A Few Mid-Week Notes On The Purple

Suiting Up

The Vikings are going to look funny during this week’s game where hardly anybody will be laughing about anything.  On Monday night the Vikings are going to be using throwback uniforms.  Generally Vikings fans like our throwbacks better than the current uniforms, but how will they look with pink shoes?  As part of an effort to raise awareness for breast cancer, some Vikings players will be sporting pink cleats (I can’t remember where I read this, but I promise it is out there somewhere).  So, if the Vikings continue tweaking their game day appearance, maybe we can look forward to seeing this by the end of the year:

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Reynaud Trying To Get Ready

The Vikes have continued their pretty good luck on the injury front (frantically knocking on wood).  Darius Reynaud has the second best punt return average in the NFL after three weeks, but injured his hamstring against the Niners.  Reynaud is questionable, but has shown optimism that he’ll be ready to go by Monday. 

Erin Henderson had a calf injury that kept him out for the first three weeks of the season, and is questionable for this week.  It would not be a surprise to see him inactive for the fourth week in a row, as the Vikings have gotten good production out of their linebackers and there is no reason to rush Henderson back onto the field, risking further damage.

So, barring any weird mid-week revelations like last week, the Vikings are looking pretty healthy headed into World War Four.

On The Flip Side

The Packers have also been able to stay pretty healthy through three weeks.  The biggest names to keep an eye on prior to the game are tackle Chad Clifton (ankle), safety Atari Bigby (knee), running back Brandon Jackson (ankle), and linebacker Jeremy Thompson (knee).

Each of these guys will probably be questionable throughout this week.  Chad Clifton having to sit out would be a nightmare scenario for the Pack, as Jared Allen is even more capable of harassing the quarterback than Antwan Odem.  Odem had five (FIVE!) sacks against the Packers, which was mostly contributed to Clifton having to leave the game.

Harvin Begins To Make A Case

Percy Harvin has scored three touchdowns in his first three games in the NFL, and made quite the impression along the way.  There is already talk that the league’s leading kick returner, the team’s leading receiver, and fastest guy I’ve seen since the Olympics could be an early front-runner for rookie of the year.

Of course, if the votes were to be tallied today, Jets quarterback would win based off of the Jets success… and his good looks… and his pretty smile… and his ability to solve global warming.  If the Jets turn south again, he may start to lose popularity, though.

A Minor Roster Shuffle

The Vikings waived backup center Kory Lichtensteiger and signed undrafted free agent Jon Cooper from the practice squad.  The Vikings also signed offensive tackle Patrick Brown to the practice squad after letting go of receiver Nick Moore.

Rumor has it the Vikings will try to sign Vinny Perretta to the practice squad.  Perretta spent training camp and preseason with the Vikings.

Trade Deadline Approaches

In three weeks, teams will be unable to make any trades.  This may suggest that the Vikings will be monitoring teams to see if there is any interest in the services of Tarvaris Jackson.

Jackson is a free agent after this season and the odds are good he leaves without the Vikings getting any compensation for the quarterback.  While the Vikings currently enjoy solid depth at quarterback, do not be surprised if a last minute trade gets done with a team like the Panthers, Browns, Redskins, Jaguars, Dolphins, Rams, Bucs, Seahawks, Raiders, or any other team having current issues at the quarterback position.

The Vikings are thought to be willing to trade Jackson for no less than a fourth round pick in 2010.

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2 Responses to “A Few Mid-Week Notes On The Purple”

  1. starrc10 says:

    I would love nothing more than to pick up a fourth rounder for next years draft. It would be a perfect pick to trade up in the first or second round. Just hope they choose wisely.

    Great news about Reynaud sitting second in PR’s! Pro Bowler? Maybe we could send our entire roster this year.

    • Adam Warwas says:

      Starr, that’d be a blast… but you know Brett wouldn’t go because he’s Brett and never goes.

      A 4th rounder would be adequate compensation, I’d love to see that happen. The more picks the better, as next year’s draft is looking like a darn good one. Maybe we can rip someone off by trading McKinnie for a 1st rounder? That guy is the most overrated, overpayed, over stupid guy on our roster.

      Lots of good tackles coming out in this draft.

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