Vikings WRs: Rehabbing, Relieved and Restless

Posted by cjsiewert on September 15, 2010 – 6:46 am

The Vikings came into the preseason confident in their group of WRs, on both the talent available and the depth it possessed. Things have changed since that time with marquee WRs Percy Harvin and Sidney Rice missing extended time recently. This forced the Vikings to make a few moves and eventually settle on and trade for the sure-handed Greg Camarillo from the Miami Dolphins.

Camarillo, Harvin and Rice are all in different phases of getting exactly where they want to be both mentally and physically for the season, but the 3 have the same goal in helping this team reach its highest potential.


Rice, who will miss the first 6 weeks of the season because of his placement on the Physically Unable to Perform (reserve/PUP) list, has continued to rehab his surgically repaired right hip at Winter Park. The Pro Bowler’s recovery is expected to last longer than the 6 week period but he’s optimistic about returning to full health.

“Right now I’m just focused on getting in here every morning and doing my rehab and doing what it takes to get back out there on the field,” Rice said.

It’s been tough for Rice to sit out and watch his teammates play without him because he wants to contribute to a WR core trying to find its niche. Rice’s absense from the field in Thursday’s season opening loss to the Saints was apparent as the Vikings WRs combined for 56 yards on 4 catches.


Usually when someone’s heart stops for any period of time it’s great cause for concern, but the 2009 Rookie of the Year was relieved to find out that the latest diagnosis for his reoccurring migraines is the result of sleep apnea, a disorder that causes brief stoppages of breath during sleep.

Since the diagnosis, Harvin has not suffered from any more migraines and the types of treatments used may be the solution. Doctors have given Harvin an oxygen mask to wear while he sleeps and the 2-year veteran has expressed that the mask has made a 100% difference in the way he sleeps and feels in the morning.


Getting a shot at playing your former team is an opportunity that most players relsih and Camarillo is no different. After being traded away from the Dolphins to the Vikings late in the preseason for CB Benny Sapp, Camarillo has had little time to adapt to a new offensive scheme and that may have been the reason why he saw limited action against the Saints with just 1 catch for 29 yards. That limited action is something Camarillo hopes to change in Week 2′s matchup against his former team as the Vikings will square off against the Fins in the home opener.

“It’s so early, it’s great,” Camarillo told Chip Scoggins of the Star Tribune on playing his former team. “Last week how the whole team felt about the Saints and wanting to get their second swing at them, that’s how I feel about the Dolphins. It’s all my friends. No ill will toward the team, but I want to come out there and kick their tail.”

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20 Responses to “Vikings WRs: Rehabbing, Relieved and Restless”

  1. By jim on Sep 15, 2010 | Reply

    Hopefully the oxygen mask does the trick.

  2. By Aaron on Sep 15, 2010 | Reply

    I still dont quite understand the 4 TE’s on the depth chart. Drop a TE and bring payne up from the practice squad. Create more depth in the passing attack. We have Favre for a reason

  3. By Scott Michael on Sep 15, 2010 | Reply

    I don’t understand Chili’s desire to keep 4 TEs either. Drop the least productive and bring back Javon for a 3rd and long situation. Hew knows Brett and can a least stil
    jump and is tall. BTW,what ever happened to Greg Lewis? Keeping him around for another last second miracle? With Grant and Harrell down in GB,this is the Vikes chance to create some separation in the NFC.

  4. By kevinwi on Sep 15, 2010 | Reply

    my guess is that they are holding 4 TE and 10 D linemen for bargaining tools for a trade for Jackson.
    If Jackson Trade doesn’t work out, look for them to drop a TE and add Javon Walker.

  5. By markp on Sep 15, 2010 | Reply

    Does any body think our coach is weak? I dont see no fire in his eyes at any time, no emotion leads to bad vibes, bad vibes leads to down and out people. I want a coach like Singletery or Rex, I want someone jumping up and down, talking smack not standing there looking like a goof. I want someone that takes chances. Like a Rex would do on a 3rd down, send the entire team at the QB, 9 out of 10 times it will work in our favor. Am not happy the way the game was called last Thursday. That one play at the end of the 4th quarter with aprx 4-5m left I thought it should of been 4 down territory no matter what, we where on our side of the field. Well hopefully we start turning it around soon.

  6. By richard orvedal on Sep 15, 2010 | Reply

    Chillies to ho hum and dragin the feet about vincent J, (times a wastin)

  7. By james on Sep 15, 2010 | Reply

    Did I miss something in this story? Berrian’s name is not even mentioned. He should be our #1 WR right now. Why is he so low key for the money he is paid?? I also thought Payne looked really good in pre-season. Passion for the game seemed to be missing from our WR’s vs. the Aints. Look at what Kansas City’s rookies did in game 1. Talk about passion for the game…

  8. By Bigfan1 on Sep 15, 2010 | Reply

    I like Camarillo’s mindset, “kick their tail.”

  9. By frankie on Sep 15, 2010 | Reply

    bottom line is all this thrashing back and fore , at the end of the day Childress needs to go

  10. By PurplePeopleEater on Sep 15, 2010 | Reply

    Berrian’s lost value since his injury. The injury slowed him down last year when he did come back, and now that he is supposedly “100%” he’s lost the ability to catch the ball. He’s quickly turning into Troy Williamson, fast but no hands. Which is a disappointment especially since I signed him to my fantasy team hoping that he’d step up with Sidney on the PUP list.

    On a positive note, it’s great to hear that Percy is getting his migraine issues resolved. Too bad so many people will still be writing him off as a casualty of the team as if this is still a daily problem for him. Maybe I can convince some of the fans to take the following quote at face value: “Since the diagnosis, Harvin has not suffered from any more migraines.”

  11. By DAVID on Sep 15, 2010 | Reply

    Hey markp the 2 coaches that you said also lost there games i think chilly will be fine support the team lets go vikings also GO GET V. JAK

  12. By JMac on Sep 15, 2010 | Reply

    Bring up PAYNE!

  13. By bestfront4 on Sep 16, 2010 | Reply

    Since chilly came to minnesota we have consistently improved going from 6-6 to 12-4. He(and company) built this team through drafting, free agency and upgrading. Chilly got a eye for talent and the will to deal.Markp if send the entire to the quarterback who is protecting the secondary? No one. We trust our front four not only do they get there job done, but they’re consistent. Year after year, month after month and day after day there’s always someone jumping down chilly’s back. We were agrubly the team in the nfl, it was not only because we had favre but because we had adrian we had sidney we had percy we had jared we had bernard, sullivan, ray and so on. These are the guys brad childress brought here.Favre didn’t make us good we already were he made us better.(we were 10-6 with gus as our qb for most of that year)as stated before we consistently improving thats the kind of coach you should want. trust your coach he’s a great mastermind. in time you’ll see.

  14. By purplenurple on Sep 16, 2010 | Reply

    ” Hoooooogaaaannnnnnn!!!!”

  15. By purplenurple on Sep 16, 2010 | Reply

    Col.Klink had Zero escapes from Stalag 13-why? Because Hogan made him look good.Chilli”s coaching staff makes him look good.Players selected ( not by him) make him look good.At the end of the day there are still TOO MANY MEN ON THE FIELD! That man is Chilly! Just like Klink,he’s far from a mastermind…I do think a monocle would be a nice touch.

  16. By purplenurple on Sep 16, 2010 | Reply

    Markp.WEAK! how dare u sir,how dare u! Chilly has the fire & passion of Burns,the powerful intellect of Tice,and the reserved ego of Mr.Green.He’s every successful Viking coach we’ve ever had rolled up in one………inept scary transformer thingy!!!!

  17. By purplenurple on Sep 16, 2010 | Reply

    David!…..dude….really? Psssssssst… the King has no clothes.

  18. By Chi Town Viking on Sep 17, 2010 | Reply

    Bring up Payne. Give Percy, Camarillo, and Lewis some play calls. Chilly is going to kill AP before the bye week if he runs him into the ground like he did the first half of Thurs. Where is Toby? Lets him him carry a few. Young needs to be used exactly like Chester was(not as good but most effective when used outside and as a 3rd or 4th slot/back field receiver). Trade Berrian for anyone that can actually catch a ball. NY Giants have 3 good receivers and they pick up that kid Cruz this year. He can punt return, run good routes, great hands, and did I mention speedy as can be! Why wasn’t he a part of the DR and Sage deal??? Really why? Was anyone on the Vikes staff watching pre season when this kid was out there killing CB’s? And Chilly…OH Chilly. Drafts good, but can’t play call to save his life. Let Brett or Lez F. call the plays. Heck Lets promote Lez to Head Coach. That’s right. You heard it here first! Lez is ready and shopping around for such a position.

  19. By Chi Town Viking on Sep 17, 2010 | Reply

    I just want to go deaf from hearing the horn soo much this year!!!! esp if I can hear it here in Chi Town! LOL

  20. By projections on Sep 17, 2010 | Reply

    Percy Harvin could be a huge question mark going forward. Greg Camarillo can help fill the slack with Rice and Harvin hobbled, but still Favre’s only option last week was Shiancoe. QB and receivers need to get on the same page.

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