Vikings' coach Frazier laments missed facemask callMinnesota Sports
-- Minnesota Vikings coach Leslie Frazier says it would have been nice if the officials had called a facemask against Detroit on the final play of Sunday's 34-28 loss to the Lions, but he says that doesn't mean his team would have won the game.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Minnesota Vikings coach Leslie Frazier says it would have been nice if the officials had called a facemask against Detroit on the final play of Sunday's 34-28 loss to the Lions, but he says that doesn't mean his team would have won the game.
Frazier says they made too many mistakes earlier in the game to use the missed call as an excuse for another loss. Reserve quarterback Joe Webb fumbled on the play, which began at the Detroit one-yard line. As Webb was stumbling sideways, he fumbled the ball, and then his facemask was grabbed by a Lions defender. The officials missed the call and Detroit eventually recovered the loose ball to secure the win.
Minnesota hosts New Orleans this weekend.
The Vikings signed receiver Emmanuel Arceneaux to their active roster. The Alcorn State product had been on the club's practice squad for the entire season. He replaces Stephen Burton who was put on the season-ending Injured Reserve List yesterday.
Star running back Adrian Peterson made the trip with the team to Detroit, but the medical staff chose to sit the ailing super star for at least one more weak with a sore ankle. Peterson has not played since suffering the injury early in the Raiders game on November 20th. Toby Gerhart started for the third straight game. He rushed for 90 yards on 19 carries and caught three passes for 19 yards. Head coach Leslie Frazier says there's a good chance Peterson will play against the Saints next weekend in Minneapolis.
White Earth Tribal Chairwoman Erma Vizenor says the real work will start next week on selling the idea of the tribe's offer for a Twin Cities-area casino to help fund a Vikings stadium. The tribe is proposing to finance 100-percent of the casino construction and split the profits with the state. Vizenor says that money would be enough to cover the state or local share of a new stadium and no local money would have to be raised. Vizenor says she plans to meet with key legislators next week.