Olsen Defends Vikings Game Broadcasting Assignment
Vikings general manager Rick Spielman spoke to the NFL about Panthers tight end Greg Olsen assisting with the Vikings broadcast for their game against the Rams. Olsen is on injured reserve due to a broken foot suffered in week two. With Carolina on its bye week, Olsen is using the time off to dip his toe into the analyst field.
But some in the Vikings feel it will give Olsen an unfair advantage leading up to their week 14 matchup in Carolina. Olsen is set to come off injured reserve after week 12. The veteran All-Pro tight end insists, however, that his role as an analyst on Sunday will have no effect in scouting Minnesota.
“The notion that I’m going to gain an unfair advantage is crazy,” Olsen said. “We have scouts at every game across the league. I’m going to have enough trouble on my hands broadcasting a game, let alone looking for little nuances on the sideline.”
“For anyone who has ever been in those broadcast production meetings, if you’re spilling your deepest, darkest gameplan secrets to the broadcast crew, that’s kind of on you. We’re not getting anything that’s really going to give you much insight on how to beat them.”
No one from the Vikings has responded publicly to Olsen’s comments.
Joseph, Diggs Fined
Minnesota’s star defensive tackle Linval Joseph and receiver Stefon Diggs are both a little lighter in the pocket after the league levied fines against them for actions in week 10’s win over Washington.
Joseph was fined in excess of $18,000 for his roughing-the-passer penalty in the first quarter. The Pro Bowler leaped and hit Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins in the neck area after Cousins released the ball, drawing the flag.
Diggs’ fine was just a hair above $12,000 for hugging the goal post in celebration after a second quarter touchdown. After catching the 3-yard pass, Diggs spread his arms out, acting like an airplane and leaped at the goalpost, which was draped in camouflage, and hugged it before sliding down. Diggs said afterwards that he was saluting the military with this celebration given that it was Veteran’s Day weekend but the use of goalposts is one of the few restrictions on endzone celebrations that remain.
Minnesota will be without at least two starters on Sunday as safety Andrew Sendejo and right tackle Mike Remmers have both been ruled out. It will be the second consecutive week with Rashod Hill starting at right tackle in place of Remmers. Sendejo missed the week eight game against Cleveland due to suspension and Anthony Harris filled in for him then. Presumably he will do the same this week.
Remmers’ absence is a bit surprising given that he appeared to be recovering from his concussion suffered week eight. He was a limited participant Wednesday and Thursday but suffered a setback and did not participate on Friday.
Everson Griffen is once again listed as questionable but he was confident that he will play against the Rams. He expressed similar confidence last week when he was questionable but ultimately sat out with a foot injury. The Vikings will need Griffen at full strength as fellow defensive end Brian Robison is also questionable with a bad back. Robison did not participate in practice at all this week while Griffen was limited all three days.
The Rams are healthy at just about every position. The only two players on the injury report, tight end Derek Carrier and cornerback Troy Hill, are third-string on the depth chart.