Jamarca Sanford DB MIN 5 Months
Vikings SS Jamarca Sanford (hamstring) has been ruled out for Week 4.
Sanford left Sunday's loss to the Browns with a hamstring injury and was limited in practice this week. He'll be replaced by Andrew Sendejo in the starting lineup. The Vikings will also be without CB Chris Cook (groin) against the Steelers.
Jamarca Sanford DB MIN 9 Months
Vikings SS Jamarca Sanford took most of the first-team reps this spring.
Minnesota has had a different starter at strong safety each of the past three seasons, but Sanford is looking to put an end to the trend. He started 13 games last season and appears to have a stranglehold on the spot entering camp. Sanford re-upped with the Vikings on a two-year, $5 million deal in March, but he's expected to face competition from Mistral Raymond and Robert Blanton.
Jamarca Sanford DB MIN 12 Months
Vikings re-signed S Jamarca Sanford.
A 14-game starter in 2012 -- including playoffs -- Sanford was a big upgrade on Mistral Raymond and appears to have solidified a starting role at strong safety, across from FS Harrison Smith. Sanford, 27, finished last year with 66 tackles and forced four fumbles. He has not shown ball skills through four NFL seasons.
Jamarca Sanford DB MIN Feb 03 '12
The Vikings are expected to demote FS Jamarca Sanford into a special teams-only role in 2012.
Sanford "earned" the opportunity to start in 2011 after beating out Tyrell Johnson in camp, but he flopped in the secondary. Per ESPN 1500's Tom Pelissero, Sanford allowed 20 of the 31 passes thrown at him to be completed (64.5 percent) for 344 yards and eight touchdowns. He also missed too many open-field tackles. Per Pelissero, Sanford "confirmed he's just a special teamer."
Jamarca Sanford DB MIN Oct 16 '11
Vikings SS Jamarca Sanford left Sunday's game with a concussion and did not return.
When it rains it pours, as the Vikings are literally falling apart before our eyes tonight. Disappointing 2008 second round pick Tyrell Johnson replaces Sanford, and will be a liability if he is pressed into action next week.
Jamarca Sanford DB MIN Sep 05 '11
Jamarca Sanford is expected to be the Vikings' starting strong safety in Sunday's opener.
Sanford, a 2009 seventh-round pick, has apparently beaten out 2008 second-rounder Tyrell Johnson. He'll face a stiff test right out of the gate with the Vikings set to take on Philip Rivers and the Chargers. We wouldn't be surprised to see both players make starts at strong safety this season.
Jamarca Sanford DB MIN Aug 24 '11
Jamarca Sanford is expected to start at strong safety in Saturday's third preseason game.
Sanford is battling Tyrell Johnson for the job. The two have alternated starts so far, but Sanford's nod for the more meaningful third exhibition game indicates he is ahead.