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Continued: Hartman: Gophers must tighten up their pass defense

  • Article by: SID HARTMAN , Star Tribune
  • Last update: September 8, 2013 - 12:24 AM

Peterson injury came from current Lion

The Detroit Lions website had an interesting story this week that pointed out that new Lions safety DeJon Gomes was the Redskins player who hit Adrian Peterson on Christmas Eve 2011 at Washington when Peterson tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.

Gomes handled questions about the injury in stride this past week, making jokes that it was probably his fault that Peterson came back even better than ever.

“I actually thought about that,” Gomes said. “People told me he tore his ACL and came back and rushed for this?”

Still Gomes said he spoke with Peterson following the game in Washington. “[Peterson] understands that we were just out there playing football and freak things happen,” Gomes said.


SID’s JOTTINGS

• Apparently millionaire T. Denny Sanford lost interest in contributing to the Gophers athletic program when the University of Minnesota administration killed any chance of Sanford’s giant medical group merging with the Fairview Health System. But while Gophers football coach Jerry Kill won’t talk about his relations with Sanford, the word from a good source is that Sanford still has contact with Kill, and if he contributes to the school’s $190 million campaign for athletic practice facilities, it will be only to aid the university football program.

• Despite another losing season and a history of not drawing well in September with school in session, the Twins expect to average 30,000 fans per home game this month,
team President Dave St. Peter said.

• Through three games with the Spanish national team at the European basketball championships, Timberwolves point guard Ricky Rubio is averaging 7.7 points, 3.7 assists, 1.3 steals and 2.0 rebounds in 21.3 minutes of action per game. Spain is 2-1, having lost to host Slovenia but beating the Czech Republic 60-39 on Saturday.

• Look for Nate Burleson again as the Lions’ No. 2 receiver Sunday against his former squad. Burleson is entering his 11th NFL season and caught 37 passes for 240 yards in an injury-shortened season last year.

• Browns coach Rod Chudzinski told the Cleveland Plain-Dealer that former Gophers quarterback MarQueis Gray, claimed last week after being waived by the 49ers, will be looked at as an all-around player. “He’s a heck of an athlete,” Chudzinski said.

• Former Gophers coach Tim Brewster, now the recruiting coordinator and tight ends coach at Florida State, got his first victory with the Seminoles when they beat former Wisconsin assistant Paul Chryst’s Pittsburgh squad 41-13 Monday night.

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  • Gophers defensive end Michael Amaefula brought down New Mexico State’s Germi Morrison during the first half Saturday night. The Gophers defense had some trouble in the second half stopping the Aggies passing game.

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