Vikings wide receiver Bernard Berrian finds himself in a difficult situation.
He wants to get back on the field in order to start working with quarterback Brett Favre, but what Berrian doesn’t want to do is aggravate a hamstring injury that has kept him out of action since the Vikings’ preseason opener on Aug. 14 at Indianapolis.
Berrian said Sunday that he has never had a hamstring injury before in his career, meaning a timetable for his return is going to have to be a play-it-by ear situation. Berrian must tell the Vikings medical staff how his hamstring really feels and the doctors and athletic trainer Eric Sugarman must then make a judgment on where he’s at in the recovery process.
The earliest Berrian will return to practice probably would be later this week and it remains to be seen if he will be able to play Monday night in Houston. Berrian’s absence would be a bigger deal than usual because Favre is going to play the first half and he needs to start getting on the same page with his receivers.
For now, all Berrian can do is work with Favre after practice. That’s what he did today after watching his teammates go through drills. “We’re going 40, 50 percent,” Berrian said of his current work with Favre. “It’s not real timing. It’s just getting used to me running and getting in and out of breaks.”