VU Daily Blog: 6/25/10

Friday provided plenty of fodder, Vikings-style. From Esera Tuaolo to Percy Harvin's recruiting visit to Adrian Peterson talking about his minicamp absence to Dennis Green reflecting on his coaching days in Minnesota. See all the Vikings news and speculation as it progressed through the VU Daily Blog.

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Posted by: Kevin Brown
on Friday, June 25, 2010 at 8:12:00 PM

Ex-Viking Tuaolo arrested in domestic case

Former Vikings DT Esera Tualo, who played for the Vikings from 1992-96, was arrested earlier this week and accused of domestic assault in North Oaks, according to this report by Nancy Ngo.

Tuaolo, 41, was charged in Ramsey County with domestic assault, assault and disorderly conduct — all misdemeanors.

According to the incident report, Ramsey County sheriff's deputies were dispatched at 5:45 p.m. Sunday on a report of a domestic assault. According to court records in the case, a judge gave Tuaolo a domestic abuse-related no contact order with the victim. Tuaolo was released on $2,000 bail Monday. A hearing is scheduled for August.

Posted by: Kevin Brown
on Friday, June 25, 2010 at 6:12:00 PM

Harvin-Bush meeting that never happened?

According to a GatorSports blog by Robbie Andreu, Vikings wide receiver Percy Harvin's name came out as the unnamed recruit in the NCAA's investigation of Southern California, which has led to significant sanctions for the Trojans football program.

As it turns out, Harvin was reportedly being recruited by USC and Reggie Bush, who is at the eye of the storm in the scandal, was supposed to show Harvin around after a 2005 game.  But Bush never bothered to show up.  So Percy never had a chance to hang out with Bush, which, in retrospect, probably turned out to be a good thing for both Harvin and the University of Florida.

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Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Friday, June 25, 2010 at 3:00:00 PM

Peterson says minicamp flap is ‘over with'

Adrian Peterson's decision to skip Vikings minicamp in favor of Adrian Peterson Day in Palestine, Texas caused quite a stir with Vikings fans and even head coach Brad Childress, who said repeatedly that "the work is here," referring to mandatory practices in Minnesota.

On Friday, while taking a break from his youth football camp in Norman, Okla., Peterson told the Tulsa World that he had no regrets over his decision to skip minicamp and that he has smoothed things over with the Vikings front office.

"It's over with," said Peterson, who added that quarterback Brett Favre's ability to skip minicamp after ankle surgery had nothing to do with Peterson's decision.

"No, not at all," Peterson said. "It had nothing to do with Brett Favre. If anyone deserves any kind of leeway, it's definitely Brett Favre. He's been there 20 years, a Hall of Fame quarterback. I'm not on the same level as him."

In an expanded and updated story on the World's web site, Peterson said "it will be very unfortunate for us" if Favre decides to retire instead of rejoining the Vikings for the 2010 season, "but we've still got a goal to accomplish, and we'll have to move forward."


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No word on fumbling, contract but ... RT @VikingUpdate: VU Daily Blog: Peterson: ‘I pray' for Favre's return #Vikings

Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Friday, June 25, 2010 at 1:37:00 PM

Peterson: ‘I pray' for Favre's return

Vikings running back Adrian Peterson said he doesn't know if Brett Favre is returning to the NFL for a 20th NFL season.

"Is Favre coming back? I don't know, I don't know. Same answer. It hasn't changed all summer," Peterson told youth football players and the media assembled at Old Spice Adrian Peterson Football Camp in Norman, Okla. on Friday, according to the Tulsa World.

While Peterson doesn't know what Favre will do – even Favre said Thursday that he doesn't know yet if he'll play for the Vikings in 2010 or retire – Peterson made it clear he wants his future Hall of Fame quarterback back as a teammate for a second season.

"I would love him to," Peterson said. "I pray each night that he comes back for Year 2 – another year or two."

More than 400 participants attended Peterson's camp, in its third year, this week.


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Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Friday, June 25, 2010 at 11:38:00 AM

Dennis Green: ‘No interest' in NFL coaching

Dennis Green isn't believed to have been a serious candidate to coach in the NFL since his career ended two years ago with the Arizona Cardinals, but he also told Martin Kruz in a freelance story for that he has "no interest" in an NFL coaching position.

"At this age, I'm not willing to coach just anywhere, not willing to take a job just anywhere," said Green, now 61.

"With the schedule we have, I don't have to worry about working full time and moving away from San Diego, and in the same sense, I get to spend time in the game I love."

Green believed his coaching days were done after Arizona and planned on settling down in San Diego, but a nearby job in Sacramento that didn't require the commitment of the NFL appealed to him, even if it was with the United Football League, which is entering its second season.

Green, who drafted Daunte Culpepper in the first round of the 2009 NFL draft with the Vikings, signed the quarterback who was also having a hard time finding work in the NFL.

"He just hasn't been in the right situation the last few years," Green said. "It took him two years to get healthy from the knee. If you look at his 2004 season in Minnesota, he was as good as any player in the National Football League. As a young guy, at 33 years old, he looks young and fit, and we think he still has some exceptional years ahead of him."

Green also addressed the Vikings' loss in 1998 NFC Championship Game, including Gary Anderson's missed field goal in the fourth quarter – his first of the season – that likely would have sealed a Minnesota win in regulation instead of an overtime loss and a decision to take a knee toward the end of regulation instead of trying to drive his record-setting offense to a win in regulation and settling to play for overtime.

"We lost a lot of players in that particular game," Green said. "We missed a field goal … and there were other things that happened. I've coached a lot of football and you make a lot of decisions. If they go right, then it's great. If they don't, it's not as great."

More on the interview with Green, including his reaction to his infamous rant against the Bears during his Cardinals coaching days, can be found by clicking here.


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Sharper's response to #Favre saying he wants to beat the Saints? The verbal battle continues. #Vikings RT @sharper42: Come and get some!!!!

Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Friday, June 25, 2010 at 8:22:00 AM

Hutchinson, Kevin Williams top-40 players

Two Vikings veterans of the trench wars ranked between numbers 21 and 40 in the latest group of rankings of NFL players released by

Guard Steve Hutchinson moved 20 spots from last year's rankings, checking in at No. 37 overall among NFL players, according to's Peter Schrager. Hutchinson battled a shoulder injury for much of the season, but he was still effective enough to move up from a No. 57 ranking last year.

"Widely considered the top offensive guard in the NFL, Hutchinson was a Brett Favre interception away from playing in his second Super Bowl last season," Schrager wrote. "A seven-time Pro Bowler and a first-team All-Pro six years in a row, Hutchinson's on a fast track to Canton." 

On the other side of the ball is Kevin Williams, a defensive tackle who ranked 40th last year. This year, Williams moved up to 29th.

"Williams has been a first-team All-Pro four seasons in a row and serves as half of Minnesota's great interior defensive line clog known as the Williams Wall," Schrager wrote. "Catlike quick for his size, Williams recorded 6 sacks and 22 tackles last year. He's missed just two games over his seven-year career."

A former Viking – wide receiver Randy Moss – was ranked just ahead of Williams. The Patriots receiver moved up two spots to No. 28 this year.

"It's been a busy offseason for Moss. He recently said he has no intention of retiring anytime soon and indicated that 2010 will most likely be the last season he plays for the Patriots," Schrager wrote. "At 33, Moss is still one of the most talented and feared receivers in the NFL. Last year he caught 83 passes for 1,264 yards and hauled in 13 TDs, making the seventh Pro Bowl of his career. Folks seem to be down on the Patriots this offseason, talking up the Dolphins and Jets as the new powers of the AFC East. If Brady and Moss are jelling, though, all of that talk can be put to rest."

Will the Vikings have anyone ranked in the top 20? We'll have to wait until those rankings are revealed.


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Favre said his body isn't "a wreck," but at his age he considers every surgery "major," even though his ankle surgery was minor. #Vikings

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Favre called 2010 his best season but later admitted, "I can't play forever." He knows the #Vikings want to know his decision.

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Favre said he doesn't know if he is going to play in 2010 and doesn't want to "stir the pot" by giving an indication b4 he knows. #Vikings

Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Thursday, June 24, 2010 at 2:15:00 PM

Favre nominated for ESPY, signs point to return

Vikings quarterback Brett Favre is one of six players nominated for the Best NFL Player for the ESPY awards, the annual sports awards given out by ESPN.

Favre will be competing against Titans running back, Colts quarterback Peyton Manning, Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis, Packers cornerback Charles Woodson and Saints quarterback Drew Brees, who is also nominated for the award for Best Male Athlete. The Saints are also nominated for the Best Team award.

The 2010 ESPYs will be broadcast live, starting at 8 p.m. Central, July 14 from Los Angeles and will be hosted by Seth Meyers of "Saturday Night Live."

Favre told the Bilixi Sun Herald on Thursday morning that he hasn't ruled out playing another year. In fact, from the looks of it, he very much sounds like he's preparing to return, as he is riding a bike eight miles a day as part of his rehabilitation from ankle surgery late last month.

"I would love to go beat the Saints. I know I can still play at a high level. Last year was a great year, but it could have been better (winning NFC Championship)," Favre said.

More from that interview with Favre will be published Friday.

In the ESPYs categories, Favre was also nominated for best record-breaking performance for his consecutive-starts streak, best performance under pressure for his return game to Green Bay, and his touchdown pass to Greg Lewis with two seconds left was nominated for best play.


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