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December 5, 2007
Childress to win Bee T-shirt?

Uh-oh. We have a new contestant in the P. Willy Nickname Challenge. Asked this morning about 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis, Vikings coach Brad Childress said, "The words 'rolling ball of butcher knives' comes to mind." Hmmm .... rolling ball of butcher knives. The Urban Dictionary defines the term as: A treacherous, nasty, dangerous person or thing you should steer clear of. Not bad, coach. Not bad at all.
The context, of course, is Sunday's match-up between Willis and Minnesota running back Adrian Peterson. Coming back from a knee injury last week, Peterson was held to 15 carries. He might get a few more touches against the 49ers, but Childress said Peterson still will continue to split carries with Chester Taylor. Childress said Peterson has been symptom-free for about three weeks, and as anyone who watched him last week against the Lions can attest, it looks like the rookie's moves are very much in tact. He rushed for 116 yards and two touchdowns.
Childress, however, downplayed the one-on-one match-up between Peterson and Willis. The only way you could do that, he said, would be to set up a couple of bags and have them do the Oklahoma stud drill. And hopefully, Childress said, Peterson would have a blocker to help him.
-- Matt Barrows


Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.


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