Minnesota Vikings Expect A Healthy Team After The Bye Week
By Joseph Gunther
The Minnesota Vikings had two players inactive for Sunday’s win over the Detroit Lions because of injury.
The Vikings have two weeks to heal before a daunting stretch of games that begins against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field in Week 12.
After Sunday’s game, head coach Leslie Frazier believes everyone should be available against the Bears.
Percy Harvin is the biggest concern for the Vikings. He is the most explosive and dynamic player on the Vikings roster. He has 62 catches for 677 yards and three touchdowns while rushing for 96 yards and a touchdown.
“We’re optimistic, but still we’ll have to wait and see,” he said during the introduction of his Monday press conference. “He’s getting better, but we’ll know more, probably, a week from today what it looks like as far as him practicing that following Wednesday.”
He was on crutches all week and called himself a long shot to play last Sunday. Jarius Wright replaced Harvin in the lineup and made an immediate impact in his NFL debut.
The rookie receiver from the University of Arkansas caught three passes for 65 yards and a touchdown while rushing once for three yards. Christian Ponder got him involved in the game early with two throws in the team’s opening drive.
“We always felt like he had a chance to help us, for obvious reasons, the fact that we drafted him,” Frazier said. “To see him play as well as he did, it’s great for our team, great for his confidence and I’m really encouraged just watching him continue to develop.”
Frazier was asked Monday if it will be difficult to get both Harvin and Wright on the field at the same time.
“If you believe a guy can really help you get it done, you’ll figure out a way to make that work numbers-wise,” he responded. “It does mean that you’ll have to put someone else down if you dress five wide receivers, but there are ways we can get that done if want both of them on the field.”
Letroy Guion was the other starter to miss the game.
“He’s making progress,” Frazier said Monday about his starting defensive tackle. “(He) is really much improved and everybody else should be ready when we start back.”
Despite a very good game from Fred Evans Sunday, Frazier confirmed that Guion would start when he is healthy.
“Fred did a good job for us, but Letroy is our starter,” Frazier said. “We’ve had some good games with Letroy in there and he’s played well for us throughout the season. He got a little banged up, but once he’s healthy, he’ll be our starter.”
The old saying is that you shouldn’t lose your job because of an injury. Go tell that to Wally Pipp.
Frazier said that Harvin and Guion would remain in the Twin Cities to receive treatment, but no one else had injuries serious enough to keep them in town.
The Vikings need a fully healthy team when it embarks on a three game stretch against the two teams ahead of it in the NFC North standings from Week 12-14.
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Joseph Gunther is an avid fan of Minnesota sports, including football, hockey and baseball. He covered a wide variety of sports while attending Hastings College in Hastings, Neb. While at Hastings College, he was a part of the first collegiate media group to broadcast a national tournament via television, radio, internet and newspaper at the 2004 NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball Tournament. He grew up in the Twin Cities playing three years of varsity football in high school. His work can be found on Examiner.com.