Vikings WR Berrian to play again after being healthy scratch

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Bernard Berrian remains a part of the Minnesota Vikings' offensive plans.

One day after Berrian was a healthy scratch for the first time in his NFL career, Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said Monday the wide receiver will be back in the rotation this week for playing time.

"I don't foresee any future problems," Frazier said. "I really expect him to play at a high level for us and play well."

Berrian was on the inactive list for Sunday's 34-10 victory over the Arizona Cardinals for a disciplinary reason that Frazier declined to specify. The St. Paul Pioneer Press, citing an unidentified person with knowledge of the situation, reported that Berrian was punished for missing two team meetings the day before the game, but Frazier wouldn't confirm that Monday.

"He understands what we have to get done and what's required of him, like all of our guys do," Frazier said. "Going forward, we've just got to do the right things."

Frazier said he believes Berrian's mind is in the right place and that he's still counting on the receiver to contribute.

"He wants to help this football team win," Frazier said. "We're going to give him every opportunity to help this football team win."

Berrian was Minnesota's big free-agent addition when he signed for $16 million guaranteed in 2008, and he played up to his billing that year with eight touchdowns, including one punt return for a score, and 964 receiving yards. His average of 20-plus yards per catch led the NFL.

Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press

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