Tag:Bernard Berrian
Posted on: January 31, 2011 2:21 pm
Edited on: January 31, 2011 8:59 pm

Hot Routes 1.31.11 the NFL outside of Dallas

Hot Routes

Posted by Andy Benoit

Retaining Darren Sproles in 2011 could be tough for San Diego.

Titans wide receiver coach Fred Graves has joined the Panthers staff. Graves coached Steve Smith at Utah.

More Panthers assistant coach news: running back coach Jim Skipper, despite his catchy name, will not be brought back. .

Not surprisingly, Super Bowl winning teams tend to send more players to the Hall of Fame.

The NFLPA has issued a “Let Us Player” video over the internet.

A new offseason means the renewal of a Vincent Jackson to the Rams? discussion.

Andy Reid’s youngest son gave a verbal commitment to play football at Temple.

Hue Jackson has been referring to Al Davis as “Coach Davis”.

Bernard Berrian admits that the alleged extortion attempt was a distraction.

National Weather Service is advising Packer fans to wait until Wednesday to leave for Dallas.

The Onion has some fun with Carson Palmer and the Bengals.

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Posted on: January 29, 2011 11:04 am

Berrian sues alleged Blackberry extorters

Posted by Will Brinson

Bernard Berrian apparently lost his Blackberry the last time he was in Las Vegas; he left it on top of an ATM and when he returned 20 minutes later, it was gone.

Clarice Lankford and Ronald R. Jones "found" the device and, according to allegations from Berrian's lawsuit via the Star-Tribune, demanded $30,000 for the phone from Berrian lest they sell it to the "highest bidder."

Berrian's suit also alleged that his phone contained financial information, as well as access codes to his residences, photos of his young daughter and "other personal photographs and video of Berrian and third parties not intended for public distribution."

The good news for Berrian is that Deadspin's already caught a hold of that last paragraph. (Wait, that's not good news. Unless those third parties are fully clothed.)

The couple on the other side of the lawsuit have, interestingly, switched lawyers a time or two -- an Oakland lawyer worked for them "for about a day and a half" and bounced because he believed Berrian's manager "was more interested in manufacturing an extortion claim against these people than to ensure the safe return of his client's property."

But, fortunately, that's been taken care of -- Berrian got his Blackberry on January 19th. It just took a restraining order issued by a US District Court Judge on January 13th forbidding the couple from trying to sell the Blackberry or pull any information from it.

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Posted on: December 3, 2010 1:35 pm

Migraines continue to haunt Harvin

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Vikings WR Percy Harvin has missed the past three days of practice, and coach Leslie Frazier has conceded it was another migraine headache issue, writes ESPN1500.com.

Harvin According to Tom Pelissero, Harvin – who has missed 33 days of practice this year, mostly because of migraine-related issues – was spotted leaving an Edina, Minn., clinic late Friday morning, most likely receiving treatment for his headaches.

The Vikings WR corps in general is in bad shape. Sidney Rice is still trying to overcome his hip, while Greg Lewis is likely out for Sunday with a concussion and Bernard Berrian has missed the last two practices with a groin injury.

Some good news, though. RB Adrian Peterson – who sprained his ankle last week – practiced for the first time today, and he said he plans to play Sunday vs. the Bills.

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Posted on: November 28, 2010 11:30 am
Edited on: November 28, 2010 11:50 am

Week 12 NFC Inactives

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

First, here are the players who ARE active today: Vikings WR Sidney Rice, Falcons DT John Abraham, Falcons LB Sean Weatherspoon, Redskins WR Santana Moss, and Panthers RB Mike Goodson will start at RB instead of Jonathan Stewart.

And the players who are NOT:

Bernard Berrian, WR, Vikings: He's still dealing with a groin injury, and though he's tried to warm up the past couple weeks, he only manages to hurt himself a little worse.

Will Blackmon, CB, Giants: Replacing Blackmon will be CB Aaron Ross, and WR Darius Reynaud will take over the kick-returning duties.

Shawn Andrews, G, Giants: This isn't a surprise, considering Andrews spent a couple days in the hospital this week with a back problem. But hey, at least he's keeping his sense of humor.

Brian St. Pierre, QB, Panthers:
He goes from starting last week to being completely inactive today. He's not even the third emergency QB; that honor goes to Armanti Edwards.

Donald Lee, TE, Packers: This deactiviation wasn't on the radar at all. He hasn't done much offensively, but still, a big surprise. Andrew Quarless will start in his place.

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Posted on: November 27, 2010 6:29 pm

Week 12 injury news and analysis, part II

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Vikings at Redskins

Two of Minnesota’s top receivers, Sidney Rice and Bernard Berrian, are questionable. It looks like Rice will play, while Berrian will be a gametime decision. Rice returned last week to play in his first game this season, and he didn’t appear to have any complications with his hip. Meanwhile, Berrian has missed the past two weeks with a bad groin, and he missed practice Thursday (he was limited Wednesday and Friday).

Washington will be without RBs Ryan Torain and Clinton Portis – the former is out this week, and the latter was placed on IR this week – so Keiland Williams will get the start and will be backed up by James Davis.

Making matters (potentially) worse, No. 1 WR Santana Moss is questionable with a knee injury. Coach Mike Shanahan held him out of practice Thursday and then said he felt better Friday. He’ll still be a game-time decision, though.

Eagles at Bears

The big loss to Philadelphia is that CB Asante Samuel, who originally was listed as questionable, has been downgraded to out for Sunday’s game. Samuel was trying to shake off a sprained MCL, and earlier in the week, he talked about trying to play. But he missed all three practices this week and was ruled out today. Look for Joselio Hanson to take his place in the starting lineup.

The Bears have nobody listed on their injury report. Which seems kind of amazing. But true.

Packers at Falcons

Atlanta DE John Abraham, after missing last week with a groin injury, is questionable this week. If he doesn’t play, the Falcons should be OK in the run defense game (Atlanta ranks sixth in the NFL, while Green Bay’s running game is No. 21), but Abraham’s pass-rushing ability surely would help against Packers QB Aaron Rodgers. Abraham, in his 11th season, is having a solid year, recording eight sacks.

Of the nine Packers on the injury, seven – including WR Donald Driver, LB Clay Matthews and CB Charles Woodson – are probable. Green Bay is a little beat up, though, in the secondary. Atari Bigby is out, and S Anthony Smith is doubtful with an ankle.

Buccaneers at Ravens

G Chris Chester, who missed last week with a bad case of cellulitis, is questionable and still could play. One reason Baltimore might not need to rush him back: Tony Moll was adequate while replacing Chester at right guard last week. Although Chester didn’t practice at all this week, Ravens coach John Harbaugh said that wouldn’t necessarily preclude him from playing if he’s healthy enough.

Backup S Tom Zbikowski is listed as questionable with a heel, but with Ed Reed healthy, his absence isn’t as big a deal.

Tampa Bay should be relatively healthy. Four of the five players listed on the injury are probable (DE Kyle Moore is definitely out).

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Posted on: November 26, 2010 2:33 pm
Edited on: November 26, 2010 2:34 pm

Rice back after 'precautionary' practice holdout

Posted by Will Brinson

Sidney Rice (among others) returned to Vikings practice on Friday, after a "precautionary" holdout earlier in the week.

Our Vikings Rapid Reporter Dana Wessel reports that Rice was back at full practice the day after Thanksgiving, along with the rest of the 53-man roster.

Rice missed practice on Thursday, and Judd Zulgad and Chip Scoggins of the Minnesota Star-Tribune reported that new head coach Leslie Frazier was "simply being cautious" with the Vikings best wideout.

Minnesota will need him too, come Sunday -- Washington's got one of the worst secondaries in the league, and if Frazier wants to get on the right track with his gig as a potential head coach, he'll utilize the combo of Favre and Rice that was so deadly last year to build a big lead against the Redskins and let Adrian Peterson salt away what should be a win for Minnesota.

Of course, if things were that simple, Frazier wouldn't be sitting in an interim job right now (because Brad Childress wouldn't have let this team slip away from him), but by getting Rice back in time for the game Sunday, he'll at least give himself a leg up in picking up a win.

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Posted on: November 23, 2010 11:02 pm

Childress was 'confrontational' with Vikings

B. Berrian described former Minnesota coach Brad Childress as confrontational (US Presswire). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Vikings WR Bernard Berrian let us in on a little secret today. A secret we knew all too well. One secret that helped pave the way for Minnesota owner Zygi Wilf to fire Brad Childress as the team’s head coach.

In a radio interview, Berrian confirmed that Childress didn’t have the, uh, most-engaging people skills. Instead, he was a bit, well, confrontational.

“I think it was a working relationship, I think is the best way to describe it," Berrian told Sirius NFL Radio, via the Minneapolis Star Tribune . "It wasn’t too friendly all the time. You don’t really need to be friends, but a working relationship is all that’s needed. I think that the biggest thing with him was just he was too confrontational.”

So, did Childress, in effect, lose the locker room this season?

“Yeah, it did,” he said. “I think people got to a point where it was just, it was too overbearing.”

"He was just confrontational. I think that was the biggest thing. Instead of going to players like men and just talking and conversing about it, it was kind of brought to their attention in a confrontational way.”

None of this is a surprise, but now, we really get a sense of how dysfunctional that locker room was under the care of Childress. And if it's as bad as it seems, he probably didn't deserve to finish the season.

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Posted on: November 20, 2010 6:01 pm
Edited on: November 20, 2010 9:20 pm

Week 11 injury report analysis Part III

Posted by Andy Benoit

Packers @ Vikings

Brett Favre has a shoulder/ankle/elbow/chin/and probably something else, but he’s listed as probable and is 99.9999 percent certain to go. He’ll have his best receiver, Percy Harvin (ankle) available, and he’s also getting his former best receiver, Sidney Rice, back from hip surgery. No. 3 wideout BernardR. Bush (US Presswire) Berrian, however, is questionable with a groin injury. C John Sullivan (elbow) and G Anthony Herrera (calf) are both questionable, which is a problem given how slipshod the Vikings offensive line is on the outside.

For the Packers, the injury storm seems to be abating (either that or everyone has gone to IR already). WR Donald Driver (quad) and DL Ryan Pickett (ankle) aren’t expected to return yet, but the rest of the lineup is healthy.

Seahawks @ Saints

Reggie Bush (fibula) is likely back and eager to stick it to his former USC coach. Starting RB Pierre Thomas (ankle) is still out, though. It’s starting to seem unlikely that Thomas will return at all in 2010. TE Jeremy Shockey is out with a rib injury, and FS Darren Sharper won’t play due to a bad hamstring. That’s noteworthy because Sharper’s replacement, rising first-rounder Malcom Jenkins, is questionable with a neck. Rookie CB Patrick Robinson is also questionable (ankle); Sean Payton will make a decision on him just before kickoff.

Seahawks QB Matt Hasselbeck has a crack in his non-throwing wrist. He’ll play, but he won’t get to throw to Brandon Stokley (calf) or Golden Tate (ankle).

Redskins @ Titans

CB DeAngelo Hall does not have a hamstring injury, though expect that to change if Randy Moss beats him on a deep route. RB Ryan Torain DOES have a hamstring injury and won’t play. Fortunately, Clinton Portis is back after missing five games with a bad groin. Portis may not have RG Artis Hicks (thigh) to run behind, but Hicks is probably on the cusp of losing his starting job anyway. S LaRon Landry (Achilles) and CB Carlos Rogers (hamstring) are questionable.

The Titans are still without Kenny Britt (why do you think they signed Moss?) and they’ll play without TE Craig Stevens (knee scope) for the next few weeks. QB Kerry Collins (calf) is doubtful, which means Jeff Fisher avoids having to make a tough call on Vince Young. CB Vincent Fuller did not practice due to a hamstring injury.

UPDATE 9:20 p.m. ET: Landry and Rogers are both out for the Redskins.

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