Husain Abdullah beat out Tyrell Johnson and Jamarca Sanford for the staring S position opposite of Madieu Williams during training camp and the preseason this summer, but Sanford wound up playing defense during Sunday’s win over the Cowboys when Abdullah was forced out of action with a head injury.
Speaking with reporters after the game, Childress said Sanford played well in Abdullah’s stead.
“He did a great job,” Childress said, “I thought playing in the back end and still attends to our kicking team because he is every bit as valuable as Heath Farwell is on our kick (coverage) game.”
Childress indicated that Abdullah will now go through the standard NFL and Vikings protocol with regard to head injuries, which will likely land him on this week’s injury report and leave his status for next week’s game in Green Bay in question.
Speaking of head injuries, that issue got a lot of press this weekend because of some serious injuries and incidents that happened both college and pro games. Player safety – and specifically concussions – have been at the forefront of the game for a while now and many are speculating on what the NFL will do with regard to rules to protect the players.
Childress was asked about this issue and said he anticipates the NFL to be as proactive as possible to keep player safety a top priority.
“I think they (the NFL) always entertain any and all forms of discipline,” Childress said. “I know it’s in the form of a fine right now. I know people have been suspended in the past for particular heinous helmet-to-helmet collisions. I think they’re always going to error on the side of safety.
“I think they’re going to try to be safe and do what’s best for the player. And if the official is going to error, he’s going to error in pulling the flag if he thinks that’s what happened.”
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