Report: Bernard Berrian deactivated against Arizona due to “disciplinary decision”

Jeremy Fowler and Brian Murphy of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports the Vikings deactivated wide receiver Bernard Berrian for Sunday’s 34-10 victory over Arizona after he missed two meetings – one for the team, one for the offense – at the team hotel Saturday, according to a person with knowledge of the situation.

Apparently his teammates had no idea it was happening.

“I didn’t know about it until I got here,” said quarterback Donovan McNabb after Sunday’s 34-10 win over Arizona.

Sunday marked Berrian’s first stint on the inactive list for reasons other than injury.

Coach Leslie Frazier said he did not bench Berrian as punishment for questioning his role in the offense on Twitter and debating it with a state lawmaker.

“It was a disciplinary decision by me,” Frazier said. “That was the reason he wasn’t active.”

“That’s not to say it will continuously be this way,” the Vikings coach said. “There were some things that we needed to get done that had to be done.”

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17 Responses to “Report: Bernard Berrian deactivated against Arizona due to “disciplinary decision””

  1. Zag says:

    I don’t get what this guy is trying to do. He has become the worst kind of player. The kind of player who makes a lot of money for little performance and STILL has the gall to skip team meetings and tweet like he’s a rock star.

    Upset about your role in the offense, Bernard? Try getting open!

    His speed was the only thing going for him. Now that’s gone, so I don’t know why he’s still playing.

  2. Fisher says:

    I’m disappointed to find out that the benching was a one-time deal. Berrian used to be quite fast, but doesn’t seem to have that same speed these days. Beyond that, he drops more passes than he catches (and with McNabb missing more passes than he makes, he and Berrian are a bad combination). The Vikings need to revamp their receiving core, and Berrian should be the first to go. He’s continually failed to perform to the level required of his contract size, and seems to only be growing less and less effective.

  3. Vikadan11 says:

    Well if you look at everyone else outside of Harvin and Jenkins he’s not doing that bad ~ Many of the passes his way have been badly over thrown or thrown at the ground just like they were yesterday ~

    McNabb over threw him in the 4th qt’ of the Chargers game and the game last well when he was wide open for sure TD’s ~

    If the Vikings had a good QB all the skill players would look much better than they do with McNabb and that goes for Berrian as well ~ Will he ever be a pro bowl WR ~ No ~ But he could be a good #3 and at the money he is now making thats not a bad deal ~

    Berrian is still getting open deep ~ I dont know what more you could ask from the #3 WR ~ He could have help win the Chargers & KC game had McNabb been able to throw a good pass his way ~

    • sb says:

      vikadan, you’re assuming that Berrian will actually catch the ball when he gets it! HUGE assumption

      • Vikadan11 says:

        Kato that would be true for anyone not named Harvin or Jenkins ~ No one is having a great season with McNabb ast QB ~ THe point is no one knows how those plays would have turned out had the ball placement been right ~ It could be just as true that Berrian caught both passes and the Vikings would be 3~2 right now ~

        Done get me wrong ~
        I had hoped Berrian would be replaced by another vet signed in FA ~ But with Greenway & Peterson’s due new contracts the Vikings didn’t have the cap to sign any FA WR’s worth a nickle ~

        But as of right now Berrian is the #3 WR and the coaches believe he is still worth using ~ Other wise he would have been cut by now ~

        Aromashodu has made a couple good plays the last couple of weeks and if he can keep it up he should over take Berrian as the #3 WR and I hope very much that he does ~ But it’s going to take more than a couple of TD passes to do that because Frazier seems as set on using Berrian as he is McNabb ~

        Just some thoughts ~ I have never claimed to be a coach or talent scout of any kind ~ So I can always be wrong ~ Sometimes very wrong ~ LOL

        • krugjr says:

          Vikadan…..I’m with you, entire offense would have better stats with a more accurate QB, and Berrian was getting open deep…..who knows, maybe he has made his opinion of McFlabb known to frazier and said “I’ll show up at the offense meeting when the offense shows up”…..

          Coach…’s becoming more obvious frazier has donavan just trying to “manage” games with his experience and win with defense, but it is a formula that is wearing out and will fall apart against the “good” teams…..also feel the cardinals didn’t even show up for the game…

  4. Skol12 says:

    He was benched? I didn’t notice, I thought it was an average game for him.

    • VSU Blazerlady says:

      LOL….Skol12, too funny!

      Just to throw a question out there for discussion…….

      Is Berrian just the tip of the iceberg? Obviously when a team is not having much success, you begin to look at a lot of things. Just wondering how much the coaches are having to deal with a lack of discipline among the players.

      Sorry, but if you are missing meetings, you don’t deserve to play – don’t care who you are. As I said a while back, if a player is not giving 100% which includes all areas of their employment, then bench’em.

      • Fisher says:

        I couldn’t agree more. This is the top of the football world, and they are highly paid professionals. If they don’t give it their all in workouts and practice, then they shouldn’t play. If they don’t even make it to team meetings (or practice or other functions of their high-dollar employment), then they don’t deserve to have their job, let alone play on gameday.

  5. Lost Viking says:

    I can think of a couple of receivers who would be worse than Berrian….

    Chad Ochocinco – 7 receptions for 130 yards
    TJ Houshinzadah – lucky we avoided this mistake
    Derrick Mason – hey, Jet as trade partner
    Derek Heyward – Bey

    Honorable mention:

    Golden Tate –
    Ted Ginn, Jr. –

    But not many more

  6. Kato says:

    Yeah, something is off. Can’t tell why. He probably is enjoying being a multi millionaire and he’s lost his edge. If he could do what he’s done, it would really help. I like #19 and Jenkins. Both pretty solid pick ups.

  7. hookem says:

    just think if Tj Houshmaznadaraarapenstein signed with us. That would mean him and Berrian would be our WR’s and no Harvin…. wow things could actually be a lot worse

  8. bisatc says:

    Regardless of who plays outside, we need to move Harvin into the slot where he can abuse linebackers and safeties. He has the fastest twitch speed of any player Mike Mayock had ever seen (mike scouts thousands of college players every year and expressed this before the Vikings drafted him), We need to use that to our advantage!

  9. Lost Viking says:

    Worst ‘Top’ Receivers 2011 to Date

    PlayerTeam Rank Passes Yards EYds Catch

    M.Williams TB 90 39 185 138 49%
    B.Berrian MIN 89 16 37 -11 13%
    D.Hester CHI 88 28 169 60 43%

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