VU Daily Blog: 4/14/10

The Vikings allowed access to some of the players working out on Wednesday, bringing a bets and good sweats to the forefront at Winter Park. Take a spin through all kinds of Vikings news and analysis with's blog.

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Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Wednesday, April 14, 2010 at 11:27:00 AM

Vikings return to work: New positions and even new hair

The Vikings' veterans returned to work this week at Winter Park with many familiar faces, a few new ones and, in the case of linebacker Heath Farwell, a little more hair.

Farwell had a competition with fellow linebacker and member of the shaved-head community Ben Leber to see who could grow their hair longer. Farwell won, by much more than a hair.

"He couldn't hang. He couldn't do it. He just got a little scared. He's too much of a pretty boy," Farwell said of Leber, who wasn't available to defend himself.

They wagered a steak on the bet and Farwell plans to take full advantage.

"I obviously won. I can't wait to enjoy my steak on him. I'm going to get some wine and I don't even drink wine, and I'm going to splurge a little bit and jack up his bill a little bit," Farwell said.

But he also admitted that he's going back to shaving his head today so he doesn't have to deal with bed head and a comb.

"I haven't had hair since high school. My wife hasn't even seen me with hair, so it's kind of funny," he said.

While Farwell was able to have some fun, the Vikings' voluntary workouts at Winter Park do serve a purpose. For the last couple of weeks, the younger players have been getting back into the swing of lifting weights and getting in a good cardiovascular workout, and this week the veterans joined them.

There were new rope drills, new lifts and a new determination after losing in overtime of the NFC Championship, but players weren't sure if they would have a new quarterback.

Brett Favre still hasn't made an announcement on whether he'll return for a 20th NFL season and none of the players there had any insight into where Favre is at in his decision-making process. Favre's teammates were appreciative of the Wrangler jeans he sent to them.

Among the notables at Winter Park were some of the new acquisitions: DE Mike Montgomery and RB James Johnson. Cornerback Cedric Griffin (torn ACL) was also lifting weights, at least upper-body weights, and Darius Reynaud talked about the excitement he is feeling making the transition back to running back, his high school position, after spending his first two seasons with the Vikings at wide receiver. Reynaud will switch from jersey No. 82 to No. 27 as part of the process.

We'll have more in-depth interviews with Vikings players on today and throughout the week.


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Posted by: Kevin Brown
on Wednesday, April 14, 2010 at 4:08:00 AM

Kerney retirement a reminder of what might have been

The recent retirement announcement of 11-year NFL veteran DE Patrick Kerney has no direct connection with the Minnesota Vikings…except for this:  In the 1999 NFL Draft, selecting No. 29 overall, the Vikings could have drafted Kerney, who went on to record 82.5 career sacks during a long and productive career with Atlanta and Seattle.

Instead, they drafted Dimitrius Underwood, who never played a down with the Vikings. With the benefit of hindsight, clearly the worst draft pick of the Denny Green era.

Posted by: Kevin Brown
on Wednesday, April 14, 2010 at 3:50:00 AM

2 Vikings stadium proposals being discussed

A recent report confirms that owners Zygi and Mark Wilf met with lawmakers at the University Club in St. Paul on Tuesday with bipartisan leaders who are working quietly on a stadium solution for the Vikings.

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