Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway walked off Wednesday’s practice wearing a splint around his broken left hand. He did not participate in practice, nor speak too much specifically about the severity of the injury that occurred during Sunday’s 30-7 loss against the Patriots.
“It just started to really bother me swelling up and something happened,” Greenway said.
Along with Greenway, who was listed with a hand and rib injury, defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd (shoulder) and offensive tackle Phil Loadholt (ankle) did not participate in practice. Linebacker Brandon Watts (knee) returned for his first practice since preseason, though he was limited. Tight end Kyle Rudolph (abdomen), cornerback Xavier Rhodes (groin) and wide receiver Rodney Smith (hamstring) were all also limited.
For the Saints, safety Marcus Ball (hamstring), center Jonathan Goodwin (elbow), running back Mark Ingram (hand) and fullback Erik Lorig (ankle) did not participate in practice. Linebacker Curtis Lofton (shoulder) was limited.
There was more bad news from the Vikings today, and it had nothing to do with Adrian Peterson.
“Chad Greenway’s got a broken hand,” head coach Mike Zimmer said. “That’s another little thing.”
Zimmer wouldn’t say which hand the linebacker injured and wasn’t sure when it happened, though he said it might have been early in the game. In the first quarter, after the Vikings stopped the Patriots on third down, Greenway appeared to be in discomfort and had a chat with the athletic trainers.
Zimmer did say, though, he is hopeful about Greenway’s status and anticipates him to play Sunday.
Greenway fractured his right wrist last season, an injury that limited his ability to wrap up on tackles. He was excused from one practice last month after getting the same wrist MRIed — randomly, it was the day Peterson was excused to deal with a “personal matter” down in Texas — but he has not missed a practice since that day. We will find out here shortly whether Greenway is practicing today when the Vikings take the field at Winter Park.
Zimmer also said that right tackle Phil Loadholt has an ankle injury. He said that cornerback Xavier Rhodes (groin) and defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd (shoulder) are fine after playing on Sunday.
Vikings cornerback Captain Munnerlyn expressed his disapproval with the team’s decision to place running back Adrian Peterson on the commissioner’s exempt list at 12:47 a.m. on Wednesday. Munnerlyn, who grew up in Mobile, Ala., didn’t see anything wrong with Peterson using a switch to discipline his 4-year-old son.
“Growing up my mom, she disciplined me the same way,” Munnerlyn said. “And I’d say it got me to this point now. I’m in the NFL, and I know how to behave. I really didn’t see the big deal. People are blowing it out of proportion with all this, and all that. At the end of the day, we came here to win a football game. I think for Adrian, the best thing for him to do is play football to let out some frustration and be himself.”
Peterson, who grew up in Palestine, Texas, was charged one count of injury to a child in Montgomery County (Texas) last weekend as a result of the punishment. Munnerlyn’s comments echoed those of fullback Jerome Felton, who was raised in Madisonville, Tenn., about how they felt Peterson’s actions was an acceptable form of discipline growing up in the South.
“If Adrian wasn’t in the limelight, I don’t think this would be coming up at all because you raise your kids how you raise your kids,” Munnerlyn said. “They’re your kids.”
When asked if he looked at the alleged photos after Peterson “whooped” the child with a switch, Munnerlyn said, “No I really didn’t look into it. Growing up, that was nothing. My mom, she always welted me up and things like that. In my culture, that’s how I was raised; and my mom, that’s how she raised her kids.”
Peterson was issued an arrest warrant on Friday, which prompted the team to deactivate him for the Vikings’ 30-7 loss to the Patriots at TCF Bank Stadium on Sunday. He was booked and released on bail Saturday morning in Montgomery County. The Vikings decided to reinstate Peterson on Monday but reversed course after backlash from the public and their sponsors over the last two days.
“He hasn’t been convicted of nothing,” Munnerlyn said. “All these allegations of this, and that, the pictures out, but he hasn’t been convicted of nothing. In crimes, you’re innocent until you’re convicted guilty. I don’t think he’s guilty of nothing yet. I really think he should be able to play football. I really don’t get it. At the end of the day, I know they came up with the decision, but I’m just going to stick to playing football and doing what I know.”
We had a chance to chat Tuesday evening with Jared Allen for a story very much NOT about football — his bull, Magic Train, is competing in a Professional Bull Riders event Saturday at Target Center. Afterwards, though, we also had a chance to chat about Adrian Peterson.
Allen, who is in his first season with the Bears, was teammates with Peterson from 2008-13 and offered these perspectives on the unfolding saga involving the Vikings running back:
*”It’s a sad deal all the way around. Obviously, the Adrian I know is a good-hearted man and I judge people on what I know. People make mistakes. I pray that everyone learns from this situation and it’s handled with dignity and integrity, and that he can become a better man out of it.”
*”I have my beliefs, but I also know the Bible says those without sin cast the first stone. We’ve all made mistakes in our lives, and the key thing is to learn from it, to move forward in a positive way. And also to be sensitive to who is hurting. There are a lot of people hurting in all this. It’s upsetting, but I just pray for an outcome that’s better for all those involved.”
*”I was very much surprised. I don’t know all the details, but I saw the pictures. It’s upsetting. But like I said I judge people on how they treat me, and Adrian was always a kind-hearted human being to myself, my wife and my daughter. He’s been to my house many times. It was a shock to everybody. There will be consequences. There are always consequences for every action.”
Allen made those comments around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, a handful of hours before the Vikings reversed course (again) and announced Peterson was being placed on the Exempt/Commissioner’s Permission list and kept away from the Vikings as his legal situation plays out.