Lambeau Field: 'You can feel the ghosts up in there'

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  • November 12, 2011 - 1:40 PM


A few quick notes from Saturday's practice at Winter Park as the Vikings prepare to play the Packers on Monday night in Green Bay ...

Vikings kicker Ryan Longwell knows a thing or two about Lambeau Field, having played 82 games there, including playoffs. Longwell spent nine seasons with the Packers before migrating to Minnesota and still finds it a thrill to play at Lambeau.

"It’s one of those places when you’re growing up, you want to play there," he said. "That doesn’t change in Year 15. It’s the same as it was in Week 1 of my first year. It’s a special place with a great atmosphere."

Tight end Visanthe Shiancoe also enjoys the Green Bay experience.

"You go in there and you can feel the ghosts," he said. "Green Bay is Green Bay. There’s so much history to it. It’s always an honor to play there."

Vikings coach Leslie Frazier played four games at Lambeau during his career, winning twice. His best memories?


"Going up there and getting wins," Frazier said. "That was a fun thing. That was a hard place to get wins. Batttling John Jefferson and James Lofton and those guys, we had some battles now. It was always good to walk off Lambeau Field with a win. I'd like to experience that again."



Injury update: The Vikings' Week 10 injury report is quite small. Guard Anthony Herrera, with an ACL injury, and cornerback Chris Cook (personal issues) are the only two players listed as out for Monday night. Only two other names register on the injury report: cornerback Antoine Winfield (probable with a neck injury) and right tackle Phil Loadholt (probable with a minor illness).

Berger time: Joe Berger will start in place of Herrera for the second consecutive game. This will be Berger's third straight start after he played in place of John Sullivan at center in Week 7 against Green Bay.

This week Berger has had the luxury of practicing exclusively at guard.

"Rather than swinging back and forth from center to guard, you're being able to concentrate on the guy you're watching tape on," Frazier said. "It's, 'OK. This is the guy I have to block. This is the call. This is what I have to do.' As opposed to watching tape and saying, 'I might be at center this series. I might be at guard.' That alone helps his focus and probably helps him to play a little better as well.

Quote of note: Frazier senses an eagerness in his team as they prepare to head to Green Bay. "Coming off the bye, playing another game is a big deal. The guys are anxious to play a game. It seems like it's been a while since we've played. Then the fact that it's Green Bay, our NFC North rival and the fact that they're 8-0, that just adds a little bit to it. Then you add Monday night along with that, those are the ingredients to really get guys ready to play."

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