VU Daily Blog: 5/21/10

A busy Friday involved a court ruling, workout update, trash talk and, oh yeah, some Favre news. See all the Vikings news and speculation as it progresses through the VU Daily Blog.

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Posted by: Kevin Brown
on Friday, May 21, 2010 at 10:58:00 PM

Sharper tweets trash regarding Favre surgery

Ex-Viking Darren Sharper recently posted a couple jabs on his Twitter account at the expected return of Vikings quarterback Brett Favre following ankle surgery Friday morning.

"Well y'all seen Brett had surgery on that ankle we got after in the championship game. Come Thursday night 1st game. X marks the spot," Sharper tweets.

He followed that with:  "I've seen him play on one leg, but not against the WHO DAT nation."

Let the smack-talking begin, Viking fans.

Posted by: Kevin Brown
on Friday, May 21, 2010 at 9:50:00 PM

Details of D'Imperio contract

Rookie FB Ryan D'Imperio signed a four-year deal worth $1.837 million with a signing bonus of roughly $47,000, according to Aaron Wilson, of, citing a league source.

D'Imperio will receive base salaries of $320,000 (2010), $405,000 (2011), $490,000 (2012) and $575,000 (2013). The deal includes a fourth-year escalator clause that could boost his 2013 salary depending on his playing time.

Posted on Twitter at: 6:53:00 PM
ESPN confirms Favre's ankle surgery: Vikings QB Brett Favre had surgery to repair his injured ankle, ESPN confirme...

Posted on Twitter at: 6:17:00 PM
Looks like location a bit off on Favre surgery, but Andrews had a busy day, Favre surgery, then medical speaking engagement in Fla. #Vikings

Posted on Twitter at: 6:16:00 PM
Thanks, JZ. RT @JuddZulgad: ESPN reporting Favre underwent surgery on his ankle today. Hat tip to Viking Update for being on this. #Vikings

Posted on Twitter at: 4:20:00 PM
Vikings add receiver, cut receiver: Hot News for WR Logan Payne

Posted on Twitter at: 2:18:00 PM
Robison can relate to Griffen: Rookie Everson Griffen thought he'd be selected sooner in the draft and wants to pr...

Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Friday, May 21, 2010 at 2:02:00 PM

NFL issues statement on StarCaps case

The NFL has reacted to Friday morning's ruling in Hennepin County Court that Pat and Kevin Williams can play while their appeals in the StarCaps case are in process. 

"Today's decision does not change the fact that every court has rejected the players' claims and upheld the operation of the policy," the NFL said in a statement. "We are confident the state appellate court will do the same. The alleged ‘public policy' and ‘failure to warn' issues identified in today's decision were fully litigated and resolved in the league's favor by two federal courts last year. There is no basis in our view for now re-introducing those issues of federal law at this stage of the case."

The league had already filed with the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a previous decision that remanded part of the case to the Hennepin County Court, allowing the Williamses to challenge the four-game suspensions issued by the league in 2008 but not yet served. The league argues that its drug policy that is collectively bargained should protect it from the employment laws of individual states.

The U.S. Supreme Court has not yet decided if it will hear that case.


Posted on Twitter at: 12:15:00 PM
Ruling could keep Williams Wall standing: Just two weeks ago, it appeared defensive tackles Pat and Kevin Williams...

Posted on Twitter at: 11:20:00 AM
The #Vikings have signed former #Gophers receiver Logan Payne and released rookie Kelton Tindal, who struggled in Wednesday's practice.

Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Friday, May 21, 2010 at 10:11:00 AM

Williams Wall still standing, wins injunction

Vikings defensive tackles Pat and Kevin Williams will be able to play while they go through their appeal with the StarCaps case in the Minnesota Court of Appeals.

According to the Pioneer Press, Hennepin County Judge Gary Larson said the Williamses proved they "would suffer irreparable injury unless the stay is granted, that (the NFL) will not be substantially harmed, and that the stay will not harm the public interest."

The Williams were suspended in 2008 but have yet to serve those suspensions for violating the NFL's policy on steroids and related substances because the case has been tied up with state and federal appeals.


Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Friday, May 21, 2010 at 9:37:00 AM

Poll doesn't favor taxes for stadium

According to the Associated Press, a Minnesota Public Radio/Humphrey Institute poll showed that 64 percent of Minnesotans oppose using taxpayer money to support a new stadium that would be used by the Vikings, among other local benefits.

The poll of 701 adults found that 30 percent back the use of taxes for a stadium with the rest undecided. The poll was conducted from May 13-16 and has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 5.8 percentage points.

Politicians introduced a bill to the legislature this year that would have used a variety of user fees to pay for the stadium, but the bill was altered in committee and never approved. Gov. Tim Pawlenty says he supports the Vikings but doesn't want to see new taxes. Pawlenty and several other lawmakers are not seeking re-election.

The poll found that women were more strongly opposed to taxpayer funding for a Vikings stadium (72 percent) than men (55 percent), according to a Minnesota Public Radio report.

The poll also found that 52 percent disapprove of the way the Legislature is handling its job.


Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Friday, May 21, 2010 at 8:38:00 AM

Harvin wants bigger things in 2010

Percy Harvin wasn't at Wednesday's organized team activity that was open to the media, but he talked about his offseason workout routine in a video interview with

Harvin said he runs three times a week, lifts weights two times a week and goes through passing-receiving drills with former Gators Doug Johnson and Louis Murphy three times a week at the University of Florida.

The 2009 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year isn't settling for a strong initial season. He said his goal is to have a bigger impact this season than he had last year, when he was named to the Pro Bowl as a kick returner and set a team record with 2,081 combined yards.

"Going into this season, nobody remembers what you did last year. It's always in the present," he said.

Harvin said that Brett Favre and Adrian Peterson "took me under their wings."

"I'm a big fan, just like a lot of little kids are," he said of Favre. "I was 5, 6, 7 years old watching him play, winning Super Bowls and MVPs. To now be catching balls from him, you can't describe or put it in words."


Posted on Twitter at: 8:11:00 AM
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Posted on Twitter at: 10:41:00 PM
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