Entering today’s game against Chicago, there are 17 distinguished members of the Vikings Ring of Honor. But at halftime of today’s game, the Vikings will add an 18th member to this exclusive club – Scott Studwell.
Studwell will receive the highest honor the team can bestow upon an individual in front of a soldout crowd, several current Ring of Honor members and family and friends.
“It was certainly a shock,” Studwell, who always prefers to remain out of the limelight, said at the time. “But it’s a tremendous honor to be mentioned in the same breath as some of the great individuals in our organization.”
For Vikings fans, Studwell’s inclusion in the Ring of Honor is no surprise. He’s been a part of the Vikings family for over 3 decades and his fingerprints are all over the success the franchise has enjoyed since his arrival as a 9th round draft pick in 1977.
A Vikings LB for 14 seasons (1977-90), Studwell is the standard by which all other Vikings LBs are measured. He is the Vikings career leader in combined tackles (1,981), defensive tackles (1,928), single-season tackles (230 – 1981) and single-game tackles (24 @ Detroit 11/17/85). Studwell was a 2-time Pro Bowler and was also named to the Vikings 25th and 40th Anniversary All-Time Teams.
It’s a tireless work ethic and love for football that has allowed Studwell to remain with the franchise after his playing days. Following retirement, Studwell worked in the player programs department and eventually found his niche in the player personnel/scouting department.
Studwell learned from longtime Vikings scouts Conrad Cardano, Frank Gilliam and Jerry Reichow and ascended the ranks in the personnel/scouting department. Currently in his 18th year in the front office, Studwell is the Director of College Scouting.
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Today’s game at Mall of America Field features a matchup between teams that have been playing one another every year since 1961.
And the Vikings will wear the same style of uniform that the team wore back in 1961.
Dressed in their classic throwback uniforms, the Vikings will host the Chicago Bears today. Today marks the 97th time these teams have matched up, tied for the most times the Vikings have faced an opponent (Green Bay).
Chicago is fighting to stay in the playoff hunt and the Vikings continue their pursuit of a 2nd consecutive division title.
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QB Sage Rosenfels (3rd QB), WR Jaymar Johnson, CB Antoine Winfield, RB Albert Young, LB Erin Henderson, G Anthony Herrera, DE Jayme Mitchell, and DT Letroy Guion are today’s inactives for the Vikings.
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Sean Jensen of the St. Paul Pioneer Press is reporting that RB Adrian Peterson will play today in spite of missing practice time this week with an ankle injury and an illness. Peterson missed all of practice on Friday because of the illness.
Of course this is just a report and nothing has been made official. We’ll have the official list of inactives and starting lineups 90 minutes prior to kickoff, so be sure to stay tuned to the vikings.com Blog and/or the Vikings official Twitter feed (@VikingsFootball).
In 4 career games against the Bears, Peterson is averaging 138.5 rushing yards per contest and has scored 8 TDs.
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Are you following the Vikings on Twitter? If not, you should because just like the vikings.com Blog, it’s a great way to stay on top of Vikings news.
It’s an especially great way to follow the Vikings on game day. We’ll have the active/inactive players prior to the game, score and injury updates during the game and any breaking news after the game.
Remember, you don’t need a Twitter account yourself to follow the Vikings on Twitter. Just go to Twitter.com and follow @VikingsFootball.
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The Vikings have been fortunate this season to avoid major injury issues. That has changed a bit this week.
While CB Antoine Winfield is poised to return from a foot injury that has sidelined him since Week 6, several other Vikings starters will be game-time decisions today.
RB Adrian Peterson was listed on this week’s injury report with both an ankle injury and an illness. He was limited on Wednesday and Thursday, and then was held out on Friday and was listed as questionable; he’ll be a game time decision.
G Anthony Herrera (concussion) is doubtful for today’s game after not practicing all week.
FB Fahu Tahi (ankle) was limited on Wednesday, held out on Thursday and then was limited again on Friday; he’s listed as probable. Also listed as probable for today’s game are WR Bernard Berrian (hamstring), LB E.J. Henderson (knee) and CB Benny Sapp (groin).
The players listed above as probable are “near certainties” to play today, although it wouldn’t be surprising to see Sapp held out if Winfield plays. Given that he didn’t practice at all this week, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Herrera sit today. Although head coach Brad Childress would not confirm who would start in Herrera’s place, Artis Hicks is the likely replacement in that spot.
Stay tuned to vikings.com for injury updates and game day inactives; we’ll have them for you as soon as they become available (90 minutes prior to kickoff).
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