VU Daily Blog: 8/26/10

Percy Harvin still isn't all the way back, Brett Favre's new contract becomes official and the new gubernatorial candidates support helping the Vikings finance a new stadium. See all the Vikings news and speculation as it progressed through the VU Daily Blog.

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Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Thursday, August 26, 2010 at 2:58:00 PM

Harvin still working his way back

Percy Harvin's comeback is far from complete.

The wide receiver was on the practice field at Winter Park Wednesday, but, despite catching some passes, he didn't go through a full practice.

Harvin is working his way back after collapsing on the practice field last Thursday and being taken to a local hospital in an ambulance. On Thursday, he showed up to practice about a half hour before its conclusion in streets clothes.

"Really didn't practice yesterday. He stood there with his pads and his helmet on, just to kind of seed his pads and caught a couple footballs. … That's really the extent of what he did, aside from stretching," Vikings coach Brad Childress said after Thursday's practice.

Childress said Harvin still has another test to undergo before he starts practicing again, but Childress was still hopeful for Harvin's availability on Saturday against the Seattle Seahawks.

"That's my hope," Childress said. "Hard for me to handicap it."

Without Harvin and Sidney Rice, who had hip surgery on Monday, and with the additions of Greg Camarillo (via trade) and Javon Walker (as a free-agent signing) this week, Childress said the offense is "in flux."

Linebackers Jasper Brinkley and Kenny Onatolu were missing from practice on Thursday for unspecified reasons. Defensive tackle Jimmy Kennedy isn't expected to play either because of an unspecified injury. Kennedy has hasn't practiced all week.

Jared Allen did return to practice on Thursday after missing Wednesday while working with the trainers, according to defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier.



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Jimmy Kennedy isn't expected to play Saturday. Unspecified injury has kept him out this week. #Vikings

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Childress said he hopes to see Percy Harvin on Saturday, but he didn't practice today and has another test to take. #Vikings

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Missing from #Vikings practice were Harvin, Brinkley, Onatolu and Kennedy.

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Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Thursday, August 26, 2010 at 9:41:00 AM

Brett gets his new bucks

Vikings QB Brett Favre has a new deal.

Favre's restructured contract actually lowers his base salary from $13 million to $11.6 million, but he more than makes up for that adjustment with incentives and bonuses.

Previously, Favre's contract called for "only" a $13 million salary in 2010, the final year of the two-year contract he signed with the Vikings. Now he'll get a $4.4 million signing bonus and could earn another $4 million in incentives, according to Pro Football Talk, which pushed the total value of the deal to $20 million if he reaches the incentives.


Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Thursday, August 26, 2010 at 7:13:00 AM

Gubernatorial candidates support Vikings stadium

The Vikings could be in a better position to secure some form of public financing for a new stadium if a forum held Wednesday at the Northland Inn in Brooklyn Park is any indication.

According to a report in the Star Tribune, the three major candidates for the next governor of Minnesota – Democrat Mark Dayton, Independence Party candidate Tom Horner and Republican Tom Emmer – agreed that the state should help finance a new Vikings stadium.

Horner is a proponent of a racino bill that would add slot machines to the two horse-racing tracks in Minnesota to pay the state's share of a stadium.

According to the Star Tribune story, Dayton didn't endorse a specific plan and neither did Emmer, but the Republican talked about a plan that was introduced at the state legislature last year that suggested the Vikings pay the stadium debt for the first 10 years of the building's existence and after that a hospitality tax that is currently being used for the convention center downtown could go to funding the stadium debt.


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