VU Daily Blog: 12/17/10

The Vikings dominated the headlines in many respects on Friday. Preparations of TCF Bank Stadium continued, Christmas parties were in the news and, oh yeah, the team continued to prepare for a game. See all the Vikings news and speculation as it progresses through the VU Daily Blog.

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POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 18:59:00
Notebook: Specialists dealing with TCF issues: Perhaps no one will be as affected by the Vikings' switch to TCF ...
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POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 18:17:00
RT @
VShiancoe: Our equipment and field staff say that the field is in superb condition.. be exciting to get out in front of our fans again.

POSTED BY: KEVIN BROWN
ON FRIDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2010 AT 17:52:00

CFL receiver Fantuz to work out for Vikings on Saturday

Wide receiver Andy Fantuz, a star in the Canadian Football League, is scheduled to work out for the Minnesota Vikings on Saturday, according to the National Football Post.

Fantuz worked out for the Pittsburgh Steelers earlier this week and also has a visit lined up with the New England Patriots

The 6-foot-4, 221-pounder plays for the Saskatchewan Roughriders and caught 87 passes of 1,380 yards and 6 touchdowns this past season.  For his career, Fantuz has caught 276 passes for 4,136 yards (15.0 avg.) and 23 touchdowns.

Here's a look at some some CFL highlights, who shows great reach, hands and body control, but perhaps marginal sustained speed (4.52-4.71 forty time coming out in 2006) and separation for the NFL.  And another YouTube clip from this year's CFL Grey Cup.

Fantuz, 26, was drafted in the first round of the CFL draft with the third overall pick after a standout collegiate career at Western Ontario University.  He played in theEast-West Shrine game in the United States in 2006 and tried out for the Detroit Lions, but was not signed.

Here's a YouTube clip of Fantuz talking about his upcoming NFL tryouts.

Here's another YouTube clip he did following his workout with the Steelers.


POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 16:57:00
Notebook: Harvin switches doctors, meds: Receiver Percy Harvin spent a week earlier this month at the Mayo Clini...
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POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 16:39:00
RT @
malbertkstp: #MNF Summit: #NFL Cmsr Roger Goodell to meet Gov-elect @mark_dayton before Mon's #Vikingsgame at TCF Bank stadium.

POSTED BY: TIM YOTTER
ON FRIDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2010 AT 16:12:00

Vikings injury report unchanged; Peterson, Favre didn't practice

The Vikings' injury report didn't change at all from Thursday.

RB Adrian Peterson (ankle), QB Brett Favre (chest/ankle/shoulder), G Steve Hutchinson (thumb), S Tyrell Johnson (knee) and S Jamarca Sanford (concussion) didn't practice again. DE Ray Edwards continued to be limited as he recovers from a sprained ankle, and CB Asher Allen (ankle) and QB Joe Webb (hamstring) continued to be full participants.

The Bears got everyone back on the practice field for full participation, including CB Charles Tillman (foot), who didn't practice on Thursday. RB Chester Taylor (knee) and LB Pisa Tinoisamoa (knee), who were both limited on Thursday, also practiced fully on Friday.

A full injury report – with playing probabilities – is due out on Saturday with this being a Monday night game.

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POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 16:06:00
The #
Bears had everyone participate fully, including Charles Tillman (foot), who didn't practice Thursday. Full injury report Sat. #Vikings

POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 16:04:00
No change to the #
Vikings injury report: Favre, Hutchinson, Johnson, Peterson and Sanford didn't practice. Edwards was limited.

POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 15:45:00
Leslie Frazier said Peterson's injury is basically a bruised thigh from his collision with Jackson and he will play on Monday. #
Vikings

POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 15:45:00
Leslie Frazier said Peterson's injury is basically a bruised thigh from his collision with Jackson and he will play on Monday. #
Vikings

POSTED BY: TIM YOTTER
ON FRIDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2010 AT 15:08:00

TCF Bank field surface 90 percent cleared

As of 11 a.m. Central Friday, 90 percent of the playing surface at TCF Bank Stadium had been cleared for Monday night's game against the Minnesota Vikings and Chicago Bears, according to the University of Minnesota, and the preparation of the playing surface was underway.

"Because the field has been under a blanket of snow and at a constant temperature since last week's storm, the playing surface is in great shape," associate athletics director Scott Ellison said in a statement. "In fact, because we have not had that constant freezing and thawing that we had prior to the Iowa game (on Nov. 27), the field is actually in better shape today than it was for the Gophers' season finale against the Hawkeyes."

When the snow is completely cleared, a tarp will be placed over the playing surface with heaters underneath to maintain the current condition.

"We appreciate the cooperation we have received from the University of Minnesota, the Vikings and the Bears in preparing the field for Monday night," said NFL executive vice president of football operations Ray Anderson. "We are looking forward to an outstanding game on a quality field."

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POSTED BY: TIM YOTTER
ON FRIDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2010 AT 14:42:00

Vikings concerned about Metrodome safety, appeal to fans

The Vikings are asking their fans for patience in dealing with the change of venue to TCF Bank Stadium for Monday night's game.

"We got dealt a tough hand," said Lester Bagley, the Vikings vice president of public affairs and stadium development, referring to the collapse of the Metrodome roof on Sunday morning.

The Vikings are faced with the task of trying to make TCF Bank Stadium, with a capacity of about 50,000, work as a replacement for the Metrodome, which seats over 63,000 people.

"How do you get 63,000 into 50? People aren't going to be happy," Bagley said. "Just trying to appeal to our fans to hang in there with us and just try to consider the extraordinary circumstances in which we find ourselves."

Bagley said it should be a great experience for those fans able to get a seat to the game, which has turned into a general-admission affair for people who held tickets to the upper and lower decks of the Metrodome.

The Vikings didn't want to move this game out of the state, like they were forced to do on Monday night when the lost to the New York Giants 21-3 in Detroit.

"We got killed in Detroit. We lost our home-field advantage. We lost significant revenues, and this will be a loss, too, in terms of revenues," Bagley said.

Instead of getting full gate receipts for their last two home games, the Vikings were forced to refund ticket holders for last Monday night's game and won't have full revenues from this Monday night because of a seating deficit of about 13,000 people at TCF Bank Stadium compared to the Metrodome.

"Our organization, our ownership has concerns about (the Metrodome) going forward," Bagley said.

"… We're going to have to dig into that and get an honest assessment of that. This is Minnesota, it snows, we're a hearty bunch, we deal with it. Some people would say, ‘Well, a couple of shingles come off the roof you don't build a new barn.' Well, the roof collapsed. We have concerns about the safety of the facility going forward. We'll deal with that after the game as well as we'll deal with the financial and economic impacts of what happened."

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POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 14:07:00
Not practicing for the #
Vikings Brett Favre, Tyrell Johnson, Jamarca Sanford and Steve Hutchinson.

POSTED BY: TIM YOTTER
ON FRIDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2010 AT 13:48:00

Harvin visited Mayo in Arizona for latest treatment

Receiver Percy Harvin spent a week at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz., trying to figure out the best treatment for his persistent migraines.

Harvin missed the last two Vikings games and up until Thursday hadn't practiced with the team since Dec. 1, but he's once again hopeful that his latest trip to a new doctor will help bring him some relief. One of the methods to improve his status was another change in his medications.

"You can never tell what is the cause of it, we can just try to eliminate as many things as we can," Harvin said. "I was real positive leaving from the doctors."

Harvin said the same doctor that treated former Broncos running back Terrell Davis was part of his meeting in Arizona. He said the first week was all about treatment and last week he termed "precautionary."

Harvin said he met with Vikings owner Zygi Wilf and interim head coach Leslie Frazier in the organization's effort to help their first-round draft pick from 2009. That was when they determined that a visit to the Mayo Clinic in Arizona would be the best course of action.

"You get frustrated but then I go to the doctor and I see people who can't even get out of the bed every single day," Harvin said. "I see I have it good. I realize I'm blessed. It's just something that's going to happen. Unfortunately, you can't eliminate it from happening so hopefully we can slow it down."

Harvin said he will play on Monday night against the Chicago Bears.

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POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 13:19:00
Once again Harvin is feeling confident that they made progress and he switched medications. He knows they aren't going away. #
Vikings

POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 13:17:00
Percy Harvin spent a week in Scottsdale meeting with the doctor that treated Terrell Davis' migraines. #
Vikings

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Behind Enemy Lines: Vikings-Bears, Part I: Our Scout.com experts, John Crist of Bear Report and Tim Yotter of Vi...
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POSTED BY: KEVIN BROWN
ON FRIDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2010 AT 12:41:00

Favres host Christmas party for families in need

Quarterback Brett Favre and his wife Deanna held a Christmas party Dec. 14 at Winter Park for several local families in need, giving them Christmas food baskets and presents. The Favres also gave The Salvation Army $60,000 to provide food baskets to 2,000 additional families. Those baskets will be distributed Dec. 22 at Salvation Army operation centers across the Twin Cities.

"God has blessed us in so many ways, so it's in our nature to give back," Favre said, according to HometownSource.com.

"Brett and I didn't have a lot growing up," added Deanna Favre. "We always feel that we need to reach out to the community, to help give back to all the people who give us so much. We feel like The Salvation Army is the perfect way. They are an organization that takes care of families who are working and trying to make ends meet."

 
 
POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 12:22:00
QB carousel affects the line: The Vikings are expected to start their third different quarterback in three weeks...
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POSTED BY: TIM YOTTER
ON FRIDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2010 AT 10:34:00

Shoveling jobs all filled, stadium seats nearly cleared

Put away those snow shovels and redirect your helping attitude. TCF Bank Stadium is nearly cleared of snow in the seating areas in preparation for Monday night's Vikings-Bears game. Officials aren't accepting any more people for shoveling jobs, the University of Minnesota said in a press release issued Friday morning.

Here is the release:

The University of Minnesota Athletics would like to thank the remarkable efforts of the great Minnesotans who have helped to clear close to 30,000 cubic yards of snow from inside TCF Bank Stadium over the past two days.

Shoveling in temperatures that never got out of the teens, workers have cleared nearly all the snow from the stadium's seating bowl, an amazing accomplishment considering the task at hand.

Those efforts, combined with the overwhelming response Gopher Athletics received from the community, have significantly reduced the number of workers needed for Friday's final clean-up push.

As of Thursday night, all available working positions for Friday have been filled, and employment agencies informed Gopher Athletics that they are no longer accepting workers for the stadium project.

The University of Minnesota, the Minnesota Vikings and the NFL would like to salute the efforts of all the workers at TCF Bank Stadium. We could not have pulled off this incredible feat without them.

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POSTED BY: TIM YOTTER
ON FRIDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2010 AT 08:48:00

Tice gets past his original hard feelings

Former Vikings offensive line coach and head coach Mike Tice said he is no longer bitter with his former team.

"No," he told the Chicago Sun-Times. "I had hard feelings early on because of the way [his firing] was handled. But I have no hard feelings."

Tice was fired shortly after the final game of the 2005 season – ironically a win over his current team, the Chicago Bears – and wasn't allowed to enjoy his final victory as a head coach. He was informed of his firing before all of his players and family members had a chance to leave the Metrodome, and his family found out about his firing before he had a chance to tell them himself.

Tice, now the offensive line coach with the Chicago Bears, took a revenge angle with his offensive linemen when the Bears were preparing for their first meeting with the Vikings on Nov. 14, but now that the Bears are in position to win the NFC North, he is taking a different approach.

"They knew that game meant a lot to me and took it upon themselves to give me — give us as a football team — every last thing they have," Tice said. "I don't think at this stage of the season when we have so much at stake, anybody standing up there giving a pep talk is going to make a difference."

Tice said he still roots for the Vikings (when they aren't playing his current team) and still has a lot of close friends in Minnesota.

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POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 08:16:00
Bears voice concerns with TCF playing surface: The Bears are used to cold weather, but they have issues with how...
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Scout's Notebook: QB Patrick Ramsey: With Brett Favre a major question mark to play again, Tarvaris Jackson to i...
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POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 22:02:00
Chest is part of the sprained SC joint/collarbone area. RT @
kaykay0715: @VikingUpdate what's wrong with Brett's chest?

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