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Vikings postgame: Olsen OK after scary incident; cuts coming

Posted by: Chris Miller under Vikings offense, Vikings players, Vikings quarterbacks, Vikings roster moves, Vikings training camp Updated: August 29, 2013 - 11:26 PM

Quick wrapup from the Metrodome, where the Vikings beat the Titans 24-23. Crowd was announced at 62,603, I'd say seats were 9-17ths occupied.

No Vikings starters played, but it was an entertaining game. Both teams punted once each, and it moved right along.

The only delay came when Vikings guard Seth Olsen was down for about 10 minutes after taking a knee to his helmet while blocking. He was strapped to a board and went off on a stretcher after being basically motionless. The Vikings announced a neck injury. Olsen was OK in the locker room afterward, going through his normal routine, but couldn't speak to the media because of the NFL's concussion protocol.

Other injuries: Bobby Felder, maybe in a battle for the reserve cornerback and No. 1 punt return spot with Marcus Sherels, left on the final play of the third quarter because of a right ankle spain. And defensive end D'Aundre Reed also sprained an ankle.

Sherels had a 109-yard kickoff return for a touchdown and an interception after missing Sunday's loss at San Francisco because of his father's funeral.  Quite a comeback and quite a statement in his battle to make the team.  Chip is writing about Sherels for the paper.

Coach Leslie Frazier said cuts will be discussed tomorrow and revealed Saturday.  The team must get from 75 to 53 by 5 p.m. on Saturday.

Matt Asiata carried eight times for 32 yards and a 1-yard TD on the Vikings' opening offensive series.  He was replaced by Joe Banyard, who carried 13 times for 62 yards and scored on an 11-yard pass from McLeod  Bethel-Thompson.  MBT was 19-for-26 for 187 yards and the TD, and had one picked.

Blair Walsh missed from 45 but made from 25 in the fourth quarter. The second, with 1:38 left, decided the game.

Desmond Bishop had a nice game at linebacker with seven tackles, two for loss.

Lots of hopeful faces in the locker room, but more than a few looks of resignation from the 30 or so players how have to worry about their jobs.

Banyard, a bubble guy, said if he makes the team "I might cry. I really might cry. I will definitely have to thank the good Lord, and then I'll just cry because I know this is where I want to be."

Joe Webb, the converted QB trying to make the team as a WR, said "I am going to get a peace of mind, and hopefully the coaches will make the right decision."

Former Minnesota State (Mankato) standout receiver Adam Thielen, a long shot to make the roster: "It has been awesome. I couldn't have asked for a better situation. It has been a blast just being here."

 

 

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