Found July 31, 2012 on Fox Sports North:
MANKATO, Minn. The Minnesota Vikings brought tight end John Carlson in to add another facet to their offense. Now they will have to wait a few weeks before they get the chance to see how he can develop. Carlson, signed in the offseason from the Seattle Seahawks, suffered a knee injury in Tuesday's afternoon practice at training camp and coach Leslie Frazier said he could be sidelined for a few weeks. Frazier said the initial diagnosis was a sprained medial collateral ligament, but Carlson still had to have the proper tests."They were going to take him to get an MRI," Frazier said. "They just moved it around and that was their initial diagnosis."Carlson, who missed all of last season with a shoulder injury, had been working with the second-team base offense during training camp and was expected to be a contributor for the Vikings in two tight-end sets along with second-year tight end Kyle Rudolph.Frazier said Carlson's MCL wasn't torn, but the severity of the injury could mean Carlson's misses an extended period of training camp. If it's just a sprain, Carlson likely wouldn't need surgery and could be ready for the first regular season game."If that's what it turns out to be, you don't have to have any surgery," Frazier said. "It heals by itself so it's a little bit more of a pain-tolerance thing, depending on how he feels."Behind Rudolph and Carlson, the Vikings have rookie fourth-round pick Rhett Ellison, along with holdovers Allen Reisner and Mickey Shuler. Shuler started training camp on the non-football injury list with a heel injury, but has practiced in a limited role the past two days. Wilf preaching patience: After being patient in his efforts to get a new stadium, Vikings' owner Zygi Wilf says he also has to be patient with his team because of the youth.Speaking with reporters at training camp Tuesday, Wilf touched on a variety of topics and said his goal for the upcoming season is a division championship, but added that he understands a young team will need time to develop."Absolutely, things don't happen overnight," Wilf said. "There's going to be ups and downs and we certainly have had them in this first seven years of ownership, but you have to be patient. As we were patient with the stadium, we're going to be patient and we're going to work hard to getting a championship ballclub."The Wilfs are starting their eighth season as owners and believe they have a structure in place to eventually succeed in the NFL after promoting Rick Spielman to general manager after last season and keeping Leslie Frazier despite last year's 3-13 record."Leslie's been working very hard, together with Rick," Wilf said. "The first time for a long time, I've seen a coordination between both personnel director, a general manager as we've named him and he is, and Leslie and I think working together gets us the best chance of putting the right guys on the field and being competitive. I have great high hopes for both of them."The Vikings aren't expected to challenge in the competitive NFC North this season, but Wilf said the goal every year is to contend for a division championship and a Super Bowl. He called it "tough" going through last season and refused to label the current situation as rebuilding.Wilf also preached his support of Frazier and isn't using wins and losses as a barometer for Frazier, who is entering the second year of a three-year contract with the Vikings."I'm not making any benchmarks," Wilf said. "I'm expecting a winning season. Like I said, I'm expecting to challenge for the division. So, eveyrone starts out 0-0, even score and I'm looking forward to the upcoming season."Wilf called it a relief after the state legislature and Minneapolis City Council approved financing for a new 975 million stadium to be built on the current Metrodome site. Wilf said the team is working with the stadium authority to hire designers and said a plan is still in the works.He echoed the hope for a retractable roof on the facility and said there is a lot of work to be done before ground breaking and the expected opening in 2016."We're going to try our best, as I've said before, to get a retractable roof," Wilf said. "But we're going to have a certainly retractable element that's going to be the (state) of the art stadium and it's going to be something everybody in the state of Minnesota can be proud of."Wilf said the Vikings also hope to improve the team's facilities at Winter Park in Eden Prairie, but the focus is on the stadium plans right now. Wilf is in Mankato for Minnesota's training camp and annual owner's meetings.Follow Brian Hall on Twitter.

Allergic reaction sends Peterson to hospital

MINNEAPOLIS Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was rushed to the hospital Monday afternoon after suffering an allergic reaction to seafood during lunch at training camp. Peterson was eating with the team at Minnesota's dorm when he had the reaction, suffering shortness of breath and facial swelling, according to coach Leslie Frazier. An ambulance was called in to...

Vikings owner Zygi Wilf expects the Vikings to with NFC North

Ahhh, the opening of NFL training camps. It’s a time where optimism and expectations rule the day. Every team has expectations about the upcoming season. And of course, some expectations are more realistic than others. Take for example Minnesota Vikings owner Zygi Wilf’s expectations for this season. They’re completely unrealistic. Despite his team coming off a 3-13 and in...

Peterson fine after "scary" allergy incident

MANKATO, Minn. Adrian Peterson loves seafood and had just finished some jambalaya in the dorm cafeteria at training camp on Monday before going upstairs to his room.Peterson felt fine, and was resting when things started to go terribly wrong. Peterson was having an allergic reaction to something he had eaten at lunch.Feeling much better Tuesday, and after he returned to practice...

Allen not eager to join defensive line rotation

MANKATO, Minn. One of Alan Williams' plans since taking over as the Minnesota Vikings' defensive coordinator has been to implement a rotation along the defensive line, keeping the group fresh throughout a long season and ready to attack within games. Williams has referenced the sports culture in Minnesota, likening the rotation to a hockey lineup with the ability to change...

Vikings owner says his team will win the NFC North

Getty Images Even though second year quarterback Christian Ponder still has a lot to prove, Minnesota Vikings owner Zygi Wilf says that he expects his team to win the NFC North this season. “I expect to be division champs,” Wilf said. ”I want to be able to fight for the division, as we always did every year and get better for years to come. That’s always been our goal and...

Me And Adrian Peterson Are Basically The Same Guy

And now, a post on a semi-reputable sports comedy blog about how I once at lobster at a seafood restaurant shaped like a barn and threw up everywhere.Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was rushed to the hospital on Monday. That’s a scary sentence, especially for a guy currently on the physically unable to perform list already, trying hard to recover from surgery. ...

Favre begins work as high school coach

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) -- Brett Favre lines up at the 40-yard line and takes off in a dead sprint, juking briefly to his right before heading left. He turns and lifts his arms just before quarterback Kirk McCarty's wobbly pass hits him in stride, right on the hands. "Nice," Favre said with a grin before firing a spiral back to McCarty. "A little ugly, but that...

Seafood dish that caused Adrian Peterson’s allergic reaction identified

On Monday, Minnesota Vikings running back was rushed to the hospital after suffering an allergic reaction to something he ate. It was later reported that it was an unidentified seafood dish. Peterson was back at practice Tuesday, no worse for wear after receiving an IV that included included Benadryl and other medicines. Meeting with the [...]

Peterson back after ‘scary’ hospitalization

Vikings running back Adrian Peterson briefly returned to the sidelines of training camp Tuesday morning after an allergic reaction sent him to the hospital Monday afternoon.
NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.