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Minneapolis, MN - Coming off the heels of an embarrassing 28-10 loss to the Chicago Bears, Leslie Frazier met with the media after rewatching film from yesterday's game. The results of the viewing were not pleasing, leaving the Vikings with "a lot of work to do" before this upcoming Sunday's game against the Green Bay Packers. Here is a synopsis of Frazier's conversation with the media.
-According to coach Frazier, both Kyle Rudolph and Harrison Smith continue to be evaluated for concussion related symptoms. Both players will have to follow league mandated protocol and pass concussion tests before being cleared to return to practice and subsequently game play.
- Jasper Brinkley suffered a slight sprain of the AC joint in one of his shoulders. Brinkley finished the game on Sunday but may be limited as the Vikings move through the week of practice.
- Phil Loadholt left yesterday's game with inflammation in his knee and could also be limited during the team's practice sessions this week.
- Adrian Peterson was also dinged up with a minor shoulder strain and could be held out of practices this week but is expected to play next Sunday in Green Bay.
- No update has been provided yet in regards to Percy Harvin's ankle injury. Harvin has been out three weeks and has missed the team's last two games.
Peterson scolded for late arrival:
Adrian Peterson arrived to the stadium approximately twenty minutes after the team's mandated arrival deadline on Sunday. Peterson still started the game and played the entirety of all four quarters but coach Frazier expressed his displeasure with Peterson's actions. "Anytime one of your leaders is not where he's supposed to be, it's not good," Frazier explained. "I talk to our team all the time about being where you're supposed to be and being where you're supposed to be on time. It's a big deal." Frazier confirmed that he and Adrian had spoken on the issue but did not go into the details of their conversation.
Dropped passes sticking in the coaches craw:
Christian Ponder played far from the best game of his career, but his effort on the field yesterday was not helped much by the play of his receivers. Unofficially, FSN's Brian Hall had the Vikings for seven dropped passes yesterday stemming from multiple culprits including Simpson, Carlson, Jenkins, Burton and Wright. "The number of dropped passes we had yesterday was really unacceptable in our league," Frazier explained Monday. "It’s hard to continue drives when you don’t catch the football, and that’s a part of what you have to be able to do as a wide receiver in our league. The drops were not good. They hurt our continuity, our ability to move the football. So we have a lot of work to do."
Unfortunately for him, the drops are becoming a trend for first year Vikings wide receiver Jerome Simpson. "Well drops are a little bit of a concentration issue and if your concentration is not on the next play and you’re thinking about the previous play it can affect the next play," Frazier said. "When your teammates see those opportunities disappear, it affects the entire team. It affects the guys on the field, affects the guys on the sideline. I mean they see the opportunities. But then they disappear."
The Vikings will have an open locker room session this afternoon so, pending attendance, we may be able to get the player's point of view on a few on this weekend's issues. Stay tuned...