Found October 28, 2011 on Charlotte Observer:
(Associated Press) The Minnesota Vikings receiver corps is a unit in turmoil these days, with veteran Bernard Berrian getting shown the door for underperforming earlier this week.That just means the receivers who are still around have to work that much harder to make sure rookie quarterback Christian Ponder gets up to speed as quickly as possible. Ponder made his first career start in a 33-27 loss to the Green Bay Packers last weekend.

Clay Matthews not fined for roughing Christian Ponder

The Packers were unhappy with the roughing the passer penalty that linebacker Clay Matthews picked up for a hit on Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder Sunday. So they’ll be happy to know that Matthews wasn’t fined. The league office confirmed to PFT that Matthews did not get fined this week. Although the NFL didn’t actually come…

Berrian released because of bad attitude

The Minnesota Vikings released wide receiver Bernard Berrian earlier this week because of a bad attitude that accompanied a lack of production and dedication. reported Friday that in addition to indifference about his own play, Berrian did not even pretend he was interested in the team's fortunes. Berrian was released Tuesday after being inactive for two of...

Ponder, Vikings beat Panthers 24-21

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Christian Ponder took only two starts to get his first career win, outdueling the more-heralded Cam Newton in the process. The rookie showed tremendous poise in the pocket, particularly on third downs, and got a huge assist from Adrian Peterson on Sunday as the Minnesota Vikings held on to beat the Carolina Panthers 24-21. Peterson had 162 yards from scrimmage...

Peterson: Ponder helped ‘tremendously’

Vikings running back Adrian Peterson said having Christian Ponder in the lineup Sunday helped open up the offense and, despite a poor record to start the season, Peterson isn’t giving up hope.

Northern Exposure

Half of the NFC North gets a bye week, but there are still plenty of plotlines to follow. While the Bears and Packers look to heal injured players, the Lions need to rekindle their winning ways and the Vikings are hoping to build on Christian Ponder’s first encouraging start.

NFL Week 8 Picks: Favorite, Schmavorite

Last week, there were three clear big favorites on the board: the Packers on the road against the Vikings and rookie QB Christian Ponder making his first start, the Saints at home against the Colts, and the Ravens on the road against the moribound Jaguars. And when the week was over, those teams were 1-2 ATS, and just 2-1 on the actual scoreboard. This week, the point spreads are...

Olof vs. Nils: Is Frazier doing the right things?

Is Frazier doing all the right things as head coach?Olof:Leslie Frazier is absolutely doing a great job for the Vikings. He knew the time was right to end the McNabb era and give Christian Ponder his chance. And look how Ponder responded! He almost beat those durn Packers. He also made the right call getting rid of Bernard Berrian. That man was becoming a huge distraction. You can’t...

Carolina Panthers (2-5) vs. Minnesota Vikings (1-6)

This is going to be an exciting game between two impressive rookie QBs in Cam Newton of the Panthers and Christian Ponder of the Vikings.  The Panthers are 2-2 at home and they gave the Packers and Saints good fights in the losses.  The Vikings are 0-3 on the road where they have been outscored 85-44, but the Vikings had Donovan McNabb under center for those game.  Here is a look...

Teammates hoping to bury the Berrian drama

Bernard Berrian’s former teammates at wide receiver were trying to move forward after his release and hope that distractions were behind them.

Last to Know

For anyone close to a situation, there is nothing worse than being the last to know about a development. In the World of the Minnesota Vikings, being the last to know has become common place this season, with three additions to that list just this week.On Monday, Minnesota Vikings' head coach, Leslie Frazier, announced that the Vikings had to sit down with erstwhile wide-receiver...

Vikes dump dissatisfied veteran receiver Berrian

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Like a long incomplete pass bouncing untouched on the turf, Bernard Berrian's time in Minnesota fell well short of the hopes and expectations he raised following a strong first season with the Vikings.
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