Good grief. An 0-4 start and Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway is already planning on waiting tables?
On Tuesday afternoon at Manny's Steak House, Greenway discussed his upcoming Celebrity Waiter Night, an Oct. 24 charity event at the steak house in which he and several of his teammates will throw on aprons and preside over a multi-course family-style dinner.
Greenway admits he has no wait staff experience to speak of but thinks he'll do well subscribing to a two-word motto: "Don't spill."
"Hopefully," he quipped, "I don't wind up as a full-time waiter at the end of the season."
To avoid a long-term stint in the apron, Greenway will have to play a significant role in reviving the Vikings defense after this frustrating start. To that end, he echoes the sentiments of coach Leslie Frazier, confident the team is close to turning the corner.
"It starts with a solid week of practice. But that's what we've done," Greenway said. "You look at all four weeks of the season so far, I don't think any player or coach would look back at any day and say, 'Wow, we really wish we had that practice back.' That's sincere. We're at the point now where we wouldn't be lying about it if it wasn't happening. We're practicing well. We have the personnel to win. It's time to go out and do it."
As for Celebrity Waiter Night, the event will benefit Greenway's Lead the Way Foundation, an organization which provides aid for critically and chronically ill children throughout the Twin Cities. Other Vikings who have committed to waiting tables Oct. 24 include Christian Ponder, Kevin Williams and Cullen Loeffler. Tickets for the event are $350 and can be bought through www.chadgreenway.org.
As host of the night, Greenway puts his odds on Williams emerging as the best server.
"Kevin's a big steak guy," Greenway said. "He's got to be good then, right?"
The Vikings signed fullback Ryan D'Imperio off the practice squad Tuesday and waived rookie tight end Allen Reisner.
The 6-2, 241-pound D'Imperio should now assume a heightened role at fullback, enabling veteran Jim Kleinsasser to move back into his more natural role as a blocking tight end. Kleinsasser spent significant time at fullback in the early season. The Vikings used Reisner and fellow rookie tight end Kyle Rudolph at fullback periodically.
• The Vikings still hope receiver Devin Aromashodu can emerge as a big-play threat. Aromashodu had only one catch in Sunday's loss to Kansas City, delivering a beautiful diving 34-yard touchdown grab in the first quarter. That was only his second catch of the year and his first touchdown in 20 games. Aromashodu's last TD grab had come Jan. 3, 2010, a 12-yard catch from Jay Cutler while with the Bears.
• Percy Harvin set a team record for single-game rushing yardage by a receiver Sunday, using four end-arounds to pile up 67 rushing yards. He has 383 career rushing yards, a team record for a receiver, on 45 career attempts, two short of the team record (Anthony Carter, 1985 to '93).