Anthony Barr returns to practice for Vikings

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Much of the Vikings offseason was spent waiting to see when running back Adrian Peterson would rejoin the team at practice, but he wasn’t the only player missing from the field during the offseason workout program.

Linebacker Anthony Barr didn’t get on the field at all during OTAs as he rehabbed a knee injury that was different from the one that led him to have season-ending surgery in November of his rookie season. That absence ended at minicamp on Tuesday when Barr went through individual drills with his teammates.

“He’s got to get back to playing,” coach Mike Zimmer said, via the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. “He hasn’t really done football in a long time. So it’s good for him to get back out here and start moving around and getting with the calls. I mean, I don’t anticipate any problems. I just think it’s good for his mindset and good for ours as well.”

Barr had 70 tackles and four sacks in 12 games before he was knocked out by the knee injury and the Vikings will surely want to see those numbers rise in his second season on the edge of their defense.

43 responses to “Anthony Barr returns to practice for Vikings

  1. That guy is going to be a monster this year if he can put the injuries behind him!

  2. Barr is an athletic freak and needs to be on the field. He’s highly intelligent but needs to get into a football state of mind to be effective this year. Zimmer is the man to get him there.

  3. Oh here we go another in the long line of offseason hype. Tell me how many of those stellar draft picks we have been hearing about for the last 5 years made the pro bowl last year? If no other players or coaches recognize the so called talent we sure aren’t going to listen to you. All that talent while finishing below .500 for the fourth time in 5 years? Hmmm

  4. I was starting to get a little worried about this knee issue so I’m glad to see he’s back practicing. If he can stay healthy, he’s going to be a big-time playmaker this year.

  5. I had high hopes for Barr. But it’s clear that he is another injury prone bust for us.

    Hopefully Greenway has another good year in him to overcompensate.

  6. Anyone else remember Packer comments making fun of the Vikings picking a former RB to play LB? Yea…crickets now from the little sisters to the East.

  7. Sometimes knee injuries can take over a year to fully heal. This will surely crimp his stats for sacks and tackles on his way to the Hall of Fame as was predicted by the Viking faithful on the day he was drafted.

    But the mere fact that he started 12 games makes him much more productive that Troy Williamson, Eramus James, Floyd or Patterson just to name some first rounders that didn’t play like first rounders so the Viking fans have that to cheer about when they aren’t overlooking the sad fact that a child abuser is on the team.

  8. She was unimpressive in her loss to GB. Rodgers put up over 40 points against the Roseanne Barr led defense. She should have ducked out of that game like soft Teddy did.

  9. Big time packer stock holder chiming in once again! Why can’t the lowly turd Thompson draft guys like this?
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    I’m not sure. He drafted Clay Matthews as an OLB. He seems to have been to the Pro Bowl and an All Pro during most of his seasons in the NFL.

  10. Barr never had any injuries in College. I don’t see anything to worry about except the Green Bay packers having another EPIC DOUBLE CHOKE LOSS to the Vikings and losing the Division title to the Vikings this year.

  11. Barr was effective on special teams before he tore up his knee.
    This injury to the other knee that the team is hiding is of great concern. There are less than 45 days to the start of training camp to get both knees healthy and he may not be able to keep his spot on special teams.
    As a converted running back this kid needs all the reps he can get to learn the linebacking position at the pro level. I hope the kid can make it.

  12. I was really hoping Barr would turn into a star LB for us. But alas, it appears that all of his time spent as a running back has put a lot of wear and tear an his body. Bummer. At least we have Greenway.

  13. ariani1985 says:
    Jun 16, 2015 4:55 PM

    Big time packer stock holder chiming in once again! Why can’t the lowly turd Thompson draft guys like this?
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    Because the Packers are rarely drafting in the top 10.

  14. ariani1985 says:
    Jun 16, 2015 4:55 PM
    Big time packer stock holder chiming in once again! Why can’t the lowly turd Thompson draft guys like this?

    ————-

    Hard to get top 10 guys when you are always drafting in the 20’s. Vikings wouldn’t know that feeling though.

  15. You mean like Xavier Rhodes and Harrison Smith? Next year at this time we’ll probably be adding Floyd and Bridgewater to that list. Drafting late doesn’t matter that much to a competent GM…..

  16. They rate draft picks based on value (for sconnies that means their predicted draft positions measured against their actual draft positions).

    Vikings finished 1st in value from the draft, by a CONSIERABLE margin.
    Packers finished in the mid 20s

    Vikes got first round talent in the 1st, 2nd, and 4th rounds.
    Packers got first round talent in their dreams.

  17. hopefully we can keep the band together of Bridgewater, Barr, Smith, Rhodes and Floyd.

    Coming to a US Bank Stadium this 2016!
    get to know ’em!

    we’re comin’! we’re comin’!

  18. Glad to see the vikings working so hard! Meanwhile our little sisters to the east are taking field trips to the local ducken donuts!

  19. purplepackerhater says:
    Jun 17, 2015 3:18 PM
    They rate draft picks based on value (for sconnies that means their predicted draft positions measured against their actual draft positions).

    Vikings finished 1st in value from the draft, by a CONSIERABLE margin.
    Packers finished in the mid 20s

    Vikes got first round talent in the 1st, 2nd, and 4th rounds.
    Packers got first round talent in their dreams.
    =================================
    I’m not here to argue who drafts the better prospect……Vikings draft 15 spots ahead of us.

    Kudos to winning the draft.

  20. The Vikings win the draft every year. They’re great at manipulating draft numbers. They’re just not good at football. At all.

    You guys can play with your Draft Day Decoder Rings that came in your box of Teddy Grahams all you like. Here in the sane world, we’re going to watch our team win football games.

  21. “Vikes got first round talent in the 1st, 2nd, and 4th rounds.
    Packers got first round talent in their dreams.”

    And yet, inexplicably, the Packers continue to own the Vikings.

    What do you make of that?

  22. Pro Football Focus has the packers run defense at 31.
    It has the Vikings overall defense at 9th. That defense with Zimmer is getting better. They should be fun to watch this year.

  23. I am not too worried.
    Last season the vikings were 26th in time of possession. With last season’s starting QB and their leading receiver gone this year, Barr is going to be on the field for a lot of reps this season in the base defense.

    He doesn’t need a lot of exhibition work.

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