Most of the speculation about Coach Leslie Frazier's reason for benching receiver Bernard Berrian focused on poor play or a Twitter dust-up with a state lawmaker. It turns out a failure to make it to team meetings may have been the real impetus.
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Berrian says benching is 'old news'
After practice Wednesday, Vikings wide receiver Bernard Berrian was pressed for answers as to why he was deactivated last week against Arizona. Berrian refused to shed light on why he was benched and said it was old news and he didn’t want to talk about the past.
Berrian will be back in the lineup Sunday
Bernard Berrian is expected to be back in the Vikings' lineup this weekend against the Chicago Bears. The wide receiver was benched during Sunday's win over the Cardinals. Head coach Leslie Frazier says he doesn't "foresee any future problems" from Berrian.
Frazier: Bernard Berrian's deactivation isn't a political one
Coach Leslie Frazier says receiver Bernard Berrian was deactivated as a 'coach's decision' and had nothing to do with his well-publicized Twitter battle with state Rep. John Kriesel. Although he didn't offer specifics, Frazier suggested the decision was a locker room issue.
Berrian still on the team, will find out more Tuesday
Bernard Berrian, who was deactivated Sunday for the second time in three weeks, met with Leslie Frazier Monday and remains on the team. However, another meeting scheduled for Tuesday is putting his future with the Vikings in doubt.
Bearing with Bernard Berrian
Vikings receiver Bernard Berrian called and apologized to Minnesota Representative John Kriesel following a Twitter exchange between the two. Kriesel started the exchange by criticizing Berrian's claims that he's always open. In response, Berrian told Kriesel to 'sit down and shut up.' What Berrian didn't know is that Kriesel is an avid Vikings fan in support of a new stadium. He's also a war veteran that lost both legs in combat.
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