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Harvin, Winfield Questionable For Sunday

Posted by Mike Wobschall on December 11, 2009 – 1:45 pm

The Vikings and Bengals have released their Friday injury reports, which on top of practice participation also contain a designation of each player’s chances of playing on Sunday.

You can view the entire Vikings injury report by clicking here.

CB Antoine Winfield, who has missed the team’s last 6 games with a foot injury, was limited all week and is listed as questionable for Sunday. T Bryant McKinnie (ankle), TE Visanthe Shiancoe (ribs) and DT Pat Williams (foot) were limited on Wednesday and Thursday but were full participants on Friday and all listed as probable.

WR Percy Harvin (illness) was absent again from practice and is listed as questionable for the game.

For the Bengals, WR Chad Ochocinco (knee) was added the injury report as a limited participant but was also listed as probable for the game. Safeties Chris Crocker (ankle) and Kyries Hebert (knee) are questionable and the following players are probable: C Jonathan Luigs (back) and CB Morgan Trent (knee) are probable.


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Minnesota National Guard Troop Visit – Blog Entry No. 9 (including photos)

Posted by Ryan Cardinal on December 11, 2009 – 1:00 pm

Vikings Entertainment Network’s Bryan Harper and KFAN’s Mike Morris, the former Vikings longsnapper and current host of “The Power Trip Morning Show,” will be traveling to Iraq to visit Minnesota National Guard Troops over the next week or so.  Both men will be updating fans via the vikings.com Blog on their trip about the experience.

Below is the duo’s 9th entries, sent via BlackBerry from Kuwait.

6:10 Iraq time: Morris: Now that was a fun radio show. A live listening audience from Basra Iraq and the phone lines jammed full of well-wishers. The delay wasn’t long enough that it couldn’t be dealt with… and let me tell you Minnesota… the live audience was so appreciative of all the good wishes. Reaching out and supporting them is the best thing we can do as we enter the holiday season. Its going to be a great few days with a lot of support coming on both sides. Headed over to Iraqi military headquarters for a joint dinner with top level US military staff. Iraqi food… should be interesting. I’m taking the suggested pill prior to eating the dinner… right… now. Done, now I can eat like the horse I am.

Updated note: Morris: The meaty mixture of goat and camel isn’t too bad. I’m glad I took that pill.

Click the below images below to view larger versions.

Methane burn-off in the Iraq oil-fields

Mike Morris: I never would have thought we would have run into our huge bookend offensive tackles in the Netherlands.

Looking out the back window as we crossed the border into Iraq.

Looking out the window inside a massive military vehicle.

Serving Our Troops is the St. Paul based-group that is here serving 6500 “cooked-to-order” steaks to MN National Guard members on Saturday. Morris and Harper’s trip coincides with their trip and have been traveling together since arriving in Kuwait. Members of Serving Our Troops include, but are not limited to, Pat Harris (St. Paul City Council), Brian Leighton (lead singer of GB Leighton), Ted Marty (Grain Belt), John Mancini (Mancini’s Steakhouse), Dan O’Gara (O’Gara’s) and several others.

A photo of a portion of the Minnesota National Guard’s viewing audience for The Power Trip Morning Show LIVE from Basra, Iraq on Friday morning.

Mike Morris thinks that standing in front of a Christmas tree with red lights counts as a visit to Amsterdam’s infamous Red Light District.

Mike Morris sporting the Kevlar vest

Methane burn-off in the Iraq oil-fields

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Friday’s vikings.com Mailbag Is Posted

Posted by Mike Wobschall on December 11, 2009 – 11:40 am

This week’s edition of the vikings.com Mailbag is posted. You can view it by clicking here.

We post the vikings.com Mailbag feature every Friday. Do you have a comment or question you’d like submitted? If so, send me an email at wobschallm@vikings.nfl.net.

We can’t post every comment or email, but I’ll respond to all of them.


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Brinkley Poised For Smooth Transition

Posted by Mike Wobschall on December 11, 2009 – 10:23 am

For the 2nd consecutive season, the Vikings must replace starting middle LB E.J. Henderson after a season-ending injury.

Last year Henderson went down in Week 4 at Tennessee and was subsequently placed on injured reserve. This year Henderson was lost in Week 13 at Arizona to a broken leg.

While the challenge of replacing the heart and soul of its defense is the same, the circumstances around that challenge are a bit different this year. They’re also a bit more favorable.

The Vikings initially looked within the team to replace Henderson last year, giving Vinny Ciurciu and David Herron starts in the middle. Eventually, though, the Vikings had to go outside the club and bring back Napoleon Harris to play middle LB.

This year it’s different. The Vikings have rookie LB Jasper Brinkley waiting in the wings, and he’ll get the start on Sunday. In 2008, Harris came in from the outside and had to re-acquaint himself with the club. Brinkley, on the other hand, has been with the club through offseason workouts, training camp and the first 12 games of the regular season.

“The fact that he’s (Brinkley) been here with us, he’s had some reps in practice, he’s been in some games, because we’ve had some differentials in scores where he could get in actual games, should really help him be able to play faster than he would have if he hadn’t played at all this season or had not been with us in training camp,” Vikings assistant head coach/defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier said.

Frazier said he thinks once Brinkley gets past the first series of the game on Sunday, the rookie will settle down and play well.

“He is a very active guy,” Frazier commented. “He is a smart guy. He’s a very good athlete. He’s an excellent tackler and just very, very physical. So I think he’ll be fine, it’s just getting past those early stages of the game.”


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Minnesota National Guard Troop Visit – Blog Entry No. 7/8

Posted by Ryan Cardinal on December 11, 2009 – 9:02 am

Vikings Entertainment Network’s Bryan Harper and KFAN’s Mike Morris, the former Vikings longsnapper and current host of “The Power Trip Morning Show,” will be traveling to Iraq to visit Minnesota National Guard Troops over the next week or so.  Both men will be updating fans via the vikings.com Blog on their trip about the experience.

Below is the duo’s 7th and 8th entries, sent via BlackBerry from Kuwait.

Bathroom break 1 hour in. Amazing that the Verizon phone still has service. Only things we can see right now are sand, camels and biffy’s. Its not the most comfortable ride but its certainly different. The vehicles weigh 75000 lbs. We have radio communications and its interesting to listen in.

Had some bumps along the ride here. Made it safely to Basra. Took a shower – the first one since Wednesday. Radio show starting in a bit. The base has a lot of Iraqi’s and Ugandan’s working here. Also we went through a “what to do if under attack” overview. Living in trailers while here – being treated very well. And witnessing our Minnesota National Guard members hard at work. Weather still nice at 75 degrees and sunny.


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Did You Know?

Posted by Mike Wobschall on December 11, 2009 – 8:02 am

A few interesting statistics to consider on a Friday morning…

– The Vikings, who currently rank 3rd against the run in 2009, have allowed just two 100-yard rushers in the last 60 regular season games. The current streak of not allowing a 100-yard rusher is now at 35 games, the longest active streak in the NFL.

– TE Visanthe Shiancoe eclipsed the team record for the most receiving TDs in a single season by a Vikings TE when he caught his 9th of the season last week at Arizona. Shiancoe now has 16 receiving TDs in the last 2 seasons, the 3rd-most of any player in the NFL.

– The Vikings have won 19 of their last 24 regular season games and 7 of their last regular season home games.

– QB Brett Favre crossed the 3,000-yard passing mark last week, giving him his 18th consecutive season and his 18th overall season with at least 3,000 yards passing, both NFL records.

– Favre’s streak of passing attempts without an INT ended at 159 last week, which ranks as the 3rd-best in Vikings history. He has just 5 INTs on the season, the least among QBs with 250 passing attempts.


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