Vikings speedy WR Bernard Berrian injured his hamstring during the team’s 1st preseason game and hasn’t been back to full speed since. He’s progressively worked his way back from the injury and was finally able to practice for a full week with his teammates leading up to this weekend’s season opener in Cleveland.
But while he was able to participate in practice this week, he was limited all week and his status on the latest injury report still leaves a question as to what his availability will be on Sunday against the Browns. Specifically, Berrian was listed as a limited participant today and his status for the game is questionable, which means there is a 50-50 chance he’ll play.
“He’s progressing, still,” Childress said. “This is his first full week of practice so he’s getting up to speed. But I wouldn’t say he is a 100 percent guy right now. You don’t miss three weeks and be 100 percent.”
Asked if there was a chance he’d hold Berrian out, Childress said: “I will consult with him and the medical people about that. That will be kind of the litmus.
“We will just have to see. We got a walk through tomorrow. We just have to see, I’m not sure if it will clear itsself up tomorrow or clear itsself up at game time. We will just have to listen to his body.”
At this point, it probably is hard for the team or Berrian to know if the player will suit up on Sunday. Hamstring injuries can be temperamental, plus the team and Berrian will have to balance the value of pushing through the injury and playing on Sunday against the value of resting one more week and giving it an opportunity to get to 100% before going back onto the field in a game situation.
Either way, it serves the Vikings no advantage to declare a decision now, no matter how many times the question is asked or how many times the question is re-phrased. Especially if a decision made today could very well be reversed on game day.
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