Vikings Place Hutchinson On Reserve/Injured List, Sign RB Todman

Posted by Mike Wobschall on December 27, 2011 – 5:02 pm

The Vikings placed LG Steve Hutchinson on the Reserve/Injured list on Tuesday and signed RB Jordan Todman from the San Diego Chargers practice squad to take the vacant spot on the roster.

Hutchinson did not play in last week’s win over the Washington Redskins because of a concussion he sustained two weeks ago against the New Orleans Saints.

Todman was a 6th-round draft pick of the San Diego Chargers in last April’s draft. He was a standout RB for the University of Connecticut, scoring 31 rushing TDs and running for 3,179 yards in 3 seasons. Todman was a First-Team All Big East selection in 2010 and was also named the conference’s Offensive Player of the Year that season.

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Gerhart, Raymond Up For Weekly Awards

Posted by Mike Wobschall on December 27, 2011 – 10:23 am

A pair of young Vikings are up for weekly awards this week after providing a helping hand in the Vikings victory over the Washington Redskins on Saturday.

RB Toby Gerhart has been nominated for the FedEx Ground NFL Player of the Week after rushing for 109 yards on 11 carries at, appropriately enough, FedEx Field. Joining Gerhart as nominees for the award are Pittsburgh’s Rashard Mendenhall (18-116-1) and Buffalo’s C.J. Spiller (16-111-1). Gerhart has the lowest yardage total of the 3 finalists by a slight margin, but it should also be noted that he gained those yards on just 11 carries.

Vikings fans can vote for Gerhart on now through 2:00 p.m. CT on Friday.

The other Vikings player up for an award is rookie S Mistral Raymond, who has been nominated for Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week honors. Raymond tallied 6 tackles, 2 passes defensed and a 4th-quarter INT, which he returned for 31 yards, in the Vikings win over Washington. Raymond’s INT basically sealed the Vikings victory because it set up Ryan Longwell for a 23-yard FG that put the Vikings up by 10 points with just over 4 minutes to play in the game.

Bengals QB Andy Dalton, Raiders WR Denarius Moore, Panthers QB Cam Newton and Redskins RB Evan Royster are also finalists. Vikings fans can vote for Raymond on now through Friday at 11:00 a.m. CT.

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Frazier Pleased With Griffin’s Play, Sees Good Things Ahead For Him

Posted by Mike Wobschall on December 27, 2011 – 6:02 am

Cedric Griffin has been a much-maligned member of the Vikings defense recently, and his season may have reached a low point about two weeks ago when he was benched during the Vikings Week 14 game in Detroit and then did not start or play much at all in the Vikings Week 15 game at home against the New Orleans Saints.

But Vikings Head Coach Leslie Frazier has since had a chat with Griffin, and it appears the soft-spoken but ultra-competitive CB has responded well. A quick glance at the stat sheet from Saturday’s game against the Redskins will not reveal gaudy statistics for Griffin, but a longer look at the game tape apparently didn’t reveal many errors, either. Vikings Head Coach Leslie Frazier couldn’t say enough positive things about the game Griffin played on Christmas Eve Day.

“Cedric played well,” Frazier explained. “He was active. He was really into it, in all areas. He did a really good job. I’m really proud of the way he played, the way he approached things throughout the week in practice. He had his best week of practice and it showed in the way he played on Saturday. He was very competitive, he played smart, executed the techniques that we asked of him, repeatedly. So, that’s really, really encouraging and it’ll be great to see that again this Sunday against Chicago. I was really encouraged by his play and his attitude and his effort as well.”

When he plays well, Griffin is a big asset for the Vikings defense because he has the size to battle with some of the NFL’s best and biggest WRs. This season, though, Frazier has indicated that he wants Griffin to execute basic techniques of the CB position better and also play with more confidence.

“It would have been very, very difficult to walk off that field with a win yesterday if he didn’t play the way he played,” Frazier said. “He played well enough to give us a chance to win that football game. It was very, very encouraging to see his play.

“I haven’t lost my confidence in Cedric along the way. What I’ve tried to do is encourage him to regain his confidence, because I believe that he can do certain things that he has to believe he can do. Saturday, he executed some of those things without any inhibitions, without any concerns. He just played freely. If we get that out of him, which I expect us to going forward, there are good things ahead for him.”

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