Vikings fire back at Sharper

May, 27, 2010
NFC North colleague Kevin Seifert has an item on reaction by the Minnesota Vikings to New Orleans safety Darren Sharper saying Brett Favre’s surgically-repaired ankle is a target for the Saints in the regular-season opener.

Minnesota tight end Visanthe Shiancoe said that Sharper’s knee surgery also provides the Vikings with a target. That’s a valid point. But I’m not sure it’s wise for Sharper or the Vikings to get too worked up about this issue in May.

The start of the season is a long way off. Besides, I’m thinking there’s a very good chance Sharper won’t even be in the starting lineup for that game. Malcolm Jenkins was getting the first-team work at free safety on Thursday.

I know this might not sit well with Sharper’s fan club in New Orleans, and that’s understandable because the guy was a huge contributor as the Saints won the Super Bowl. But he also is 34. Jenkins was a first-round draft pick last year and the Saints want to get him on the field.

Pat Yasinskas | email

ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter



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