VU Daily Blog: Weekend edition

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Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Sunday, August 08, 2010 at 12:53:00 PM

Randle acknowledges those who helped

Former Vikings defensive tackle John Randle officially became part of the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday.

The big talker on the fields was to the point with his speed, which lasted less than five minutes. He thanked his defensive line coach, John Teerlinck for motivating and focusing him. He also thanked the communities that helped develop his career at a young age. And then there was the Vikings.

"I want to thank the Minnesota Vikings, the team that believed in me, gave me a chance to play defensive line when most teams thought I was undersized," Randle said.

Randle continued by thanking teammates from the Vikings and Seahawks, former head coach Jerry Burns and former Vikings trainer Fred Zamberletti, his two older brothers, the fans and even Vikings equipment man Dennis Ryan for finding shoulder pads to fit Randle's "small body."

"I am so humbled by this incredible honor, which I never thought was possible," said Randle, who holds the record for sacks (137.5) by a defensive tackle.

To view Randle's entire speech, click here.



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Winfield and Leber have been limited. The team is now in Blakeslee. #Vikings

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Also not practicing: Harvin, Rice, Griffin, Reynaud, Henderson, Leman, Tahi, Triplett. #Vikings

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Anthony Herrera joins those sitting. He limped off the field this morning and Childress said maybe back spasms. #Vikings

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The #Vikings are not in pads tonight.

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Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Saturday, August 07, 2010 at 3:35:00 PM

Offense affected by injured players

The Vikings, the offensive especially, has had a lot of key players missing time over the first week-plus of training camp.

Percy Harvin has missed close to a week with a death in the family. Sidney Rice hasn't practiced yet because of a hip injury. Adrian Peterson has missed time and been limited with tightness in his left leg. John Sullivan's calf has held him out. Naufahu Tahi left practice on Friday and didn't practice Saturday.

That's a lot of starters and it's beginning to affect the development of the offense.

"It does, and in a lot of ways the quarterbacks have not missed any turns, but when you don't have all the bells and whistles that you can go to, you can still go through the procedural stuff," Vikings coach Brad Childress said. "You have to be that much sharper in the throwing game. It is not fair to completely judge what a quarterback is doing based on the guys that are playing the ‘skill positions' around him."

Good thing, too, with the two most productive receivers and the star running back – all Pro Bowl players – missing significant time to start camp. Lucky for the Vikings, it's early August, not early September.


Posted by: John Holler
on Saturday, August 07, 2010 at 1:21:00 PM

Saturday morning practice notes

  •   Rain altered training camp practice for the first time Saturday, as a downpour around 7 a.m. that lasted until shortly after 9 a.m. pushed practice back to 10:30 a.m.

      Only the second full-pads practice of camp, the Vikings got out to the fields after the clouds broke and the sun came out – literally causing steam to rise from the field.

      While the fields drained exceptionally well, there was slipping and sliding going on. The practice was expected to be moved indoors, but the Vikings got a lot of looks working the 2-minute and 4-minute offenses during practice.



    * Ramadan is going to have an effect on the Vikings when it begins Thursday, Aug. 12. Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and practicing Muslims fast during daylight hours during the month. Vikings safety Husain Abdullah has observed the Ramadan fasting period since he was 11. Coach Brad Childress said he was happy it didn't conflict with training camp two-a-days, because last year, it drained Abdullah of his strength at times.

    * Benny Sapp returned to the field after missing most of the week due to an injury.

    * While Sapp returned, fullback Naufahu Tahi was sidelined with a calf strain suffered Friday.

    * Percy Harvin missed another day of practice while with his family following the death of his grandmother. Childress said he expects Harvin back "in the next couple of days."

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    Peterson is back on the field and practicing. Still no Harvin. #Vikings

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    Posted on Twitter at: 10:57:00 AM
    The plan is to still go two hours in full pads. #Vikings

    Posted on Twitter at: 10:41:00 AM
    No Rice, Griffin, Reynaud, Leman and Sullivan. #Vikings

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    Tahi isn't practicing. Sapp is. Otherwise the usual band of missing, including Peterson for now. #Vikings

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    Good news, it looks like practice will be outsikde at 10:30. That will really help with the crowd. #Vikings

    Posted on Twitter at: 9:04:00 AM
    With pouring rain and standing water, the Saturday morning practice has been moved back 90 minutes to 10:30 and could be inside. #Vikings

    Posted by: Tim Yotter
    on Saturday, August 07, 2010 at 7:22:00 AM

    Frazier finds Randle's story ‘unique'

    John Randle's career is put into perspective this weekend with his induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. That's a long way from Randle's NFL beginnings as an undrafted rookie.

    Vikings defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier never coached Randle, but he said players today still look at film of Randle to model some moves.

    "He was such a unique player, and an individual as well. A (rookie) free agent, most of us are familiar with his story, to be able to go into the Hall of Fame," Frazier said. "He's a guy that even players today look at the way he played and try to model his play because he was a guy who played 100 miles per hour every single down.

    "Although he was a (rookie) free agent, he had the confidence of a guy who was the first pick in the draft. That's how he played. He was talking to the offensive line, talking to quarterbacks, telling them how great he is and telling them what he's going to do to them, and then he'd do it. He was a special, special guy, very unique. Just a rare situation, a guy who came in the way he did and finishing his career the way he did. It's a well-deserved honor to go into the Hall of Fame."


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