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Favre has no comment; Booker signs

Posted by: under Vikings, NFC, Leslie Frazier, Adrian Peterson, Brett Favre, Brian Robison, Chester Taylor, Leslie Frazier, Ray Edwards, Steve Hutchinson, Tyrell Johnson Updated: December 6, 2010 - 2:29 PM

Brett Favre made a brief appearance in the Vikings' locker room today but declined to get into any specifics of how he was feeling. Favre then went into the trainer's room to get treatment on the sprained sternoclavicular joint he suffered in his throwing shoulder on Sunday against Buffalo.

Asked about the MRI he had, Favre joked, "What MRI?" Coach Leslie Frazier said that the MRI confirmed Favre has a sprain but there was no degree put on it. "They didn’t give me a degree, other than the fact that it’s an SC sprain and it’s more the neck area, along with in the sternum also," Frazier said.

Frazier said this will be a day-to-day situation, which is nothing new this season when it comes to Favre. Don't look for Favre to do much work if any in practice this week as the Vikings prepare for Sunday's game against the New York Giants.

"From what I’ve been told, rest is probably key," Frazier said. "That’s going to be number one, and they’ll do some exercises with him to help him as well. But it’s not something that can surgically be attended to. It’s just a matter of rest and then the rehab that they’re going to put him through."
 
Favre has played in an NFL record 297 consecutive games and has overcome numerous injuries during that time, including breaks in his left ankle and heel this season.
 
"If the doctors say he’s fine, he’s functional, he’s not at risk and Brett feels good about it, it won’t be a hard decision," Frazier said. "The only thing that makes it difficult is if the doctors say he’s fine and he says, ‘I’m not ready to go’ -- then it’s still probably not a hard decision. So, between the two, between what the medical people tell me and what Brett tells me, we’ll make a decision based on that."
 
Frazier said, "No question," when asked if he expected Favre to play this weekend.
 
Booker comes to terms
 
The Vikings agreed to terms with running back Lorenzo Booker on Monday, a few weeks after initially working him out and days after the UFL lowered its transfer fee from $150,000 to $25,000.
 
The Vikings will have to make a roster move to get Booker on the 53-man unit. His presence would give them four running backs. They already have Adrian Peterson, Toby Gerhart and Albert Young.
 
"We’re just going through some different scenarios, just trying to figure out where we’re going to make that move, and we will over the course of this day," Frazier said.
 
Frazier expressed optimism that Booker can help the Vikings on third-down situations. "I think he can be a plus for us," Frazier said. "He’s done a good job over in the UFL, making some plays, and we’re going to try to see where we can utilize him during this season."
 
The Vikings, of course, lost their third-down running back over the offseason when Chester Taylor signed with Chicago. Booker was a third-round pick of the Miami Dolphins in 2007 after playing at Florida State. Booker also played for Philadelphia and most recently was with Hartford of the UFL.
 
Harvin progressing
 
A day after Percy Harvin missed his second career game because of a migraine headache, the wide receiver made an appearance at Winter Park on Monday.
 
"He’s doing better," Frazier said. "I did talk to him [Sunday] night. He was actually over here today. He’s in good spirits. As you know, those migraines can come and go at any time. He’s in good spirits, so we’ll get a chance to talk today and tomorrow, and we’ll just see where things are when we get to Wednesday."
 
The Vikings do not practice on Monday and will be off Tuesday before starting preparations for Sunday's game against the Giants.
 
Frazier confirmed Harvin's latest episode with migraines has passed. "He was fine this morning," Frazier said. "He met with our doctor. Everything was fine, but it’s day to day in that regard."
 
Injury updates
 
Running back Adrian Peterson, who rushed for 107 yards and three touchdowns Sunday despite playing with a sprained ankle, came out of the game in "pretty good shape," according to Frazier. "We all had our fingers crossed, hoping that things would go well for him, and they did," Frazier said. "We were able to rest him in the fourth quarter, which was great."
 
Meanwhile, Frazier said running back Toby Gerhart suffered a strained hamstring but is expected to be fine. Safety Tyrell Johnson suffered a knee injury that might be related to his MCL. "[It's] nothing severe, just got banged up a little bit," Frazier said. "We're going to go in and have that checked out, but he should be fine."
 
As for left guard Steve Hutchinson, Frazier is hoping he can return from a broken thumb after missing a game. "We’ll learn more about Steve this week, we’ll try to get him out there and get him back going," Frazier said. "Hopefully, that’ll be the case."
 
Quarterback Joe Webb suffered a hamstring injury in the first quarter and his status is uncertain. "We're going to try to get him out there if we can," Frazier said.
 
Etc.
 
  • While Brian Robison gave a strong effort as the starting left defensive end on Sunday, Frazier said that Ray Edwards will be the starter when he is able to return. Edwards sat out Sunday because of a right high ankle sprain.
  • Frazier said that while running backs coach Eric Bieniemy will become the offensive coordinator at Colorado, Bieniemy will not be doing much if any work for Colorado throughout the remainder of the Vikings season.  "Actually, he’s spoke to the people at the University of Colorado and he has it cleared that he’ll be with us throughout and he’ll join them after the season," Frazier said. "But his duties will be primarily working for the Minnesota Vikings. No recruiting calls, no road visits. He’s going to be here with the Vikings."
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