If Darren Sharper isn't able to play on Sunday, the Vikings would likely turn to 11-year veteran Ken Irvin, who just this year is making the transition to safety.
September 27, 2005
Assistant secondary coach Kevin Ross probably has more talented depth in the defensive backfield than at any time in the last five years. See what Ross has to say about Corey Chavous and some of the second-tier players.
September 20, 2005
Ken Irvin's journey to rehabilitate a torn Achilles is in the rear-view mirror less than one year removed from the injury, but he is still adjusting to his new life as a safety in the Vikings defense. He chronicles his past year and what he still has to learn.
September 7, 2005
The Vikings' once-deep defensive backfield has come to this: After injuries and excused absences, the team was forced to put a receiver in at safety. An offensive player also made a position switch and a few more players missed Friday's morning practice.
Ken Irvin has become something of a South Park character as a member of the Vikings. At some point, everyone says, "Oh, God. They hurt Kenny."
There were many different subplots that came out of last week's developmental camp. The play of Ken Irvin at safety was one of them.