So what happened to Vikings fullback Fahu Tahi to keep him from playing Sunday? According to Alex Marvez of FOXSports.com, Tahi injured the area around his eye in a Saturday horseplay incident with tailback Adrian Peterson.
Per Marvez, the two men were wrestling on Saturday in the locker room.
The Vikings reportedly believed that Tahi would be fine to play on Sunday. Overnight swelling caused them to change their minds.
Still, the Vikings should have disclosed the situation at some point before listing their inactive players for the game at Lambeau Field. Indeed, teams often make additions to their injury reports after the final information is provided on Friday.
In this case, Tahi already was listed as probable with a knee injury. On Saturday, the Vikings at a minimum should have added “eye” or “face” or “head” to Tahi’s description promptly after the incident. On Sunday morning, after detecting the swelling and concluding Tahi couldn’t play, the Vikings should have informed the league that Tahi was “out.”
Though Tahi isn’t a quarterback, the Packers had little or no opportunity to prepare for Jeff Dugan playing fullback instead of Tahi. And, surely, the Vikings wanted it that way.
Meanwhile, we wonder whether Peterson will be disciplined by the team for wrestling with a teammate. Here’s one thing about which there’s no mystery — if Peterson had been the guy who emerged from the wrasslin’ match unable to play, Tahi would have been in deep doodie.