VikingBuzz BLOG: 8/12

One of many bright spots among individual performances on Friday night was reserve linebacker and special teams ace Heath Farwell. On the downside, it appears that rookie Rufus Alexander will miss the season with a torn ACL. That and more in today's buzz...

Farwell looks solid

Reserve linebacker Heath Farwell had a strong performance against the Rams.  Known perhaps more for his special teams contributions, Farwell showed he can also pitch in on defense if needed.

Farwell, who played mostly in the second half, led the team in tackles with 10 (8 solos, 2 assists).  He also had a sack resulting in a 4-yard loss and was credited with one quarterback hurry.  On the downside he drew an unnecessary roughness penalty on a third-down blast on the Rams’ quarterback that cost the team, although many Viking fans would not have thrown a flag.

Farwell does not have great size or great speed or even great athleticism, but he’s a very hard-working, high-motor football player who understands the defense and simply makes a lot of plays with all out hustle and intensity.

He also represented the team as their special teams captain at the coin toss to start the game.

Alexander done for season?

Linebacker Rufus Alexander, the Vikings fifth-round pick in this year’s draft, injured his right knee against the Rams and could be lost for the season.  It is believed he tore his ACL and will need surgery and likely end up on injured reserve.

The déjà vu aspect of Alexander going down is that last year’s top pick Chad Greenway also went down in the team’s first preseason game a year ago while playing on special teams.  Greenway has come back strong and hopefully Alexander will as well.

However, the Vikings might look to bring someone else in with veteran Jason Glenn also injuring his knee during practice last week.

A week ago, it looked like Glenn and Alexander might be competing for a roster spot, with Glenn ahead of the rookie from Oklahoma.  Now both are injured.

Bradley getting a look at DE

Rookie free agent defensive lineman Joe Bradley has been getting some reps at defensive end in practice and in the preseason opener.  Bradley is probably more of an ‘under’ tackle than natural defensive end, but with some injuries outside, it’s where he has a chance to at least get some reps.

Against the Rams, he had a pass deflection in late-game action at left defensive end.

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