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Expanding On Practice Squad Procedures

Posted by Mike Wobschall on September 3, 2012 – 6:16 am

There’s been a lot of talk about NFL Practice Squads over the last several days. The Practice Squad is a part of the team that’s easy to take for granted, but there is a detailed subset of rules that govern the Practice Squad and how NFL teams use their Practice Squads to supplement their roster.

There was a Practice Squad-related question in this week’s Monday Morning Mailbag, so in case you missed it we’ll use much of that information in this blog entry along with several other details (as provided by the Collective Bargaining Agreement) that didn’t make it into the Mailbag.

– Clubs were permitted to establish a Practice Squad of no more than eight players (can be fewer than eight) beginning after 12:00 p.m. ET on Saturday, September 1. The Practice Player Contracts agreed to by the club and the player are set to expire seven days after the club’s final regular season or postseason game, unless the contract was terminated by the club or player prior to that time.

– Not just any player can be placed on a team’s Practice Squad; only players who do not have an accrued season of free agent credit or players who have a season of accrued free agent credit but were on the team’s Active List for fewer than nine regular season games during each accrued season(s).

– Players on the Active/Inactive List may not be signed directly to a Practice Player Contract, but first must be terminated via waivers.

– A player may serve on the Practice Squad a maximum of three seasons. Also, an unusual provision exists that says a player who has served two seasons on a Practice Squad is permitted to serve on a Practice Squad in a third season only if his team has 53 players on its Active/Inactive List.

– A player is deemed to have served on a Practice Squad in a season if he has passed the team’s physical exam and has been a member of a team’s Practice Squad for at least three regular season or postseason games (a bye week counts as a game as long as the player is not released until after the regular season or postseason weekend in question). Where that rule changes is on the third year of Practice Squad eligibility. If a player has served two Practice Squad seasons, he earns a third season if he has passed the club’s physical exam and has been a member of a club’s Practice Squad for at least one regular season or postseason game (including a bye week). Also, a player who is eligible to be signed to the Practice Squad at the beginning of a season remains eligible for the Practice Squad for the remainder of the regular season and postseason, regardless of the number of games that he is a member of the Active/Inactive List during that season.

– If a player has served two seasons on a Practice Squad, he is deemed to have served a third season if he has passed the club’s physical exam and has been a member of a club’s Practice Squad for at least one regular season or postseason game (including a bye week).

– Practice Squad eligibility stays with a player for his career, meaning that one season’s worth of credit on the Practice Squad with the Vikings goes with a player if that player is signed to another team’s Practice Squad.

– A Practice Squad player’s contract may be terminated by the club on the same grounds as any other player contract. A Practice Squad player may also terminate his own contract with the club to pursue a tryout or contract with another club. If another club signs a Practice Squad player away from another team, the new club must count that player on its 53-man roster for three weeks. If a Practice Squad player wants to sign a Practice Squad contract with a new club, his original club must first terminate the Practice Squad player contract.

There are several more rules and provisions related to Practice Squad players and their relationships with their club and other clubs in the League, as well as ineligible and injured players, but we’ll save those details for another day. Those are the basic rules of the Practice Squad. They may not seem basic after reading them, but it just goes to show how complex the process of building an NFL roster can be and about how intentional the NFL and the NFL Players Association is about providing an equal playing field for teams and players.


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112 Responses to “Expanding On Practice Squad Procedures”

  1. By OTKalil2012 on Sep 3, 2012 | Reply

    First !!!

  2. By OTKalil2012 on Sep 3, 2012 | Reply

    Nice article Wobs…

    Especially the part if the team signs a player from another teams practice squad…The team signing that player has to be on that teams 53 man roster only 3 weeks…

    I thought it was for the rest of the regular season for that spot taken on the 53 man roster…

    A 3 week period is not bad at all…To take a chance on a player who could help out a team…

  3. By OTKalil2012 on Sep 3, 2012 | Reply

    I hope they are not planning any tricks with Sage and MBT ??..

    Just release the “athlete” Joe Webb…

    So he can start training for the 2016 olympics…

    Webb is not an NFL caliber QB…

    http://min.scout.com/2/1217588.html

  4. By PurplHaze on Sep 3, 2012 | Reply

    I’m glad someone is writing about what a mistake it was to put Sage on the street. Webb is the guy they should have cut.

  5. By OTKalil2012 on Sep 3, 2012 | Reply

    I see where Ted Thompson has been manipulating the media into believing he worked some king of evil magic to get some unknown rookie QB to their practice squad…hahaha

    Thompson has got foolish Packer fans believing he can walk on water…Harrell stinks…And he has the fans wondering now if the next Favre is in that rookie QB…

    The Vikings might have that kind of talent in MBT…I can see Thompson stealing MBT from us if he hits the waiver wire…After using the media to pump up a no name rookie as camouflage…

    Would a team like the Jets with Sanchez and Tebow stinking up New York…Pass on using MBT as a number 3 developmental QB on their team ??…

    NO GAMES Rick…Keep MBT on the 53 man roster….

  6. By sandiamond on Sep 3, 2012 | Reply

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers
    9/2
    Dale Moss (WR) practice squad addition.

  7. By sandiamond on Sep 3, 2012 | Reply

    Lions ps addition. stats sure looks lot better than carr

    http://www.nfl.com/player/draytonflorence/2505506/profile

  8. By Mike B. on Sep 3, 2012 | Reply

    Wobby looks a little uncomfortable in front of the camera. You do a great job of analysis of the plays, just relax in front of the camera. You are doing well. Ready to see some Regular Season Footbally. Barrroooohhh.

  9. By musignymark on Sep 3, 2012 | Reply

    Thank’s for the info on the Practice Squad. I am very enthused by our Practice squad addition’s. Ernest Owusu had a great camp, he looked lean and fast. He played the outside very well in game during the preseason. Kevin Murphy has great size, but play’s a little high. Both will benefit from being with the Vike’s this year. Good luck guy’s!

  10. By Parkway on Sep 3, 2012 | Reply

    As long as the Hyphen stays on the team it’s all good, Lets put Gurley in for Aromashadrop. Too bad Webb didn’t spend the offseason perfecting his route running, his measurable’s are nearly identical to those of Megatron, just saying

  11. By RichardA1 on Sep 3, 2012 | Reply

    WIl the Vikes be ready for the Game Sunday? will they send the Viqueens in there? Will they play like a team, together, as one? Can they be tenacious? Penalties, inexperienced dum play? will the rest of the team put effort into the game and not sit back and watch the proven stars do there thing, are they going to start with 100% blood & guts effort and play that way tell the last play of the game? Will they play up to there true potential?

  12. By RichardA1 on Sep 3, 2012 | Reply

    Is this going to be a team that plays, or for 60 minutes we hear about one player and how good he is? Is coach Frazier doing his job? will they be prepared? A team that has penalties all game long? Can they play like the Vikings of old?

  13. By Frederick Jones on Sep 3, 2012 | Reply

    @Titus,

    Freddie didn’t lie about the 3 super bowl titles. Actually I complimented you on making that prediction.

    Then you said jones lied, because he stated that Joe Webb would be the QB of those three titles!

    Give jones a break, the Vikings.com readers are smarter than that.

    You need to work with jones, not against him!!!

  14. By Frederick Jones on Sep 3, 2012 | Reply

    RichardA1,

    No the Vikings will not play the way you are asking. Yet they might win anyway because Jacksonville is so bad, and it is a home game!

  15. By Mark B on Sep 3, 2012 | Reply

    Just had a thought on the Sage/MBT situation – try to stick with this:

    When the Vikes released Sage, the only portion of his salary they are responsible for is the guaranteed portion ($500,000) where had he been on the roster week 1, all of it would have been guaranteed (thanks new CBA).
    So here’s the play – the middle of next week (post week 1) the Vikes resign Sage to league minimum (not guaranteed and saves the team right around $500,000 total – difference between league minimum and Sage’s old contract) and places MBT on waivers. Teams would then have to jettison someone from their ACTIVE 53 man roster (and keep MBT there for 3 weeks) to pick him up via waver claim, or wait until he clears waivers then empty a spot on their practice squad (that should be filled with in house players with upside).

    Is this risky – yes, but by delaying waiving MBT one week it at least reduces, or possibly removes, any competition by other teams to sign him. The Vikings would also have their veteran QB who could help Ponder on the sidelines try to digest what the opposing defense is showing him. Best of all, it saves money and makes Sage’s contract non-guaranteed.

    If this is indeed what Spielman is doing, I can just picture him sitting in a leather wrapped wing back chair stroking his cat cackling out his best evil laugh!

    Muah-ha-ha-ha-ha!

  16. By Parkway on Sep 3, 2012 | Reply

    If we lose to the Jags, a terrible team to start with, without their star player or with a very rusty star player (haven’t heard if MJD is going to play) then we are in for a very long disappointing season I would have to say.

  17. By Spencer on Sep 3, 2012 | Reply

    Im sure MJD is gonna play. Hes probably gonna get 25 carsrie as-well.

  18. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Sep 3, 2012 | Reply

    Freddie– just giving you back what you have been giving me. Reap what you sow, Fred Jones!

  19. By Spencer on Sep 3, 2012 | Reply

    Why are you constantly referring to yourself in the 3rd person?

  20. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Sep 3, 2012 | Reply

    Intelligent people do that.

  21. By Spencer on Sep 3, 2012 | Reply

    Dont you miss when football, was football?

  22. By H.M.G. on Sep 3, 2012 | Reply

    @Celtic”the cyber bullying”vikingfan
    How do you know what anyone has done with their life?
    He didn’t talk $hit about them as people he just said that they were over rated. While you take to personal attacks.
    Oh and to be clear I think being a soldier is a lot more productive than playing football.

  23. By H.M.G. on Sep 3, 2012 | Reply

    I’m done speaking to the likes of you.

  24. By RichardA1 on Sep 3, 2012 | Reply

    I disagree Fred, I think the Jags, any team this year will be getting a 100% ass kicking compliments of the MN Vikings! one Berzerk of a good time!

  25. By Parkway on Sep 3, 2012 | Reply

    Ohhhh yeahhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!! 57-3 Vikes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  26. By Frederick Jones on Sep 3, 2012 | Reply

    @RichardA1,

    You are right…but as for freddie, and his house, we will try to keep on the even keel, never getting too high in victory, or too low in losses.

    The 8-8 would be great. W/O Petey, that’s going to be very tough to achieve.

  27. By Frederick Jones on Sep 3, 2012 | Reply

    A lot of people on here are predicting Vikings domination. That’s great, but what do you do if it turns out bad?

    Crawl into a hole?

    The only way they will be 10-6 or 14-2 is if Frazier and his staff have done some REALLY QUALITY COACHING during this off-season. I mean COACH OF THE YEAR stuff.

    So don’t go slamming Frazier if they start out 2-6.

  28. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Sep 3, 2012 | Reply

    The first part of the season before the BYE, Titus predicts 7-3. Don’t be surprised if we only win three of the last six and end at 10-6. Bills will win the AFC East and face the Ravens in the AFC Championship. Pretty sure the 49ers will be in the NFC Championship– not sure if it will be the Giants or Cowboys who play them.

  29. By Parkway on Sep 3, 2012 | Reply

    2-14 baby first overall pick!

  30. By Bigfan1 on Sep 3, 2012 | Reply

    I thought AP was going to play first game, now it’s questionable. Wow, not good going into the season without AP.

  31. By Parkway on Sep 3, 2012 | Reply

    K Bills winning the division over the Patriots is a joke sorry, Patriots only got better this year with all the help they drafted on defense

  32. By JG on Sep 3, 2012 | Reply

    How come so many people beleive in MBT so much? Im not being sarcastic or saying he’s a scrub im just legitimatley wondering.

  33. By Viking33 on Sep 3, 2012 | Reply

    I will be happy with solid improvement overall, especailly on the Defense.

    Hold AP back until he is ready, football will still be there when he is good to go.

  34. By Viking33 on Sep 3, 2012 | Reply

    He is our scrub – and nothing promises like hope JG

  35. By RichardA1 on Sep 3, 2012 | Reply

    After whooping ever team we play this year, we may look back to see who the doubters were, jury’s still out on what we will do to them! I got my animal skinned viking clothes, helga hat, horn, swords, axe’s, spears, shield, cup made out of a animal horn! I am going into the game and will not except defeat!

  36. By Viking33 on Sep 3, 2012 | Reply

    I have less than a week until the first game, and I still haven’t decided on the Game time meal……Wings – Pizza – Burger – man this usually isn’t so hard.

  37. By Frederick Jones on Sep 3, 2012 | Reply

    JG,

    In regards to MBT, every year there are players that people have high hopes for because of their play during the pre-season.

    Pre-season play doesn’t mean that much though, and never has. I’ve seen many guys look like all-pros during Pre-season only to see them not even make the roster.

    Even 1st round draft choices get cut during training camp!

  38. By Frederick Jones on Sep 3, 2012 | Reply

    @RichardA1,

    I think we will have to step off the bus throwing in nearly every game this year.
    Without an offensive line we will have to d ink and dunk.

    If we are not throwing to RBs (which we should be doing according to Sir Fred) then we will have to hit the TEs repeatedly. Use the run as a surprise.

  39. By Frederick Jones on Sep 3, 2012 | Reply

    Name Deep Throws Medium Short Scramble Run on Demand

    Ponder 3 4 4 5 3

    Webb 5 3 4 4 5

    MBT 3 3 4 2 2

    Ponder 18
    Webb 21
    MBT 14

  40. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Sep 3, 2012 | Reply

    By Bigfan1 on Sep 3, 2012 | Reply
    I thought AP was going to play first game, now it’s questionable. Wow, not good going into the season without AP.

    ___________________________________________________________________ Au contraire, mon ami. This is smart. Let AP get totally healthy– going too quickly when he may not be fully recovered raises high risks he will reinjure and be back to where he was 8 months ago. If we cannot win at home against the Jags without AP, we have no business being an NFL team.

  41. By Frederick Jones on Sep 3, 2012 | Reply

    Ponder is our QB, and is better now because of the intangibles…experience, confidence, vision.

  42. By Parkway on Sep 3, 2012 | Reply

    MBT has potential. you can’t teach arm strength, and he has it. He also showed pretty good pocket presence. If it was all first string all around maybe it wouldn’t have been as good. But he has POTENTIAL based on some of those things so that is why everyone is excited to see how he develops.

  43. By OTKalil2012 on Sep 3, 2012 | Reply

    I think AP will come back in game 4 against the Lions…

    Why would Frazier risk AP or his reputation as a head coach…And take a chance of bringing AP back to early ??

    Doctors say rehab is so many weeks or months to recover from an ACL injury…For AP to come back before that time would leave Frazier open to criticism from the entire medical profession…If AP would suffer another related injury…

    Gerhart can handle the RB duties against the Jags and Colts…Leave AP still sitting against the 49ers league leading defense…

    And then start a completely healthy AP against the Lions in game 4…An away game where AP doesn’t try to over do anything like he might in front of the hometown crowd…

  44. By Frederick Jones on Sep 3, 2012 | Reply

    @Parkway,

    Arm strength is somewhat like running speed in that it is difficult to teach. But you can teach it. Weight Training and mechanics can go a long ways towards increasing arm strength. The hardest thing to develop would probably be height!!!

  45. By Frederick Jones on Sep 3, 2012 | Reply

    Now what is all this stuff about Adrian sitting out the season opener?

  46. By Frederick Jones on Sep 3, 2012 | Reply

    Frazier would not give up the power of the “Peterson secret” for any reason!

  47. By Spencer on Sep 3, 2012 | Reply

    6 days till Gameday.

    And something new this year is that Cook will be shadowing the opposing teams #1 WR. He did it against Stevie johnson, so he will probably do the same against Blackmon.

    Whose guarding Laurent Robinson?

  48. By OTKalil2012 on Sep 3, 2012 | Reply

    Another reason I would wait if I was Frazier until the Lions game to (unleash the beast) Peterson…Is the point its an all important division game…

    If the Vikings do happen to have a couple wins under their belt after the first 3 games…

    And go into the motor city with AP healthy ready to go…Along with Simpson coming off his suspension…

    Might give the Vikings a psychological edge adding a few more big weapons…In the Vikings first division match up…

    A game I think the Vikings will play very well in…

  49. By Spencer on Sep 3, 2012 | Reply

    Even though Carr and Bowman were scrubs, im still surprised that we released them.

    -I dont trust Winfield on the outside.
    -Burton has shown me nothing at all.
    -Jefferson doesnt know the playbook.
    -And Robinsons a rookie.

    The #2 CB spot is wide open..

  50. By QB on Sep 3, 2012 | Reply

    I don’t like Frazier saying Adrian is a game time decision. He has been through a lot. I’d rather him make a decision one way or the other after Wednesdays practice. Either he is ready or he is not. I say either hold him out, or give him 20 carries. For a guy like AP 4 or 5 carries is not gonna do much for his confidence. It’s not fair to AP or the rest of the team, to be so wishy washy.

  51. By sandiamond on Sep 3, 2012 | Reply

    Z Bowman with a great play! bring him back to the norris div

  52. By Viking33 on Sep 3, 2012 | Reply

    Would it have been so wrong to keep AP on the PUP and target his comeback after game 6 or so?? Now, we don’t know if he can play and he takes up an active roster spot irregardless. We should have hopes to be .500 over those 6 games with or without him anyways.

    Is it gamesmanship…..I hope not because that would be dumb.

  53. By Spencer on Sep 3, 2012 | Reply

    Why hasnt the team announced Mistral Raymond as the starting FS yet?

    I swear if Sanford is starting opening day…

  54. By sandiamond on Sep 3, 2012 | Reply

    can’t wait to order #33 when starting lineup is announced this wk

  55. By Viking33 on Sep 3, 2012 | Reply

    Well we will soon see – Blackmon vs Kalil – “Did we choose wisely?”

  56. By odark30 on Sep 3, 2012 | Reply

    I cannot remember a single word I just read of that article…..
    Someone was asking why Harry Smith is not starting…. I think it does not matter so much who starts on this team anymore. There will obviously be a boat load of rotation as the game progresses with Fraziers, “hockey-style” plan. He is trying to avoid the late season fatigue that occurs when one guy sees a thousand reps. This is probably why Harvin demanded to be traded weeks back.

  57. By Spencer on Sep 3, 2012 | Reply

    Lol “Jamarca Sanford highlights.”

  58. By Frederick Jones on Sep 3, 2012 | Reply

    Viking33 and OTKalil,

    The Jones Katt isn’t so confident that the Vikings will have a winning record after 3 or 6 games as you two seem to indicate, even WITH PETERSON!!!

    fredd thinks that the Vikings medical staff just isn’t that confident about A.D. and his physical readiness at this time.

    If we sit A.D. out, maybe we’ll be 2-14, like the man said, and get a #1 draft choice. This time we can pick a GUARD and A.D. will dominate like never before!!!

    A.D. is only 27 right now.

  59. By Frederick Jones on Sep 3, 2012 | Reply

    If we play A.D. and he get’s reinjured, he may come back, but he’ll be nearly 30 by the time he does.

  60. By Frederick Jones on Sep 3, 2012 | Reply

    Fred Dogg would rather lose to Jacksonville, and Indianapolis than play a weak-kneed Peterson.

  61. By Frederick Jones on Sep 3, 2012 | Reply

    If the Vikings beat Jacksonville and Indy, people on here will start calling Frazier a genius!!!

  62. By Smith on Sep 3, 2012 | Reply

    I was 100% percent Kalil going into the draft. But after watching most of the Colts and Jags preseason games, I don’t know. I’m drinking the the Luck and Blackmon Kool-Aid. (Not that we had a shot at Luck, or would take it)

    I think if we beat the Jags and Colts (especially without AP) that will be HUGE!!!

    I expect both games to be competive and awesome, I can’t wait!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Gabbert and Blackmon looked pretty good in the Pre-Season. But the, regular season is much faster, and Blaine has yet to meet Allen, Williams, Robison and Brinkley coming after him for blood!!!! He might S.HIT a brick.

    And then Arron Rodgers could eat it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  63. By rogerthevikefan on Sep 3, 2012 | Reply

    @HMG thanks but I’m a big boy and can fight my own battles. This is not a fight worth the time or energy so I say drop it and everyone be nice to one another.

  64. By Aaron Rodgers on Sep 3, 2012 | Reply

    I admit, I would enjoy that!!!

  65. By rogerthevikefan on Sep 3, 2012 | Reply

    Besides lets talk about how the Vikings are gonna rip the heads off the Jags and feed them to the baby Vikings.

  66. By Spencer on Sep 3, 2012 | Reply

    I dont see why fantasy experts are so high on Blackmon for week 1. Are they forgetting that Cook will be guarding him?

  67. By rogerthevikefan on Sep 3, 2012 | Reply

    Gabbert will go pee pee in his pants before the end of the 1st quarter. Smith with 2 INTs. Allen 3 sacks. Cook a pick 6. Victory will be ours.

  68. By rogerthevikefan on Sep 3, 2012 | Reply

    Chad Henne will replace Gabbert in the 3rd quarter.

  69. By Viking33 on Sep 3, 2012 | Reply

    Fred – you misunderstand me. I do not want to play AP unless he is at 100%. I say keep him on the PUP and play someone else if he isn’t at 100%. Play someone else and let the chips fall where they may.

  70. By Viking33 on Sep 3, 2012 | Reply

    But I do not think that we cannot win without him either – he just makes it more viable.

  71. By odark30 on Sep 3, 2012 | Reply

    Its always good to have the AP threat on the field………Either way so many are under-rating Gerhart. Shoot I benched AP on my fantasy team a few weeks ago.

  72. By rogerthevikefan on Sep 3, 2012 | Reply

    Not worth the risk if AP is not 100%. Give him atleast 2 more weeks. Jags and Colts can be beaten with ease. Jags O is bad. Very very bad. Colts D is changeing to a 3-4 and doesn’t have the personel to run is yet. The Vikings can beat them behind Ponder’s right arm.

  73. By Aaron Rodgers on Sep 3, 2012 | Reply

    Right after Blackmon got his DUI, I said, what a Douche!!! But he has impressed me in the pre-season. And the Jags D last year was definately good!

    I do not see beating these guys, a walk in the park. But if we do, every analyst will say just that.

    A WIN against the JAGS means something, and don’t kid yourselves.

    One win at a time, that’s how it’s done.

  74. By Smith on Sep 3, 2012 | Reply

    OOPS!. Forgot to change names. That was me on the last post.

  75. By Smith on Sep 3, 2012 | Reply

    I only impersonate GB players not any of you guys. I’m not the impersonator, I SWEAR!!! I don’t know if Aaron rogers like to eat S.HIT!!!

  76. By Clay Matthews on Sep 3, 2012 | Reply

    He does, I can attest.

  77. By habs001 on Sep 3, 2012 | Reply

    I hope the Vikings have a good year but right now i am not too optimistic…While games are not played on paper going into the season can we really say that the Vikings roster can compete with the roster of the teams in our division?..

  78. By habs001 on Sep 3, 2012 | Reply

    Not sure that vs quality teams the Vikings can win a close game at the end or hold on to win…if the Vikings win their first 2 games they could have a good year(8-8) but if they lose their first two games i am afraid they will be in lottery pick territory at the end of the year…may not be bad lol..

  79. By RichardA1 on Sep 3, 2012 | Reply

    I have been opening up cans of whoop ass for everybody in the stadium, and home viewers. The whole team will be playing like Sanford, hardhitting! Vikes are going to be on fire, its going to spread to the fans, hot! I say play AP selectively, not like every play then the coachs look at each other, huh, AP could’nt do it, where are the other 10 players on Offense? Non stop, tell the last play in the Superbowl, suprise of the NFL this year, Go Vikes!!!

  80. By sandiamond on Sep 3, 2012 | Reply

    jones-drew 13-15 carries
    peterson 7-9 carries

    Need AD in there to counter and increase odds of winning wobbly knee or not
    Jax no easy win.

  81. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Sep 3, 2012 | Reply

    Yeah, let’s not get overly excited. Jacksonville wants to win too– they are going to play us close.

  82. By sandiamond on Sep 3, 2012 | Reply

    yea titus they are sending the bowling ball in with only 4 practices. Jax fiqures this is an easier game/must win to kick off the season

  83. By sunnyazvike on Sep 3, 2012 | Reply

    Vegas has us winning by 4… with 38 points total.

  84. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Sep 3, 2012 | Reply

    If we don’t win, Titus will not watch any more games this year. And will not appear on this blog until 2013.

  85. By Frederick Jones on Sep 3, 2012 | Reply

    @Titus,

    Careful with those predictions. Some people other than jones think those become lies.

  86. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Sep 3, 2012 | Reply

    I predict AP will not play.

  87. By Frederick Jones on Sep 3, 2012 | Reply

    If we play A.D. and he get’s reinjured, he may come back, but he’ll be nearly 30 by the time he does.

    Fred Dogg would rather see A.D. sit on the bench, and lose to Jacksonville and Indy.

    That is unless he is miraculously healed up completely.

    Of course if you put in Joe Webb, not only do you have a p.a.s.s in g attack, but you have a ground game as well.

  88. By Frederick Jones on Sep 3, 2012 | Reply

    Joe Superman Webb

  89. By Frederick Jones on Sep 3, 2012 | Reply

    There goes the Superman!!!

  90. By Frederick Jones on Sep 3, 2012 | Reply

    You have no answer to Joe Webb!!!

  91. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Sep 3, 2012 | Reply

    AP will not play this first game– I guarantee it.

  92. By Frederick Jones on Sep 3, 2012 | Reply

    It would not surprise Fred Dogg if A.D. did not play. Jonesy does not have a crystal ball, and I don’t think you do either Spencer, Titus, 61Vikings, OTKalil, Sandiamond, and habs.

    Whatever happened to Shawn???

  93. By Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus on Sep 3, 2012 | Reply

    Frazier and Spielman know it is best to make AP wait for three reasons: One, this is a home game where we should be able to win, regardless of AP, Two, it truly gives AP a more solid footing of being healed– an extra week or two (some limited plays maybe next week)- he is too valuable and no need to rush him back yet, Three, In a subtle way, it establishes the authority of the coach and provides the leadership we need from Frazier– everyone knows how stubborn and determined AP is to go and play– but Frazier will show he is the top dog– and that is what is going down, my friends– that is the skinny behind the scenes.

  94. By TITUS KNOWS BEST on Sep 3, 2012 | Reply

    BAROOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

  95. By Spencer on Sep 3, 2012 | Reply

    Shawn followed Cedric Griffin to the Redskins.

    He now owns an RG3 snuggie.

  96. By VegasVike on Sep 3, 2012 | Reply

    Vegas odds and VegasVike odds are two different things….
    Vegas says Vikes by four
    VegasVIKE says Vikings by 10!!
    No AP and no JS!

  97. By Brad Childress' Mustache on Sep 3, 2012 | Reply

    I hope the Vikings were listening to the NFL Network’s Darren Sharper’s impassioned plea for the Vikings to rest Adrian Peterson for at least half the season. Actually, they shouldn’t need his plea to make the right decision. Everyone that knows about these injuries knows that it’s too soon for him to return. It’s one thing to have an MCL tear, it’s quite another to have also had an ACL tear. As people in the medical field know, a torn ACL Iwhich is in front of the knee) needs surgery because it doesn’t have intrinsic repair properties. Therefore, any kind of impact to that area is risking a great deal!!!

    With Toby Gerhart, the Vikings are in good shape. But I fault the Vikings and perhaps Rick Speilman for not drafting a RB in the middle of the draft. It wasn’t a priority for them, but it should have been.

  98. By TITUS KNOWS BEST on Sep 3, 2012 | Reply

    I said that too– rest AP until after the BYE– our schedule is much harder at that point and he will bring a big momentum lift and we might do better with him coming in at that time to uplift the team spirit. That would give AP another 11 weeks– it would be the smart move and we might end 10 or 11 wins and win a playoff or two.

  99. By TITUS KNOWS BEST on Sep 3, 2012 | Reply

    Titus needs to go to bed– big day tomorrow.

  100. By sandiamond on Sep 4, 2012 | Reply

    Adrian might only stat half-doz carries 25 yds . At least the coaches get a good look(make future dec), AD gets loose and percy might another TD!

    Fred , the team is still hungry for just [1] win rollover from last year. 0-2 won’t cut it

  101. By Viking33 on Sep 4, 2012 | Reply

    This AP injury scenario seems awful familiar. Wasn’t it last year AP was hurt with what I think was an ankle….and it went week to week to week until he finally played only to get his knee blasted. I don’t remember the details, but what I do remember is that the Vikings always made it seem like he was going to play or was close to playing. Then on game day – no AP. Sounds a little like Shannahan stuff, I hope we aren’t being that lame.

  102. By OTKalil2012 on Sep 4, 2012 | Reply

    updates on players….

    http://min.scout.com/2/1217643.html

  103. By Mike B. on Sep 4, 2012 | Reply

    I would hold AP out until Medical says he’s ready and not AP himself. AP wants to prove he’s tough and wants to contribute and that’s great. We don’t want him to get hurt again and possibly end his career. If the DRs say he’s ready let him play, otherwise hold him out. I wouldn’t risk him on what maybe a 5-11 season.

  104. By RichardA1 on Sep 4, 2012 | Reply

    We could change this to Titus & Freds blog, they do most of the posts! The Vikes Vikings are wet behind the ears, so many rookies, not playing like a team, they need “dry wood”!!

  105. By RB on Sep 4, 2012 | Reply

    Where might I find said “Monday Morning Mailbag?”

  106. By DrinkHeavyVikingsFans on Sep 4, 2012 | Reply

    If AP plays, he’ll only be in for a couple of plays as a decoy. He has taken ZERO hits in camp and it’s not like he’s running behind the likes of Randall McDaniel and Todd Stuessie…

    Predictions?

    Vikes win their home opener with a late field goal and hold on for dear life for a 17-16 win over the Jags. Coaches and team are pumped..Frazier talks about how it was a great win over a very tough team..

    Unfortunately in week #2 overconfident and under-prepared, the Vikes go on-record as the 1st NFL team to be beaten by Andrew Luck who throws 2 touchdowns in a 23-17 win. Post-game, Frazier praises Luck’s performance as “not unexpected” and says that while the Vikes lost, he saw “alot of good things out there today” but that “we just didn’t make enough plays to win”. Says he’s confident that “we’ll get things fixed in time for San Fran. ”

    Just keeping it real for the sunshine, lemon drops and rainbow fans..

  107. By Troutdaddy on Sep 4, 2012 | Reply

    @ Drinkheavy… Wow- you do a great Frazier impression… I laughed out loud when I read your post. BUT- I think you are wrong about getting beat the second game. I think our defense is going to wreak havoc on Luck and that our defense will win that game for us- but it will be a close one too… As far as Peterson goes- HE and HIS COACHES should do the right thing for the team and LISTEN to what his doctors say. If they think his knee is good to go then give him the green light and quit the second guessing. If his knee is not ready, then by all means- sit the guy down and let Gearhart be the man for a while. Asiata is also going to have a greatyear and with these two we can still hit the holes and rumble for many a yard. The big question remains…. Is the REAL Titus back yet??? I don’t think so…

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  111. By sandiamond on Sep 4, 2012 | Reply

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1319971-minnesota-vikings-breaking-down-the-8-man-practice-squad

  112. By odark30 on Sep 4, 2012 | Reply

    Hmm. I am betting that AP does see play this Sunday. However, only a few times and he wont get the ball. They play him just to mess with the Jags D.

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