A Look At Potential Backup Plans

Posted by Mike Wobschall on December 1, 2010 – 2:05 pm

It’s far too early to speculate (accurately) on whether DE Ray Edwards (ankle), LG Steve Hutchinson (hand) and RB Adrian Peterson (ankle) will be able to play on Sunday. All 3 are dealing with injuries coming out of last weekend’s win over the Washington Redskins and all 3 will be monitored closely leading up to this weekend’s game.

Whether they end up playing or not, the Vikings will have backup plans in place to make sure the team doesn’t miss a beat on Sunday while battling the Buffalo Bills. Let’s take a look at potential backup plans should any of the 3 players be unable to play.

DE Ray Edwards
It’s an inexact exercise to pinpoint how playing time will be distributed along the defensive line. More than any other position on the field, defensive line sees a rotation of players coming in and out of the game to keep legs fresh and effort level high. I’m guessing Brian Robison would get the start should Edwards be unable to go, but it’s a safe bet that every lineman who’s active will see more snaps in this scenario, including rookie Everson Griffen and DTs Fred Evans, Letroy Guion and Jimmy Kennedy.

LG Steve Hutchinson
Ryan Cook is the top reserve lineman for the Vikings, but he’s already in the lineup as Anthony Herrera’s replacement. As a result, rookie Chris DeGeare would get the call should Hutch be unable to go. DeGeare was selected in the 5th round of last April’s draft and he’s been among the inactives for the Vikings this season; he’s also been dealing with an ankle injury but is in-line to play if the need arises.

RB Adrian Peterson
We saw Peterson’s backup in action on Sunday against Washington, as rookie Toby Gerhart stepped in and picked up the slack. Gerhart rushed 22 times for 76 yards and 1 TD in Peterson’s stead, displaying the type of grit and toughness you’d like to see out of a RB. Obviously the Vikings are in a better position with both Gerhart and Peterson going, but last week was an indication that Gerhart can be the lead guy in a pinch. If it’s determined ahead of time that Peterson can’t play – as opposed to during the game – it’s likely that Albert Young would be activated for game day and join Gerhart and FB Fahu Tahi on the depth chart.

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11 Responses to “A Look At Potential Backup Plans”

  1. By cole on Dec 1, 2010 | Reply, for more on vikings follow my blog

  2. By cole on Dec 1, 2010 | Reply

    i sure hope all three of these guys can play come sunday

  3. By mr smiff on Dec 1, 2010 | Reply

    I wouldn’t mind Frazier taking the chance and seeing what he has in depth, especially at the o-line.

  4. By mr smiff on Dec 1, 2010 | Reply

    Just not yet at qb.

  5. By Bob the Builder on Dec 1, 2010 | Reply

    If Peterson isn’t at least 80%, I would bench him. We can’t risk losing him to a more serious injury and Gerhart has already proven himself as a good fill-in.

  6. By Justin on Dec 1, 2010 | Reply

    I think Peterson will play, atleast for the first half. A sprained ankle isn’t terrible, but it could lead to worse if Peterson lands on his foot wrong. We shall see come Sunday.

  7. By PurpleParody on Dec 1, 2010 | Reply

    I think we’ll be safe for one game without AP if he’s not fully healed. It will just take a little more ingenuity from the playcallers to make up for his absense. Hit Harvin in motion more often, work in one of the backup QBs for some mobility once or twice. Heck, even moving Kleinsasser back to fullback and having him punch it up the middle for a few yards would help. I always wonder why it seems like we are trying to get a first down on every play. it wouldn’t hurt to call more plays that are geared towards short yardage in the first two snaps and see what comes of them. You might even get lucky and have them break for a long play anyways.

  8. By Conner on Dec 1, 2010 | Reply

    It doesn’t have to be an all Gerhart plan for Sunday either. Gerhart, Harvin and Albert Young could tote the ball well. I don’t know what good it will do if Chris DeGeare is playing for Hutch? We drafted him in the 5th round, and he may have been around as a free agent had we waited.. College coaches did not give a good scouting report on DeGeare and we went ahead and drafted him. Did we not learn from the Demetrius Underwood debacle. A coach who maybe you’ve heard of named Sabin felt he was faking injuries, and didn’t play with a great deal of intensity. That worked out real well for us.

  9. By GOLDVIKE on Dec 2, 2010 | Reply

    GO VIKES !!!

  10. By Carl Brodin on Dec 2, 2010 | Reply

    I think we should try a mix bag at tail back if AP cant go. Put Harvin back there through out the game mixed with Gerhart and even mix Kleinsasser in on a few snaps. Even try Gerhart in the slot or out wide a few plays get inventive to make up for the possible loss of peterson. Try two tight ends mixed with three- four wide outs. What i’m triing to say is put in different wrinkles. Heck bootleg Farve again or roll him out and maybe start the game with no huddle plays to get some intensity going.

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