Are Vikings Cursed?

The Sports Illustrated jinx. The Madden cover curse. They've all been used as excuses for player injuries, but the Vikings (and Adrian Peterson) have to wonder if there's something wrong with being a Vikings first-round draft pick.

Do the Vikings have a first-round curse or is it just a sad (and expected) coincidence?

Being a first-round pick of the Vikings in recent years has usually meant one thing – you get injured. In the last three years the Vikings have seen each of their top draft picks go down to injuries with the same regularity as a Madden video game curse.

But, in most cases, it could have almost been expected. In 2004, Kenechi Udeze slipped on draft day because of injury concerns. After his rookie season, Udeze missed all of the 2005 season with a knee injury. In 2005, first-rounder Erasmus James fell on draft boards because of injury concerns and made it to the Vikings at No. 18. Last year, James went down with a ACL injury early and missed the final 14 games of the season. Troy Williamson hasn't had injuries per se, but his lack of play has made him an unqualified bust. The only healthy college player out of the group was last year's first-round pick Chad Greenway – and he got injured on the first play of the preseason last year and missed the entire season.

Are the Vikings cursed or jinxed? We hope not, because the team is placing a lot of stock (and Brad Childress' future) in Adrian Peterson being healthy and good to go for 2007 and years to come. While the refrain sounds the same – he fell to the Vikings because of injury concerns by other teams – here's hoping the curse comes to a halt immediately.
* NFL Europa last weekend saw four Vikings making solid contributions. All four Vikings players started for their respective teams – OT Alex Guerrero (Rhein), OT Jimmy Martin (Rhein), WR Justin Surrency (Amsterdam) and CB Jerron Wishom (Cologne). Wishom had the biggest game, making six tackles and breaking up two passes in a 24-10 for Cologne over Berlin.
* Fran Foley is one of the finalists for the Raiders head of personnel. He is also joined by current employees Mike Mayock and Pat Kirwin as finalists.

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