DOWNLOAD SCHEDULE: FOOTBALL |HOCKEY | BASKETBALL
Refresh  
  Page last updated on Sat Jan 21 18:38:21 EST 2017
TOP NEWS
VIKINGS TIGHT END JOHN CARLSON IS BACK AFTER KNEE INJURY
Thu, 30 Aug 2012 02:30 AM EDT

While the Minnesota Vikings conducted practices this past month, John Carlson studied from behind the huddle, a white ball cap on his 6-foot-5 frame signaling his nonparticipation in the drills. Basketball lines

As closely as he studied his new team’s playbook and tried to understand his assignments, Carlson’s sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee kept him from full immersion in the offense until returning to the field this week. With the season opener less than 2 weeks away, Carlson has lots of catching up to do.

”I’m kind of feeling my way through things at certain times but I think the more reps I get the more comfortable I will get,” Carlson related, his 1st full-pad workout since he was hurt on July 31. ”I was at each practice. I watched all of the team periods. I went to all the meetings and that stuff, but it’s different to learn an offense on paper or to watch it as opposed to taking the physical reps, communicating with the tackle, seeing and reading coverages, running the correct route, making the proper adjustments. I need to get that very fast, but it’ll come.”

The Vikings (29th in the AP Pro32 rankings) carefully restocked their roster this year, usually using their 10 draft picks and one year prove-it contracts on veterans to fill in the holes.

Carlson was the exception, signed to a 5-year contract worth as much as $25 million, though only about $9 million is warranted. The Litchfield, Minn, local and Notre dame product missed last season with Seattle because of a torn labrum in his left shoulder. So he hasn’t played in a real NFL game since the Seahawks were in the playoffs after the 2010 season.

”Well, injuries happen in football. I’ve kind of had a string of them here, but I’m trying to do my best to put my best foot forward and forget about what’s happened in the past and try to get back to 100 percent and concentrate on what’s ahead,” Carlson said.

”I think he’s more comfortable with that brace now. So I think he is going to be all right,” Coach Leslie Frazier announced. ”We’ve just got to keep stacking days on top of each other, but he was better today.”

With the prevalence of two tight-end sets in their offense, the Vikings signed Carlson to pair with Kyle Rudolph, a fellow former Fighting Irish star. They have the sort of pass-catching and route-running skills to beat linebackers in man-to-man coverage and give QB Christian Ponder some options to throw to, provided of course they can remain healthy.

Carlson’s former Notre dame roommate, Minnesota Vikings center John Sullivan, has not been anxious about his buddy’s ability to bounce back.

”He’s always in shape, which is a very big part of the battle when you miss that much time,” Sullivan announced, adding: ”He’s a really experienced guy. He is an extraordinarily smart guy. He has been in this league for a long period of time so I am sure that’ll be easy for him to get into playing shape mentally and physically.”


Sponsored Links

Download Printable Schedules
Now you can download and print schedules for each sport so you can plan ahead and track your results.
UPDATED:
FOOTBALL: 11/1/2016 - 2/5/2017
BASKETBALL 1/10/2017 - 2/6/2017
HOCKEY 1/10/2017 - 2/6/2017
TOP TEN WAGERS
RK Team
1
Notre Dame
2
Ucla
3
Cleveland Cavaliers
4
Florida State
5
Kentucky
01/21/2017
NBAPortland Trail Blazers at Boston Celtics2:00 PM PST
NBAWashington Wizards at Detroit Pistons3:00 PM PST
College BasketballSouth Carolina vs Kentucky3:00 PM PST
NBAPhiladelphia 76ers at Atlanta Hawks4:00 PM PST
NBABrooklyn Nets at Charlotte Hornets4:00 PM PST
ATP - Australian OpenMURRAY, A vs. ZVEREV, M4:00 PM PST
ATP - Australian OpenWAWRINKA, S vs. SEPPI, A4:00 PM PST
ATP - Australian OpenTSONGA, J-W vs. EVANS, D4:00 PM PST
ATP - Australian Open, DoublesROJER J-J / TECAU H vs. POLMANS M / WHITTINGTON A4:00 PM PST
ATP - Australian Open, DoublesHERBERT P-H / MAHUT N vs. INGLOT D / MERGEA F4:00 PM PST
WTA - Australian OpenPAVLYUCHENKOVA, A vs. KUZNETSOVA, S4:00 PM PST
WTA - Australian OpenBARTHEL, M vs. WILLIAMS, V4:00 PM PST
WTA - Australian OpenCIRSTEA, S vs. MUGURUZA, G4:00 PM PST
International - FIBA Americas LeagueLA UNION FORMOSA at CORRECAMINOS COLON4:15 PM PST
NBAMilwaukee Bucks at Miami Heat4:30 PM PST
NBAPhoenix Suns at New York Knicks4:30 PM PST
NBAHouston Rockets at Memphis Grizzlies5:00 PM PST
WTA - Australian Open, DoublesKING V / SHVEDOVA Y vs. LUCIC-BARONI M / PETKOVIC A5:00 PM PST
College BasketballMiami Florida vs Duke5:15 PM PST
ATP - Australian Open, DoublesBOLT A / MOUSLEY B vs. QUERREY S / YOUNG D5:20 PM PST
WTA - Australian Open, DoublesHLAVACKOVA A / PENG S vs. KLEPAC A / MARTINEZ SANCHEZ M J5:20 PM PST
WTA - Australian Open, DoublesMAKAROVA E / VESNINA E vs. GOLUBIC V / PLISKOVA K5:20 PM PST
NBASan Antonio Spurs at Cleveland Cavaliers5:30 PM PST
NBALos Angeles Clippers at Denver Nuggets6:00 PM PST
NBAIndiana Pacers at Utah Jazz6:00 PM PST
NBASacramento Kings at Chicago Bulls6:00 PM PST
ATP - Australian Open, DoublesLOPEZ F / LOPEZ M vs. CARRENO BUSTA P / GARCIA-LOPEZ G6:15 PM PST
International - FIBA Americas LeagueSOLES DE MEXICALI at AGUADA6:30 PM PST
WTA - Australian Open, DoublesHOZUMI E / KATO M vs. MIRZA S / STRYCOVA B6:35 PM PST
Australian - NBLILLAWARRA HAWKS at CAIRNS TAIPANS8:00 PM PST
01/22/2017
ATP - Australian OpenFEDERER, R vs. NISHIKORI, K01:10 AM PST
WTA - Australian OpenKERBER, A vs. VANDEWEGHE, C01:30 AM PST
NBAGolden State Warriors at Orlando Magic09:00 AM PST
NFLGreen Bay Packers vs Atlanta Falcons12:05 PM PST
NBALos Angeles Lakers at Dallas Mavericks12:30 PM PST
NBAPhoenix Suns at Toronto Raptors3:00 PM PST
NFLPittsburgh Steelers vs New England Patriots3:40 PM PST
NBADenver Nuggets at Minnesota Timberwolves4:00 PM PST

x