Vikings Interim Head Coach Leslie Frazier informed reporters on Tuesday during his usual day-after-the-game press conference that CB Chris Cook, who’s had 2 knee surgeries this year, has been placed on Injured Reserve. This is an unfortunate end to Cook’s season after a very promising offseason program and training camp for the 2010 second-round pick.
But being placed on IR will give Cook time to focus on rehabbing the knees and preparing for the offseason and, ultimately, the 2011 season. With Cedric Griffin coming back from a knee injury of his own, Cook will be relied upon to provide depth at the position at worst and potentially be a starter at CB at best.
Frazier went through a series of other injury updates, and we’ll go through them here as well…
– Ray Edwards is “on the mend” and could make a return on Monday night against Chicago.
– Percy Harvin is expected to return to the club on Thursday when practice resumes.
– Adrian Peterson had a “slight contusion” on his knee but Frazier said he didn’t think that was the reason for the lack of rushing output for the Vikings on Monday night against the NY Giants.
– Tarvaris Jackson has the dreaded turf toe injury, which is an ambiguous injury from my standpoint and will cause Jackson’s status to be up in the air all week. As a result, with Brett Favre and Joe Webb also banged up, Frazier said the Vikings are looking at available QBs in the event the team needs to sign someone for Monday night’s game.
– No real update on Steve Hutchinson.
Lastly, the Vikings terminated the practice squad contract of OT Thomas Welch and then signed him to the active roster to take Cook’s place.
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After the weekend we just experienced and then the game the Vikings played on Monday night, it’s impossible and somewhat disingenuous to put a positive spin on any aspect of the Vikings performance against the Giants at Ford Field. But from the moment the game ended to now, there is one thing that stays atop my mind and it should be evidence enough for Vikings fans to have faith in this team, in the short-term but especially in the long-term.
I won’t go into details because I believe what happens behind closed doors in a locker room is meant to stay behind closed doors, but what I saw in the Vikings locker room after the loss was not a team that is about to quit or a group of players that don’t believe in one another. I’m confident that the core of this Vikings team will stand up to not allow a lapse in effort going forward, even though playoffs are no longer even a remote possibility.
On top of that, I read a few quotes from core Vikings players on Access Vikings this morning and that fortified my opinion even more of the status of this Vikings team. Check out what Ben Leber, Chad Greenway and Visanthe Shiancoe had to say following the 21-3 loss to New York. Again, these were transcribed and posted by Chip Scoggins of the Star Tribune’s Access Vikings and I think they’re a good indication of how the leadership of this team will guide the franchise going forward.
Ben Leber: “That performance out there is unacceptable to every guy in the locker room. I think that’s why everybody is shocked right now, especially on defense to give up that many rushing yards. That’s unacceptable. But we’re going to come back and make it right. I don’t care if we’re out of the playoffs. We’re going to make it right.”
Chad Greenway: “I want to apologize to our fans. We have good fans back home. We have fans who made it all the way here. We have fans everywhere. They expect us to go out and play hard. I think we played hard. We just didn’t play good enough to win that’s for sure.”
Tight end Visanthe Shiancoe had tears in his eyes, Scoggins said, as he spoke with reporters:
“That’s embarrassing. We had a lot of energy coming into this game. People were energized. I can’t put my finger on nothing for why this turned out this way. Our offense has to put up more points than three points. You’ve got to put up more than three points on the Giants. They’re going to score. You’ve got to score too.”
“This is the second time this year: The Packers [loss] and this,” he added. “Something is going on. Something has to be fixed man. This is atrocious. This is embarrassing. We look like the Bad News Bears out there. That’s some embarrassing stuff to put on film in front of the whole damn nation. That’s embarrassing. I can’t put my finger on nothing. I don’t understand it.”
Asked if the tears in his eyes were because he was angry or disappointed, Shiancoe said, “That’s a combination of everything. Combination of everything. I’m very disappointed. I didn’t expect the season to end like that. But it did. But you’ve got to keep on trucking. This is all about what’s in here now [pounding his heart]. What’s all about in your chest man. We’ll see who lays down.”
Tags: Ben Leber, Chad Greenway, Visanthe Shiancoe
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