Frazier, Berrian meet after Vikings again bench receiver

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Bernard Berrian remained on the Minnesota Vikings' roster Monday, one day after he was a healthy scratch for the second time in three games.

But coach Leslie Frazier didn't make any promises that his frustrated wide receiver still would be with the Vikings later this week. Berrian met with Frazier on Monday and said they'll talk again Tuesday.

"We'll make a decision about how we want to handle things going forward," Frazier said, declining to specify his reason for benching Berrian for Sunday's 33-27 loss to the Green Bay Packers. "... We're going to have a little meeting of the minds and see where we are."

Berrian said he learned he'd be on the sideline when he arrived at the stadium Sunday, and Frazier acknowledged the receiver originally was in the lineup.

"We did it based on some of the things that had happened," the coach said.

Berrian said he still wants to be with the Vikings, pointing to his willingness to take a pay cut for this season as proof, but he acknowledged he has "no idea" if he'll be kept around. He hasn't scored a touchdown, excluding the preseason, since Nov. 22, 2009. This season, he has just seven receptions for 91 yards.

Citing Frazier's request to keep the details private, Berrian wouldn't provide any information on the situation or offer much of his feelings about it. He said he has tried to put the controversies about his playing time, attitude and performance in the past.

"But one way or another, something comes up," Berrian said.

After a strong first season in Minnesota, his career "just kind of went downhill from there," Berrian said. Brett Favre arrived in 2009, and Berrian never clicked with his new quarterback.

Berrian said he believes he's the same player he was in 2008 and that he actually believes he's faster now. Backup quarterback Donovan McNabb said Frazier's decision "was kind of shocking" to him but that he still considers Berrian a "great" player.

"He's been through it," McNabb said. "He'll bounce back for this week and be ready to go."

Berrian isn't the only Vikings player whose status is uncertain. Cornerback Chris Cook remained in the county jail Monday after an alleged domestic assault over the weekend.

"I don't think any of us in the organization are pleased when one of our players is arrested for anything," Frazier said. "The fact that one of our players is in jail, it's a disappointment. It's something that we'll have to deal with as we find out more information."

Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press

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