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Monday, November 15, 2010
BBAO: Why didn't Bernard Berrian play?

By Kevin Seifert
ESPN.com

We're Black and Blue All Over:

There are some gaps in the Minnesota Vikings' explanation for why receiver Bernard Berrian was active but did not play in Sunday's 27-23 loss to the Chicago Bears.

Berrian had been added to the Vikings injury report Friday because of a groin injury and was listed as questionable. Sunday, coach Brad Childress said: "He was set to go. We had him up and I knew it was bugging him a little bit. He said he didn't feel like he'd be able to go."

Teams must submit their game-day roster 90 minutes before kickoff. Quarterback Brett Favre said Berrian appeared to come up lame on his first warm-up throw, but Berrian took to Twitter on Sunday evening to dispute that account:
"4 the record don't ever question my heart or toughness.Played plenty games injured. U just don't hear bout it. N warmup had nothin 2 do w/it"

In fact, Berrian tweeted that he had the same injury during a nine-catch performance Nov. 7 against the Arizona Cardinals.

I don't think Berrian's absence was the difference in this game, and it's not as if the Vikings were short-handed with four other receivers still available. But typically NFL players are deactivated before a game if they're not healthy enough to play. What happened Sunday morning if there wasn't some kind of set-back during warmups, as Berrian indicated?

We don't know that answer. Berrian didn't provide an alternate explanation and chided reporters who asked him to clarify via Twitter. Chalk it up as another bizarre episode for the Theatre of the Absurd.

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