Vikings speedy WR Bernard Berrian didn’t play against the Chiefs last Friday night because of a leg injury he suffered in the team’s 1st preseason game on August 14 at Indianapolis. But the 6-year pro has been back out on the practice field lately participating in portions of practice.
Head coach Brad Childress, like the rest of the NFL’s head coaches, prefers not to address injuries in the preseason but when asked specifically about his star WR after practice on Friday he did say that Berrian has “a chance” to play on Monday night in Houston.
“He’s progressing,” Childress said. “To put a percentage on where he’s at…you always have to be careful. Guys will tell you when they’re ready to go back; them and the medical staff. He’s pushing through.”
With Brett Favre slated to play the 1st half on Monday, it would be beneficial for Berrian to be on the field for at least a portion of the first 2 quarters. The QB and WR haven’t played in a game together since Favre’s arrival a little more than a week ago, but the 2 have worked on the side before and after practice to begin developing a rapport.
However beneficial it might be for Berrian to get some reps with Favre during the preseason, it’s clearly more of a priority to ensure Berrian is back to full strength once the regular season commences on September 13. Berrian was a vital piece in the Vikings passing attack in 2008, leading the team in receiving yards, hauling in 4 of the team’s 5 longest TD passes and leading the league in yards per catch (20.1) among WRs with 40 or more grabs.
Tags: Bernard Berrian
Posted in All, Mike Wobschall | 5 Comments »