Vikings to Assist Abdullah During Ramadan

As a practicing Muslim, Minnesota Vikings safety Husain Abdullah observes Ramadan, a month of fasting that prohibits eating and drinking between dawn and dusk.

As a football player, observing Ramadan makes participating in an NFL training camp difficult, but Vikings head coach Brad Childress says the team is better prepared to help Abdullah after the third-year safety struggled through it a season ago.

"Last year it occurred in early September and we saw a dip in his performance. We said, 'What's wrong with Husain Abdullah? It doesn't seem like he has enough spunk?'", Childress said, according to Brian Murphy of the Pioneer Press.

"That is something he has observed since he was 11 years old and it lasts 30 days and obviously it has a chance to be detrimental to him.

"I think we have our arms around it now and know when he is going to wake up and when he is going to eat and what we can pack on him before the sun comes up," Childress said. "Last year he was shouldering it all by himself."

In two seasons with the Vikings, who signed him as an undrafted free agent out of Washington State, Abdullah has appeared in 30 of 32 regular season games, and has been credited with 38 tackles and a pass defensed. 35 of Abdullah's have come on special teams, including a team-high 20 during his rookie season.

Ramadan begins this year on August 11.

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August 08, 2010 at 12:26 am

I used to fast during high school track/XC practice, it absolutely sucked. The Islamic calendar is still a bit...uh, pre-scientific, for lack of a better word, and follows the Lunar cycle. Therefore, Ramadan is roughly 10 days earlier every year. During summer, it's a challenge and a half...in an NFL training camp, can't imagine.

Wait, did I just ipso-facto compliment the Vikings? ...Packer Super Bowls: 3, Vikings: 0. That's better. And Jay Cutler sucks. GOPACKGO

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