VU Daily Blog: 5/28/10

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Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Friday, May 28, 2010 at 4:00:00 PM

Favre gets tough-guy cred

You might remember seeing pictures of Brett Favre's swollen ankle on the Internet briefly surface after the NFC Championship Game. After Favre had surgery on that ankle last week, his former Packers teammate and former Viking Darren Sharper tweeted that "X marks the spot," an inference that the New Orleans Saints might target Favre's ankle again.

What Sharper surely remembers is that Favre came back after the Sharper's Saints' sent him to the sideline with assistance and Favre didn't miss a play. That's the type of re-appearance that has always made Favre one of toughest competitors in sports. His name is mentioned in an column calling out some of the toughest around. 

"You know all about Favre, the quarterback who's never missed a start and is known as one of the toughest players who's ever played the ultimate tough-guy sport," wrote Mike Celizik. "He outdid himself in January in the NFC championship game against New Orleans, darned near taking his Vikings to the Super Bowl on an ankle so torn up most people would have had trouble walking, much less playing football on it."

Hockey players were leading an accompanying poll asking which sport had the toughest players with almost 40 percent of the vote Friday afternoon. Football players were receiving only about 15 percent of the vote among the choices – basketball players, boxers, football, hockey, mixed martial arts or rugby.


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Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Friday, May 28, 2010 at 6:51:00 AM

Sanford pushing starting safeties

Few positions for the Vikings received the criticism last year as the safeties. The critical eye was turned on Tyrell Johnson and Madieu Williams, and going into this season either one of them could be pushed by second-year player Jamarca Sanford.

Sanford, last year's seventh-round draft choice, performed well in limited duty and will be breathing down the necks of the starters this offseason and into the preseason while looking for his own chance to become a starter in the NFL.

"Madieu Williams and Tyrell Johnson are going to be two guys who are going to improve each year they are with us. We think they'll improve again this next season and get better," defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier said. "But at the same time, we feel we have some guys who can push them a little bit. Jamarca Sanford is one of those guys. We think Husain Abdullah is another guy who can potentially push those starters.

"Nothing is engraved in stone at this point. It's still competition. They realize that in the National Football League you have to come and compete every year. They know that."

Sanford made one start last year when Johnson was inactive following a concussion in mid-December, but Frazier said Sanford could compete for the job at either safety spot. The Vikings consider their strong and free safeties interchangeable in their Tampa-2 defense.

"We'll give (Sanford) reps at either or," Fraizer said. "He'll get equal reps at the strong position and equal reps at the free position. For us, those guys are in a lot of ways interchangeable and so if somebody goes down, he's the third safety. He has to be able to play both spots."


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Jared Allen (in Chicago for his wedding) was scheduled to throw out the first pitch at the Cubs game Thursday, Brad Childress said. #vikings

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Childress not surprised, but not informed b4. RT @VikingUpdate: VU Daily Blog: Favre didn't inform Childress of surgery

Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Thursday, May 27, 2010 at 4:49:00 PM

Favre didn't inform Childress of surgery

Brad Childress said Thursday that he found out from a media account that Brett Favre had his ankle surgery last week.

"I think it was one of those (reports) that came on the Internet. I think somebody mentioned it to me," Childress said.

But, of course, Favre's ankle surgery came as no surprised to Childress.

"Can I say it astounded me? No, it didn't. We certainly talked all the possibilities," Childress said. "He could probably literally have every joint in his body redone."

Childress shied away from saying that he viewed the surgery as a positive indicator that Favre would return to the Vikings in 2010, as most expect.

"I don't wish to temper it any way. I'll let you guys do that," he said.

Offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell wasn't surprised by the surgery either.

"I have talked to him one time since that day, just checking in on him, more to mess with him about speaking at that motivational thing (Wednesday), to see how motivational he was," Bevell said. "That is what I was giving him a hard time about."

Bevell agreed with Favre, who said during his appearance via satellite at the motivational seminar in downtown Minneapolis that 2009 was his best season.

"He played fantastic for us," Bevell said. "In my opinion it was one of his best that he had in his 19 years that he played. He didn't turn the ball over. He ran our offense with perfection. He made a cohesive group out of our team. He kind of galvanized us and brought us all together. He is never going to be judged based on that one play and he did well enough to be proud of the season that he had."


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