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This Week’s Monday Morning Mailbag Is Posted

Posted by Mike Wobschall on November 27, 2011 – 8:11 pm

Rain or shine, win or lose, the Monday Morning Mailbag will be in its usual spot. And this week is no different. The Monday Morning Mailbag is posted, and you can read it by clicking here.

To submit a comment or question, send an email to me at wobschallm@vikings.nfl.net. You can also submit your comment or question in the comments section below this entry.

Remember to include your name and town on the comment/email. We can’t post every comment/question, but we’ll try to answer each question.


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Vikings-Falcons Inactives

Posted by Ryan Cardinal on November 27, 2011 – 10:30 am

Here are the Vikings inactive players for today’s game vs. the Falcons:

RB Adrian Peterson, CB Chris Cook, S Husain Abdullah, G Anthony Herrera, OL DeMarcus Love, TE Kyle Rudolph, and DE D’Aundre Reed.

Joe Berger will start in place of Herrera at RG; Toby Gerhart will start in place of Peterson at RB; and Tyrell Johnson will start in place of Abdullah at FS.

Falcons inactives: CB 26 K.Hayden, CB 29 D.Walls, 59 LB S.Adkins, C 66 B.Romberg, OL K.Chambers, C.Powell, DE 98 C.Matthews


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Vikings Arrive At Georgia Dome For Battle With Falcons

Posted by Mike Wobschall on November 27, 2011 – 9:38 am

The Vikings have arrived at the Georgia Dome in downtown Atlanta for today’s battle against the Falcons. This has been a difficult place for visiting teams of late, as the Falcons have won 16 of their last 21 regular season games in this building.

Kickoff is slated for noon CT, but vikings.com will be here until then providing pre-game updates and thoughts. We’ll have the Vikings inactives for you 90 minutes before kickoff. We’ll also be chatting live with fans during the game, so be sure to join us right around kickoff for that.

After the game we’ll stream all Vikings press conferences live on vikings.com, so be sure to stick around for that.

In the meantime, be sure to check out a few videos that are currently up on the site.

– Earlier this morning, we caught up with Vikings legend and Pro Football Hall of Famer Fran Tarkenton. He visited the team hotel and took time out of his schedule to chat with us about Christian Ponder, the stadium situation in Minnesota, Leslie Frazier and his business ventures.

– Just after arriving at the team hotel yesterday, Kevin Williams joined us to talk about his game last week and what he’s expecting this week from the Falcons.

– Voice of the Vikings Radio Network Paul Allen and I discussed a few keys to today’s game.


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Vikings Promote TE Allen Reisner To Active Roster

Posted by Mike Wobschall on November 26, 2011 – 11:32 am

The Vikings have tweaked their roster in advance of Sunday’s game against the Atlanta Falcons.

TE Allen Reisner has been promoted from the practice squad to the active roster. To make room for Reisner, the Vikings waived WR Stephen Burton.

With both Visanthe Shiancoe and Kyle Rudolph on the injury report this week, Reisner could be a factor for the Vikings on Sunday.


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Peterson, Rudolph Doubtful; Harvin, Shiancoe Questionable

Posted by Mike Wobschall on November 25, 2011 – 2:19 pm

RB Adrian Peterson was not able to practice on Friday – nor was he able to practice on Wednesday or Thursday – and the Vikings have listed him as doubtful for Sunday’s game in Atlanta. Also listed as doubtful for Sunday’s game on the Vikings side is TE Kyle Rudolph, who is dealing with a quad injury.

S Husain Abdullah (concussion), CB Chris Cook (not injury-related) and RG Anthony Herrera (knee) have been ruled out. DL Christian Ballard (hamstring), LB Erin Henderson (hamstring), LT Charlie Johnson (achilles), QB Christian Ponder(knee) and S Jamarca Sanford (shoulder) are listed as probable.

For the Falcons, CB Kelvin Hayden (toe) is out. T Sam Baker (back), CB Brent Grimes (knee) and DT Vance Walker (groin) are listed as questionable. DE John Abraham (not injury-related), G Justin Blalock (ankle), TE Tony Gonzalez (not injury-related), WR Julio Jones (hamstring), LB Curtis Lofton (ankle), C Todd McClure (not injury-related), S William Moore (quad) and DT Corey Peters (knee) are listed as probable.


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Cris Carter, Chris Doleman Named Semifinalists For HOF Class Of 2012

Posted by Mike Wobschall on November 25, 2011 – 10:23 am

Two former Vikings teammates are among the 26 semifinalists being considered for the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2012. Cris Carter and Chris Doleman, teammates in Minnesota from 1990-93, ’99, are among a deep class of semifinalists for inclusion in next year’s class. Both Carter and Doleman were also semifinalists and finalists a year ago.

To view a list of the semifinalists, click here.

The Hall of Fame’s Selection Committee chose the 26 semifinalists from the previously announced list of 105 preliminary nominees. The list of 26 semifinalists will be reduced by mail ballot to 15 modern-era finalists (plus 2 nominees from the Seniors Committee), with an announcement of the finalists to come in early January 2012.

The final step comes on February 4, 2012, when the 44-member Selection Committee meets in person to discuss and evaluate the merits of each of the 15 modern-era and the two senior candidates. An independent accounting firm tallies the voting that day to determine the new class of enshrinees.

Although there is no set number of Enshrinees for any Hall of Fame Class, the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s current ground rules do stipulate that between four and seven new members will be selected each year. No more than 5 modern-era nominees can be elected in a given year.


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Happy Thanksgiving, Vikings Fans

Posted by Mike Wobschall on November 24, 2011 – 8:00 am

Happy Thanksgiving, Vikings fans. We here at vikings.com and the Vikings Entertainment Network hope you are able to enjoy Thanksgiving and football with family, loved ones and/or friends today.

As a side dish to a big Thanksgiving meal, here are some fun facts about your favorite football team as they prepare to play the Washington Redskins this Sunday.

– DE Jared Allen needs just 3.5 more sacks to reach the 100 sack mark for his career.

– With 4 more receptions WR Percy Harvin can move into 4th all time in Vikings history for most catches in first 3 seasons.

– Vikings LB Chad Greenway recorded 20 tackles last week against the Raiders, which is tied for 4th most in Vikings history. Greenway is averaging 10.7 tackles a game this season and is on pace to set a career-high in tackles ( has 107, career-high is 150 in 2008).

– Vikings QB Christian Ponder has shown grace under pressure by completing 63.3 % of his passes on 3rd down in his action this season, ranking as the 7th-best completion percentage among QBs with 20+ 3rd-down attempts on the season. Inside the red zone, Ponder has gone 8-of-9 with 3 TDs to lead the NFL among all passers in red zone completion percentage. Ponder’s 3 red zone TDs have gone to 3 diff erent players- Visanthe Shiancoe, Adrian Peterson and fellow rookie Kyle Rudolph.

– DE Kevin Williams had a 54-yard INT return for a TD on 9/9/07. 1 of his Vikings-record 4 defensive TDs.

– Over the last 5 years, the Vikings have had one of the best running attacks in the NFL, rushing for 10,263 yards. The team’s 138.7 yards per game average ranks #1.

– The Falcons and Vikings have had a common head coach, the Viking franchise’s 1st head coach Norm Van Brocklin who coached the Vikings from 1961-66 and went on to coach the Falcons from 1968-74.


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Hutchinson Hosts Early Thanksgiving Meal At Amplatz Children’s Hospital

Posted by Mike Wobschall on November 24, 2011 – 7:00 am

Vikings All-Pro G Steve Hutchinson continued his tradition of providing holiday meals at childrens’ hospitals this week by hosting an early Thanksgiving meal for young patients and their families – approximately 100 people – at the new University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis.

In a Vikings-themed room at the hospital, the meal (turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, stuffing, sweet potatoes, green beans, corn and pies) was served buffet style. Joining Hutchinson were Vikings OT Patrick Brown, TE Jim Kleinsasser, S Tyrell Johnson, C John Sullivan, WR Kerry Taylor and QB Joe Webb. The players also visited children in their rooms who were not able to attend the Thanksgiving meal.

I’d like to send a special “thank you” to Jennifer Amundson of U of M Amplatz Children’s Hospital media relations for passing along the photos.


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Kevin Williams, Teammates Bowl For Charity

Posted by Mike Wobschall on November 24, 2011 – 6:00 am

Vikings DT Kevin Williams, along with several teammates, Vikings alumni and Viktor the Viking, were bowling for charity this past Monday night. The Vikings contingent was at PINZ Entertainment Center in Oakdale, and together with a large gathering of Vikings fans raised money to support the Vikings Children’s Fund (VCF).

The event, which was sold-out, was held for the 17th consecutive year and continues to be a highlight event surrounding the VCF.

Participants who bought tickets bowled two games with a member of the Vikings family, received a Vikings-themed gift, met several current players and the team’s mascot, had the opportunity to participate in a silent auction, and watched the Monday Night Football game on PINZ Entertainment Center’s bevy of big-screen TVs.

The Vikings Children’s Fund is a means for Vikings players, coaches, staff and their families to focus their community support. Their mission is to combine their time and resources, through events and appearances, with that of the corporate community and fans in an effort to support the many needs of children in the Upper Midwest.


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Vikings, Falcons Release Initial Injury Reports

Posted by Mike Wobschall on November 23, 2011 – 4:37 pm

The Vikings and Falcons each issued their first injury reports of the week in advance of their Week 12 showdown. And both injury reports look like a typical Week 12 injury report in the NFL – filled with lots of names.

For the Vikings, the following players did not practice: CB Chris Cook (not injury-related), S Husain Abdullah (concussion), RB Adrian Peterson (ankle), TE Kyle Rudolph (quad) and TE Visanthe Shiancoe (hamstring). Limited in Wednesday’s practice were LB Erin Henderson (hamstring), G Anthony Herrera (knee), QB Christian Ponder (knee) and WR Percy Harvin (ribs). Full participants in practice were DT Christian Ballard (hamstring), LT Charlie Johnson (achilles) and S Jamarca Sanford (shoulder).

For the Falcons, DE John Abraham, TE Tony Gonzalez and C Todd McClure were held out of practice with “not injury-related” designations. Also sitting out from practice were CB Brent Grimes (knee), CB Kelvin Hayden (toe) and WR Julio Jones (hamstring). Limited in practice were LT Sam Baker (back), G Justin Blalock (ankle), LB Curtis Lofton (ankle), S William Moore (quad) and DT Corey Peters (knee).


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