Today’s Rookie Rundown

Posted by Mike Wobschall on December 13, 2009 – 11:05 am

Plenty of attention will be focused on today’s battle at Mall of America Field between the NFC North-leading Vikings and the AFC North-leading Cincinnati Bengals. People want to know – can QB Brett Favre and Co. rebound? Will Cedric Benson go for 100 against the Vikings defense? How will Antoine Winfield play in his return from injury?

But another interesting subplot has developed this week. Injuries have fostered circumstances that will put several Vikings rookies in a showcase today.

WR/KR Percy Harvin has been ruled out of today’s game, so he’s one rookie who won’t be showcased. But every other member of the team’s draft class will play an important role in today’s game. Here’s a quick look at each of them:

RT Phil Loadholt – The 2nd rounder will start his 11th game today but he is coming off an injury to his shoulder that he suffered last week in Arizona. Loadholt came back in the game and finished, but it’ll be interesting to see how he responds today against a stout Bengals defensive line.

CB Asher Allen – Antoine Winfield is back in the starting lineup and Cedric Griffin will also go today after injuring his neck last week, but Allen will continue to have a significant role because CB Karl Paymah is inactive. Allen will be on the field often for both special teams duty and defensive snaps.

LB Jasper Brinkley – The injury last week to E.J. Henderson forced the Vikings to place him on injured reserve. As a result, Jasper Brinkley steps into the starting lineup and into the eye of the storm of the Vikings defense. How will he transition? Will the Vikings defense go on without missing a beat? It’s up to this talented 5th rounder.

S Jamarca Sanford – Starter Tyrell Johnson suffered a concussion last week and will not play today. Sanford steps in and will play alongside Madieu Williams. Sanford has been awesome on special teams for the Vikings this season and I’m anxious to see him play as a starter on defense.

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6 Responses to “Today’s Rookie Rundown”

  1. By PAVikesFan on Dec 13, 2009 | Reply

    OI Vay!…Allen, Sanford, Brinkley-> 2 of them starting and Allen playing Nickel, that’s a lot of rookies on defense in a big game, in December none the less…tis why we need a pa-ss rush more than ever today, and not just Jared Allen, Kevin Williams needs to have a big game, put pressure on Palmer up the middle, make him move his feet, get him dancing in the pocket

  2. By PAVikesFan on Dec 13, 2009 | Reply

    I liked what I saw in the first half in terms of our intensity. #4 is struggling, but, Cincy has a good pas-ss defense…AP is running hard, he always worries me by the way he carries the ball…Jasper Brinkley looked OK at times, but, he missed a couple of tackles as well…How great is it to have Antoine Winfield back?!, he is playing lights out, though he was responsible for giving up that TD to #85, but, that was a good play design…Hopefully we dont come out flat in the second half, we get the ball first, if we can go down and score that would be sweet, let’s go boyz, we need this game, keep it up!

  3. By PAVikesFan on Dec 13, 2009 | Reply

    Great game in all phases!…Liked the play-calling today, we went back to what we are, AP held onto the ball, he ran hard today, he was intense…Antoine Winfield is a beast, he played unbelievably well…Pa-ss rush was stagnant at times, Andre Whitworth did a good job on Jared Allen…very intense today, that’s what good teams do after a loss, way to respond!…I cant complain, now have to hope for AZ to lose a game or 2 so we can wrap up a first round bye

  4. By moorevikes on Dec 13, 2009 | Reply

    well said PA. too many beers to type so i’ll leave it at that. great game vikes. loved every min. of it

  5. By purple08 on Dec 13, 2009 | Reply

    Cincy beat themselves with penalties.

  6. By Chaz on Dec 13, 2009 | Reply

    It is horrible what has happened to E.J. this year. Hopefully Brinkley takes advantage of the situation he has been thrust into.

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