Former NFL supervisor of officials Jerry Seeman, who worked as the chief referee in two Super Bowls, has died after a long bout with cancer at age 77. Seeman died Sunday at his home in Blaine, Minn., league spokesman Greg Aiello confirmed Monday. The St. Paul Pioneer Press first reported the death of Seeman, who was an NFL game official from 1975 to 1990, including 12 seasons as a lead referee. Seeman moved to the league office in 1991 and served 10 years as the supervisor of officials until his retirement. “Jerry modernized and improved NFL officiating during his 10 seasons leading the department,” Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement distributed by the league. “He was very proud of being a football official, and he always made the NFL proud through his skill, integrity, and professionalism.”
The Minnesota Vikings and Green Bay Packers played to a 26-26 tie at Lambeau Field Sunday. The Vikings turned an early seven-point deficit into a 16-point lead early in the fourth quarter. The Packers scored 16 straight points in the fourth quarter, including 10 in the final four minutes to force overtime. Both teams kicked a field goal on their opening drive of overtime and traded punts before time ran out.
Linebacker Clay Matthews didn’t feel like celebrating after the Packers could only muster a tie with the Minnesota Vikings despite rallying from a late 16-point deficit. But in a season full of tough breaks in Green Bay, the 26-26 draw Sunday may not be so bad.
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Owatonna High School’s football team will try to complete a perfect season next Saturday in the Class 5A title game. The Huskies have been nearly impossible to stop on offense this season, racking up an average of 39 points a game. But before Owatonna’s offense does its thing, the Huskie sideline does its part. “When the sign boards go up, it might mean something,” says Coach Jeff Williams.
Adrian Peterson is dealing with a groin injury and will not miss a game, even if asked to do so. The Minnesota Vikings also can expect to have wide receiver Greg Jennings in the lineup when it travels to Green Bay to take on the Packers. Harrison Smith is on the mend and expects to begin practicing next week. The Vikings listed four players as non-participants, seven as limited participants and three as full participants in Thursday’s practice.
Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers will not play against Minnesota on Sunday after hinting earlier in the week he might have a chance. Rodgers needed to be on the field at practice Friday, but he is not yet recovered from a broken collarbone and was ruled out for the game. He has missed the past two games. Green Bay also has four of its seven cornerbacks on an extensive injury report this week.
The Minnesota Vikings will play without starting middle linebacker Erin Henderson at Green Bay. Henderson has missed practice all week due to an unspecified personal matter. On Friday, coach Leslie Frazier ruled the team’s leading tackler out of the game against the Packers. Audie Cole will start in Henderson’s place. Another starter, defensive end Brian Robison, was listed as questionable for Sunday because of a muscle spasm in his neck.
The Minnesota Vikings hope to have a decision on their starting quarterback when practices begin on Wednesday. Josh Freeman is expected to be named the starter after Christian Ponder’s latest bad outing. The Vikings lost cornerback Josh Robinson and center John Sullivan during the loss to the Seattle Seahawks, but wide receiver Greg Childs is expected to return to practice for the first time since training camp in 2012.
The Minnesota Vikings play their final divisional road game Sunday against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. The two teams are heading in the wrong direction with one combined win since their Week 8 meeting in Minneapolis. The Packers hope to get quarterback Aaron Rodgers sooner rather than later. They are struggling to get anything going without their star quarterback.
The Minnesota Vikings stayed in the game for three quarters, but interceptions on back-to-back drives allowed the Seattle Seahawks to pull away for 41-20 victory at CenturyLink Field. The offense was okay in the first half, but horrible in the second half. The defense was okay in the first half and good in the second half before wearing down.
Earl Thomas got a brief look at Percy Harvin during offseason workouts. He saw his skill in a Minnesota uniform the previous four seasons. And Seattle’s star safety certainly knows what Harvin can do in the virtual world.
There’s a baleful buzz around Big Ben and my beloved black & gold these days. Reports say that the mountainous QB is now a mutinous QB, demanding he be traded at the end of this season.
Christian Ponder says he can play, but Leslie Frazier hasn’t committed to starting the third-year quarterback on Sunday. The former first round draft pick will wear a harness, if he plays. The team listed two players as non-participants, seven players as limited participants and six players as full participants in Thursday’s practice.
Ask around and you’re liable to get a variety of explanations why Adrian Peterson and Marshawn Lynch are two of the top running backs in the NFL.