Vikings Notes: Favre, Cook, & Griffin
The Minnesota Vikings face a must-win game against the Detroit Lions this Sunday. A loss would bring the team’s overall record to 0-3 heading into a bye week. A win would put the team back on track and give the Vikings a boost before facing the Jets, Cowboys, Packers, and Patriots coming off the bye.
Quarterback Brett Favre has characterized his own play as “not good enough,” so he’s been taking matters into his own hands during practice. Favre was seen lining up with the defensive backs during Thursday’s practice to coach and observe his receiving corps.
In his weekly press conference, Favre acknowledged that he and his receivers were out of sync, but when asked how to get everyone on the same page, he curiously failed to mention his own absence from training camp.
“No different than the start of camp, or a minicamp, start from square one,” Favre told reporters. “You’re not going to get a lot of reps with any of the guys. We’ve obviously had some issues, not only with now having Hank in, but Percy being down, Sidney being out, having to kind of figure out who runs what best. It’s an ongoing process.”
Wide receiver Percy Harvin has been slowed by a strained hip coupled with the return of his migraine headaches, but he was able to practice on Friday. In fact, all 53 players were accounted for during Friday’s light practice session. The official injury report will be available on Vikings.com later this afternoon.
On the other side of the ball, the defense is finally ready to introduce rookie cornerback Chris Cook. Cook was slated to be a starter at the beginning of the season, but has been slowed by a knee injury. Defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier said he has his “fingers crossed” that Cook will be able to go on Sunday.
Cornerback Cedric Griffin is also close to returning. However, with the bye week approaching, I am guessing that the coaching staff will err on the side of caution and give Griffin the extra two weeks to heal. I realize the Vikings are facing the prospect of beginning 0-3, but there’s simply no excuse to jeopardize the career of the promising young cornerback by rushing him back too soon.