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Griffin, Rice Start On Active/PUP List; Henderson On The Field

Posted by Mike Wobschall on July 30, 2010 – 5:54 pm

Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress disclosed moments before his team’s opening practice of 2010 Verizon Vikings Training Camp that 2 players – CB Cedric Griffin and WR Sidney Rice – would begin camp on the Active/Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list.

There are 2 versions of the PUP list – Active/PUP and Reserve/PUP – and the details of each are confusing. After conversations with Rob Brzezinski and Rick Spielman, I’m now aware of the distinctions between the 2 lists. The details are too much to get into right now on the blog, so let’s just keep going.

Basically, Griffin and Rice are unable to participate in practice for now but can be removed from the Active/PUP list during camp, which will allow them to fully participate in training camp and the preseason.

Griffin landed on the PUP list because he’s coming off a knee injury that he sustained in the NFC title game last year. Childress said Griffin has “done a great job with his rehab” but that placing him on the PUP list for now is the prudent move.

Rice is on the PUP list because of hip injury he suffered at some point in the playoffs last year. The injury bothered him enough to cause him to miss the Pro Bowl and then Childress said the injury had flared up throughout the offseason. Although Rice was able to participate in some of the team’s mandatory minicamp, it’s caused enough discomfort that surgery was considered at one point after the minicamp. Ultimately, Rice will begin camp on the sidelines but it sounds as if he could return soon.

The good news, though, is that MLB E.J. Henderson was on the field, just 7 months after fracturing his femur. Childress has praised Henderson’s attitude and work ethic all offseason and did so again on Friday.

“From the first day he told me ‘I’m going to change the protocol with the way this injury is rehabilitated,’ I thought, ‘Wow, there is a mouthful.’ He has his jaw locked right from the beginning.

“He has been religious about his rehab, almost to the point where you have to hold him back. We will continue to hold him back until he gets out there and does football type of movements. He is right where he needs to be at with his complete health.”

Childress also said that Henderson has completed the entire offseason manual that every player receives and that the veteran LB will be eased back into a practice routine.

CJ Siewert, who many of you may remember from his time writing for vikings.com around draft time, will have more on Henderson’s recovery and his 1st practice back with teammates in a story that will be posted Saturday.


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A Sense Of Unfinished Business At Vikings Training Camp

Posted by Mike Wobschall on July 30, 2010 – 5:08 pm

Veteran DT Pat Williams said it on Thursday just after checking into Julia A. Sears Residence Community for his 6th Vikings training camp.

“It’s time to finish it,” the 14-year pro said. “We didn’t finish it last year, so this year we’re going to start here at training camp and we’re going to finish it this year.”

Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress also mentioned it during his opening press conference on Friday.

“Everybody has a sense of unfinished business from last year,” Childress said, “and just based on the offseason that these guys have had, we’re going to have a good football team.”

The feeling of unfinished business is one that can eat away at a player or coach all offseason. But it’s also one that can help motivate for the coming season. It’s one thing to have a desire for vengeance after coming up excruciatingly short of the ultimate team goal; it’s yet another to meld that vengeance into a work ethic that will aide in the achievement of the goal.

“I’m fond of saying what Jim Valvano used to say,” Childress said. “‘Working hard gives you a chance to have a chance. If you don’t work hard people are catching up.’ I think we have a talented enough team to be a good football team this year.”


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Practice #1 In The Books

Posted by Mike Wobschall on July 30, 2010 – 4:52 pm

The Vikings wrapped up the 1st practice of 2010 Verizon Vikings Training Camp late Friday afternoon in front of a healthy crowd of fans and a large media contingent. All in attendance were anxious to see the 2-time defending NFC North champions open another season, the 5th under Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress’ tenure.

Speaking of Childress, he held his annual opening press conference right before the afternoon practice, expressing optimism and excitement about the upcoming season while also fielding questions that ranged from QB Brett Favre to Adrian Peterson to injured defensive starters LB E.J. Henderson and CB Cedric Griffin.

We’ll have more thoughts from Childress’ press conference and we’ll share some notes from practice soon right here on the vikings.com Blog, so stay tuned for that.

The weather cooperated with the Vikings on Friday, as mostly cloudy skies refused to produce rain and eventually gave way to some sunshine toward the end of practice. The team practiced in shells and helmets, with the offense sporting white jerseys and the defense in purple. I anticipate the team to be in pads for at least 1 practice Saturday.

There are 2 practices scheduled for tomorrow – a morning workout from 9:00 a.m. to 11:15 and then an evening practice from 7:00 to 8:55. There will be a fireworks display following the evening practice, hence the theme “Football and Fireworks” on the trusty vikings.com training camp calendar.

Stay tuned for a few more updates tonight and early tomorrow morning before the Vikings head out for a pair of practices on Saturday.


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Report: Gerhart Agrees To Terms

Posted by Mike Wobschall on July 30, 2010 – 12:19 pm

The Star Tribune’s Judd Zulgad is reporting that RB Toby Gerhart has agreed to terms on a rookie contract with the Vikings.

I have not been given official word on whether or not he’s signed his contract, but I have seen Gerhart here in Mankato. I expect the signing to become official soon and then for the RB to be on the practice field later today.

Stay tuned for more info and don’t forget to watch Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress’ press conference live on vikings.com.


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Submit Your Monday Morning Mailbag Questions

Posted by Mike Wobschall on July 30, 2010 – 6:21 am

Training camp is underway and there are lots of questions to be answered, so don’t forget to submit your comments/questions to the Monday Morning Mailbag.

To submit, send an email to me at wobschallm@vikings.nfl.net. Remember to include your name and town with each email.

We can’t post every comment/question, but I’ll respond to every question.


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