Signing veteran CB Frank Walker wasn’t the only roster business the Vikings conducted on Wednesday.
A roster spot became available because the Vikings placed CB Cedric Griffin on IR.
The team also brought CB Marcus Sherels back to the team and placed him on the practice squad.
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QB Brett Favre (ankle/right elbow) and starting C John Sullivan (calf) were 2 of 4 players who didn’t participate in practice on Wednesday, according to the week’s initial injury report. Rookie T Chris DeGeare (ankle) and S Jamarca Sanford (back) also did not participate.
CB Chris Cook (knee), DE Brian Robison (ankle), TE Visanthe Shiancoe (hamstring) and S Madiue Williams (shoulder) participated in practice on a limited basis.
The Cowboys listed 6 on their injury report, including 4 players who did not practice. S Alan Ball (shoulder), WR Dez Bryant (ribs/ankle), LB Bradie James (knee) and DE Igor Olshansky (knee) were held out of practice while TE Martellus Bennett (ankle) was limited and FB Chris Gronkowski (groin) was a full participant.
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The loss of Cedric Griffin left the Vikings with 3 healthy CBs as they prepare to face a pass-happy Dallas offense on Sunday.
But the team added a 4th on Wednesday by signing veteran Frank Walker. The Vikings depth will improve even more if rookie Chris Cook, who is working his way back from a 2nd knee injury, is able to return to the lineup.
Walker – a 7-year veteran – played in 16 games (2 playoff games) for the Baltimore Raven last season, starting 12. He tallied 12 tackles (8 solo) and an INT during his 2009 campaign and has career marks of 134 tackles (117 solo), 3 forced fumbles and 7 INTs – 1 returned for a TD his rookie season with the NY Giants.
“He’s a great competitor,” Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress said on Wednesday. “I’m familiar with him from when he used to play [with] the (NY) Giants against us (in Philadelphia). I know Leslie (Frazier) talked to John Harbaugh about his competes; he played with the Ravens last year. Ultra-competitive; he ran very well and worked out very well for us here this morning.”
Walker is touted as a solid tackler with great foot speed. He stands at 5-11, 200 pounds and may be an option for special teams coordinator Brian Murphy should Asher Allen or Lito Sheppard become unavailable for kick and punt coverage duty because of an increase in workload following Griffin’s injury.
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The Vikings dismantled the Dallas Cowboys the last time they saw them, logging a 34-3 lambasting on their NFC foes in the Divisional round of the playoffs at Mall of America Field. That day both teams entered the game playing at their best, with the Vikings coming off a 1st-round bye and the Cowboys coming in off of 2-straight blowout victories over the Philadelphia Eagles.
This time, though, the Vikings and Cowboys come into the matchup not at their best. Both teams entered the 2010 season with high expectations and now both teams sit at 1-3 after 4 games, facing pressure to win and get back on the winning track.
As a result, Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress is expecting a tightly-contested game on Sunday.
“It’s no secret where are records are right now,” Childress said on Wednesday before his team’s practice. “Neither one of us are happy with it. In my experience, typically in these kind of games the most desperate team wins. The most desperate team that’s clawing for a victory. I expect it to be contested tooth and nail.”
Here are a few other things to watch for during Sunday’s game…
– If the Vikings win, it will be the team’s 24th regular season win since 2008. The Vikings are 23-13 since 2008 and 18-8 over their last 26 games.
– WR Randy Moss needs just 2 catches to move into 9th place in NFL history for the most career receptions. Moss’s 939 catches trails Art Monks’ 940 for 9th place.
– RB Adrian Peterson can surpass 5,000 rushing yards (currently at 4,964) with just 36 rushing yards. If
he does, it will have taken Peterson just 51 career games to reach 5,000 yards.
– The Vikings defense has given up just 5 off ensive TDs through the first 3 games. Opponents are averaging just 13.3 offensive points per game against the Vikings, fewest in the NFL.
– G Steve Hutchinson will move into a 3rd-place tie for the most consecutive starts by a Vikings guard. Currently Hutchinson ranks 4th with 68 consecutive starts. He trails David Dixon’s 69 for 3rd place. If Hutchinson continues his streak, he will move into 2nd place before the end of the 2010 season.
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