We just did Mike Zimmer’s weekly Monday press conference, and we managed to get a few injury questions in without him jumping off the podium and tossing our recorders out into the snow.
(I kid, of course. Zimmer has been patient while dealing with us media folks since Day One.)
Zimmer said that left guard Charlie Johnson has a sprained right ankle, and while he wouldn’t disclose the injury for safety Robert Blanton, who was wearing a walking boot on his left foot today and also got an MRI done, Zimmer said, “From what I remember, I don’t think it was real serious.”
Both players were injured in yesterday’s win over the Jets. Zimmer indicated that the team will see how things go the next couple of days then go from there with Johnson and Blanton. But with three weeks remaining, even a minor injury could potentially end a player’s season prematurely.
The Vikings, meanwhile, will continue to see how things go with defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd, who was knocked out of yesterday’s game early. He couldn’t finish the Panthers game in Week 13 either.
And while Zimmer didn’t offer any updates on rookie outside linebacker Anthony Barr, he said he doesn’t think injured reserve is a possibility. So there is hope that he could return this season.
Speaking of injured reserve, Zimmer said Jerick McKinnon, who was put on IR over the weekend, has already had that procedure done on his lower back. McKinnon will be shelved for two months.
“It had been bothering him for a little while,” he said. “He did come back and play a couple of games. We just decided that it was time. It needed to be fixed and we just couldn’t prolong it any further.”
Former Vikings great Brett Favre is said to be back in Green Bay — the franchise he played for earlier in his career — to attend an event honoring another ex-Packers QB, Bart Starr.
This is part of the healing process between Favre and the Packers, apparently, and that’s good.
The humorous part to us is the item in the Chris Mortenson story that says Favre has “no plans” to attend the Monday Night Football game between the Packers and Falcons at Lambeau Field.
There might not be any plans for that, but do you really think the ol’ Gunslinger can stay away from the camera and spotlight of a Monday Night game? Neither do we.
One of Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater’s most impressive traits is an ability to keep an even keel. There are times for fiery demonstrations, to be sure, but a composed quarterback more often than not is going to reflect well on a team.
Let’s take a cue, then, from Teddy when judging Teddy: don’t get too high with the highs, don’t get too low with the lows.
Criticism of Bridgewater when he missed some throws and looked tentative in games this season was warranted but probably overboard. So, too, is the notion that Bridgewater has “turned a corner” after a workmanlike performance against the Panthers and a very good performance against the Jets.
He’s a young quarterback prone to ups and downs. He’s shown signs that he could be an above-average starting QB for years to come. He’s shown signs that he might never reach that echelon.
The signs lately have been better, and that’s encouraging. In his past six starts, Bridgewater has led the Vikings to a 4-2 record while completing 62.4 percent of his passes, with nine TDs, just three INTs and a 91.0 passer rating. In a handful of those games, he’s feasted on subpar pass defenses.
His next two games will be on the road against two pretty good pass defenses (Detroit and Miami). In those games, Bridgewater’s numbers might dip down again.
We’re guessing Teddy will still have the same demeanor regardless of how those games turn out. It’s not that he won’t care, but his nature is to remain in the middle.
We could probably take a lesson from Bridgewater when evaluating Bridgewater.