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Posted on: June 27, 2010 1:21 pm
 

Tuaolo arrested for domestic assault

Esera Tuaolo – the former Vikings defensive lineman, who after he retired, came out of the closet in 2002 and revealed he was gay – was arrested earlier this month and charged with three misdemeanors: domestic assault, assault and disorderly conduct.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press has the story. According to the article, Tuaolo was released on a $2,000 bail last Monday, and he has a hearing scheduled for August.

--Josh Katzowitz

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Category: NFL
Posted on: June 26, 2010 12:30 pm
 

Adrian Peterson Clears the Already Clear Air

Earlier this month Adrian Peterson ruffled the feathers of Brad Childress when he skipped a mandatory practice to attend a parade for Adrian Peterson Day in his hometown of Palestine, TX. Peterson spoke about the issue yesterday. “It’s over with,” he told the Tulsa World.

Some have made the reach that Peterson is disenchanted with having to attend practice while Brett Favre gets to stay home and “contemplate retirement”. Asked if his absence was related to this, Peterson said, "No, not at all. It had nothing to do with Brett Favre. If anyone deserves any kind of leeway, it's definitely Brett Favre. He's been there 20 years, a Hall of Fame quarterback. I'm not on the same level as him."

Peterson is entering the fourth year of the six-year, $40.5 million contract he signed as a rookie in 2007.

--Andy Benoit

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Posted on: June 25, 2010 6:32 pm
 

Peterson doesn't think he's Favre

Vikings RB Adrian Peterson made his first comments to the media since he declined to partake in Minnesota’s mini-camp and instead opted to attend a hometown parade during Adrian Peterson Day. According to the Peterson, everything is cool with his team.

Peterson spoke to reporters, including the Tulsa World during his two-day football camp in Norman, Okla., and he said his absence had nothing to do with Brett Favre getting a pass to miss mini-camp.

"It had nothing to do with Brett Favre,” he said. “If anyone deserves any kind of leeway, it's definitely Brett Favre. He's been there 20 years, a Hall of Fame quarterback. I'm not on the same level as him."

Asked if he had smoothed things over with Minnesota coach Brad Childress – who publically displayed his displeasure with Peterson’s absence – Peterson confirmed it was true, saying, “It’s over with.”

And as for his thoughts about the will-he-or-won’t-he questions that surround Favre yet again.

“We'll be waiting for him to come back if he decides," Peterson said. "If not, it will be very unfortunate for us, but we've still got a goal to accomplish, and we'll have to move forward.”

Peterson then gave a possible spoiler alert.

"But," he said, "I'm definitely looking forward to playing with him this year."

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: June 25, 2010 1:21 pm
Edited on: June 25, 2010 1:33 pm
 

Chad Greenway Finally Discusses Contract

There has been speculation that Vikings outside linebacker Chad Greenway is angling for a new contract. For the most part, Greenway has sidestepped the issue. Thursday, however, he discussed the matter directly with The Daily Republic, a local newspaper from his home state of South Dakota:

“It’s one of those necessary evils,” Greenway said Thursday following the first day of his fourth-annual dual sports camp at Mitchell High School. “You have to do it, not now though. I have a full year left on my contract and I’m going to honor that and do what I need to do. I wouldn’t be a South Dakotan if I didn’t honor my word that way.

“At the same time, obviously, I want what I’ve earned and what I deserve and, eventually, I think that will happen.”

--Andy Benoit

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Category: NFL
Posted on: June 25, 2010 11:04 am
 

Favre Favre Favre (Gotta Love the Offseason)

Brett Favre’s comments earlier this week to Sun Herald columnist Al Jones were released by the Biloxi paper as a teaser to promote the publication of the full article Friday. Well, it’s Friday. We have more comments from Favre:

(Regarding retirement): "I just don't know. I do not want to stir the pot. If (a comment) comes from me, it's a big deal. At my age, all surgeries are major. The three I've had on the same ankle were considered minor, but major to me. It feels fine now. If my body was a wreck, the decision would be made. But that is not the case. I know they (Vikings) want to know."

Favre added: "Hell, I want to know. But I am not going to press it. If I do not play, it does not cost the Vikings a dime. They keep the $13 million. I know they have confidence in the players they have. They had a chance to draft (Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy) Clausen in the first round, but they didn't want one.

"I know I can still play at a high level. Last year was a great year, but it could have been better (losing NFC Championship). When (Vikings coach Brad) Childress came to my home a few weeks ago, he told me to take my time. But the team would need to know at some point…..

"I would love to go beat the Saints," Favre said. "I want to win every game that I play. People tell me all the time to go beat the Saints and redeem yourself.

"People said the same thing with Green Bay the year before. It was, 'You have to go back and beat Green Bay.' I don't want to be in my 20th year and hear people say, 'You have to redeem yourself.' Like I said, I would love to go beat the Saints. But what if that doesn't happen?"

"It was my best season," he said. "I've had three MVPs and that was not one of them. I know I can still play at a high level. I know I still love to play the game.

"I do know when it's over, it's over. I can't play forever. It's not like being a dentist or playing golf, I can't play football forever."

"That is why I am staying quiet at this time," Favre said. "I have people telling me all the time that the NFL is better when I play. That is a big compliment and it makes me feel good. I also have people telling me that when I retire, they are going to stop watching football. I know that's B.S."

 



--Andy Benoit

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Category: NFL
Posted on: June 24, 2010 7:54 pm
 

More about Favre

Following up on our post from earlier about Brett Favre all but saying he’s going to return for his 20th season, the Biloxi Sun released Al Jones’ interview with Minnesota’s will-he-or-won’t-he QB.

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune grabbed the story off the news wires, and Jones gets some pretty interesting answers from Favre – who, of course, is coming off ankle surgery.

The first, which we already discussed: “I would love to go beat the Saints. I know I can still play at a high level. Last year was a great year, but it could have been better."

But there’s also this: "I just don't know. I do not want to stir the pot. If it (comment) comes from me, it's a big deal. At my age, all surgeries are major. The three I've had on the same ankle were considered minor, but major to me. It feels fine now. If my body was a wreck, the decision would be made. But that is not the case. I know they (Vikings) want to know."

And this: "Hell, I want to know. But I am not going to press it. If I do not play, it does not cost the Vikings a dime. They keep the $13 million. I know they have confidence in the players they have. They had a chance to draft (Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy) Clausen in the first round, but they didn't want one.”

--Josh Katzowitz

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Category: NFL
Posted on: June 24, 2010 11:28 am
 

Starcaps, Williams Wall: Suspensions After All?


On the surface, it looks like Vikings defensive tackles Pat Williams and Kevin Williams will almost certainly get to play the entire 2010 season. The Star Tribune reports that courts have ruled that the two defensive tackles cannot serve their four-game suspensions for a positive banned substance test until the appeal process is complete. The NFL’s request for an expedited appeals process was denied yesterday.

The appeal has to do with The Williams Wall contending that the NFL violated Minnesota state law by not giving them timely notice of their positive test results.

But as Pro Football Talk explains, the Williams’s may have screwed up and given the NFL a clear path to legal victory.

This is a story that refuses to die. The StarCaps controversy erupted during the ’08 season.

--Andy Benoit

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Posted on: June 23, 2010 4:26 pm
 

Brinkley Priming for MLB Duties in Minnesota

Minnesota’s E.J. Henderson was arguably the best Mike linebacker in football last season. But in December, the seventh-year pro suffered the type of broken leg that television networks hesitate to even show viewers. Henderson, entering his eighth season, has vowed to be on the field in Week 1, but the sad reality is such a scenario is unlikely.

Thus, replacement Jasper Brinkley will have the weight of his world back on his shoulders. He told the Star Tribune that he’s “definitely” preparing as if he’ll be the starter. The hope is that the world isn’t quite as heavy this time.

As a fifth-round rookie last year, Brinkley was often slow to diagnose run plays and was vulnerable in coverage. Whereas Henderson took advantage of playing behind the Williams Wall by attacking downhill, Brinkley had a tendency to drift east and west.

But on the bright side, Brinkley showed good explosiveness when he trusted his recognition. And he proved he can operate in trash.

Brinkley has had a good offseason. “I definitely feel like I came a long way," he said after a June minicamp. "Last year was a whole lot of learning for me. I call it teach tape. So definitely got in here this offseason and critiqued myself really hard because you’re your [own] worst critic. So [there were] a lot of things I wanted to work on and I came out here and got better.”

Expect a successful ’10 campaign for the ex-South Carolina Gamecock. He’s fortunate to be playing behind the NFL’s best four-man line and between to two rock-solid outside linebackers, Chad Greenway and Ben Leber.


--Andy Benoit

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