Wednesday, December 25, 2013
Vikings take a break for Christmas
By Ben Goessling
MINNEAPOLIS -- Ordinarily, the Minnesota Vikings would have been off on Tuesday and returned to the practice field on Wednesday to prepare for Sunday's game against the Detroit Lions. But with Wednesday being Christmas Day, coach Leslie Frazier made a decision to alter the team's schedule for the week after consulting with the Vikings' leadership council.
Frazier meets with the group of a dozen or so players every week to keep his finger on the pulse of what's happening in the locker room and discuss the direction of the the team. After getting the group's input, Frazier decided to have the Vikings treat Tuesday like a Wednesday and Wednesday like a Tuesday, practicing on Christmas Eve and taking Christmas Day off.
"We get a day where I don’t have to worry about waking up in the morning and coming in for practice and spend Christmas with the family," running back Adrian Peterson said on a conference call with Detroit reporters on Tuesday. "It was a good call. We are practicing today to get it out of the way and get to spend Christmas with our people.”
The Lions will practice on Wednesday afternoon, taking the morning off so players can spend time with their families, but coach Jim Schwartz didn't want to alter the Lions' schedule any more than that. Frazier, though, has typically structured the Vikings' schedule to give players time off at the holidays when he can, so it wasn't surprising to see the team head in that direction.
One more thing to pass along; you might have seen it by now, but I thought I'd link to it in case you hadn't. It's the video holiday card the Vikings put together earlier this month, showing Peterson's, shall we say, unique taste in gift-giving. The video checks in at just under two minutes, and will provide you some laughs to start your Christmas.
And with that, we're going to go dark for the day, unless there's breaking news. Thanks for your continued engagement with this blog, and our work at NFL Nation, throughout the season. One of the most rewarding things about this job is to know you're covering something people care so much about. That said, though, there are far more important things going on than what's happening in the NFL, and Christmas is ultimately a cry to make right what has gone wrong in the world. So whether you're traveling to see friends and family, working, worshiping or simply spending the day relaxing at home, I hope your holiday is full of joy, peace, warmth and love. Merry Christmas, and we'll talk Thursday!