Offensive tackle Phil Loadholt was fined $10,000 by the NFL this week for two unnecessary roughness violations he committed in the Vikings' season-opening loss on Sept. 9 at New Orleans.
Loadholt was called for a facemask penalty in the second quarter on the same play that Saints linebacker Marvin Mitchell was called for a facemask. The penalties were offsetting but not seen as equal because Mitchell was not fined.
In the fourth quarter, Loadholt also grabbed the facemask of an opponent in an attempt to block him on a pass play. While Loadholt was called for a hold in the final quarter, that facemask penalty was not called. Loadholt had replaced Bryant McKinnie at left tackle in the fourth quarter after McKinnie dislocated his finger.
No comment on Jackson
The Vikings and Washington Redskins are believed to be the favorites to pursue San Diego holdout wide receiver Vincent Jackson, but coach Brad Childress declined to comment on if the Vikings have interest in him. The NFL ruled Thursday that there was a moratorium on trading Jackson that would end at 3 p.m. Friday.
"He's really not a guy I'm able to speak about for the fact that he's their property," Childress said. "I wouldn't get into any speculation on anybody on anybody else's roster."
Childress also would not say if the Vikings had requested permission from the Chargers to speak with Jackson's representatives about a possible agreement.
Harvin expects to play
Wide receiver Percy Harvin returned to practice after missing one day because of a hip bruise. Harvin was listed officially as questionable, but he gave a wry smile when informed that Childress said he would be a game-time decision. “He is the coach,” Harvin said, smiling. “I feel fine. I guess we’ll see pregame then.”
Harvin said his hip felt a little tight in practice Friday, but he said it’s nothing serious. He said he first felt discomfort Monday during a 10-10-10 practice and it became a little worse on Wednesday. Childress gave him Thursday off so he could spend all day getting treatment.
- Childress said that Bernard Berrian and Greg Camarillo could both be used on punt returns Sunday, "just depending on how the game plays out." Camarillo said he has been a backup punt returner for much of his time in football but has little experience actually doing the job. Camarillo, traded to the Vikings from Miami in the preseason, said he often caught punts from the Dolphins' Brandon Fields.
- Although a few NFL teams have voted on whether to decertify their union, the Vikings have taken no such vote so far and likely won't do so before a visit from a member of the NFLPA happens in the coming weeks.