At least a few Vikings will be raising awareness of breast cancer by wearing pink items during Monday night's highly anticipated and nationally televised game against the Green Bay Packers.
If you happen to go by the NFL's official website this week, you will see a pink ribbon surrounding the league's logo. It is emblematic of the league's support of the fight against breast cancer.
The league's campaign, called "A Crucial Catch," focuses on the importance of annual breast screenings, especially for women over the age of 40.
Throughout the month of October, players, coaches and referees will wear pink game apparel to raise awareness, as well as on-field markings, special kicking balls and pink coins used for the pregame coin toss.
The K-balls and coins will be auctioned off at NFL Auction (www.NFLAuction.NFL.com
) with proceeds benefiting the American Cancer Society and individual team charities.
The Vikings designated this coming Monday night game as their "Think Pink" game, teaming up with members of Zeta Tau Alpha's (ZTA) Twin Cities Alumnae Chapter to distribute 25,000 pink ribbons and educational materials at the game to help raise awareness about breast cancer.
"Our partnership with the Twin Cities ZTA Alumnae Chapter is strong," said Brad Madson, executive director of community relations for the Vikings. "Together we hope to make a difference by honoring patients, survivors and family members impacted by breast cancer while getting the message out to our fans."
To date, 21 teams have confirmed their participation this season, including five new teams. Since 1999, Zeta Tau Alpha alumnae and collegiate members have worked with 28 of the 32 National Football League teams to increase awareness of breast cancer at professional football games.
Vikings quarterback Brett Favre
, whose wife Deanna is a breast cancer survivor, and linebacker Chad Greenway
, who grandmother and wife's grandmother were both victims of breast cancer, are expected to wear pink items as part of their uniforms. The NFL is allowing pink shoes, wrist bands, gloves and captain's patches to be worn on the field to raise awareness. Greenway is the Vikings' lead player working with ZTA Breast Cancer Awareness.
Pink ribbons are being distributed free of charge at the game with no obligation, but volunteers will accept donations received at the game. All donations will be used through the ZTA Foundation to support breast cancer philanthropy programs.
Volunteer groups will be recognized on the video board and a recorded message will be played inside and outside the stadium.
Punt returner Darius Reynaud isn't sure whether he will be able to play Monday against the Packers after suffering a pulled hamstring in Sunday's win over San Francisco. He will likely be a game-time decision and will more than likely show up on the team's first injury report Thursday whether he practices or not.
The Vikings and Packers are expected be wearing throwback uniforms Monday night.
The Vikings had a light workout Tuesday and gave three veterans the day off – Brett Favre, Steve Hutchinson and Jim Kleinsasser.
Former Viking Tyler Thigpen has been traded by the Chiefs to the Miami Dolphins for an undisclosed draft pick. Thigpen, who started much of the season for Kansas City last year, was displaced on the roster when the Chiefs traded with New England for Matt Cassel. Miami is in need of a quarterback after Chad Pennington was lost for the season with a shoulder injury that is expected to require surgery – which would be his third operation on his throwing shoulder and could very likely end his playing career.
Former Vikings assistant coach Randy Hanson was interviewed by police for 90 minutes Friday in connection to allegations that Raiders head coach Tom Cable punched Hanson during an argument and broke his jaw. The police initially got involved when hospital personnel were required to report Hanson's injuries, which were consistent with being an assault victim. Hanson is still being paid, but has been barred from the Raiders training facility.
The Packers worked out free agent OT Levi Jones Monday. Jones, who has been out of the league all preseason, might get pressed into duty because left tackle Chad Clifton is questionable for Monday's game with the Vikings due to a high ankle sprain that forced him to miss last Sunday's game.
Former Viking DE Martail Burnett was expected to work out for the Rams this week.