Sanford Solid While Filling In For Abduallah On Defense

Posted by Mike Wobschall on October 18, 2010 – 1:10 pm

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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18 Responses to “Sanford Solid While Filling In For Abduallah On Defense”

  1. By Ben on Oct 18, 2010 | Reply

    Im a huge fan of football, and I am all for the saftey of the players, but why do these guys get paid their high salaries??? because fans of the sport love watching huge hits and spectacular plays. I am in full agreeance with not allowing helmet to helmet hits, but when a defensive lineman barely brushes the helmet of a qb after putting his hands up to try and bat down the pass, and they call roughing the passer??? Thats too far. If you cant hit recievers while they are trying to catch a pass how do you defend them?? If they get hit hard, blame the qb, not the defender, at least thats what i had pounded in my head over and over. I never want to see anyone get injured, but i do like big plays and hard hits when i watch football, and i also know that every athlete is fully aware of the conseques of playing the sport when they take the field. Contact is one of the major foundation pieces of the game, you ever wonder why there isnt a professional flag football league?

  2. By nick on Oct 18, 2010 | Reply

    Not everyone is payed a “high salary” by NFL standards. Is it worth it to get paid 500,000 for one year if you sustain a head injury that ends your career and potentially leaves you physically disable to get any other job. 500,000 is not even enough to retire at the age of 24 (average NFL player age).
    But i do agree with you that big hits is what makes football fun to watch, is it safe? no.

  3. By vikingguy on Oct 18, 2010 | Reply

    Posting problems

  4. By CA Norwegian on Oct 18, 2010 | Reply

    When do cook and abduallah return.? The NFL might consider that if they look into changing some of the equipment, rather than the rules, the defenders will respond accoringly. Football existed before hard helmets. A clear softer mask is possible, and high tech materials make cushy hats something to consider. Sure maybe fans won’t like that so much. I say institute them after the next strike, people will watch anything happily over replacement players. Otherwise the attrition rate may make all games replacements because all the starters are injured. Who can root for that?

  5. By CA Norwegian on Oct 18, 2010 | Reply

    Shouldn’t Randy Moss get a larger Tag font????? ( on thwe righr )

  6. By martin on Oct 18, 2010 | Reply

    while this weekend was huge next weekend is even bigger because a loss puts us at 2-4 and the following week we are in new england …at worst we need a split in these 2 games…the good news is that i believe the o line cannot play any worse than they have played so far this year…the o has lots of talent and hopefully they start producing…

  7. By vikingsD on Oct 18, 2010 | Reply

    the vikings DBS were looking shaky but the Line backers kept us n da game

  8. By martin on Oct 18, 2010 | Reply

    there is a lot of talent on the offense but it seems we hold back on using them full out…we have a very conservative type of approach to the game …the game planning is like if we are a team that has minimal skilled players that produce…we need to open up the offense instead of going with the grinding out style that childress prefers…i would love to have seen this team perform with a top notch coach and offensive coordinator

  9. By Ryan on Oct 18, 2010 | Reply

    I would rather see favre manage the game without any turnovers than airing it out getting a bunch of picks. Smart, fundamental, sound football is what we need to do.

  10. By Rogerthevikefan on Oct 18, 2010 | Reply

    Sanford will probly win the starting job with a decent-good game.

  11. By Conner on Oct 18, 2010 | Reply

    This should possibly fall under another blog, but growing up in Minnesota, and now living out of state. Would the University of Minnesota be able to pony up the money and take a shot at making Leslie Frasier their next head football coach? The timing would be super. He can finish the season with the Vikings. Current assistants could continue on the recruiting trail, and possibly some recruits would have greater interest in playing in TCF with a winner for a coach. What are your thoughts???

  12. By Woodboat on Oct 19, 2010 | Reply

    Conner, I think Frazier may very well be coaching the Vikings next year if they fail to improve.

    Martin, I think they would love to open up the playbook, and I think its coming. Right now, the O Line isn’t opening up any running lanes nor giving the QB a solid pocket in which to work. Childres prefers a hard nosed, grind it out game plan anyway.

    I am beginning to wonder if its scheme and not a lack of execution on the O Lines part.

  13. By Purple Nurple on Oct 19, 2010 | Reply

    If you go to the Packers blog site you’ll see the major panick and low morale.We have a great opportunity to make it 3 whuppins’ in a row.

  14. By viking joe on Oct 19, 2010 | Reply

    week after week it all the same ,what went wrong!!correct it and lets get going eh!!

  15. By chaos on Oct 19, 2010 | Reply

    I have a question. What kind of cheese are the packers named for? cheddar? pepper jack?

  16. By chaos on Oct 19, 2010 | Reply

    or green cheese?

  17. By Rogerthevikefan on Oct 19, 2010 | Reply

    Man cheese

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