Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Around the Horns: Trouble on the horizon?
By Ben Goessling
We're going to preface all this with the disclaimer that the Minnesota Vikings have played three preseason games and put Adrian Peterson on the field for two plays. The first fact, and certainly the second one, should bring a heavy dose of perspective to the way things look for the team right now.
But a quick sweep through this morning's headlines doesn't exactly yield positive news for the team. Whether it's Jerome Felton's three-game suspension for a 16-month-old drunken driving arrest, the hand-wringing about the team's new stadium amidst a 21-year-old lawsuit or an injury affecting a 32-year-old fixture on the Vikings' defense, it's not hard to find a buzzkill around the club right now.
The Vikings are 0-3 in the preseason, and will finish the exhibition schedule without most of their starters on Thursday night against Tennessee. They'll then hope that Kevin Williams' hyperextended and bruised right knee heals quickly, that Sharrif Floyd's own knee injury is better by Week 1 and that Christian Ponder can emerge from his preseason malaise and click with his new receivers by Sept. 8 in Detroit. But after the Vikings improved by seven games in 2012 to go 10-6 and land the NFC's final playoff spot, their preseason has offered a steady dose of reminders about how hard it is to keep moving forward in the NFL.
Here is a look at some of the Vikings headlines around the web:
-- We looked at the impact of Felton's three-game suspension on Adrian Peterson, in light of how much more productive the reigning MVP was with a fullback in front of him last year.
-- A fight over the Wilf family's financial data could still delay construction on the Vikings' new stadium, writes Richard Meryhew of the Star Tribune.
-- Jerome Simpson won't face discipline for tripping a fan who ran onto the field on Sunday night in San Francisco, Mark Craig of the Star Tribune says.
-- Two orthopedic surgeons think Kevin Williams' knee injury could be serious enough to keep him out up to six weeks, according to Sean Jensen of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
-- Questions will still surround the Vikings' offense until it has Adrian Peterson on the field for the regular seasons, writes Brian Murphy of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
-- ESPN.com NFC West blogger Mike Sando looks at the low block that injured Williams' knee on Sunday night and determines it wasn't illegal.
-- And in a bit of happier news, while ESPN's Paul Lukas doesn't love the Vikings' new uniforms, he thinks they're better than the old ones by enough to make them the most improved uniforms in his Uni Watch power rankings.