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Posted on: December 24, 2011 1:28 pm
Edited on: December 24, 2011 1:32 pm
 

Percy Harvin knocked out of MIN-WAS game

By Josh Katzowitz

UPDATE: Harvin has returned to the game.

Despite having Adrian Peterson and Cedric Griffin, who actually made the start today, the Vikings handed the ball to Percy Harvin on a rush attempt early in the first quarter against the Redskins.

Perhaps, not surprisingly, Harvin – who’s been beat to hell lately with an illness, finger injury, ankle injury and rib injury – hurt himself again after rushing into a pile of Redskins, left the game and walked to the locker room.

Early indications are that Harvin might have suffered an arm injury.

After not utilizing Harvin much last week (he caught three passes for eight yards and rushed once for minus-one yard), the Vikings might have been using Harvin to try to jump-start the offense. But it’s hard to jump-start anything when one of your top receivers is in the locker room.


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Posted on: December 23, 2011 1:37 pm
Edited on: December 23, 2011 4:07 pm
 

Colts loss to Jaguars clinches No. 1 overall pick

Andrew Luck applauds the effort of teams trying to land the top pick. (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

On Thursday night, the Colts theoretically -- as Gregg Doyel noted in his lose-lose column from the game -- shot themselves in the foot by beating Houston 19-16. After all, even though we play to win the games, you don't want to win so many games that you lose out on once-in-a-generation prospect Andrew Luck.

Fortunately, the Colts didn't totally sink their own battleship against the Texans -- the NFL confirmed on Friday, via Peter King of Sports Illustrated, that if the Colts lose to the Jaguars in Week 17, they will clinch the No. 1 overall seed in the 2012 NFL Draft.

Currently, the Colts, Rams and Vikings all have two losses. The Colts have the "best" strength of schedule (read: they play a worse set of teams than St. Louis or Minnesota and yet are just as bad), so they'd likely win any tiebreaker for the top pick if all three two-win teams lose their remaining games.

If the Colts win, however, they won't just be working on a serious Hail Mary for Jim Caldwell's career as coach there; they'll also probably cough up a shot at Luck.

That presumes that the Vikings fall to the Redskins and Bears, of course. If they do, though, they'll hold the No. 1 overall pick and be faced with a fascinating decision.


If they're sure Christian Ponder, taken in the top 10 of the 2011 Draft, is the answer, they can move the top pick to a team that's desperate for a quarterback.

The Dolphins and Redskins would, by most accounts, be willing to give up an insane haul of draft picks in exchange for the rights to draft Luck.

Of course, the Colts could also trade the rights to Luck for a bevy of picks, but that would give Peyton Manning more leverage when it came to any attempted negotiations of the deadline for picking up his option than would missing out on the top pick. Plus, Indy has a need in the long term for a franchise quarterback, so seeing them deal the top pick in the draft is pretty unlikely.

Then again, a few weeks ago, so was the possibility of someone else landing it.

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Posted on: December 21, 2011 4:52 pm
 

Rodgers tops Pro Bowl voting; Tebow third AFC QB

Aaron Rodgers led the way in all Pro Bowl voting.(Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

We've wondered whether or not Tim Tebow is a Pro-Bowl candidate before this year and the answer is probably "no." But that doesn't matter when it comes to Pro-Bowl voting, where Tebow was the third-highest vote getter among AFC quarterbacks.

Aaron Rodgers, named the Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year on Wednesday, was the top vote-getter among all NFL players, pulling in 1,581,982 votes from fans. Tom Brady was second among all NFL players with 1,454,311 votes. Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker and tight end Rob Gronkowski joined Brady in the top 10, via NFL.com:

Top-10 Pro Bowl Vote Getters
Player Position Team Votes
Aaron Rodgers
QB Packers 1,581,982
Tom Brady
QB Patriots 1,454,311
Drew Brees
QB Saints 1,188,893
Calvin Johnson
WR Lions 1,180,777
Wes Welker
WR Patriots 1,133,787
LeSean McCoy
RB Eagles 962,824
Rob Gronkowski
TE Patriots 936,886
Ben Roethlisberger
QB Steelers 935,535
Adrian Peterson
RB Vikings 925,554
Mike Wallace
WR Steelers 923,073

So, yeah, breaking: the Patriots and Steelers are popular! Also popular? Tebow.

AFC Pro Bowl Leaders by Position
Offense Defense
Player Pos Team Votes Player Pos Team Votes
Tom Brady
QB Patriots 1,454,311 Andre Carter
DE Patriots 511,693
Arian Foster
RB Texans 896,804 Haloti Ngata
DT Ravens 592,603
Vonta Leach
FB Ravens 149,801 Terrell Suggs
OLB Ravens 546,851
Wes Welker
WR Patriots 1,133,787 Ray Lewis
MLB Ravens 413,222
Rob Gronkowski
TE Patriots 936,886 Darrelle Revis
CB Jets 561,986
Michael Oher
OT Ravens 327,644 Troy Polamalu
SS Steelers 230,649
Logan Mankins
G Patriots 337,844 Ed Reed
FS Ravens 198,075
Maurkice Pouncey
C Steelers 376,457 Shane Lechler
P Raiders 228,782
Sebastian Janikowski
K Raiders 244,512 Joe McKnight
KR Jets 140,926

Once again, I'll point out that the Ravens and Patriots are popular (and also good at what they do), along with the Steelers. Brendon Ayanbadejo was the leading "special teams" vote-getter, with 106,515. On the NFC side, well, I hope you like the Packers:

NFC Pro Bowl Leaders by Position
Offense Defense
Player Pos Team Votes Player Pos Team Votes
Aaron Rodgers
QB Packers 1,581,982 Jared Allen
DE Vikings 784,527
LeSean McCoy
RB Eagles 962,824 Justin Smith
DT 49ers 525,578
John Kuhn
FB Packers 322,260 DeMarcus Ware
OLB Cowboys 581,554
Calvin Johnson
WR Lions 1,180,777 Patrick Willis
MLB 49ers 581,554
Jimmy Graham
TE Saints 725,612 Charles Woodson
CB Packers 763,198
Chad Clifton
OT Packers 392,106 Roman Harper
SS Saints 147,542
T.J. Lang
G Packers 327,740 Morgan Burnett
FS Packers 223,292
Scott Wells
C Packers 436,693 Andy Lee
P 49ers 161,812
Mason Crosby
K Packers 184,665 Devin Hester
KR Bears 268,293

For the NFC, Jarrett Bush of the Packers received the most special teams votes with 134,696. (And yes, I suppose I could have kick returners on the offense side, but I'm not trying to have my tables be all uneven. Oh no I'm not.)

Naturally, none of this means any of these guys are guaranteed to make the Pro Bowl -- the fan vote only counts as one-third of the total. The players vote is worth two-thirds. But there's a good chance that many of these guys will end up in the Pro Bowl.

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Posted on: December 19, 2011 2:59 pm
 

Adrian Peterson thinks Saints D was playing dirty

A week after a Tennessee player accused New Orleans' D of playing dirty, Peterson does the same. (US PRESSWIRE)

By Ryan Wilson

After missing three games with a high-ankle sprain, Vikings running back Adrian Peterson returned to the lineup Sunday against the Saints to carry the ball 10 times for 60 yards. But following Minnesota's 42-20 loss, Peterson suggested that New Orleans cornerback Jabari Greer intentionally twisted his ankle one play before he ripped off a game-high 39-yard run.

"I came into the game kind of expecting that coming back from a high ankle sprain," Peterson said, according to the Times-Picayune. "Guys are going to try to take their shots when we're on the pile and try to twist it up and things like that.  "I felt like it kind of got overboard. I got up and kind of got in his face. Thank God I was able to keep my composure."

This comes a week after Tennessee wideout Nate Washington accused New Orleans safety Roman Harper of being a dirty player after he grabbed Damian Williams' facemask.

"Honestly, he's a dirty player," Washington said after their Week 14 meeting. "We watched film on [Harper], he's dirty. And I don't appreciate it, I'm going to step out in public and say it: He's dirty. That was dirty what he did, it's unfortunate that he grabbed the facemask -- at the same time you don't walk over a guy and nudge him with your knee. You don't do that. That's dirty. And honestly, that's a dirty player, flat out. This is not just one game. He's been doing it all season. And I'm tired of it. I hope the league did something about it."

During his Monday press conference, Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier said that Peterson came out of the Saints game "fine," which is more than we can say for the Vikings' season. 

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Posted on: December 18, 2011 11:57 am
 

Good news FF owners: Adrian Peterson is active

PetersonBy Josh Katzowitz

Hey everybody, Adrian Peterson is doing it for you! Or, at least, for those who employ him on their fantasy football roster.

Earlier this week, Peterson said he would play today for the 2-11 Vikings because, among other reasons, "It's very important, especially for my fantasy team owners.” He probably wasn’t altogether serious, but that doesn’t mean he’s not earning some serious brownie points from those who are fans.

And he WAS serious, because the Vikings announced he IS active today vs. the Saints.

Peterson hasn’t played in the past three weeks after suffering a high ankle sprain vs. the Raiders. Though he said originally that he thought he could play the next week, that obviously didn’t happen (probably drawing the ire of everybody who uses him in fantasy football).

But never fear, Peterson is back, and for a team that benched rookie starting quarterback Christian Ponder last week, the offensive boost should be a welcome addition.



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Posted on: December 16, 2011 12:04 pm
Edited on: December 16, 2011 4:16 pm
 

Adrian Peterson returning 'for my fantasy owners'

By Will Brinson

There's very few good reasons for Adrian Peterson to return to the Vikings lineup. The team is 2-11, long since mathematically eliminated from the playoffs and the last thing they want is for AP to suffer a long-term injury.

But Peterson, who missed the last three games with a high ankle sprain, is coming back anyway and he's doing it for the unlikeliest of reasons: his fantasy owners.

"It's very important, especially for my fantasy team owners," Peterson half-joked, per our Vikings Rapid Reporter Joe Oberle. "They've been giving me a hard time on Twitter. Being out sucks."

The Vikes running back said he's not "100 percent" but still feels like he's healthy enough to get on the field and make a difference.

"I wouldn’t say I am 100 percent, but I would say I am good enough to play," Peterson said, per Oberle. "I’m feeling good, just going through the preparation during the week. I will recover a couple of days and be ready to roll."

Peterson's fantasy owners can't be too angry with him; he's a top-five running back in CBSSports.com standard scoring leagues this year, despite missing four weeks. And because he actually live up to his contract in the offseason, he didn't cause a bunch of owners to bail on their season with an embarrassing start (ahem, Chris Johnson).

Still, owners want more. They always do. And they're willing to offer, well, anything in order to increase Peterson's production.

"They'll say, 'Will you please [play]. I'll send my wife down to visit you,'" Peterson said per Mark Craig of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. "Sometimes, it's like, wow. Some of the things I read on there is crazy."


That kind of sounds like the worst remake of Indecent Proposal ever, doesn't it? (And for the record, fantasy owners almost never offer these same incentives to fantasy experts; they just tell you that you're stupid and are always wrong regardless of the outcome.)

Whatever, it's cool to see that Peterson embraces the whole business of fantasy football, even if he's mostly joking and doesn't actually play.

And given that Peterson's going against the Saints, who give up a fourth-worst in the NFL 4.9 yards per carry, you should probably make sure you start him.

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Posted on: December 15, 2011 10:08 pm
Edited on: December 16, 2011 1:28 am
 

USC OL Matt Kalil to enter NFL Draft, sign agent

By Will Brinson

We've seen a recent surge of top prospects entering the 2012 NFL Draft (the top wideout, Justin Blackmon, and top quarterback, Andrew Luck, on Rob Rang's big board are already in) and now top offensive line prospect Matt Kalil will leave USC and enter the draft.

Kalil, the third-best prospect according to NFL Draft Scout, will leave the Trojans program and make the leap into tue NFL.

"It was definitely a tough decision because I love SC," Kalil told the LA Times. "But itís a special opportunity. Itís time to move on."

Kalil's brother, Ryan Kalil, currently plays center for the Carolina Panthers, and there's been talk of joining the brothers in a tandem on the line there.

Of course, the younger Kalil would need to fall to the Panthers first, and in Rang's latest mock draft that didn't happen. Rang has Kalil going to the Vikings (currently slated to have the third pick).

It's also possible the Rams could consider Kalil with their pick (currently No. 2), depending on how they grade Justin Blackmon and/or if no teams are willing to trade up to a higher spot.

2012 NFL Draft

Ultimately, Kalil will probably end up being a top-five pick.

Premiere offensive lineman come at a high cost for teams looking to shore up their offensive lines, and even though we've seen the value of quarterbacks in the first round spike significantly over the past year or so (thanks, ridiculous 2011 NFL Draft class!), the value of a left tackle who can step in and perform well from day one can't be overstated.

Kalil's decision could also influence quarterback Matt Barkley. Barkley hasn't made a decision about the draft yet, but losing the guy who protects his blind side (coupled with a high draft rating) could potentially push him closer to making a decision and turning pro.

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Posted on: December 11, 2011 4:51 pm
Edited on: December 11, 2011 5:47 pm
 

Officials miss face-mask call, Lions beat Vikings

The no-call on this face mask ended the game and now Detroit is 8-5. (Getty Images)

Posted by Ryan Wilson

The Lions are 8-5 after a wild finish to Sunday's game against the Vikings, and remain in the hunt for a wild-card spot. Detroit's modus operandi this season has been to get down early in games, usually by two or three scores, and look completely lost in the process. Then, as if they suddenly remembered how to play football, get it together in time to pull out the victory.

We saw it frequently during the Lions' 5-0 start, less so in their ensuring 2-5 stretch. Against Minnesota it was just the opposite: Detroit went up 21-0 in the first quarter, and then held on for dear life, eking out the victory, 34-28, after the officials missed a face mask as time expired.

The Vikings had a chance to win it on the game's final play, but a Joe Webb fumble and an uncalled Lions' face mask (see the photo above), ended things with Minnesota just one yard short of the end zone.

We'll be hearing all week about that face mask by linebacker DeAndre Levy, especially since a penalty would've given the Vikings one more shot from the Lions' half-yard-line.

But the play before, one that saw Webb rush for a first down, almost made Detroit linebacker Cliff Avril the goat. With no timeouts and with Webb scrambling to get his players to the line of scrimmage to spike the ball and stop the clock, Avril inexplicably jumped offsides stopping the clock in the process.

(We wonder if Avril's momentary lapse falls under head coach Jim Schwartz's zero-tolerance policy for stupid plays.)

But these aren't Matt Millen's Lions; this team was able to overcome mistakes and even got some breaks along the way. And with three weeks to go in the regular season, they're right in the thick of things.

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