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Berger, Fusco Will See Action If Hutchinson Is Unable To Play

Posted by Mike Wobschall on December 22, 2011 – 3:31 pm

Vikings LG Steve Hutchinson was forced out of last week’s game against the Saints after suffering a laceration to his face. As it turns out, Hutchinson also suffered a concussion in the game. Because of those injuries, Hutchinson has been unable to participate in practice on Wednesday and Thursday.

If Hutchinson is unable to play in Saturday’s game at Washington, Vikings Head Coach Leslie Frazier said that 7-year veteran Joe Berger would get the start and also that rookie Brandon Fusco might see some playing time as well.

Should Berger get the start, it will not be the first time he sees the field for the Vikings. Berger filled in for Anthony Herrera for 5 games from Week 7 to Week 12 when the starting RG was dealing with a knee injury. Berger’s ability to provide depth at both LG and RG is precisely the reason the Vikings added him to the roster earlier in the season.

“He did well,” Frazier said of Berger’s time filling in for Herrera. “We felt like he is a guy who is more than capable of playing the guard position and playing center as well. When he was in there he did a fine job so we’re not stressed. We’d like to have Steve for sure, but Joe showed that he can get the job done.”

As for Fusco, he’s been active for just one game this season. The 6th-round pick is listed as a center, but he, too, has position flexibility. Frazier said the team has given consideration to rolling him into the game as well.

“We talked about that, just to be able to see him move around and just see how he does,” Frazier said. “We’re going to see how the game is going and maybe get that done.”

 Even at 2-12, the Vikings primary goal is to win the game. Vikings players and coaches continue to work hard during the week to be in a position to win on game day. But it also isn’t a bad idea to get a better look at players such as Fusco to see if they have the potential to a part of the team’s long-term plans.


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21 Responses to “Berger, Fusco Will See Action If Hutchinson Is Unable To Play”

  1. By vike0din on Dec 22, 2011 | Reply

    Most needed Free Agents:
    !) Laron Landry SS
    2) Joe Staley OT
    3) Robert Meachem WR
    4) Michael Griffin FS
    5) Aaron Ross CB

  2. By Shawn on Dec 22, 2011 | Reply

    Mike Wobs … little mistake

    “Berger filled in for Anthony Herrera for 5 games from Week 7 to Week 12 when the starting RG was dealing with a knee injury.”

    In Week 7 Berger actually was filling in for Sullivan. You remember when Adrian Peterson was able to run for 175 yards because Sullivan wasnt playing.

    Im not sure if your trying to confuse fans and give the impression that Sullivan is more than he is or if you got a little lazy and figured youd just put all his starts in one clump or if you didnt know

  3. By TITANIUM TITUS on Dec 22, 2011 | Reply

    Shawn, seriously, remember Head Coach Adrian Peterson knows what he is talking about.

  4. By Shawn on Dec 22, 2011 | Reply

    Also Herrera only missed 4 games … week 8-12 the 5th week was a bye week

  5. By Carl on Dec 22, 2011 | Reply

    vikeOdin,
    We are going to draft Kalil so we dont need Staley. I agree with Laron Landry SS, Michael Griffin FS not sure about him because he’s up and down from season to season. I think the Vikings will draft a FS. I could agree with Aaron Ross CB. I also agree with the Robert Meachum WR.

  6. By Viking33 on Dec 22, 2011 | Reply

    I suppose we should look at these players we drafted sooner or later. Mentally though, maybe we shouldn’t because I have been hearing for the last 4-6 weeks how important it is we finish the season strong. Does this mean that we finally have come to terms with a losing season? Personally, I have embraced it many moons ago, and have been calling to roll the rookies out there for a while. I guess we still aren’t though, because we have give the versatile journeyman utility offensive lineman Berger the nod over the rookie’s Fusco or Love whom we drafted to be our Center and Gaurd or Tackle, until we just signed our Center to an extension, and continue pin our hopes on the turnstyle Johnson and the human drive stopper Loadholt. I actually like Herrera but when they talk about him, they only talk about his intangible’s and not his ability, that scares me.

  7. By Viking33 on Dec 22, 2011 | Reply

    Meacham is an average receiver, of which we have many. Get Reggie Wayne – solid Pro who still has it, he would give Ponder the security he needs. In single coverage he wins, double him and Percy will kill you – he would give you what you need.

  8. By New Vike on Dec 22, 2011 | Reply

    Forget Meachum and Wayne, the FA WR that the Vikes need is the same one they tried to deal for before the deadline last year, VINCENT JACKSON! He gives instant credibility to the depleted wr corp. Along with that grap a high to mid rounder in the draft this year like Nick Toooon outta UW and imagine the possibilities of a redzone attack featuring V Jax, Mike Jenkins, and Nick Toon split out, with AP and Percy in the backfield. Of course they would need to draft Ryan Kalil to make sure they get to the redzone but that is a formality. haha

  9. By Immureglass on Dec 22, 2011 | Reply

    Meacham would be great but Reggie would be better heck I’ll even settle for P. Garson who’ll also be a F.A. but it really doesn’t matter who we got playing at WR or QB until this horrid Oline gets fixed.

  10. By Viking33 on Dec 22, 2011 | Reply

    @ new vike – Jackson is good but he is Captain Inconsistant. If we get a WR through FA we don’t need to draft one. We have too many needs at other positions to do that. Harvin – Jenkins – Wayne – Rudolph and Shank is not a bad group at all. If Arcineaux and Burton can come along we will be solid there for sure. I never had a chance to watch Kalil play this year, everyone says he is the stuff, but they also say he is undersized.

  11. By Immureglass on Dec 22, 2011 | Reply

    @ Viking33 I agree with most of what you said but I have this feeling that Shanks isn’t gonna be with this team next year. He’s a F.A. this off season and I don’t think he’s gonna resign with the Vikes. I get the impression that he hasn’t been happy with this team for the last two seasons.

  12. By Parody on Dec 22, 2011 | Reply

    Viking33 – CBS has Kalil listed as 6’6″. You have to go down to a guy who is 5th-round quality to find a taller OT. However, he is on the lighter side of the group, but I think he could easily add a bit of bulk between now and the beginning of the 2012 season to get closer to the standard LT weight class.

    Aside from Luck, Kalil is being advertised as the most likely player in this year’s draft to succeed in the NFL. I’ll gladly accept him being a little on the lighter side, with the type of potential he provides.

  13. By scott passanante on Dec 23, 2011 | Reply

    Well this is an easy one..It was pointed out by John Lynch analyst(plus a safety in nfl….The vikings defense in 4th quarter…”GIVES UP” a qb rating better then then any quarter back in league..includung Tom Brady ..Rodgers,Bree’s..so if you play vikings..by forth quarter….they are terrible..period..sorry so honest..

  14. By scott passanante on Dec 23, 2011 | Reply

    Also questioning Frazier ability…to get job done!

  15. By NorthwoodsVikesFan on Dec 23, 2011 | Reply

    “Turnstile” – now THAT’s funny.

    However, I can’t help but think of Johnston and Loadholt as Matchmakers with Short-term memory loss – “Mr. Peppers, meet Mr. Ponder.” “Mr. Peppers, meet Mr. Ponder.” “Mr. Peppers, meet Mr. Ponder.”

  16. By DAveJr on Dec 23, 2011 | Reply

    We need to draft the ball hawk CB from LSU. Mathieu would be a good corner to have. We need a more athletic middle line backer to play a tampa 2 as much as we do. And we need a playmaker at safety. I think raymond will start playing bettter the more games he gets. The offense is going to be just fine. The o-line is a concern but I would not waste our round one on a LT. If he is there in round 2 pick 2 then maybe we take him. I could also foresee the Vikings trading down there pick for an average round one and an extra round two. Three players in first two rounds would be a good way to acquire more talent wouldnt you agree

  17. By haedter on Dec 23, 2011 | Reply

    Dwayne Bowe, and Stevie Johnson are also free agents to consider.

  18. By BAROOOO on Dec 23, 2011 | Reply

    ROSS,LANDRY,M GRIFFEN and WINFIELD. PLUS WHOEVER WE PICK IN THE DRAFT WOULD BE MY DREAM SECONDARY.KEEP COOK,ALLEN,ABDULLAH,GRIFFEN AND SAPP FOR DEPTH/SPECIAL TEAms

  19. By New Vike on Dec 23, 2011 | Reply

    @Viking33 I agree V Jax is inconsistant, but part of that is due to the coverage. When teams double him he is obviously less effective, but when they double Gates and he gets manned he owns the CB. I think he would do the same in Minny, if nothing else he would free up single coverage on Percy and K Rudolph whom i believe will have a beast year next year. Speaking of corners, i wouldnt mind getting the LSU corner if the Vikes have pick 3. But i dont mean the honey badger, i mean Morris Claiborne. He has the size and skills to be a shut down guy. I think if the Vikes end up with a top 3 pick, they will find themselves with a great oppurtunity to land cornerstone peices to really build around. I would love them to get the #1 pick and trade it for a kings ransom, being that they need alot of help and 5 or 6 picks would work wonders in turnign around the franchise. If not Luck would be a very very nice pick at 1, and seeing if they couldnt get a 2 for Ponder. Otherwise i love Kalil at pick 2 or Claiborne at 3.

  20. By radzinwisconsin on Dec 23, 2011 | Reply

    Landry and Bowe is all they are going to have cash for!

  21. By Troy on Dec 24, 2011 | Reply

    1) Matt Kalil OT
    1b) Morris Claiborne CB

    2) Chase Minnifield CB
    2b) Stephen Gilmore
    2c) Dwight Jones

    3)Robert Lester S
    3b) WR

    1st choices is how i would hope the draft goes, 3rd rounder could also be a WR as first choice. all depends on who is there. but Kalil will probably be our pick. he will protect ponder and open lanes for peterson. so i didnt mention any OT in round 2-3

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