Vikings will discuss Bernard Berrian's future this week, Frazier says
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MINNEAPOLIS -- Bernard Berrian's days with the Minnesota Vikings may be numbered. Perhaps even the hours.
Coach Leslie Frazier said after Sunday's 33-27 loss to the Green Bay Packers that Berrian's second deactivation in three weeks wasn't a disciplinary measure. But Frazier was vague on the reasoning for the decision and wouldn't commit when asked if the veteran receiver has a future with the team going forward.
"It's something that we'll talk about this week and we'll talk about it more this week," Frazier said.
Berrian's deactivation came as a surprise, given that he caught a season-high five passes in last week's loss to Chicago. That performance -- the best of Berrian's disappointing season -- came one week after he was deactivated for disciplinary reasons, reportedly after missing two team meetings the night before the game.
Sunday's deactivation was "just a decision that I made that we'll probably get into later on in the week," Frazier said.
The decision apparently came late. Berrian's name was on the list for pregame introductions still posted in the Vikings locker room after the game, only with his name crossed out and Michael Jenkins' name written in pen next to it.
"It didn't impact anything," quarterback Christian Ponder said. "That happened before (against Arizona) and (Devin Aromashodu) stepped in and played really well and he did this game. We had some other guys step up. Percy (Harvin)'s obviously been hurt and battling through some things, and Greg (Camarillo) came in and had a great game as well. The guys on the field came in and played really well and it didn't change anything that we were doing."
Berrian, 30, took a $2 million paycut in July in exchange for the right to hit free agency after the season, rather than in 2013. It now appears more likely than ever Berrian might hit the street -- after clearing waivers -- even sooner than that. He has seven catches for 91 yards in five games.
Asked if Berrian's future is something he'll discuss with the player or other members of the organization, Frazier said, "Just some general things that we have to talk through and be able to handle."
Berrian watched the game on the sideline but did not make himself available to reporters afterward.