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COJOMAY
12-03-2005, 04:31 AM
You won't be seeing Fonoti in a Vikes uniform the reast of the year. ESPN is reporting he's on IR for the rest of the season. I hope they round him into shape and have him back next year.
Here's the ESPN story:

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- The Minnesota Vikings placed guard Toniu Fonoti on injured reserve Friday, ending his season because of a severely strained groin he suffered in his only appearance with the team.

Acquired in an Oct. 18 trade with the San Diego Chargers, who drafted him in the second round in 2002, Fonoti was out of shape and nursing a broken hand. Finally in condition to play, Fonoti started at left guard in Green Bay against the Packers on Nov. 21. He got hurt in the game and was replaced by Anthony Herrera.

Weighing about 385 pounds, the 6-foot-4 Fonoti was dominant in practice and should have a chance to contribute in 2006.

"If you have good feet and your big and strong and tough like he is," coach Mike Tice said, "we can do wonders with him."

Defensive end Eric Taylor was promoted from the practice squad to help an injury-plagued line.

Tice also said that he plans to suit up eight offensive linemen, seven defensive linemen and use only four receivers on the active list for Sunday's game at Detroit. That likely means rookie Troy Williamson will find himself out of uniform for the second straight week.

V4L
12-03-2005, 04:33 AM
That sucks.. I had a feeling we were rushing him!

singersp
12-03-2005, 04:59 AM
Acquired in an Oct. 18 trade with the San Diego Chargers, who drafted him in the second round in 2002, Fonoti was out of shape and nursing a broken hand. Finally in condition to play, Fonoti started at left guard in Green Bay against the Packers on Nov. 21. He got hurt in the game and was replaced by Anthony Herrera.

That's an overstatement!

Fonoti was not in condition to play, but was played anyway to shake up the O-line & hopefully to help him get into better condition.

V4L
12-03-2005, 05:02 AM
Yup.. He was still overweight and feeling his injury still.. I don't blame Tice for trying to get him in there.. We needed help up front!

LuckyVike
12-03-2005, 05:09 AM
I was looking foward to keeping him in the line-up. He could've really helped us out but we'll see next year.

FuadFan
12-03-2005, 05:23 AM
He is a free agent next year so unless we use the franchise tag on him I find it unlikely we will see him in a Vikings jersey.

singersp
12-03-2005, 05:34 AM
"FuadFan" wrote:

He is a free agent next year so unless we use the franchise tag on him I find it unlikely we will see him in a Vikings jersey.

I don't think the market will be that high on him that the Vikes will use their franchise tag on him.

A more likely candidate would be K-Rob if they don't sign him to a longer term deal before the deadline.

FuadFan
12-03-2005, 05:46 AM
"singersp" wrote:

"FuadFan" wrote:

He is a free agent next year so unless we use the franchise tag on him I find it unlikely we will see him in a Vikings jersey.

I don't think the market will be that high on him that the Vikes will use their franchise tag on him.

A more likely candidate would be K-Rob if they don't sign him to a longer term deal before the deadline.There are still teams out there who could use a guard Green Bay may want him and Dallas has a couple of older players at their guard spots. I'm also pissed about these guys we need active on O-line preventing us from keeping Williamson active. Liwienski can only play left guard and Withrow can only play center I will be glad when we have Birk back with Fowler who we should use the tag on and have better depth since he could probably play guard or center if need be.

singersp
12-03-2005, 05:47 AM
"FuadFan" wrote:

He is a free agent next year so unless we use the franchise tag on him I find it unlikely we will see him in a Vikings jersey.

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(From an article in the Star Tribune by Kevin Seifert "Detroit running back Jones downgraded to questionable")

Fonoti finished, for now

The Vikings placed offensive lineman Toniu Fonoti on injured reserve in order to activate practice squad defensive lineman Eric Taylor. The move ended Fonoti's season, but team officials plan to offer him a contract this winter and consider him a potential starter in 2006.
Fonoti, acquired in Oct. 18 from San Diego, is a pending free agent.

"I would really like to work with him in the offseason," coach Mike Tice said. "I think we can do some things to help him. To put him through our offseason program and the hard training camp we run will be excellent for him. ... If you have good feet, you're big and you're smart and tough like he is, we can do wonders with a guy like that."

Fonoti needed another six weeks to recover from a severely strained left groin suffered Nov. 21 against Green Bay. The roster move ensures the Vikings will send San Diego a seventh round pick to complete the trade. The compensation would have been a sixth-round pick if Fonoti had played more.
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It was a good move to put him on the IR. He now onl cost us a 7th round pick instead of a 6th.

singersp
12-03-2005, 05:51 AM
"FuadFan" wrote:

"singersp" wrote:

"FuadFan" wrote:

He is a free agent next year so unless we use the franchise tag on him I find it unlikely we will see him in a Vikings jersey.

I don't think the market will be that high on him that the Vikes will use their franchise tag on him.

A more likely candidate would be K-Rob if they don't sign him to a longer term deal before the deadline.There are still teams out there who could use a guard Green Bay may want him and Dallas has a couple of older players at their guard spots. I'm also pissed about these guys we need active on O-line preventing us from keeping Williamson active. Liwienski can only play left guard and Withrow can only play center I will be glad when we have Birk back with Fowler who we should use the tag on and have better depth since he could probably play guard or center if need be.

T-Will has been activated see the following thread. I just posted the article;

http://www.purplepride.org/vikes/index.php?name=Forums&file=viewtopic&p=262915#262915

FuadFan
12-03-2005, 06:00 AM
I hope yours is right singersp because right now the one you posted says one thing and the one in this thread says the opposite.

singersp
12-03-2005, 06:07 AM
"FuadFan" wrote:

I hope yours is right singersp because right now the one you posted says one thing and the one in this thread says the opposite.

Mine should be more recent. It just came out.

ultravikingfan
12-03-2005, 06:10 AM
singer is probably a politician! :razz:

Vikes
12-03-2005, 06:29 AM
Who would want him. He is out of shape. The Vikings will probaly get him back next year.

TheKnuck
12-03-2005, 06:30 AM
Man, one game and he's down. Maybe being the size of a house has it's disadvantages too. but if a guy can't go one game without hurting himself, then how can he help out???????????? i'm just pissed!!!!

audioghost
12-03-2005, 07:40 AM
Fonoti's gonna be a beast and with him and Birk back next year....and the Vikes will have 20 mil in cap room to get some studs and make a Super Bowl run (if they don't win this year that is)

mnvikes61
12-03-2005, 02:27 PM
Well now Herrera will get more starts and after the way he performed last week I don't have a problem with that all. this could in fact become a positive for us.

whackthepack
12-03-2005, 04:04 PM
I hope the Vikes do offer Fonoti a contract, but he has to get his weight down around 350lbs to be effective and to stay healthy. But I am more worried about resigning K-Rob, there is going to be a lot of teams that will look at him during the off season.

DCPologirl
12-04-2005, 01:19 AM
"TheKnuck" wrote:

Man, one game and he's down. Maybe being the size of a house has it's disadvantages too. but if a guy can't go one game without hurting himself, then how can he help out???????????? i'm just pissed!!!!

Not to mention the fact that his last team cut him because he was a cry baby. Hmmmm starting to sound very very familiar.

ItalianStallion
12-04-2005, 04:21 AM
Dunno, I think we wasted draft picks to get him. He is constantly injured.

DarrinNelsonguy
12-04-2005, 04:31 AM
I think we should also give him a contract because when in shape and healthy he seemed to be a dominate player in SD. I think he could be a fine OL for us.

singersp
12-04-2005, 05:20 AM
"ItalianStallion" wrote:

Dunno, I think we wasted draft picks to get him. He is constantly injured.

We didn't waste picks on him. We only gave up one 7th round pick for him.

I say we wait to see what the off-season conditioning does for him.

ItalianStallion
12-04-2005, 06:31 AM
"singersp" wrote:

"ItalianStallion" wrote:

Dunno, I think we wasted draft picks to get him. He is constantly injured.

We didn't waste picks on him. We only gave up one 7th round pick for him.

I say we wait to see what the off-season conditioning does for him.

A 7th round pick is still useful. If I recall we picked up Birk with a 7th round pick. To give up anything for a half of a game of poor play is a waste.

Don't forget we are just assuming he will want to re-sign with us. We just as well could have waited till the end of the season to sign him. As it stands he will sign with whoever gives him the most money, and don't be surprised if it isn't us.

singersp
12-04-2005, 02:55 PM
"ItalianStallion" wrote:

"singersp" wrote:

"ItalianStallion" wrote:

Dunno, I think we wasted draft picks to get him. He is constantly injured.

We didn't waste picks on him. We only gave up one 7th round pick for him.

I say we wait to see what the off-season conditioning does for him.

A 7th round pick is still useful. If I recall we picked up Birk with a 7th round pick. To give up anything for a half of a game of poor play is a waste.

Don't forget we are just assuming he will want to re-sign with us. We just as well could have waited till the end of the season to sign him. As it stands he will sign with whoever gives him the most money, and don't be surprised if it isn't us.

Birk was actually picked in the 6th round, (173rd pick overall) but that's beside the point.

While a 7th round pick can produce a great player (Brad Johnson was a 9th rounder) I don't think we wasted a pick at the time.

We had know way of knowing he would pull a groin muscle & be put on the IR when we made the trade, but it is what it is.

Looking at it from todays perspective & if we don't sign him, I can see where you're coming from.

Had we waited until the end of the year to try & sign him we may not have got him.

I do expect the Vikings to resign him. This statement by Tice indicates to me of that fact.


"I would really like to work with him in the offseason," coach Mike Tice said. "I think we can do some things to help him. To put him through our offseason program and the hard training camp we run will be excellent for him. ... If you have good feet, you're big and you're smart and tough like he is, we can do wonders with a guy like that."

If there are other teams out there trying to sign him as well & offering him good money, it shows me that other teams value his worth as well.

OregonViking
12-11-2005, 11:40 AM
He has had injury issues, but watch some film of him playing. He's a monster, like Pat Williams going the other direction. Imagine a Vikings running game running to the right with McKinney and Fonoti wiping out the side and Birk pulling to clear out any LBs. We won't need a Shaun Alexander. When you can open holes like the line does in Seattle, we'll have two or three backs going over 1,000 yards.

Now, if we can only shore up the right side with the existing personnel, minus Rosenthal. Rosenthal just kills me. Roll back the tape. He is always committing the key penalty that takes away big plays. We have to replace that guy. He's a veteran and still chokes. Sorry, Mike. I don't have patience for that. So, I'd love the Vikes to take a great Right Tackle.

OregonViking
12-11-2005, 11:42 AM
I said running Right, in the first paragraph above. I meant running Left.

singersp
12-11-2005, 12:12 PM
"OregonViking" wrote:

I said running Right, in the first paragraph above. I meant running Left.

You don't have to submit a 2nd post to correct an error you made in the 1st one. Simply go back to the original post, select "edit" (it's right next to "quote") & make your correction & re-submit it.

NordicNed
12-11-2005, 12:36 PM
FONOTI is a beast,

I think he rushed into playing to soon, his weight was to high, and just coming off an injury..

He is the real deal, when healty an his weight is under control..

For sure, he is a Pro-Bowl caliber player, when at his best..

I say sign him and bring him in again next year.....Never enough GOOD O lineman.......