In light of the Vikings decision to part ways with WR Randy Moss, the player whose injury status will be under the spotlight is Sidney Rice, who remains on the PUP list after undergoing hip surgery just before the regular season.
Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress hasn’t given an indication on how close Rice is to returning and Rice himself has not given a timetable when asked by reporters. Perhaps Childress will be asked about Rice’s status during his regular Wednesday press conference, which you can watch live on vikings.com.
Until then, though, there are other injured Vikings players to talk about and that’s what Childress did during his Monday press conference. Here’s an update on a few of those players…
QB Brett Favre (ankle/foot, chin) – Going into last weekend’ game against the New England Patriots, the big question with Favre was whether or not his injured ankle/foot would allow him to play. Obviously it did, but coming out of the Patriots game the injury concern dramatically shifted from Favre’s ankle/foot to his chin. Favre took a hit directly to the chin and was knocked out of the game in the 4th quarter. The wound required 8 stitches to heal and following the game reporters wondered if Favre had suffered a concussion.
Asked on Monday if there was any doubt Favre would start this weekend’s game against the Arizona Cardinals, Childress said, “I don’t think so. I just saw him in there doing some leg curls. Typically, if you’re concussed we’re not doing any exercise today; we’re not doing an exercise challenge.”
WR Percy Harvin (ankle) – Harvin was the Vikings leading receiver against New England with 6 receptions for 104 yards, but he did all of that after tweaking his ankle in the 1st quarter. It appeared as if Harvin rolled his ankle after making a catch and it was clear he was in pain after the play. Harvin obviously returned and he told reporters after the game that it was adrenaline that enabled him to keep playing.
“He was in there treating as well today,” Childress said. “Sore. How it will be on Wednesday when we come back out here and practice? I’m not sure. He’ll certainly have to treat today or tomorrow.”
CBs Chris Cook and Frank Walker – Both Cook and Walker were banged up late in last weekend’s game and Childress was asked about their status.
“They’re banged up and receiving treatment today,” Childress said. “Hopefully they make it to Wednesday.”
Tags: Chris Cook, Frank Walker, Percy Harvin, Sidney Rice
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The Vikings suffered another tough setback with the 28-18 loss to the New England Patriots on Sunday afternoon – their 2nd consecutive loss and 5th on the season. And every other team in the NFC North – besides the Chicago Bears (bye) – was in action on Sunday, changing the layout of the divisional standings. So let’s take a look…
The Green Bay Packers entered Sunday’s matchup against the NY Jets tied atop the division with the Bears at 4-3, but took over sole possession with a 9-0 shutout victory over the Jets in East Rutherford, N.J.
Packers QB Aaron Rodgers had a dismal performance by his standards (251.4 passing yards per game), completing 15 of 34 attempts for 170 yards and 0 TDs, but 3 FGs by K Mason Crosby was all the Packers needed to defeat the Jets. The Packers defense held the Jets scoreless and allowed the NY offense to reach the red zone only once. LB Desmond Bishop paced the Packers stingy defense with 10 tackles.
Green Bay moved to 5-3 on the season – 1 win ahead of Chicago – and will host a struggling Dallas Cowboys (1-6) team next Sunday night at Lambeau Field.
In a game that could be considered as a polar opposite to Green Bay’s victory over the Jets, the Detroit Lions welcomed back their starting QB, Matthew Stafford, to a 37-25 victory over the Washington Redskins at Ford Field on Sunday.
Stafford, who played for the first time since injuring his right shoulder in Week 1, recorded a monster comeback performance, completing 26 of 45 passes for 212 yards and 4 TDs. Calvin Johnson was Stafford’s favorite target by hauling in a career-high 3 TDs on 9 receptions for 101 yards.
The Detroit defense tallied 6 sacks – 2.0 each provided by Cliff Avril, Kyle Vanden Bosch and Ndamukong Suh. Suh also returned a fumble recovery 17 yards for a TD with 1:45 remaining in the game that provided the knockout blow to the Redskins.
The Lions improved to 2-5 and will host the NY Jets on Sunday.
Here are the NFC North standings after Week 8:
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