Tweeting that a party is off the chain at 2 a.m. and then not showing up for practice in the morning can cause some 1+1=2 type of math scenarios to be drawn. That tweet didn't McKinnie's status in the eyes of Vikings fans and front office personnel.
As the Houston Texans come into the Metrodome tonight, along with them is star running back Arian Foster. A year ago at this time, Foster was a little-known undrafted free agent who has having the preseason of his life. When injuries vaulted him into the starting lineup, not only did he not let it go, he led the NFL in rushing and became a dominant force.
A year later, he has been battling hamstring injuries and, after suffering a recurrence of the hamstring pull in the last Texans' game vs. San Francisco, questions arose as to whether Foster would be 100 percent. Thanks to the capability and immediacy of social media, not only was Foster able to tweet his reaction to fans wondering about his condition, but was able to tweet a photo of his MRI on his injured leg.
Foster later said the MRI was a joke, but ESPN, among others, picked up on the image and consulted with doctors, who gave their arm-chair medical analysis of an injured hamstring that, while likely not a hoax, was by no way assuredly that of Foster's. What the medicos came up with was that, based on what they're seeing and, given their expertise at reading MRIs, there is significant bleeding associated with the injury, which shows up as white spots on an MRI. According to some of the medical types, not only Will Foster not play tonight, he may be a risk to play in Week 1 of the regular season against the always-critical matchup with Indianapolis.
Social media has changed the landscape of communications, but it may have achieved a new distinction Wednesday – allowing a player to get a second (and third and fourth and fifth) opinion without paying for it. Crazy or brilliant? You decide (after all, he hasn't cashed in on his success yet, so maybe a buck saved is a buck earned).
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.