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Berrian's bad hamstring is still keeping him out

Vikings receiver Bernard Berrian has put together a decent career in Minnesota and Chicago despite never having the benefit of a high-end quarterback.

And now that a high-end quarterback (despite the gray hair and bum arm) has been added to his team, Berrian has the first hamstring injury of his career.

It happened in the preseason opener, 13 days ago.  And Berrian’s absence has been lost in the arrival of Lord Favre, his debut three days later, and the ongoing debate regarding the reality that some players in the locker room would have preferred to stand pat with the quarterbacks already on the roster.

Per Judd Zulgad of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Berrian’s earliest possible return to practice would come later this week.  It’s currently unknown whether he has a shot at playing in the next preseason game, on Monday night against the Texans.

For now, Berrian is catching passes from Favre on a half-speed-at-best basis after practice.

“We’re going 40, 50 percent,” Berrian said, per Zulgad.  “It’s not real timing.  It’s just getting used to me running and getting in and out of breaks.”

Berrian plays a critical role in the Vikings’ version of the West Coast offense.  Though it’s hardly a vertical, Raiders-style attack, Berrian periodically uses his speed to draw attention deep — and thus to open up the various underneath routes that are the core of the baby-steps offense.

So even though it’s important for Berrian to develop a solid rapport with Favre, it’s far more important that Berrian be 100 percent comes September 13, because his role as a deep-threat decoy arguably will be even more important that his role as a catcher of passes.

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30 Responses to “Berrian's bad hamstring is still keeping him out”
  1. MrHumble says: Aug 27, 2009 8:44 AM

    Florio…I assure you that you are making “farve” too big of a deal out of this “locker room mutiny” with the Vikes QB situation. If 2-3 non regulars make a statement, it hardly ranks up there with the mutiny that you are trying to make it out to be. Even if Farve weren’t in Minny, the edge would still go to Sage over TJak……..you need to quit making a mountain out of a anthill….as it gives the impression that you have nothing better to write about and lessens your credibility…..this type of reporting is more on the level of the National Enquirer

  2. Krow says: Aug 27, 2009 8:57 AM

    Hamstring problems !!! Guess the Giants will be trading for him now.

  3. Ambrose says: Aug 27, 2009 8:57 AM

    Even the most innocuous articles regarding the Vikings (like this one) have to drag Favre into the picture. And speaking for (nearly) all Packer fans…the fact that his distractions and drama-filled attention-getting antics are no longer a burden to the Packer Nation, warms our hearts. Even the current issue of SI has a No Favre References symbol in the upper left corner. They get it. The Viking fans are waking up to the fact that Favre might be the wrong guy at the right time. His phenomenal past has not earned him any support (yet.) We know what you are dealing with…….heads are spinning, deer-in-headlights expressions on your faces, sputtering yeah-but after yeah-but.
    And don’t forget…we still like him! He just doesn’t work for the Packers anymore. Thank God.
    GO PACK!

  4. Lucky5927 says: Aug 27, 2009 9:06 AM

    We have now all seen the “Nipple on the Soul” of Bernard Berrian.

  5. Philtration says: Aug 27, 2009 9:16 AM

    Bad hamstring to go with his bad hands I guess.

  6. TheDPR says: Aug 27, 2009 9:41 AM

    “And now that a high-end quarterback (despite the gray hair and bum arm) has been added to his team, Berrian has the first hamstring injury of his career.”
    Here’s what your “high-end quarterback” did for Jerricho Cotchery, of whom many also said only lacked a high-end quarterback in order to bust out:
    Played in one more game than the previous season yet gained 272 fewer yards, averaged 1.7 fewer yards per reception, had 11 fewer receptions. Went from just 2 TDs up to 5, though.
    Overall, Favre doesn’t really help WRs. Look at the lack of drop off in WR production in Green Bay after he left? No drop off there.

  7. SidHartman says: Aug 27, 2009 9:42 AM

    @Philtration
    You don’t watch many Vikes games do you? He can catch and he’s got some wheels.

  8. Rnay says: Aug 27, 2009 10:06 AM

    http://www.bostonherald.com/sports/football/other_nfl/view.bg?&articleid=1193699&format=&page=1&listingType=nfl#articleFull
    C’mon, Florio, you are like a rat terrier with a meatless three day old bone you’re refusing to relinquish. Seriously.

  9. RagnartheViking says: Aug 27, 2009 10:14 AM

    I don’t get it. Why do Packer fans feel the need to comment on every “innocuous” Viking article?
    It’s time to let this go until the regular season starts.
    All this Favre will be horrible/ he’s gonna lead us to the bowl BS needs to stop, it’s pure speculation on everyone’s part.
    Florio is just doing his job of fanning the flames to get hits, I understand that.
    But we are all typing the same tripe day after day.
    Even if Favre looks crappy on Monday, it doesn’t mean a thing. Not until the games count.
    On to Berrian, they are being careful so as to not have this turn out to be season long, much like Matthews in GB.

  10. JimmySmith says: Aug 27, 2009 10:26 AM

    “Bernard Berrian has put together a decent career ”
    By whose standards? Only a die hard Viking fan could accept less than 50 catches on the season for $44 million contract, that isn’t “decent’, its obscene. By the standards of the other 31 NFL teams, (with the possible exception of the Cowboys with Roy Williams), they would expect their #1 WR to light it up, draw double teams and actually put up #1 WR numbers.
    But remember, we are talking the Vikings here, their history is to overpay for other team’s disappointments (Exhibits A and B would be Herschel Walker and Darren Sharper) so the fact that they are relying on Berriman to make this offense work is a bigger mistake than signing the over the hill INT leader which is really saying something.

  11. Run1out says: Aug 27, 2009 10:31 AM

    the ongoing debate regarding the reality that some players in the locker room would have preferred to stand pat with the quarterbacks already on the roster.
    Is it a reality? You make it sound like you started this rumor. Did you Mike?

  12. TrueFan says: Aug 27, 2009 10:38 AM

    Hey “JimmySmith”,
    You seemed to have NOT noticed that the Vikings had … how shall I put it.. SUB-PAR QB play for the years Berrian has been here.
    Gee, do you THINK MAYBE that might have something to do with why Berrian didn’t have like 100 catches and 6 zillion touchdowns?

  13. JimmySmith says: Aug 27, 2009 11:11 AM

    Its tough to say that I didn’t notice it, T Joke is just that, a joke. You could also throw in the excuse you have a brain dead OC, a Village idiot pretending to be a head coach and a long list of other excuses but the fact remains, the Vikings paid a boat load of money for a #1 WR who can’t put up the numbers.
    I think you could put Payton Manning or Tom Brady on that team and Berriman would struggle to get above 50 catches. He isn’t that good which puts him on the same level as the Viking secondary and just above the play of your current list of 4 QB’s. I will say that we are going to miss Chilly after this season in about the same way we missed Wayne Fontes of the Lions.

  14. Philtration says: Aug 27, 2009 11:37 AM

    # SidHartman says: August 27, 2009 9:42 AM
    @Philtration
    You don’t watch many Vikes games do you? He can catch and he’s got some wheels.
    ————————————————–
    I watched him drop lots of passes while he was with the Bears.
    You are paying him like he is Jerry Rice when in fact he is a lot closer to beans & rice.
    He has never had a 1,000 yard season and the Vikings paid way too much for a guy who averages 43 yards a game for his career.
    He is one-dimensional and he is not that great at that either.

  15. RagnartheViking says: Aug 27, 2009 11:58 AM

    Joke and Gus at QB
    Brain dead OC
    Villiage idiot at HC
    “overpaid worthless”talent
    Minn 10-6
    GB 6-10
    Priceless arguement Jimmy Smith.
    Please STFU , you are making yourself look like a moron even moreso than normal.

  16. ONSLAUGHT says: Aug 27, 2009 12:29 PM

    @ Philtration
    Id have to side with SidHartman on this… I watched him in Chicago and Minnesota. He pretty much caught everything with in his wing span…
    He never had a 1,000 yard year in Chicago because of the QBs he had throwing to him and they mostly ran the ball… Just like the Vikings…
    There is a reason the Vikings paid him so much money, to stretch the field…. I beleive he is doing that just fine with 20+ yards receiving per catch last season.
    It amazing anyone even noticed him in Chicago!

  17. PurpleRaid12 says: Aug 27, 2009 12:46 PM

    @ Jimmy Smith,
    Glad you could join us……
    As for your great knowledge of football, (i.e. saying Berrian is a lame excuse for a #1 WR) you obviously don’t understand that Minnesota is a RUN-BASED team, Berrian doesn’t have to have 80+ catches for 1200+ yards, The thing that matters is TDs, Berrian last year had 7 and he also led the league in catches 20+ yards. So…. why don’t you learn a little football, instead of bashing Vikings articles 24/7 with Dewey in Mommy and Daddy’s basement… You are T-he Joke.

  18. Ambrose says: Aug 27, 2009 12:51 PM

    Ragnar…..are you THE Ragnar the Viking, or are you simply using his name. Give it to me straight. I have reasons for asking. Thanks,

  19. jusford says: Aug 27, 2009 1:26 PM

    “We’re going 40, 50 percent,” Berrian said, per Zulgad. “It’s not real timing. It’s just getting used to me running and getting in and out of breaks.”
    What he meant to say was the timing is adjusted to fit Favre’s timing that he established with the receivers from the “high school” camp that he attended this summer.

  20. GBISFULLOFFATTIES says: Aug 27, 2009 1:58 PM

    Ambrose:
    are you THE Ragnar the Viking, or are you simply using his name. Give it to me straight. I have reasons for asking
    ———————————————–
    You know how I know you’re gay?!

  21. Tjackfan says: Aug 27, 2009 2:05 PM

    I’m surprised that Berrian even has hamstrings in those skinny little legs.
    Hopefully the Vikings have a backup plan for when Favre’s arm leaves his body with the ball.
    The team should have stayed with the progression of Tarvaris Jackson. I know you fair weather Vikings fans love to focus on the Philly playoff game, but remember how Eli Manning looked six weeks before winning the Super Bowl. The Giants stayed with the progression of their young QB, and he put it together.
    I’m not excited about renting out a 40 year old Packer QB.

  22. JimmySmith says: Aug 27, 2009 2:17 PM

    I see the Biqueen fans are out in full force. Better to live on last year’s atypical finish than face reality, 2009 promises to be different.
    If I were a Viking fan, I would want Klink fired as soon as possible; there is too much talent on that team to entrust to that douche bag. Then I would want a new GM who doesn’t think that the long term answer to QB requires the same religious background as the GM I think they might want to consider other factors. Then I would demand a new stadium, sitting in a giant toilet bowl at $75 per seat is not what I would call the NFL experience.
    But since none of that is going to happen, the Vikings will miss the playoffs once again, Klink will sign a 5 year contract extension and the good citizens of the Twin Cities will soon be watching the Packers since LA based TV signals don’t stretch that far.

  23. Dewey Axewound says: Aug 27, 2009 4:59 PM

    PurpleRaid12 says:
    August 27, 2009 12:46 PM
    @ Jimmy Smith,
    Glad you could join us……
    As for your great knowledge of football, (i.e. saying Berrian is a lame excuse for a #1 WR) you obviously don’t understand that Minnesota is a RUN-BASED team, Berrian doesn’t have to have 80+ catches for 1200+ yards, The thing that matters is TDs, Berrian last year had 7 and he also led the league in catches 20+ yards. So…. why don’t you learn a little football, instead of bashing Vikings articles 24/7 with Dewey in Mommy and Daddy’s basement… You are T-he Joke.
    _________________________________
    PurpleAIDS12,
    I get your little 20+ yd stat. Heard it 18 trillion times.
    But you seem to have a comprehension problem.
    The knock on Benedict Berrian isn’t that he can’t catch a deep a ball–it’s that he’s a ONE TRICK PONY, a one-route wonder.
    Sure, he’ll make a big play deep down the sideline from time to time, and catch the ball when it’s placed well.
    But have you ever seen him FIGHT for a ball?
    Have you ever seen him “play defense” against the DB to prevent a pick?
    How many times have you seen him run a slant, an out, go over the middle, catch a ball in traffic, against tight coverage, or a catch a ball on a deep skinny post?
    Trust me–I’ve watched the guy develop since BEFORE the Bears patiently waited out his knee boo-boos.
    I’ve been watching Benedict Berrian when you were still singing the Loveboat blues and crying about Gary Anderson’s 38 yard wobbler and tying your hair into faggy braided pigtails…
    I re-iterate:
    He is a ONE ROUTE WONDER.
    Can he make a play? Sure–put the ball “within his wingspan” (as someone else said), and he’ll catch it.
    But that’s like a Serengetti Lion saying, “I’ll just lay here and eat whatever gazelles happen to run right in front of me…”
    You guys get all wet in the Axewound saying how Hester is not a #1 WR, but at the same time your little helmet’s get all purple when you talk about Berntard Buryin’.
    The guy is NOT #1 material. Not even close.
    Riddle me this:
    If he WERE such a #1 stunna stud, after years of developing him and waiting for his knee to get right, why wouldn’t the Bears have kept him?
    (even if only to hit him with the franchise tag for one year, which, at that time, was *only* about 7 mil, I think)
    The guy is good going deep down the sidelines. He can make SOME catches, and he has good wheels.
    That’s the extent of it.
    He can’t block for SH1T.
    More specifically–he WON’T block (one of the reasons the Bears let him go).
    He’s scared to go over the middle. (Or Tod Pinkston’s it when he does)
    And he’s reluctant to put himself out there for the ball.
    And he’s terribly limited/inept in his route-running.
    And, he’s dropped the ball a time or 9 in his day.
    So, is he a good player? Yes.
    But no way in hell is he a COMPLETE player, and no way in hell does his play justify what you purple-sucking dumbf*cks PAID for him, what you call being a #1.

  24. Dewey Axewound says: Aug 27, 2009 5:03 PM

    GBISFULLOFFATTIES says:
    August 27, 2009 1:58 PM
    Ambrose:
    are you THE Ragnar the Viking, or are you simply using his name. Give it to me straight. I have reasons for asking
    ———————————————–
    You know how I know you’re gay?!
    __________________________________
    You (creatively enough) name yourself after your favorite team’s mascot?
    You tell another man to “give it you straight”?
    You have myserious reasons for doing things?

  25. Dewey Axewound says: Aug 27, 2009 5:17 PM

    RagnartheViking says:
    August 27, 2009 11:58 AM
    Joke and Gus at QB
    Brain dead OC
    Villiage idiot at HC
    “overpaid worthless”talent
    Minn 10-6
    GB 6-10
    Priceless arguement Jimmy Smith.
    Please STFU , you are making yourself look like a moron even moreso than normal.
    __________________________________
    Yes, Jimmy–please STFU as you are making yourself look like a moron “even moreso” with your “priceless arguEment”.
    (Rag really showed you with his dazzling logic and razor-sharp literacy, didn’t he?)
    Funny how Queens fans try to cry “foul” and “irrelevance” when Bears or Packers fans refer to the past in ANY way
    (namely, our rich histories of countless championships, being THE founding teams of this great league, proud stable franchises, with hallowed names (Lombardi, Halas), hallowed fields (Lambeau, Soldier), boasting the league’s MOST HOF players inducted, the league’s longest rivalry, a few Superbowls between us, 8 of 9 division titles this past decade between us, and so on and on)
    and yet the ONLY little crutch they have in any of their arguments is last year’s record.
    Pshaw!
    Fat lot of good it did you, too, right?
    One and out, embarrassed in the playoffs.
    Lost in your own Homodome, which you couldn’t even sell out!!
    “Well at least we were there, snivel snivel , whine whine…”
    Funny thing though, weren’t you supposed to be GOING TO THE SUPER BOWL last year?
    And the year before that?
    And the year before that?
    Just like….hmmm….THIS YEAR??
    (Sound familiar?)
    It’s alright though, the cracks are forming, just as I (and a few others) have predicted ALL summer long…even before the Diva came to town with his Wranglers ’round his ankles and calling for the Queens.
    And those cracks will get worse. And worse. And worse.
    Like they always do.
    Until it’s disappointment time once again.

  26. PurpleRaid12 says: Aug 27, 2009 7:18 PM

    Damn Dewey, was worried you wouldn’t make it….. mommy’s Pizza Rolls take longer to cook than usual?
    Again you throw out just BS. Let me explain to you a receiving core, because you and you life partner JimmySpits don’t understand. Yea, perhaps Berrian is a ‘one trick pony’ but he is a deep threat wide receiver, Rice is a posession receiver, he moves the chains and a red zone threat. Wade/Harvin is a slot receiver, they go across the middle and can block. You’re right, Berrian is not an Andre Johnson or a Randy Moss, but he is a very good deep threat wide receiver and his stats back that up. so please, if you don’t know what you’re talking about STFU. by the way the middle school names you give every are cute. I thought for sure you and Jimmy, Your deep-throat receiver, could have come up with something better…. can’t wait for your response.

  27. Philtration says: Aug 27, 2009 10:04 PM

    # ONSLAUGHT says: August 27, 2009 12:29 PM
    @ Philtration
    Id have to side with SidHartman on this… I watched him in Chicago and Minnesota. He pretty much caught everything with in his wing span…
    He never had a 1,000 yard year in Chicago because of the QBs he had throwing to him and they mostly ran the ball… Just like the Vikings…
    There is a reason the Vikings paid him so much
    It amazing anyone even noticed him in Chicago!
    ————————————————
    And now no one notices him.
    He runs one route and he drops that one too.
    I saw him play for 4 season here and as bad as Rex Grossman was he threw a better deep ball than the any of the Vikings QBs from last season.
    Time after time Berrian dropped passes right in his hands while he was here and it was not the QB.
    Last year he finished with just 13 more yards in Minnesota than he did in his best career year in Chicago.
    Big deal.
    He is not a bad player but he is just an average and highly overpaid WR and giving a player star money does not make him a star.

  28. RagnartheViking says: Aug 28, 2009 9:13 AM

    Ambrose: Nope, not him.
    Everyone: You’ll have to forgive Dewey. He’s a frustrated turd that is sexually confused.
    This is why all of his posts are littered with homosexual innuendos.
    Once again, I look to 08 as a reference because that year has the most RECENT games played.
    Its the last frame of reference that we have.
    Yet Dewey has to bring out the rich tradition, most hall of famers BS, yet again. Of course you have all of those things,your franchise has been around FORTY TWO MORE YEARS!!!
    Nice point you made there, Captain Obvious.
    You know what I find amazingly funny(other than Dewey’s attempts at posting)?
    Packer and Bear threads get at max 30 comments. A Vikes post about Glenn Holt getting cut gets more than twice that!!
    Dewey, put your Playgirl magazine down and try to put together a logical post for once.
    I know you are scared that the Bears are going to be humiliated this year. Your jealousy of the Vikings shines brightly. It’s ok, you have a right to be jealous.
    Also, you may as well go ahead and come out of the closet, thats ok too. You could even go to Iowa and get married if you want.
    It’s not like it used to be, sure, youd have some people on here give you crap, but youd be much happier. Your posts might even improve.
    Maybe you wouldnt suck so bad at posting, and being honest about your true self, you might not suck at life so badly either( although I think this may already be a lost cause).
    Do it, you have nothing to lose.

  29. Ambrose says: Aug 28, 2009 9:56 AM

    Hey…….. GBISFULLOFFATTIES says:
    August 27, 2009 1:58 PM
    How badly do you want to find out? You sound like a closet queen to me. It is OK to come out in your size XXXL Vikings cheerleader outfit. No one will laugh at you (much.)

  30. RagnartheViking says: Aug 28, 2009 11:23 AM

    Dewey:
    You know how we know your gay?
    Because of your incessant gay porn dialouge throughout every single post you make.
    That and you like taking it in the shorts and having your “life partner” give you a Dirty Sanchez when he’s done.

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