Minnesota Vikings: Player Watch 29 Sep 11

K Ryan Longwell has made 14 consecutive field goals dating back to last season. He’s the Packers’ all-time leading scorer and now ranks fifth on the Vikings’ scoring list, moving past Randy Moss (552). Fred Cox’s team-record 1,365 points appears safe though.

SS Tyrell Johnson, a backup and special teamer, was limited in practice because of a hip injury.

DE Jared Allen led the league in sacks with 15 ½ in 2007. But he was traded to the Vikings after the season. The Vikings wanted a pass rusher and were considering trading both of their third-round picks that year to move up into the top 10 picks of the draft. Instead, the Vikings sent the 17th pick in the draft and both third-rounders to the Chiefs for Allen, who was 26 at the time. “In essence, it looks like you got Jared Allen as a top-10 pick,” Vikings Vice President of Player Personnel Rick Spielman said. Allen has 47 ½ sacks, including postseason, since joining the Vikings.

SS Jamarca Sanford played all but eight snaps at strong safety last week. He had been rotating more with Tyrell Johnson, but appears to be gaining more of an edge in their ongoing competition at the position.

TE Jim Kleinsasser, a valuable blocker both on the edge and as a fullback, was limited in practice because of an elbow injury. His loss would be a major blow to the running game. The team doesn’t have another blocking tight end like him.

P Chris Kluwe isn’t afraid to stick his skinny little nose into the fray on punt coverage. He had his first special teams tackle of the season, stopping the Lions from gaining significantly more yardage along the sideline last Sunday.

RB Adrian Peterson took only 63 games to reach 6,000 yards. The only other Viking with at least 6,000 career yards rushing is Robert Smith. It took Smith 89 games to reach 6,000.

RB Adrian Peterson (calf) missed practice Wednesday. His calf was sore after it was kicked in the game Sunday. He’s expected to return to practice Thursday.

LB E.J. Henderson (knee) rested his swollen left knee in practice Wednesday and could do the same on Thursday. He sometimes needs to rest the knee because it swells at the point where a metal rod was inserted during surgery to repair a broken femur in 2009. He is expected to play Sunday.

KR Lorenzo Booker is earning his split time with Percy Harvin. His 68-yard return against the Lions was a career high and the third-longest in the 100-game series with the Lions.

CB Cedric Griffin doesn’t see the big deal, but everyone else does. So he’s constantly asked about his knees and how they feel. He blew out one ACL at the end of the 2009 season. Then he blew out the other one early last season. So far in 2011, he’s played well. “I’m just doing what I’m supposed to do, which is rehab and come back and play,” Griffin said.