VU Daily Blog: 12/29/10

Brett Favre gets fined $50,000 by the league for not cooperating, a number of players were up for weekly awards, and the Vikings had to issue an injury report even though they didn't practice. See all the Vikings news and speculation as it progresses through the VU Daily Blog.

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Notebook: Frazier still backing Favre: Interim head coach Leslie Frazier said Brett Favre will be his starter Su...
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POSTED BY: TIM YOTTER
ON WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 29, 2010 AT 16:45:00

Onto Lions already; injury reports already

The Vikings were barely home 12 hours from their Tuesday night win against Philadelphia and already they had to submit an injury report to the league, despite not practicing.

The Vikings issued practice estimations based on what each player's availability would have been had the team practiced today. CB Asher Allen (abdomen), QB Brett Favre (concussion/neck/right shoulder), LB Erin Henderson (concussion), WR Sidney Rice (concussion), FB Naufahu Tahi (ankle) and S Madieu Williams (concussion) would not have practiced. S Tyrell Johnson (knee) and RB Adrian Peterson (knee) would have been limited in practice.

The Lions did practice. CB Tye Hill (illness), CB Chris Houston (shoulder), WR Calvin Johnson (ankle) and LB Landon Johnson (concussion) did not practice. RB Jahvid Best (toe), DE Lawrence Jackson (groin) and QB Drew Stanton (left shoulder) were limited in practice.

The Vikings were given Wednesday off and will resume a short week with practices on Thursday and Friday before going through their normal Saturday walkthrough and then leaving for Detroit.

The Lions announced that approximately 1,500 tickets are still available for Sunday's game at Ford Field. The game must be sold out by noon Central Friday in order to lift the local television blackout in the Detroit area. Tickets can be purchased at Ticketmaster.com or over the phone by calling 800-745-3000.

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POSTED ON TWITTER AT: 16:18:00
Frazier said he talked to the Wilfs after the game, but hasn't discussed his future yet. #
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Frazier reiterated that Favre would be the starter if healthy. #
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Frazier said it has been three or four days since Favre took the impact test. #
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POSTED BY: KEVIN BROWN
ON WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 29, 2010 AT 15:27:00

Tuesday Night Earns Strong TV Ratings

While it was the first Tuesday night NFL game since 1946, television viewers had no problem finding last night's Vikings-Eagles game.

The Vikings' 24-14 upset of the Philadelphia Eagles, postponed from Sunday night because of a blizzard, drew a 15.2 overnight rating and 24 share on NBC, according to this AP report. The network said Wednesday that tied for the fifth-highest rating for a "Sunday Night Football'' game this season, and up 31% over last year's Week 16 game between Dallas and Washington.


POSTED BY: TIM YOTTER
ON WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 29, 2010 AT 15:11:00

Winfield awarded NFC Defensive Player of the Week

While Joe Webb and Adrian Peterson are candidates for awards voted on by fans (see below), the league has anointed Antoine Winfield as the official NFC Defensive Player of the Week for his performance Tuesday night against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Winfield tied for the team lead with nine tackles, had two sacks, a tackle for a loss and a quarterback hit, but the biggest play came when he sacked Eagles QB Michael Vick, punching the ball loose, recovering it and returning it 45 yards for a touchdown with 44 seconds left in the first half.

That touchdown tied the score, 7-7, at the half and the Vikings went on to score 10 points in their first two possessions of the second half.

Winfield was sent on corner blitzes often in the first half, and the Vikings' pressure of Vick paid dividends. He was sacked six times, lost two fumbles and threw one interception.

"The more tape we watched of Michael Vick the more he made you shake in your boots a little bit because he's made so many plays on so many people," Vikings interim coach Leslie Frazier said. "We just felt like we needed to attack him and not let him attack us as much as we saw him attacking other people.

"The play by Antoine Winfield was a huge, huge play and Antoine's made plays like that for us before."

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Frazier adding clout to coaching future: Leslie Frazier is 3-2 since taking over the Vikings, and his latest win...
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POSTED BY: TIM YOTTER
ON WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 29, 2010 AT 13:37:00

Favre fined $50,000 for not cooperating with NFL

The NFL issued the following statement today regarding the Brett Favre-Jenn Sterger matter:

The NFL office conducted an investigation to determine whether Brett Favre's interaction with New York Jets game-day employee Jenn Sterger in 2008 violated the NFL Personal Conduct Policy.

In reviewing the matter, the sole focus was on whether there was a violation of league policies regarding conduct in the workplace. NFL policies do not extend to private conduct or make judgments about the appropriateness of personal relationships, except where that conduct or those relationships raise issues under the law or league policies.

The investigation included an analysis of publicly available reports; a series of interviews with knowledgeable individuals, including Sterger and Favre; a review of communications between the two furnished to our office; and independent forensic analysis of electronically stored material. The investigation was limited in several respects because the conduct occurred in 2008 but was not brought to our attention until this fall. As a result, certain records and individuals were unavailable to the NFL.

The investigation also reviewed a second media report about allegations involving other women who worked at the Jets' facility in 2008. Misconduct by Favre regarding that claim was unable to be substantiated because individuals with potentially relevant information declined to be interviewed or otherwise cooperate with the investigation. In addition, our investigation took longer than might ordinarily have been the case due to difficulties in arranging to speak with certain key individuals, the time required to retrieve and review stored electronic records, and Commissioner Roger Goodell's decision to meet personally with both Favre and Sterger before making a decision.

On the basis of the evidence currently available to him, Commissioner Goodell could not conclude that Favre violated league policies relating to workplace conduct. The forensic analysis could not establish that Favre sent the objectionable photographs to Sterger. The review found no evidence to contradict the statements of both Favre and Sterger that they never met in person, nor was there anything to suggest that Sterger engaged in any inappropriate conduct.

However, Commissioner Goodell also determined that Favre was not candid in several respects during the investigation, resulting in a longer review and additional negative public attention for Favre, Sterger, and the NFL. The commissioner notified Favre that he has been fined $50,000 for his failure to cooperate with the investigation in a forthcoming manner. Commissioner Goodell stated to Favre that if he had found a violation of the league's workplace conduct policies, he would have imposed a substantially higher level of discipline.

In a memo to clubs today, Commissioner Goodell reminded them of the serious nature of this matter and stated that NFL policies make no excuses for improper or potentially unlawful conduct in the workplace. "Every member of every club's staff should be able to work in an environment free of harassment or hostility, and one in which every employee is valued, respected, and given a full opportunity to contribute to the goals of the club and the NFL," Commissioner Goodell said. "Our new training program on workplace conduct will help all of us to promote the right kind of environment for all employees and I intend to dedicate the fine I have imposed on Favre to help fund that training program."

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POSTED BY: TIM YOTTER
ON WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 29, 2010 AT 11:29:00

Webb, Peterson up for weekly fan awards

Vikings quarterback Joe Webb is one of the nominees for the Diet Pepsi Rookie of the Week and running back Adrian Peterson is a candidate for the FedEx Ground Player of the Week after their performances Tuesday night against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Webb completed 17 of 26 passes for 195 yards and rushed for 31 yards and a touchdown to lead the Vikings to a 24-14 upset win over the Eagles.

His competition for the rookie award are Chiefs safety Eric Berry (four tackles and an interception return for a TD), Rams QB Sam Bradford (28 of 37 for 292 yards and a TD), Browns CB Joe Haden (five tackles, a sack, forced fumble and an interception), and Broncos QB Tim Tebow (16 of 29 for 308 yards, a TD, an interception, and 10 rushes, including a TD).

Peterson rushed 22 times for 118 yards and a touchdown against the Eagles. His competition for the award is Bucs RB LeGarrette Blount (18 rushes for 164 yards) and Bears RB Matt Forte (19 carries for 113 yards and a TD).

Fans can vote on the awards throughout the week with the winners announced Friday evening. The rookie award can be voted on at NFL.com/rookies and the rushing award can be voted on at NFL.com/FedEx.

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POSTED BY: TIM YOTTER
ON WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 29, 2010 AT 11:11:00

FOX: Fine, not suspension, expected for Favre

A ruling in the Brett Favre case was expected this week after NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said last week that he still wanted to render a decision by the end of the season.

That ruling could come today or tomorrow, but it is expected to be a fine instead of a suspension, according to FOXSports.com's Jay Glazer. If that's the case and Favre is able to pass a league-mandated concussion test, interim head coach Leslie Frazier said Favre would start the season finale Sunday in Detroit.

Favre is accused of sending inappropriate messages and photos to former Jets employee Jenn Sterger when both of them were employed by the Jets in 2008.

The league wanted to make a ruling before the end of the season, but did not want to do it on New Year's, according to the FOXSports.com report.

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AFC-NFC Pro Bowl rosters: Adrian Peterson was the lone Viking to be named to the Pro Bowl this year. See the AFC...
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Notebook: Webb, Harvin get the crucial plays: Two of the youngest Vikings at their positions, 24-year-old Joe We...
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Notebook: Webb outduels athletic Vick: Rookie quarterback Joe Webb was gracious about the adulation, but he outp...
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Photo Gallery: Vikings-Eagles: Game photos from the Vikings 24-14 win over the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Fi...
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Webb directs a gem, Vikings upset Eagles: Rookie Joe Webb remained poised throughout his first NFL start, going ...
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Turning point: Winfield wakes up Vikings: The Vikings had a hard time scoring in the first half, but Antoine Win...
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