Three Vikings defensive backs injured vs. Browns

  • Article by: CHIP SCOGGINS , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 23, 2013 - 6:35 AM

The Vikings’ secondary was a question entering the season. It became a major concern in Sunday’s 31-27 loss to the Cleveland Browns.

Cornerback Chris Cook suffered a groin injury in the first quarter and did not return. His backup, A.J. Jefferson, left the game because of an ankle injury after getting beat on a 47-yard touchdown catch by Josh Gordon.

Safety Jamarca Sanford left the game in the second half because of a hamstring injury. By the end of the game, the Vikings were forced to use three backups in the secondary.

“You don’t want to start getting into your depth this early in the season,” Coach Leslie Frazier said.

Marcus Sherels, the team’s fifth corner, actually played decent in relief, finishing with a team-high eight tackles to go along with two pass breakups.

“Sherels did a good job,” Frazier said. “He made some plays, got his hands on some balls, really competed hard like he always does and put himself in a good position. I thought [safety Andrew] Sendejo did some good things as well when he got in there. Those guys, they stepped up and tried to make some plays.”

The coaching staff elected to play Sherels and Josh Robinson as the cornerbacks in base defense and not Xavier Rhodes because the rookie is strictly playing on the left side in the nickel package.

“He’s getting a ton of reps in the nickel defense because we’re in nickel a lot,” Frazier said. “It worked out fine the way we did it.”

It’s unclear if the injured players will be available next Sunday against the Steelers in London. Cook, in particular, has struggled with injuries throughout his career.

Asked if he thinks he’ll be able to play, he said, “Not sure.”

Run game stuffed

Adrian Peterson rushed for 180 yards and three touchdowns against the Browns in the 2009 opener. The Browns won that matchup Sunday.

Peterson rushed for only 88 yards and one touchdown on 25 carries, averaging just 3.5 yards a carry. The Browns entered the game ranked No. 4 in the NFL in rushing defense and had allowed only 2.0 yards per carry in their first two games.

Cleveland loaded the box with eight defenders consistently and the Vikings line had trouble creating any running lanes for Peterson.

“[Teams] are stacking the box a little more, and those guys on the other side of the ball are pretty good,” Peterson said. “We have to come out and be consistent. All of these short runs of 5 and 6 yards, that’s what you ask for, is the run game being efficient. That opens it up for the pass, and that happened to us. We just had opportunities that we just did not take advantage of. That’s just what it comes down to.”

Peterson also lost a fumble for the second consecutive game. On the play, he found a big hole up the middle early in the third quarter, but linebacker D’Qwell Jackson knocked the ball out of his arm.

Welcome back

Browns receiver Josh Gordon missed the first two games while serving an NFL suspension after violating the substance abuse policy.

Gordon didn’t exactly ease back into action. The Browns targeted him 19 times — no, that’s not a misprint — and he caught 10 passes for 146 yards and one touchdown.

“Obviously he is a game-changer,” Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer said. “He is a big guy and can move, go and get the ball, and he also frees up some other guys.”

No tanking allowed

The Browns’ decision to trade running back Trent Richardson last week prompted plenty of speculation around the league that the team was tanking in order to improve its draft position.

The Browns certainly didn’t play like it.

“Well, we’re never going to quit,” coach Rob Chudzinski said. “The guys in this room aren’t that way, I’m not that way. We’ll never quit. That’s not even in our terminology.”

Cleveland got Indianapolis’ top pick in 2014 for Richardson.

Etc.

• Browns punter Spencer Lanning became the first player with a punt, extra-point attempt and touchdown pass in the same game since Sam Baker in 1968.

• The Vikings showed a new wrinkle on their first touchdown in the first quarter. On first-and-goal from the 2, nose tackle Letroy Guion paved the way as lead blocker on Peterson’s touchdown run.

• After collecting only 10 interceptions last season, the Vikings already have six in three games this season.

• Kevin Williams started his 158th game, passing Hall of Famer Alan Page for most career starts by a Vikings defensive tackle. Jim Marshall (270) holds the team record for most starts by a defensive lineman.

• Vikings linebacker Erin Henderson was credited with two sacks, two tackles for loss, an interception and a pass breakup.

• Vikings rookie linebacker Michael Mauti, a seventh-round pick from Penn State, made his NFL debut.

  • related content

  • Video: Leslie Frazier postgame: Vikings fall to 0-3

    Monday September 23, 2013

    Coach Leslie Frazier addressed the media after the Vikings fell to 0-3 after losing to the Cleveland Browns 31-27...

  • Vikings cornerback Marcus Sherels (35) broke up a pass intended for tight end Jordan Cameron in the second quarter. Sherels saw plenty of action after three members of the Vikings secondary were injured.

  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions

ADVERTISEMENT

Cleveland 13 2nd Qtr 3:25
Atlanta 7
Tennessee 14 2nd Qtr 8:22
Philadelphia 20
Detroit 6 2nd Qtr 2:22
New England 21
Green Bay 14 2nd Qtr 4:13
Minnesota 7
Jacksonville 3 2nd Qtr 1:56
Indianapolis 3
Cincinnati 9 2nd Qtr 2:00
Houston 0
Tampa Bay 7 2nd Qtr 2:19
Chicago 0
Arizona 3:05 PM
Seattle
St. Louis 3:05 PM
San Diego
Miami 3:25 PM
Denver
Washington 3:25 PM
San Francisco
Dallas 7:30 PM
NY Giants
NY Jets 11/24/14 6:00 PM
Buffalo
Baltimore 11/24/14 7:30 PM
New Orleans
Chicago 11/27/14 11:30 AM
Detroit
Philadelphia 11/27/14 3:30 PM
Dallas
Seattle 11/27/14 7:30 PM
San Francisco
LA Clippers 5:00 PM
Memphis
Portland 5:00 PM
Boston
Charlotte 5:00 PM
Miami
Golden State 6:00 PM
Oklahoma City
Denver 8:30 PM
LA Lakers
St. Louis 3:30 PM
Winnipeg
Montreal 6:00 PM
NY Rangers
Arizona 7:00 PM
Anaheim
Chicago 8:30 PM
Vancouver
Coll of Charleston 61 FINAL
George Mason 60
Massachusetts 73 2nd Half 0:15
Florida State 69
Youngstown St 76 FINAL
UNC Greensboro 67
Wofford 64 FINAL
Sam Houston St 53
Ark-Pine Bluff 41 2nd Half 3:39
Central Mich 67
Southern Ill 48 2nd Half 14:00
Ill-Chicago 27
Drexel 15 1st Half 1:20
Cornell 26
American Univ 20 2nd Half
Morehead State 25
CS-Northridge 5 1st Half 15:36
Ark-Little Rock 11
Bethune-Cookman 8 1st Half 12:34
Central Conn St 12
Columbia 7 1st Half 15:03
Lehigh 5
Texas A&M 6 1st Half 14:27
New Mexico 7
TX A&M-CC 7 1st Half 15:05
Saint Louis 2
Merchant Marine 3 1st Half 15:53
Stony Brook 10
South Dakota 1:20 PM
Fairfield
Longwood 1:30 PM
Eastern Mich
Providence 1:30 PM
Notre Dame
Jackson State 2:00 PM
UAB
Coppin State 2:00 PM
Denver
Northwestern St 2:00 PM
Oklahoma
Catawba 2:00 PM
Radford
Newman 2:00 PM
Wichita State
Yale 2:30 PM
Kent State
USC 2:30 PM
Penn State
St Katherine 3:00 PM
UC Riverside
NC Central 3:00 PM
Creighton
South Florida 3:00 PM
NC State
Nichols College 3:05 PM
Holy Cross
Dayton 3:30 PM
Boston College
Wagner 3:30 PM
Hofstra
Towson 3:30 PM
Monmouth
UMKC 3:30 PM
Samford
NC A&T 4:00 PM
Bradley
Eastern Ill 4:00 PM
Cincinnati
Fla Atlantic 4:00 PM
Georgia
Presbyterian 4:00 PM
Louisiana Tech
St Francis-NY 4:00 PM
Rutgers
Binghamton 4:30 PM
Navy
USC Upstate 5:00 PM
UCF
UMass Lowell 5:00 PM
Fordham
Montana State 5:00 PM
Kentucky
Iona 5:00 PM
North Texas
Gardner-Webb 5:00 PM
Seton Hall
Akron 5:30 PM
South Carolina
Connecticut 5:30 PM
West Virginia
Hood College 6:00 PM
Howard
Sacred Heart 6:00 PM
Ohio State
Tennessee St 6:00 PM
Vanderbilt
Delaware 6:00 PM
CS-Bakersfield
Mercer 7:00 PM
Colorado State
SD Christian 7:00 PM
Loyola Marymount
Northern Ariz 7:00 PM
Ole Miss
Manhattan 7:00 PM
Northeastern
Pacific 7:00 PM
Washington
Miami-Florida 8:00 PM
Charlotte
Old Dominion 8:00 PM
Illinois State
UC Irvine 8:00 PM
St Marys-CA
Long Beach State 9:00 PM
UCLA
Montana 9:30 PM
Seattle
Char Southern 9 FINAL
(9) Georgia 55
South Alabama 12 FINAL
So Carolina 37
Rutgers 3 FINAL
(10) Michigan State 45
Minnesota 28 FINAL
(21) Nebraska 24
Northwestern 38 FINAL
Purdue 14
(18) Marshall 23 FINAL
UAB 18
Kansas 7 FINAL
(23) Oklahoma 44
Indiana 27 FINAL
(7) Ohio State 42
Penn State 14 FINAL
Illinois 16
(16) Eastern Ky 3 FINAL
Florida 52
TX-San Antonio 7 FINAL
Western Ky 45
SMU 7 FINAL
UCF 53
Tulsa 28 FINAL
Houston 38
Virginia Tech 3 FINAL
Wake Forest 6
Washington St 31 FINAL
(13) Arizona State 52
Louisiana Tech 27 FINAL
Old Dominion 30
Western Mich 32 FINAL
Central Mich 20
New Mexico 20 FINAL
(22) Colorado State 58
Eastern Mich 30 FINAL
Ball State 45
Appalachian St 35 FINAL
Louisiana 16
(15) Arizona 42 FINAL
(20) Utah 10
FIU 14 FINAL
North Texas 17
(8) Ole Miss 0 FINAL
Arkansas 30
Louisville 31 FINAL
Notre Dame 28
Maryland 23 FINAL
Michigan 16
Texas Tech 34 FINAL
Iowa State 31
(14) Wisconsin 26 FINAL
Iowa 24
Syracuse 7 FINAL
Pittsburgh 30
Boston College 17 FINAL
(1) Florida State 20
Georgia State 0 FINAL
Clemson 28
Tulane 6 FINAL
East Carolina 34
Stanford 38 FINAL
California 17
Western Carolina 14 FINAL
(2) Alabama 48
ULM 30 FINAL
New Mexico St 17
So Florida 20 FINAL
Memphis 31
Colorado 10 FINAL
(3) Oregon 44
Fla Atlantic 34 FINAL
Middle Tennessee 35
Samford 7 FINAL
(16) Auburn 31
Miami-Florida 13 FINAL
Virginia 30
Vanderbilt 0 FINAL
(4) Miss State 51
(19) Missouri 29 FINAL
Tennessee 21
Oklahoma State 28 FINAL
(6) Baylor 49
(24) USC 20 FINAL
(11) UCLA 38
Cincinnati 41 FINAL
Connecticut 0
Boise State 63 FINAL
Wyoming 14
Oregon State 13 FINAL
Washington 37
Fresno State 40 FINAL
Nevada 20
UNLV 35 FINAL
Hawaii 37
Ohio U 11/25/14 6:00 PM
Miami-Ohio
LSU 11/27/14 6:30 PM
Texas A&M
(5) TCU 11/27/14 6:30 PM
Texas
Northern Ill 11/28/14 10:00 AM
Western Mich
(21) Nebraska 11/28/14 11:00 AM
Iowa
Western Ky 11/28/14 11:00 AM
(18) Marshall
UCF 11/28/14 11:00 AM
So Florida
Houston 11/28/14 11:00 AM
SMU
Akron 11/28/14 12:00 PM
Kent State
Ball State 11/28/14 12:00 PM
Bowling Green
Buffalo 11/28/14 12:00 PM
Massachusetts
Toledo 11/28/14 12:00 PM
Eastern Mich
Arkansas 11/28/14 1:30 PM
(19) Missouri
Navy 11/28/14 2:00 PM
South Alabama
(13) Arizona State 11/28/14 2:30 PM
(15) Arizona
Stanford 11/28/14 2:30 PM
(11) UCLA
(22) Colorado State 11/28/14 2:30 PM
Air Force
Virginia 11/28/14 7:00 PM
Virginia Tech
East Carolina 11/28/14 7:30 PM
Tulsa
North Texas 11/29/14 11:00 AM
TX-San Antonio
Old Dominion 11/29/14 11:00 AM
Fla Atlantic
(17) Georgia Tech 11/29/14 11:00 AM
(9) Georgia
Kentucky 11/29/14 11:00 AM
Louisville
So Carolina 11/29/14 11:00 AM
Clemson
West Virginia 11/29/14 11:00 AM
Iowa State
Rice 11/29/14 11:00 AM
Louisiana Tech
Michigan 11/29/14 11:00 AM
(7) Ohio State
Purdue 11/29/14 11:00 AM
Indiana
Illinois 11/29/14 11:00 AM
Northwestern
Cincinnati 11/29/14 11:00 AM
Temple
NC State 11/29/14 11:30 AM
North Carolina
Syracuse 11/29/14 11:30 AM
Boston College
Louisiana 11/29/14 11:30 AM
Troy
(20) Utah 11/29/14 12:00 PM
Colorado
Texas State 11/29/14 1:00 PM
Georgia State
Idaho 11/29/14 1:00 PM
Appalachian St
Wyoming 11/29/14 2:00 PM
New Mexico
New Mexico St 11/29/14 2:00 PM
Arkansas State
UAB 11/29/14 2:30 PM
Southern Miss
(4) Miss State 11/29/14 2:30 PM
(8) Ole Miss
Notre Dame 11/29/14 2:30 PM
(24) USC
(10) Michigan State 11/29/14 2:30 PM
Penn State
Minnesota 11/29/14 2:30 PM
(14) Wisconsin
(6) Baylor 11/29/14 2:30 PM
Texas Tech
Florida 11/29/14 2:30 PM
(1) Florida State
Rutgers 11/29/14 2:30 PM
Maryland
San Jose St 11/29/14 2:30 PM
San Diego St
Tennessee 11/29/14 3:00 PM
Vanderbilt
Kansas 11/29/14 3:00 PM
(12) Kansas State
Connecticut 11/29/14 3:00 PM
Memphis
BYU 11/29/14 3:30 PM
California
ULM 11/29/14 5:00 PM
Ga Southern
Middle Tennessee 11/29/14 6:00 PM
Texas-El Paso
Hawaii 11/29/14 6:00 PM
Fresno State
Wake Forest 11/29/14 6:00 PM
(25) Duke
Pittsburgh 11/29/14 6:00 PM
Miami-Florida
(16) Auburn 11/29/14 6:45 PM
(2) Alabama
(3) Oregon 11/29/14 7:00 PM
Oregon State
Utah State 11/29/14 9:15 PM
Boise State
Washington 11/29/14 9:30 PM
Washington St
Nevada 11/29/14 9:30 PM
UNLV
New England 0 1st Half 35:00
Red Bull New York 0
Seattle 4:00 PM
Los Angeles
Montreal 14 4:29
Hamilton 10
Edmonton 3:30 PM
Calgary
Alabama 50 2nd Half 5:28
Temple 43
Massachusetts 22 2nd Half 16:27
Florida State 43
Creighton 31 2nd Half 19:14
(1) Connecticut 51
Bryant 35 2nd Half 20:00
Boston College 47
Robert Morris 34 2nd Half 18:42
UMBC 34
Sacred Heart 36 2nd Half 13:07
Maine 32
Virginia Tech 40 2nd Half 16:59
Providence 35
Coll of Charleston 6 1st Half 17:34
George Mason 6
Hartford 2 1st Half 18:38
Lafayette 2
William & Mary 8 1st Half 16:41
High Point 10
Western Ill 6 1st Half 17:37
Florida Atlantic 5
Pittsburgh 4 1st Half 17:27
James Madison 4
Toledo 0 1st Half 15:54
(24) Purdue 7
Western Mich 11 1st Half 14:45
Michigan 8
Cleveland State 21 1st Half 11:27
FIU 18
San Diego State 4 1st Half 15:56
(2) South Carolina 5
Mount St Marys 4 1st Half 15:27
Davidson 6
IUPUI 2 1st Half 15:11
(15) Michigan State 2
Illinois State 13 1st Half 16:21
Colorado State 3
Incarnate Word 0 1st Half 15:46
Indiana 10
Cincinnati 3 1st Half 17:18
Iowa State 6
Furman 8 1st Half 15:31
Clemson 7
VA Commonwealth 19 1st Half 14:58
Ohio State 20
Marquette 2 1st Half 18:03
(7) Duke 4
Bethune-Cookman 0 1st Half 17:11
East Carolina 4
Coppin State 10 1st Half 13:47
Wake Forest 10
(24) Georgia 8 1st Half 14:58
Georgia Tech 6
Ball State 5 1st Half 16:51
(12) Louisville 5
Auburn 8 1st Half 15:15
Virginia 8
Utah 0 1st Half 18:35
(16) Nebraska 2
Minnesota 2:00 PM
Memphis
Georgetown 2:00 PM
Kansas
Northwestern St 2:00 PM
Arkansas
TX-San Antonio 2:00 PM
Lamar
Southern Miss 2:00 PM
McNeese State
Air Force 2:00 PM
SIU-Edwardsville
IUPU-Ft Wayne 2:00 PM
USC Upstate
Morgan State 2:00 PM
Texas Tech
Western Ky 2:00 PM
Miss State
Southern U 2:00 PM
Illinois
Eastern Illinois 2:00 PM
North Texas
Alabama State 2:05 PM
South Alabama
Wisconsin 2:05 PM
Drake
Seattle 3:00 PM
Montana State
UC Santa Barbara 3:00 PM
Northern Ariz
Hofstra 3:00 PM
Norfolk State
Iona 3:00 PM
Pacific
Middle Tennessee 3:00 PM
Ole Miss
Portland 3:00 PM
Cal Poly
(10) Texas 3:00 PM
UCLA
Fresno State 4:00 PM
USC
Ave Maria 4:00 PM
Fla Gulf Coast
Holy Cross 4:00 PM
(3) Notre Dame
Chicago State 5:00 PM
Oakland
(11) North Carolina 5:00 PM
Oregon
Harvard 6:00 PM
Quinnipiac
Princeton 6:00 PM
American Univ
Missouri 8:30 PM
(14) California
Yale 9:30 PM
Washington
UNLV 10:59 PM
Hawaii
Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

Date/Opponent Time W L Score
2014 preseason     
Aug 8 - vs. Oakland 7 pmX10-6
Aug 16 - vs. Arizona 7:30 pmX30-28
Aug 23 - at Kansas City 7 pmX30-12
Aug 28 - at Tennessee 7 pmX19-3
2014 regular season     
Sep 7 - at St. Louis NoonX34-6
Sep 14 - vs. New England NoonX30-7
Sep 21 - at New Orleans NoonX20-9
Sep 28 - vs. Atlanta 3:25 pmX41-28
Oct 2 - at Green Bay 7:25 pmX42-10
Oct 12 - vs. Detroit NoonX17-3
Oct 19 - at. Buffalo NoonX17-16
Oct 26 - at Tampa Bay NoonX19-13 ot
Nov 2 - vs. Washington NoonX29-26
Nov 9 - Bye
Nov 16 - at Chicago NoonX21-13
Nov. 23 - vs. Green Bay Noon
Nov. 30 - vs. Carolina Noon
Dec 7 - vs. NY Jets Noon
Dec 14 - at Detroit Noon
Dec 21 - at Miami Noon
Dec 28 - vs. Chicago Noon

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

question of the day

Poll: How will the Vikings do against the Packers?

Weekly Question

ADVERTISEMENT

 
Close