Shiancoe caught the final pass, an 11-yard touchdown that came with 1:55 remaining.

"I thought it was totally classless and disrespectful," Cowboys linebacker Keith Brooking said after the game. "This is the NFL, that's not what this is about. I don't think there's a place for that ... I was looking for Childress. I didn't think it was right."

Asked about those comments again on Thursday, Childress didn't seem to care much what Brooking thought.

"We were in a four-minute mode. You're trying to chew clock," Childress said. "So what you're doing, they were calling timeouts as well, right? It is what it is. When you're doing that, either they're going to acquiesce to your will at that point or that's the way you're going to play it.

" ... We were trying to keep the clock running. Now we did end up scoring. If they're slamming people into the formation, nothing says that you have to go in there and have everybody shorten their necks so they stop us. Now you've got to make a decision whether you kick a field goal. So the easiest thing is to get another first down. That's all we were trying to do and we ended up scoring. It'd probably be a good idea to cover somebody. Generally on defense, you've got to cover the deep plays."

According to the Elias Stats Bureau, it was only the second TD pass in NFL postseason history by a team with a lead of at least 20 points and less than two minutes to play, ESPN reported.

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POSTED BY: TIM YOTTER
ON THURSDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2010 AT 15:45:00

Favre limited, but throwing

Quarterback Brett Favre returned to practice on a limited basis on Thursday after sitting out the team portions Wednesday.

"He was limited, but he made some throws," Vikings coach Brad Childress said after practice Thursday.

Favre completed passes to Percy Harvin and Randy Moss during the individual portion of practice open to the media.

S Jamarca Sanford (back) and C John Sullivan (calf) returned to practice on a limited basis after sitting out Wednesday. CB Chris Cook (knee), DE Brian Robison (ankle), TE Visanthe Shiancoe (hamstring) and S Madieu Williams (shoulder) continued to be limited. Cook, coming off meniscus surgery, is likely the biggest question mark among those.

Reserve offensive lineman Chris DeGeare (ankle) was the only Viking that didn't participate Thursday. He was wearing a walking boot Wednesday and will likely be out for Sunday's game against the Cowboys.

For the Cowboys, WR Dez Bryant (ribs/ankle) didn't participate; neither did starting C Andre Gurode, who was added to the injury report with a knee issue. S Alan Ball (shoulder), LB Bradie James (knee), DE Igor Olshansky (knee), and TE Martellus Bennett (ankle) were limited.

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Cowboys cont: S Alan Ball (shoulder), LB Bradie James (knee), DE Igor Olsahnsky (knee), and TE Martellus Bennett (ankle) limited. #Vikings

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Cowboys WR Dez Bryant (ribs/ankle) didn't participate; neither did starting C Andre Gurode, who was added (knee). #Vikings

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Chris DeGeare was the only Viking that didn't participate Thursday. #
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Brett Favre, Jamarca Sanford, John Sullivan, Chris Cook, Brian Robison, Visanthe Shiancoe and Madieu Williams were all limited. #
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Bevell on Favre: "All the times I've been with him, he's never missed a start. So it's hard to imagine. … It's hard to see." #
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POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 13:31:00
http://twitvid.com/S38V7 - Video: Brett Favre connects with Percy Harvin in Thursday's #Vikings practice.

POSTED BY: TIM YOTTER
ON THURSDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2010 AT 13:24:00

Favre back to throwing passes

Vikings quarterback Brett Favre was back throwing passes in practice Thursday after not participating in the team periods at all on Wednesday.

Yesterday, Favre was limited to handing the ball off to running backs to give his elbow, which has tendinitis, a rest. He connected on passes to Percy Harvin and Randy Moss in the individual periods Thursday and wasn't seen clutching his elbow like he did during Monday night's game.

"We'll continue to try to mix him in a little bit and get him the throws he needs to get," offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell said before Thursday's practice. "Obviously, he feels like he needs to take every one, but sometimes you need to guard against that and really take care of his arm."

The injury report is due out later this afternoon, so we'll have a better idea then how much work Favre got.

Offensive lineman Chris DeGeare (ankle) was not at practice, while some that were missing Thursday were making their way back, at least on a limited basis.

Center John Sullivan (calf) went through at least the individual drills, as did safety Jamarca Sanford (back). Both didn't participate at all on Wednesday.

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Brett Favre was back to throwing passes in individual drills anyways. Another injury report later today. #
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Chris DeGeare was the only player missing. #
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POSTED BY: TIM YOTTER
ON THURSDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2010 AT 11:04:00

Cowboys' calling card not on the ground

With two solid running backs in Felix Jones and Marion Barber, you might think the Cowboys' running game is top-notch. So far this season, it hasn't been.

Jones has only 197 yards on 37 carries for a 5.3-yard average, but 101 of those yards came in their last game against Tennessee. Barber has had a harder time producing, rushing 42 times for 144 yards for a 3.4-yard average.

That has led the Cowboys to only the 24th-ranked rushing attack in the league. Instead, it's been the passing game that has led the Cowboys offense.

QB Tony Romo had a 400-yard game against Tennessee – making it the first time in Cowboys history that they have had a 400-yard passer and 100-yard rusher. In only four games, Romo has been putting up big yardage totals. He already has 1,346 yards, completing 68.4 percent of his passes for seven touchdowns and five interceptions.

The Vikings always focus on stopping the run first, but especially with Cedric Griffin out for the season and Chris Cook a big question mark, Minnesota will have to be up to the task in the secondary with a less-than-full-strength roster of players.

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