Right guard Anthony Herrera injured his left anterior cruciate knee ligament in Sunday's 33-27 loss to the Packers. It's the same ACL that he tore last year when he missed the final six games of the season.
The initial magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) test revealed damage to the ACL. Herrera wants to get a second medical opinion before deciding what to do. If he can't play, the team is expected to start rookie sixth-round draft pick Brandon Fusco. Fusco replaced Herrera on Sunday and did well, despite coming from Division II Slippery Rock and having never played right guard in his life. A center in college, he hadn't played guard since he was a left guard in high school.
Meanwhile, receiver Bernard Berrian bumped heads with coach Leslie Frazier again. Frazier won't provide details, but Berrian was a surprise game-day inactive for the second time in three weeks. Three weeks ago, it was reportedly for missing two team meetings.
"There's just some things that he and I have to talk about to make sure that we get on the same page about what direction we want to go in," Frazier said Monday before the two met. "We're going to have a little meeting of the minds and see where we are."
Berrian said the two will meet again Tuesday morning for a final resolution. Although Berrian said he still wants to be part of the team, he's expected to be released. He would leave the team having had little impact on the team the past three seasons. He has seven catches this season.
Cornerback Chris Cook's fate isn't in the team's hands. He'll be in court Tuesday as he awaits possible charges stemming from his arrest early Saturday.
"As we get more clarity on what's going on with Chris, then we'll act accordingly," Frazier said. "But we'll try to get clarity hopefully in the next few days and go from there."
Cook started two games in place of the injured Antoine Winfield (neck). With Cook and Winfield out, third-stringer Asher Allen was forced to start against the Packers. Marcus Sherels, the dime back, was bumped up to the nickel back, and the team ditched plans to use more dime packages.
That's some of the baggage that a 1-6 Vikings team carries with it into its week of preparation for Sunday's game at Carolina.