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Vikings name MVPs

January 5th, 2009 – 1:00 PM by Chip Scoggins

As Vikings players met for a final time this season, the team MVPs were announced. No surprise Adrian Peterson was named the offensive MVP. The award went to tackle Kevin Williams on defense and kicker Ryan Longwell for special teams. The toughest choice had to be on defense. Jared Allen had 14.5 sacks in his first season with the team and certainly was deserving as well. Vikings players and coaches both vote on the honors.

– Peterson led the NFL in rushing this season with 1,760 yards and also had 10 touchdowns.

– Kevin Williams had 8.5 sacks to finish tied with Tennessee’s Albert Haynesworth for the most sacks among defensive tackles in the NFL.

– Longwell made three game-winning field goals this season and has made 51 of 52 field goals from inside 45 yards since joining the Vikings. 

A lot of players came through the locker room during media access. Here are some highlights:

– Safety Darren Sharper said he suffered a high ankle sprain and probably would have missed at least one more game if the Vikings had won on Sunday. Sharper is a free agent and reiterated that he wants to return to Minnesota next season.

– Right tackle Artis Hicks confirmed that he had a torn triceps and will have surgery later this week. It will take several months to rehab but he expects to be ready for minicamps. Hicks first suffered the injury in the season opener and then made it worse against Jacksonville. He said he has not been able to lift weights since the first week and basically played with one arm against Detroit.

– Both Kevin and Pat Williams said they will be shocked if their four-game suspensions are upheld when their court case continues this offseason. Their legal battle over testing positive for a banned substance hangs over them as they enter the offseason, but both said they expect to be on the field for the opener next season.

– Pat Williams said he was 80 percent yesterday but Childress decided not to play him. Williams said he has a few more weeks of rehab but he plans on playing in the Pro Bowl.

– Special teams ace Heath Farwell said his rehab from knee surgery is ahead of schedule and said he should be back full speed by March. Farwell is a free agent but he said the team has told him they want him to return. Given the way the Vikings special teams played this season, it seems like a no-brainer that they will re-sign Farwell.

– Ray Edwards said he does not need surgery on his injured left knee. He described it as a sprain.

– Owner Zygi Wilf stopped in the locker room briefly. Judd will post his Q&A with reporters in a few minutes.

– Coach Brad Childress will have his season-ending press conference on Thursday.

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