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According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Vikings quarterback Gus Frerotte is expected to miss two weeks with a fracture in his back.
Given the anticipated duration of Frerotte’s absence, our guess is that he has broken a tranverse process, which are the two horizontal rods that project from each vertebrate.
In October, for example, Giants cornerback Kevin Dockery was expected to miss at least two weeks with a fractured transverse process.  Dockery would return after missing three games.

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  1. Fade 2 Black says: Dec 10, 2008 10:31 PM

    The Return of Tavaris is upon us.
    Just in time for that playoff push.

  2. BigWorm says: Dec 10, 2008 10:33 PM

    Florio’s 3 most frequently covered teams:
    1) Minnesota Vikings
    2) Minnesota Vikings
    3) Dallas Criminals

  3. evilmajortom says: Dec 10, 2008 10:56 PM

    Looks like the Vikes better give Jeff George a call

  4. hesawinner says: Dec 10, 2008 11:14 PM

    Tarvaris will do what he did last year. Suck, just like Frerrotte, but at least he’ll suck differently, that should be exciting. Yeah, he’s not a rookie and he’s not inexperienced. He’s a confirmed LOSER!

  5. graunkem says: Dec 10, 2008 11:22 PM

    LEad us Travis Jackson!!! Lead us to the promised land!!! Please??

  6. theskinnypost says: Dec 10, 2008 11:45 PM

    I broke my back.
    My back is broken.

  7. ecsacker6306 says: Dec 10, 2008 11:50 PM

    Why not BigWorm? The Cowboys are like a 3-ring circus and the Vikings (lots of talent) are one of the most puzzling teams in the league in one of the larger markets.
    I’m not a fan of either team, but it makes sense to me.

  8. bgman says: Dec 11, 2008 12:24 AM

    Big Worm, the Vikings are the most covered team on PFT because they’re so fascinating.
    Here’s a partial list of their cast of characters:
    1. A coach with the charisma and deadpan humor of comedian Steven Wright (Brad Childress).
    2. An old school crazy oddball wild man, who is an elite pass rusher (Jared Allen).
    3. A tight end with a future as a porn star (Visanthe Shiancoe).
    4. Not one, but two, Pro Bowl DTs caught up in a legal tussle with Roger Goodell (Pat and Kevin Williams).
    5. A giant LT who uses his tongue on prostitutes and a pole on bouncers (Bryant McKinnie).
    6. A punter who is a world class competitor at Guitar Hero (Chris Kluwe).
    7. A Harvard grad anchoring the offensive line (Matt Birk).
    8. The toughest little man in the NFL (Antoine Winfield).
    9. The most dangerous and talented RB in the NFL (Adrian Peterson).
    Plus this is the team that got pulled into the off season’s biggest controversy (Brett Favre saga), has a reverse QB controversy (two QBs who should be benched), introduced the NFL to the poison pill, taught NFL coaches not to allow team boating excursions on bye weeks, showed what can happen at the NFL draft when the 15 minute time allotment runs out on TWO consecutive years, had a previous coach caught scalping Super Bowl tickets, and is caught without a long-term solution for a stadium and is always on the rumored short list of potential teams to move. The list goes on and on.
    Good and bad, this is a team that always has drama and interesting characters. I don’t know of any franchise that surpasses them for it. They’re a natural for the PFT rumor mill.

  9. LordViking says: Dec 11, 2008 1:45 AM

    His wife isn’t gonna like that!

  10. Hollywood Wags says: Dec 11, 2008 4:19 AM

    It’s spinal.

  11. ScootyPuffJunior says: Dec 11, 2008 4:46 AM

    There’s no way they’ve sold more than 4 Ferrote jerseys this year.

  12. GigantoGillicus says: Dec 11, 2008 8:46 AM

    Florio covers the vikes so much because they have the most obnoxious fans and it’s fun to watch the lunatic fringe in action.
    I’m guessing most of them have forgotten just how bad T-Jack is. This should be a fun last 3 wks of the season here.

  13. JimmySmith says: Dec 11, 2008 9:45 AM

    Is it even possible for the Vikings to lose 3 straight games and miss the playoffs? That for sure would be the end of Col Klink. So, for the sake of his five year contract extension, I hope not.

  14. s1rweeze says: Dec 11, 2008 9:51 AM

    Well said, bgman. But even without all that, what is Florio supposed to do, ignore a QB change for a potential playoff team?

  15. ZN0rseman says: Dec 11, 2008 10:00 AM

    With T-Jack under center for the next two weeks, our playoffs hopes are doomed. Unless of course Chicago loses their next two games too.

  16. Joe 6-pack says: Dec 11, 2008 10:03 AM

    In other news today, the Packers playoff hopes are over. That is all.
    – Florio

  17. Orenthal James says: Dec 11, 2008 10:19 AM

    Emmitt Smith believes a fracture in the transverse process is when one sex wants to change into the opposite sex but gets debacled somewhere along the lines.

  18. whuteva says: Dec 11, 2008 10:25 AM

    This reminds me of an old Mike Tyson interview after one of his fights a few years back.
    Reporter: So mike you sustained an injury during the fight?
    Mike: Yeah, I broke my back!
    Reporter: What part?
    Mike: Spinal

  19. k-new says: Dec 11, 2008 12:38 PM

    ecsacker…what are you…NUTS?
    Minniapolis IS NOT a large market
    They arent even close to large market.
    I didn’t see Jason Taylor wanting to play in the large market of Minniapolis.

  20. k-new says: Dec 11, 2008 12:39 PM

    T. Jackson may not be the best QB in the league….not even the best on Minnesota’s roster. But we Vikings fans need to hope he has gained something from riding the pine for as many weeks as he has.

  21. Bob_Nelson says: Dec 11, 2008 12:51 PM

    What did he headbutt this time?

  22. JimmySmith says: Dec 11, 2008 2:24 PM

    k-new says:
    Minniapolis IS NOT a large market
    First off, learn how to spell. Second, I read somewhere that Mpls is the second largest GAY market, second only to SF.
    Which seems perfect for a team nick-named the Queenies. It stands to reason that their fan base would reflect the general population and also helps explain all the whiny BIQUEEN fans on this site and account for their lack of football knowledge (ie, T Jack Off is a real QB and Childress is qualified to be a coach).
    Now go buy a dozen gerbils and enjoy the pending Viking collaspe.

  23. k-new says: Dec 11, 2008 3:31 PM

    I don’t recall soliciting your response.
    Only you’d know about the gay thing jimmy….so if anyone here wants to know about gay…ask JimmySmith. The expert on such issues.
    As far as the VIKINGS collapse…you know at least they are still in a position to WIN THE DIVISION.
    I can’t say the same for those (fudge) packers you seem to cheer for.
    Now run along to post your irrelivant opinion on one of those packer stories (oh wait…even florio knows to stay away from stories on subjects that don’t draw readers to his site…that’s why we don’t see packer stories on here).

  24. Kevin from Philly says: Dec 11, 2008 6:32 PM

    Great, just when we needed them to beat Atlanta so the Eagles get the last playoff spot, they go back to T-Suck.

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