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Vikings Will Plan For Peppers

Posted by Mike Wobschall on October 12, 2011 – 2:26 pm

A big question in Chicago all week will be the status of DE Julius Peppers, who sprained a knee ligament in Monday night’s loss to the Detroit Lions. Peppers was forced from the game temporarily after injuring the knee, but he was able to return eventually and he hasn’t been ruled out of this Sunday’s game against the Vikings.

“His knee is still sore,” Bears Head Coach Lovie Smith said Wednesday. “I don’t know exactly when he’ll be able to go, but hopefully by Friday at least he’ll be able to do some things and be able to go this weekend.” 

Peppers’ status for the game is paramount because he’s one of the NFL’s best pass rushers. He has 91.0 career sacks in 9+ seasons, including 10.0 in 21 games with the Bears, and he’s registered double-digit sacks in 6 of his first 9 full seasons. Peppers rushes primarily from the right DE spot, but can also be moved along the line and rush from either end position. He can also flash on special teams and is often used to block FGs and PATs.

It would be surprising to see the Bears rule Peppers in or out of the game before Sunday, so expect this to be a storyline all week. As far as the Vikings are concerned, Head Coach Leslie Frazier said on Wednesday that they’ll prepare all week as if Peppers will be in the lineup.

“I think you have to plan as if he’s going to play, until you find out for sure that he’s out,” Frazier said. “You don’t want to be surprised if he’s lining up on Sunday, and not have a plan for him. He can change games. He’s done it. You have to plan as if he’s going to be there until you hear otherwise.”

Don’t expect to hear otherwise until Sunday, at the earliest. Peppers has played in 143 of a possible 149 games in his career and he’s started 141 of those 143 games played. The reality is it’s unlikely that a player of Peppers’ ability, toughness and status will miss a primetime matchup against a divisional opponent if there’s even the slightest chance of making it onto the field.


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16 Responses to “Vikings Will Plan For Peppers”

  1. By Rogerthevikefan on Oct 12, 2011 | Reply

    Give Charlie Johnson help. Chip with Jimmy, AP, Gerhart, and Shank. Even a dinged up Peppers can beat Johnson easily. Get a angry nasty beast of a LT. Best option is Matt Kalil.

  2. By Rogerthevikefan on Oct 12, 2011 | Reply

    If the chipping doesn’t work kick him in the shin.

  3. By Animal26 on Oct 12, 2011 | Reply

    Only way to win this game is great defense and ground and pound. If we keep the ball out of McNabb’s hands, we got this game.

  4. By snookman on Oct 12, 2011 | Reply

    all of the vikes loses were because teams that the vikings man handled in the first half, adjusted there schemes in the second half and the vikes did not. also 3rd down is killing the vikes.

  5. By NovaScotiaVike on Oct 12, 2011 | Reply

    HAHAHA…….Keep the ball out of our QB’s hands and we will win….GOOD ONE WOODBOAT !

  6. By Roninmn.. on Oct 12, 2011 | Reply

    McNabb is a third down killer. What has he been doing that Ponder or Webb could not? For the sake of the team he needs to take himself out of the game.

  7. By NovaScotiaVike on Oct 12, 2011 | Reply

    ANIMAL26……..SORRY, THE CREDIT GOES TO YOU !!!!

  8. By VegasVike on Oct 12, 2011 | Reply

    Bench him, STAKE™ him, whatever it takes.

  9. By sandiamond on Oct 12, 2011 | Reply

    Looks like the same game plan this week. Pound the ball with All Day and depend on McNabb not to make any pass turnovers by limiting those plays throughout the game(or throwing the ball in the dirt as some fans say). What happens if the tide is reversed and we fall behind early?

    With 13 years exp we all expect McNabb to bring us back in the game thru the air. This game should be the most interesting one so far this year…………..

    Donovan you are on a short leash here in Minny, show us what you can do!!

  10. By Garrett on Oct 12, 2011 | Reply

    The Bears suck. We should win this game. McNabb needs to go. Nuff said.

  11. By Rogerthevikefan on Oct 13, 2011 | Reply

    Matt Kalil or Riley Rieff for LT.

  12. By wisvikesfan on Oct 13, 2011 | Reply

    Dear Peppers/ Charlie Johnson

    Please allow Peppers to come in untouched and take out McNabb. This is the only way we will get a QB change.

  13. By yeldarb on Oct 13, 2011 | Reply

    where is tonya harding?

  14. By Jeffbleedspurple on Oct 13, 2011 | Reply

    @wisvikesfan: hahaha, I already went on the Bears homepage before the Lions game and asked them that favor, they replied that McNabb is our problem and they had taken out Favre for us last year so no more favors.

  15. By Carl Brodin on Oct 13, 2011 | Reply

    Its not third down thats killing us its Mcnabbs passing or lack there of.

  16. By MGR4FUN on Oct 14, 2011 | Reply

    hmmm another article about one of the best d-ends in history and it turns into a #5 bashin … cmon man … 4 td / 2 int / 849 yds / 80 rating … with no ota’s and new oc & system things could be alot worse … with a win in chicago and a victory over the cheeseheads ya all will be changin your tunes … in the meantime peppers is still one of the best ever and will take a full on team effort to keep him out of the backfield … pep like #69 can be very disruptive in the run game as well so he “MUST BE BLOCKED”

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