Tuesday Open Thread: August 28 Authentic Mike Remmers Jersey , 2018 Hello and a very merry Tuesday to you all!Hey, are you excited for the new season yet? Man, Iím as excited as a mud fence. No, wait, thatís how ugly I am. Ummmm, Iím as excited as a bag of hammers. No, thatís not right either, thatís how dumb I am. Well, anyway, Iím excited, and as a Vikings fan, I have every reason to be. This has the makings of a tremendous season for the purple and gold, as long as the injury plague that seems to have settled in on the team makes like a tree, and gets out of here.The Vikings, and every other team in the league, will play its final preseason game on Thursday. You will likely not see the starters on the field much, if at all, and with the way the injuries have been piling up, Iím glad they wonít be. 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Oh, and donít let the backup QB help anyone break into their limousine if they get locked out.Around the DN since our last open thread:Ted shares his thoughts on the Brett Jones trade. I keep calling him Brent, I should ask him to change his name. Thatís not an unreasonable request, IMO, it would save me some time with the backspacing and what-not.Eric highlights five game-changing plays from Fridayís Vikings-Seahawks matchup.Vikings news from other sources and news from around the rest of the league:From CBS Sports, here is Thursdayís slate of games for the grand finale of the 2018 NFL preseason. Letís hope for no injuries and some standout showings for those who are battling for those final team roster spots.Over at Vikings.com, catch newest Viking, Brett Jones as he talked to reporters yesterday, hear what ST Coach Mike Priefer has to say about helping his young kicker through a rough showing on Friday http://www.minnesotavikingsteamonline.com/everson-griffen-jersey , and thereís lots more to look through in the media vault.The Strib looks at the struggling Vikings specialists, as they get a final chance to gain some positive momentum to carry them into the regular season (Iím not a big believer in momentum, but if it helps them perform better, go with it).Odell Beckham Jr. should have no problem making ends meet, as he signed a five-year extension with the Giants, reportedly worth $95 million, per The USA Today. From The USA Today, Browns rookie, Denzel Ward, was injured because of Ďthe stupid way he tacklesí. That very eloquent and masterfully worded quote came from known psychopath, and Browns defensive coordinator, Gregggggggggggggg Williams. Wow, with such a brilliant, well spoken leader to guide him, Iím very shocked that a player would Ďtackle stupidí. Iíd think heíd probably be quoting Shakespeare and doing advanced calculus in his head while tackling. Maybe finalizing that cure for cancer while he intercepts a pass. Youíll remember that Greggggggggggggggg is the same piece of...........redacted...... who thinks itís okay to pay his players to intentionally injure opposing players on the field, lie about it, and just be an all-around waste of a human being. He should not be in the NFL, IMO. Oh, and he coaches stupid, also my opinion, but also a fact, in my opinion.We come to our media selection.Okay Womens Rashod Hill Jersey , Iím getting amped up for the sesaon, and when Iím amped up, thereís nothing better than a little AC/DC. THE gold standard for rock. Crank. It. Up.Again, we all know the rules, but in case someone is new:No discussion of politics or religionNo feeding of the trollsThis isnít a male version of The View, so leave the gender hatred at the doorKeep the bad language to a minimum (using the spoiler tags, if you must)Speaking of which, if discussing a newer show or movie, please use spoiler tagsNo pictures that could get someone fired or in serious trouble with their employerIf you canít disagree in a civil manner, feel free to go awayWhile navigating the open thread, just assume itís sarcasmWith that, the beer light is on and the bar is open. Belly up and tie one on. Donít forget to tip your waitress, and try the blood sausage The Rams definitely wonít have cornerback Aqib Talib on Thursday night against the Vikings. The Rams likely wonít have cornerback Marcus Peters, either.ESPNís Adam Schefter reports that Peters is unlikely to play. Which is a no-brainer, given that Peters suffered a calf strain only four days ago.Making it even more of a no-brainer is the fact that Peters has yet to get his second NFL contract. The one that could make him one of the highest-paid cornerbacks in the NFL. So why take a chance on a short week with a bad calf that could easily be aggravated, becoming the kind of problem that lingers all year, impacts his performance, and ultimately keeps him from getting paid what he deserves.Itís a smart play. A business decision. Erring on the side of caution. Erring on the side of maximizing earnings. And, for the team, ensuring that heíll be good to go deeper in the season.The absence of Talib and Peters gives the Vikings an advantage in a game where they are otherwise significantly disadvantaged. So maybe the Vikings will be able to score in the 20s. The question is whether their defense can keep the Rams out of the 30s.