Every weekday, we walk you through what’s going on with the Vikings.


— Who is Justin Trattou? The reserve defensive end is “kind of one of those guys who grows on you,” according to coach Mike Zimmer.

— Offensive coordinator Norv Turner is coaching against a former team Sunday. When you’ve been around as long as he has, that happens often.

—Guard Brandon Fusco, who has/had a concussion, returned to practice.

— Center John Sullivan feels guilty for missing time because of back surgery, but he’s optimistic that he’ll return this season to help out his teammates.

— Looking back on his record day against the Chargers eight years ago, Adrian Peterson wishes he could have been the first back to top 300 yards.

— The Vikings are fine with the ups, but they could do without the downs.


— Three numbers show why smart, quick and tough Chargers running back Danny Woodhead is one of the most unique players in the league.

— Chargers guard D.J. Fluker has returned to practice after spraining his ankle, but he is apparently unlikely to play against the Vikings this weekend.

— With first-string tight end Ladarius Green missing practice this week due to a concussion, the Chargers signed another tight end yesterday.


The Vikings practice at 11 a.m. Afterward, the players will chow down in the locker room while reporters like me eye up their catered lunch.


This has absolutely nothing to do with football, but it’s Friday, so what the heck? Yesterday, defensive end Brian Robison entertained his teammates and a few eavesdropping reporters by asking his fellow players, on camera, whether they would rather fight three wolves or one grizzly bear. You can watch the video here, and it is highly recommended that you do. And in case you are wondering, I would rather fight one vicious animal instead of three, so give me the grizzly bear, I guess.

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