VU Daily Blog: 8/25/10

In the morning we asked this question: What will the aftermath of the Sidney Rice surgery be? By early afternoon, the Vikings had traded for another receiver. See all the Vikings news and speculation as it progresses through the VU Daily Blog.

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Video: WR Walker talks about health, Favre: New Vikings wide receiver Javon Walker talked about his speed, the hea...

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Scout's Notebook: WR Greg Camarillo: The Vikings added a more veteran presence at wide receiver in trading for WR ...


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Rice addresses his surgery with online post: Vikings receiver Sidney Rice laid out his rationale for having hip su...

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Frazier on Jimmy Kennedy's unspecified injury: "I don't know if we'll have him for this ballgame or not." Pat Williams will play. #Vikings

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Leslie Frazier on Jared Allen: "Our trainers are working with him on something that he wasn't able to be at practice for." #Vikings

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Special teams coord Brian Murphy said there has been no edict that Percy Harvin can't return kicks. But I doubt it anytime soon. #Vikings

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Vikings trade for another experienced WR: One day after signing Javon Walker, the Vikings acquired another insuran...

Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Wednesday, August 25, 2010 at 12:37:00 PM

Harvin returns, others missing

Amid the news that the Vikings traded for WR Greg Camarillo, Percy Harvin was also spotted on the practice field in his action (although limited) since collapsing on the practice field last Thursday and spending the night in the hospital. Harvin looked as if he would be limited in his action, but he was catching passes and jogging slowly afterwards. He isn't expected to speak after practice, so we might not know anymore about where things stand there.

In addition to Benny Sapp missing from practice, Jared Allen and Jimmy Kennedy were absent from the defensive line, Kenny Onatolu from the linebacker corps and Ray Small from the receiving corps.

To be sure, Camarillo was not yet practicing for the Vikings.


Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Wednesday, August 25, 2010 at 12:21:00 PM

Vikings trade for WR Camarillo

The Vikings have traded to acquire former Dolphins receiver Greg Camarillo, according to multiple media reports.

The Vikings were missing a few players from practice Wednesday, including cornerback Benny Sapp.

In three years with the Dolphins, Camarillo caught 113 passes for 1,325 yards and four touchdowns. He was picked up on waivers from the San Diego Chargers in 2007.

According to Pro Football Talk, once the deal is finalized, it will be for Sapp.


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Payne not counting his roster spot: Logan Payne's chances of securing a regular-season roster spot may have improv...

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Webb to wideout not happening: The Vikings discussed the option of moving rookie quarterback Joe Webb to receiver,...

Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Wednesday, August 25, 2010 at 7:33:00 AM

Rice has message for Vikings fans

Sidney Rice told Vikings fans via Twitter that he appreciates their concerns, and there could be more messages to come from him.

Rice had arthroscopic hip surgery on Monday and is expected to miss at least eight weeks of action. Most likely, the Vikings will start the season with him on the physically-unable-to-perform (PUP) list, meaning he'd have to miss at least six games, and gauge his recovery from there.

On Tuesday, Rice had the following messages on his Twitter page: "Thanks for the get well wishes... Will blog tomorrow to provide insight on my surgery and what the deciding factor was."

And this: "To all my Vikes fans, hold ya head... We have a great cast and Dallas is still the destination!!!"

Dallas is the site of February's Super Bowl and maybe Rice can shed some light on the timing of his return before then and why he waited so long to have surgery.


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Henderson's return to action a ‘blessing': E.J. Henderson showed no fear in his return to game action Sunday night...

Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Wednesday, August 25, 2010 at 7:23:00 AM

Vikings pass on WR Jackson

The Vikings inquired about Chargers wide receiver Vincent Jackson, according to a report out of San Diego, but the asking price was too high. According to the San Diego Union-Tribune's agent and league sources, the Vikings put out a feeler for what it would take to acquire Jackson long term and were quickly turned off by his desire for a five-year, $50 million contract extension.

That's the contract terms, including $30 million in guarantees, Jackson has been looking for from the Chargers and the reason he is holding out of camp.

The Vikings did their job of looking into Jackson as an option, but they aren't likely to pay that sort of money with an uncertain labor situation hanging over the league to a player with the question marks that come with Jackson. The analysis from Kevin Acee in the Union-Tribune seems spot on.

"Several league sources said in recent days that no one is willing to promise $10 million a year to a player with Jackson's baggage and inexperience," Acee wrote. "Jackson has led the NFL in yards per catch over the past two seasons, but two seasons is a relatively small body of work to deserve such a mega contract. Moreover, Jackson has been arrested twice for driving under the influence, something that led to him being suspended the first three games this season."

With Percy Harvin struggling with complicated and sometimes debilitating migraine headaches and Sidney Rice now out for at least the first six weeks of this season, the team's interest in a receiver is understandable, but if Rice and Harvin both return to health, taking on a huge contract like Jackson's wants could create more problems.

The Vikings are already saddled with Bernard Berrian's six-year, $42 million contract he signed in 2008. It's unlikely they are going to dish out more than that for a receiver who comes with as many question marks as Jackson.

Depending on what happens with Percy Harvin's visits with specialists in the coming days, and with the signing of Javon Walker, the Vikings may stand pat at the position for the time being.


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