Vikings notes: Jennings tested by humbling times

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Vikings wide receiver Greg Jennings walked along the sideline with the team down 44-24 in the fourth quarter against Green Bay.

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Vikings receiver Greg Jennings followed Aaron Rodgers’ lead and didn’t say much about his lengthy chat Sunday with his former quarterback. The two had an on-field talk after the Vikings’ 44-31 loss to the Packers at the Metrodome.

“I’m glad I had the opportunity to see [Rodgers] face-to-face, see those guys face to face, and experience that from a different perspective,” Jennings said Tuesday. “It was a unique deal. It was different being on another sideline and in a different uniform. Obviously the outcome wasn’t what we hoped as a team, but hopefully we can get this thing turned around.”

Jennings appeared at a Starkey Hearing Foundation event with other Vikings players, and Jennings joked to one of the children there to throw him the ball because, “I haven’t caught it in a minute.” The wideout had one reception for 9 yards against the Packers. He was targeted three times despite playing 38 of the team’s 47 offensive snaps.

“It’s a rough time,” Jennings said. “It’s humbling. No pun intended with the kid on catching the ball, just a couple days off. But it’s just one of those things where you learn to grow in every situation and you’re humbled in every situation if you allow yourself to be. That’s where I am now.”

Jennings has 25 catches for 336 yards and two touchdowns through seven games. Take away the eight-game season he had last year because of a groin injury, and Jennings is on pace to have his least productive season since his rookie year.

“Everything takes time, everything is a process,” Jennings said. “Nothing just comes like that. We’ll see, maybe this latter half of the year is our time, maybe not. We’re going to continue to work to win games, to be successful on the football field and give our fans something to cheer for.”

Asiata’s father killed in crash

The father of Vikings running back Matt Asiata died in a bus crash in Utah on Monday.

Pita Asiata, 53, was driving a charter bus carrying 50 people on Interstate 80 that collided with a construction truck. Four passengers on the bus were injured.

Pita Asiata suffered “massive chest trauma,” according to the Utah Highway Patrol, when the crash drove a large auger on the truck through the front of the bus.

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• The trading deadline passed Tuesday, and the Vikings made no moves. There was speculation they were talking to teams about defensive end Jared Allen, who is in the final season of his contract, but no deals were struck.

• Defensive end Justin Trattou re-signed and tight end Chase Ford, who was promoted from the practice squad last week, was waived.

The team signed Trattou on Oct. 9 after he was released by the Giants. He was inactive for two games before being released Saturday.

• The Buccaneers claimed Vikings defensive back Bobby Felder off waivers. Felder had been placed on injured reserve during training camp.

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