Judd Zulgad has been on the NFL beat since the 2003 season, when he began a (gasp) two-year stint covering the Green Bay Packers for the Star Tribune. Zulgad has covered the Vikings since 2005 and is as shocked as anyone that he is again following the daily exploits of Brett Favre.
Chip Scoggins knew his second season covering the Vikings would be eventful when he saw the news helicopter tracking Brett Favre to Winter Park and a guy dressed in a full parrot costume standing outside.
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There was some confusion on Sunday about why Vikings middle linebacker E.J. Henderson didn't play for the NFC in the Pro Bowl after he was named as a replacement for the Saints' Jonathan Vilma last week.
It turns out there was nothing wrong with Henderson.
What happened was Vilma had informed the league he could not take part in the game for personal reasons but then came back and said he could participate. This created a situation in which the NFL already had invited Henderson but he wasn't needed in uniform. He was considered to be available as an emergency replacement.
An NFL spokesman said because Henderson had been brought to Honolulu that he will earn the $45,000 winners' share that went to members of the NFC for their 55-41 victory over the AFC. The NFL also will get credit Henderson with the first Pro Bowl appearance of his career, despite the fact he did not play.
Vilma, by the way, started and finished with two tackles.
While Henderson will be considered a Pro Bowl player for the 2010 season, the same will not hold true for defensive tackle Kevin Williams. Williams was picked as an injury replacement for the Lions' Ndamukong Suh but declined the invitation because he and his wife are expecting a child.
While Williams would have been considered a Pro Bowl player if he had been selected to the team initially, the fact he did not go after being a late addition means in the NFL's view he does not get credit for a Pro Bowl appearance. The Vikings, however, will have the ability to list Williams as a Pro Bowl selection if they so choose.
|2010 regular season|
|Sep 9 - at New Orleans||7:30 PM||L||14-9|
|Sep 19 - vs. Miami||12:00 PM||L||14-10|
|Sep 26 - vs. Detroit||12:00 PM||W||24-10|
|Oct 11 - at N.Y. Jets||7:30 PM||L||29-20|
|Oct 17 - vs. Dallas||3:15 PM||W||24-21|
|Oct 24 - at. Green Bay||7:20 PM||L||28-24|
|Oct 31 - at New England||3:15 PM||L||28-18|
|Nov. 7 - vs. Arizona||12:00 PM||W||27-24 (OT)|
|Nov. 14 - at Chicago||12:00 PM||L||27-13|
|Nov 21 - vs. Green Bay||12:00 PM||L||31-3|
|Nov 28 - at Washington||12:00 PM||W||17-13|
|Dec 5 - vs. Buffalo||12:00 PM||W||38-14|
|Dec 13 - vs. N.Y. Giants||6:20 PM||L||21-3|
|Dec 20 - vs. Chicago||7:30 PM||L||40-14|
|Dec 28 - at Philadelphia||7:00 PM||W||24-14|
|Jan 2 - at Detroit||12:00 PM||L||20-13|