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Bomar keeps spot after DWI arrest

Posted by: Mark Craig under Vikings, Vikings coaches, Leslie Frazier, Adrian Peterson, Leslie Frazier, Percy Harvin, Steve Hutchinson, Tyrell Johnson, Visanthe Shiancoe Updated: August 8, 2011 - 12:57 PM

MANKATO -- Fourth-string quarterback Rhett Bomar practiced today and will not be released because of his arrest early Sunday morning for alleged third-degree drunken driving, coach Leslie Frazier said this morning.

"It's not something that we're pleased about," Frazier said. "We feel like we'll be able to handle it internally and get some things done in regards to him. He's a guy, like so many, has to hopefully learn from a mistake and move forward. He addressed our team and talked about the direction he'd like to be able to go, and apologized for any negativity he brought on the team and the organization.

"It's something that's disappointing, but hopefully something we'll all learn from as a group."

Frazier was asked what it feels like as an NFL coach to get the call that a player has gotten in trouble.

"This is just something you got to deal with," Frazier said. "This is part of what we do. When you're dealing with young guys the age group they're in, things are going to happen. You got to deal with each situation individually. You try not to lump everybody into the same category. You want to deal with each situation as it comes. I'm not naive enough to believe there aren't going to be other situations. I know there's going to be others. You just have to deal with them on an individual basis."

Frazier said it was Bomar's idea to address the team.

Bomar did not talk to reporters after practice.

Meanwhile, Frazier also has two new injuries that he's having to deal with. Tyrell Johnson, who is locked in a battle with Jamarca Sanford for the starting free safety job, "tweaked" a hamstring, according to Frazier, in Saturday night's practice and did not practice today. Tight end Visanthe Shiancoe also "tweaked" his hamstring, according to Frazier, while catching a pass in team two-minute drills this morning.

Percy Harvin was held out of the latter part of the practice because he was winded and had sore ribs. Steve Hutchinson was limited because of a sore neck. Frazier isn't concerned about Harvin and Hutchinson, but did voice concern about Shiancoe's hamstring.

Other highlights ...

  • Joe Webb ran one play at receiver during the group install (offense runs play with no defense). He lined up wide right, ran a deep route and didn't make the catch. Afterward, Frazier made it clear the team isn't currently looking to expand Webb's duties outside of the QB position. Frazier said Webb's use anywhere but quarterback will be determined by whether he or Christian Ponder wins the backup quarterback role. If Webb wins the No. 2 job, he won't be used elsewhere. If Ponder wins the No. 2 job, Webb would be used at receiver. With the NFL's new rule allowing No. 3 QBs to enter the game without a team losing access to its other two QBs, Webb would  be able to play receiver while serving as the No. 3 emergency QB.
  • Defensive end Adrian Awasom missed practice because he was sick and throwing up before practice.
  • Cornerback Marcell Gipson missed his third day of practice. His grandmother passed away.
  • There were a number of dropped passes in today's practice. The Vikings want to throw the ball more to Adrian Peterson in this offense, but as great as he is, he's dropped his share of passes. 
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