Most of the Vikings' drafted rookies saw action Friday night in the team's preseason opener. See how they fared and get an updated report on the team's injuries as they prepare for their second preseason contest.
First-round running back Adrian Peterson returned after missing five practices because of a hip pointer. He played three quarters in the Vikings' first exhibition game and had a team-high 11 carries for 33 yards.
Second-round receiver Sidney Rice was briefly slowed by a hamstring injury but is back on the field. He had one catch against the Rams.
Third-round cornerback Marcus McCauley missed a day of practice last week because of a virus but that has not slowed him down. McCauley worked with the first-team defense in the nickel package during the exhibition opener.
Fourth-round defensive end Brian Robison was impressive against the Rams, recording a sack and quarterback hurry from the right end position.
Fifth-round receiver Aundrae Allison returned to practice after being held out by a hamstring injury. He did not see any action in the first preseason game.
Sixth-round linebacker Rufus Alexander injured his right knee against St. Louis. An MRI showed a torn anterior cruciate ligament and Alexander is scheduled to have surgery this Thursday.
Seventh-round quarterback Tyler Thigpen appears to have a hold on the No. 3 job ahead of Drew Henson. Thigpen played against the Rams, while Henson did not. The rookie completed three of six passes for 29 yards and ran twice for 18 yards.
Seventh-round receiver Chandler Williams has talent but is very raw. He receives nearly constant instruction from the coaching staff in practice.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Chad Greenway – The second-year linebacker appears to be fully recovered from the knee injury that ended his rookie year in the opening preseason game in 2006. Greenway has shown great speed for someone coming off a knee injury and appears comfortable in the Vikings' defense. He also made it through the first exhibition game this year with no trouble.
LB Jason Glenn (left knee) had his 2006 season ended by an injury to the same knee. After looking good early in camp, Glenn is now bothered by patella tendonitis and has been using crutches. Monday, he was without the crutches, but his knee was wrapped and he was walking gingerly around the practice fields.
DE Erasmus James (knee) was activated from the physically unable to perform list this week. He still looks hesitant to put too much pressure on the knee and his status for Friday night's second preseason game against the New York Jets appears doubtful. Head coach Brad Childress said it was hard to put a timetable on James' return to game action.