VU Daily Blog: 8/31/10

Injuries designations and roster cuts dominated Tuesday's news. See all the Vikings news and speculation as it progresses through the VU Daily Blog.

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Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Tuesday, August 31, 2010 at 3:53:00 PM

Vikings place Rice on reserve/PUP list

The Vikings officially placed wide receiver Sidney Rice on the reserve/physically unable to perform list, meaning he will officially be out for at least the first six games of the season.

Rice had surgery on his hip last week and Vikings coach Brad Childress said it would be "at least" eight weeks before he could return. The Vikings can have him return to practice after the first six games of the season and make a determination about his future after that.

The team also officially announced placing OL Bill Noethlich and WR Marko Mitchell on waivers and placing LB J Leman on the waived-injured list. Since no other team claimed Leman, he was placed on the Vikings' injured-reserve list, joining WR Jaymar Johnson as out for the season.

Rice tweeted on Tuesday that he was working out in a pool with Timberwolves guard Jonny Flynn, who hip surgery on July 27.


Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Tuesday, August 31, 2010 at 2:10:00 PM

Vikings down to 75

The Vikings waived WR Marko Mitchell and OL Bill Noethlich, bringing their NFL-mandated roster down to 75 players.

Earlier in the week, the Vikings placed LB J Leman on waived-injured, meaning he could return for either an injury settlement or to be placed on injured reserve if no one claims him on waivers.

The Vikings continue to receive a roster exemption for CB Cedric Griffin and WR Sidney Rice until the roster has to be trimmed to 53 players on Saturday. At that point, they will have to make a decision on the roster status of those two players, who are currently on the physically-unable-to-perform (PUP) list.


Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Tuesday, August 31, 2010 at 12:08:00 PM

Several missing; cuts needed today

The Vikings had several players missing from Tuesday's practice, some of which could be roster cuts in their need to get down to the NFL-mandated 75 players by 3 p.m. Central.

Among the missing were WR Marko Mitchell, TE Garrett Mills, T Bill Noethlich, CB Chris Cook, C John Sullivan, DT Jimmy Kennedy and S Jamarca Sanford.

CB Marcus Sherels and WR Logan Payne were at practice but not participating.

RB Toby Gerhart returned to practice after missing Monday.


Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Tuesday, August 31, 2010 at 11:26:00 AM

Vikings-Twins concurrent games could cause congestion

The City of Minneapolis is warning Vikings and Twins fans of the potential for congested traffic on Thursday night. With the Twins now playing in the new Target Field, Thursday night will mark the first concurrent Twins and Vikings games and the city is projecting that as many as 100,000 people will attend the two games.

The Vikings play the Denver Broncos at 7 p.m., with doors opening at 5 p.m., and the Twins host the Detroit Tigers at 7:10 p.m., with gates opening at 5:30 p.m. Additionally, the Orpheum Theatre is presenting the production "Wicked," with doors opening there at 6:30 p.m.

The City of Minneapolis is encouraging those who drive to the games to park as close as they can to that stadium and encouraging other forms of transportation. The Hiawatha Light Rail is expected to be full, but the bus service will supplement that before and after the game, picking up passengers at the 28th Ave. Station and Fort Snelling Station and going to both the Metrodome and Target Field. After the games, separate sets of buses will depart both venues and deliver passengers back to Fort Snelling Station and the 28th Avenue Station.

The Northstar commuter rail is sending an eight-car train from the Big Lake Station with stops in Elk River, Anoka, Coon Rapids and Fridley, with arrival at Target Field Station at about 6:10 p.m. Fans headed to the Vikings game will make a free transfer to the Hiawatha light-rail line for the short trip to the Metrodome.

Adding to the potential congestion is that during every Vikings game, several streets are closed around the Metrodome. For Thursday, that will take place from 5 p.m. to approximately 11 p.m. and include: Fifth Street, from 11th Avenue to Park Avenue; Chicago Avenue, from Third Street to Sixth Street; Fourth Street, from Park Avenue to I-35W; and Norm McGrew Place, from Third Street to Fourth Street.


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Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Tuesday, August 31, 2010 at 7:54:00 AM

Sharper could be shaken off roster

Well, this could be an anticlimactic ending to an interesting war of words this summer between Vikings tight end Visanthe Shiancoe and Saints safety Darren Sharper.

With 10 days until the Vikings and Saints get their NFC Championship Game rematch, Sharper still isn't practicing and New Orleans coach Sean Payton said there are three options for Sharper at the beginning of the season – two of which would end up with him unavailable for the Sept. 9 regular-season opener.

Sharper's inability to get on the field because of a surgically repaired knee could lead to him being placed on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list, being outright released or being activated for the first game, according to the Associated Press.

If he's placed on the PUP or released, it would buzz-kill the Twitter trash talking that went on between Sharper and Shiancoe in June. The two extrovert players had lockers next to each other at Winter Park and proved that they are Pro Bowl talkers as they exchanged barbs over the summer.

Sharper started with what is now an ironic tweet saying that "X marks the spot" when it comes to Brett Favre's ankle surgery, an indication that the Saints would be targeting the ankle that was badly re-injured during the NFC Championship Game when DE Bobby McCray gave it an unsportsmanlike twist.

Sharper responded with some pictures of an Osama bin Laden target at a military base that was altered to look like Sharper. Shiancoe received criticism for that comparison and responded with the following successive tweets:

"That target was already set up for me... No insult was intended to anyone"

"You are the FURTHEST thing from a physical safety.. even you know that your sofT with a capital "T!" You remind me of a growling chihuahua.."

"..don't get your jaw broken trying to be a tough guy. Stay "sofT" and be yourself.. a ball hawk"

And after all of that, Favre is back on the field, reportedly taking injections in his ankle, and Sharper may not play. Who knew Sharper could be such a killjoy?


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