Police gave an account of former Viking Carl Eller's arrest that included them tasering him with little effect and an ensuing violent outburst.
The arrest of Vikings Hall of Famer Carl Eller was plastered all over the Twin Cities television news broadcasts Wednesday evening – from his mugshot in an orange jail jumpsuit to the details surrounding his arrest in the early hours of Wednesday morning.
Eller, 66, was heading to his home in north Minneapolis shortly after 1 a.m. when two police officers saw him weaving in traffic and run a stop sign. When they attempted to pull Eller over, he led them on a chase that the officers said reached speeds of more than 60 m.p.h. in a residential neighborhood. The officers followed Eller to his home, where a fight broke out in his garage. According to the police account, Eller refused to get out of his vehicle and when ordered out of the vehicle, made physical and verbal threats to the officers. He was subjected to Taser shots, but the police reported that it had little to no impact. Eller then allegedly became violent – punching both officers in the face and throwing one of them on the hood of his SUV.
The officers, one a six-year veteran and the other in his first year on the job, claimed that they feared for their lives and could be heard on police tapes screaming that they needed more backup assistance. After three more officers arrived on the scene, Eller was subdued with a choke hold, taken into custody and booked around 2:15 a.m. Eller remained in jail as late Wednesday night.
Charges need to be filed by noon today, at which time Eller is likely going to have bail set for his release.
In an interview segment with Adrian Peterson on Fox Sports Net that aired Wednesday, A.D. was asked what player was the biggest influence on him during his rookie year? He responded that it was fullback Tony Richardson. When the reporter said that it was a shame that Richardson was no longer a teammate, Peterson looked directly at the camera and agreed, adding that his no longer being a Viking was, in his words, "tragic."
The agents for Michigan offensive tackle Jake Long were in Miami and apparently have started exchanging contract numbers with the Dolphins. While this doesn't mean that a deal will get done, it's a sign of the direction the Dolphins are looking with the first overall pick. But that isn't certain at this point. Two years ago, the Texans negotiated for days with Reggie Bush before turning to Mario Williams the night before the draft and signing him to a deal.
Former Viking Brent Boyd was one of the former NFL players that testified in Washington last year concerning what he and others have considered unfair treatment by the players union to former players. He testified that the league has ignored players from previous NFL eras with injuries and have consistently avoided paying out disability benefits. On Wednesday, federal House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers (D-Mich.) and committee member Linda Sanchez (D-Calif.) released a 144-page report on the findings from the hearings. The report came down hard on the NFL and NFLPA, saying that neither had kept data concerning the percentage of players who are forced to retire due to injury. It also claims that teams that treat their own player injuries are in conflict of interest, because it is in the best interest of the team to get injured star players back on the field as soon as possible.
Six players have been selected to be in the Green Room at this year's NFL draft – QB Matt Ryan, RB Darren McFadden, OT Jake Long, DEs Chris Long and Vernon Gholston and DT Glenn Dorsey. All are expected to be taken very early, but then again, so was QB Brady Quinn last year. Some of the more memorable moments of the 2007 draft were the looks on the face of Quinn's fiancée, who was downsizing the diamond on her wedding ring with each passing pick in which Quinn remained on the board.
Oklahoma wide receiver Malcolm Kelly, viewed by many as the first wide receiver expected to be taken in this year's draft, made quite a scene Wednesday by giving some harsh criticism to his school. Kelly posted a sub-par 4.68 40-yard dash time at his Pro Day performance in front of league scouts. Kelly expected to run his 40-yard dash on the Astroturf infield of the school's indoor track. Instead, he was told that he would have to run on the FieldTurf inside the football team's indoor practice facility. He claimed the practice turf was much looser, slowing his time and being the fault of school officials. While some teams may frown on the slow time, others may find his attitude toward the situation even more troubling. He didn't run at the Combine or his scheduled school Pro Day because he was rehabbing a quadriceps injury. Kelly is among the players scheduled to visit the Vikings as part of their annual cattle call of college prospects.
Pat and Kevin Williams won't be happy to hear that the Lions are planning to use a running style similar to that of the Denver Broncos. The Broncos have had a lot of success over the years with a zone running scheme that asks its running back to be a one-cut runner that decisively hits the hole. As part of making that work, the offensive linemen are often asked to chop the legs out of the defensive tackles – a practice that has prompted many defensive players to call the tactics dirty.