Despite concerns on whether or not TCF Bank Stadium will be ready for Monday night’s game against the Chicago Bears, and reports that the field is frozen, Vikings Interim Head Coach Leslie Frazier alleviated concerns on player safety regarding the playing surface during his Thursday press conference.
“From everything that I’ve been told, player safety should not be an issue,” Frazier mentioned. “They’re doing everything possible to assure us that that’s not going to be an issue and that’s what we’re believing. We’ll get a chance to go through a walk-through on Sunday or Saturday as a team. That’s what we’re looking forward to and our guys can get comfortable with it.”
Frazier also mentioned that he has talked with his players about the safety issue, echoing his statements towards the media.
“I have talked to our players about that fact and just assured them that the league is making sure that safety will not be an issue,” Frazier reiterated. “That they can approach this with great confidence and go out and just perform and play the way they want to play and I have confidence that part of it will not be an issue.”
The Vikings spent their first 21 seasons as a franchise playing outdoors at Metropolitan Stadium and will be doing the same for the first time in 29 years to the day on Monday night. The matchup against the Bears will feature a celebration of the franchise’s 50 seasons, with the “50 Greatest Vikings” to be honored at halftime. Many of the former Vikings players that will be honored on Monday night played in freezing-cold conditions late in the season at the old Met and it will fitting that their recognition will take place in the same conditions that they became accustom to over their careers in Minnesota.
Vikings QB Brett Favre acknowledged that he, too, along with former Vikings that played at the old Met, had to adapt to such conditions and that the question of player safety may been seen as an after-thought to the “50 Greatest Vikings.”
“These older guys that will be back this week will laugh at that question,” Favre said.
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