Robison hopes to ease trampled Fox tech's pain
MINNEAPOLIS--The Vikings were credited with four sacks Sunday against Arizona, but that doesn't count what has become their most celebrated hit of the day.
MINNEAPOLIS-The Vikings were credited with four sacks Sunday against Arizona, but that doesn't count what has become their most celebrated hit of the day.
That one occurred before the game even started, when defensive linemen Brian Robison and Linval Joseph plowed over a Fox audio technician as they ran onto the field before their 30-24 victory at U.S. Bank Stadium.
A video of Bernie Beaudry's misfortune has gone viral.
"Ol' Bernie, man. He's got to check both ways before he crosses the road, man," Robison said Monday. "I heard he finished the game out, so hats off to him. That's probably the hit of the year. I don't think that's going to be topped."
Beaudry, 62, of Hugo, worked the whole game despite a bloodied nose and broken glasses. Now, Robison wants to let Beaudry know that the Vikings are thinking about him.
"We're going to try to put something together for him," Robison said. "I'm going to try to get a picture of him getting leveled by me and Linval and autograph it and send it to him, and maybe send him a few other deals to hopefully ease the pain a little bit."
Vikings cornerbacks Terence Newman and Marcus Sherels have new ailments to worry about.
The Vikings didn't practice Monday but still had to put out an injury report in preparation for Thursday's game at Detroit. According to the report, neither Newman (neck) nor Sherels (rib/ankle) would have been able to participate had there been a workout.
Newman missed practice last Wednesday because of illness but played Sunday. He was in for just 22 plays, and apparently suffered the neck injury at some point.
Sherels returned to Sunday's game after missing the previous week at Washington because of an ankle injury. On his final punt return of the game, he was hit by Arizona's Brittan Golden in the fourth quarter and came up holding his ribs. He declined to speak to the media afterward.
Other players listed as unavailable were safety Harrison Smith (ankle) and defensive tackles Tom Johnson (illness) and Sharrif Floyd (knee). Smith and Johnson finished Sunday's game, while Floyd hasn't played since the season opener.
Listed as likely limited participants were wide receiver Stefon Diggs (knee), linebacker Eric Kendricks (hip) and cornerback Captain Munnerlyn (ankle), who returned Sunday after sitting out one game.
Munnerlyn said Monday that he was "kind of sore" but expects to be a "full go" against the Lions.
The Vikings are down to two running backs.
Minnesota on Monday waived running back Ronnie Hillman and replaced him on the active roster by signing defensive end Stephen Weatherly off the practice squad. That leaves Jerick McKinnon and Matt Asiata as the only running backs on the roster, although fullback Zach Line can play the spot.
Hillman played in five games after signing as a free agent on Sept. 21. He carried 18 times for 50 yards and caught four passes for 43 yards.
Weatherly was selected by Minnesota out of Vanderbilt in the seventh round of the NFL draft last spring. He was waived Sept. 3 but signed to the practice squad the next day.
Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, out since suffering a knee injury in Week 2, is eligible to return to the active roster from injured reserve, but it remains uncertain if he will play this season.
Hillman, who rushed for 863 yards last season with Denver, was inactive for his first three games on Minnesota's roster. The Vikings played each of those games with McKinnon and Asiata as the only active running backs.