The Vikings had numerous starters and key players sitting out of practice for the second straight day, but many of them will try to return and test their injuries Friday.
Whether it's a different sort of coaching philosophy held by Leslie Frazier than Brad Childress, an unprecedented number of key players didn't take part in practice for a second straight day.
When players are typically injured, they rest on Wednesday, practice on a limited basis Thursday and, if they're good to go, practice fully on Friday. The Vikings had seven players who sat out Thursday's practice – starters Adrian Peterson
(ankle), Steve Hutchinson
(thumb), Percy Harvin
(illness), Ray Edwards
(ankle), Sidney Rice
(hip) and Chris Cook
(knee) and backup wide receiver Greg Lewis
While the Vikings have had injuries throughout the year, they haven't had seven players down for a Thursday practice. In addition to them, quarterback Brett Favre
(ankle/neck/shoulder) and safeties Husain Abdullah
(ankle) and Jamarca Sanford
(hamstring) were limited in practice.
We may see a very different Vikings team on the practice field Friday, but when 11 players are either out or limited, including eight of the 22 starters, it has to be reason for concern heading into Sunday's game with Buffalo.
One player that has practiced all week is receiver Bernard Berrian
. Given the status of Rice and Harvin, Berrian may be called upon to resume a role with the Vikings on Sunday. Frazier said Berrian looks like he's in the clear with his groin injury.
"It seems that way. He's had two good days of practice. Got to get through tomorrow," Frazier said. "Don't anticipate a situation where Sunday he's not able to go, but you've got to be prepared just in case. But so far so good."
Less than a week after interviewing for the head coaching position, reports out of Denver say that Vikings running backs coach Eric Bieniemy has accepted the position of offensive coordinator for the University of Colorado. The interview took place in Washington D.C., where Colorado officials were also interviewing Redskins tight ends coach John Embree. Apparently both made an impression – the school hired Embree as the head coach and Bienemy as the coordinator, according to the Denver Post.
The Bills will be without DE Dwan Edwards and linebacker Reggie Torbor, both of whom were ruled out Thursday by the Buffalo coaching staff. Both have been important pieces of the defense.
The Bills had eight players who didn't participate in Wednesday's practice. That number dropped to six Thursday.
Vikings safety Eric Frampton (hamstring) participated fully for a second straight day.
A story in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune claims that three suburban counties – Washington, Ramsey and Anoka – are looking to have the Vikings build a new stadium on a long-since abandoned munitions site in Arden Hills. Much of the stadium discussion to date has centered on a downtown stadium. While there are a lot of open-ended questions left regarding the viability of the site and the funding options, there are behind-the-scenes negotiations and options taking place.
The website Deadspin.com reportedly paid $12,000 for the text messages and photos purported to be of Brett Favre. While it unclear if the payment went directly to Jenn Sterger, it would seem to be the only way to access the messages would have been from her phone. The Favre-Sterger post has more than 4.9 million page views, according to a hits counter on the page.
John Holler has been writing about the Vikings for more than a decade for Viking Update. Follow Viking Update on Twitter and discuss this topic on our message boards. To become a subscriber to the Viking Update web site or magazine, click here.