I guess I can cross off "X-Files" from my list of story angles for next week's rematch of the NFC Championship Game. The Minnesota Vikings and New Orleans Saints are still scheduled to play Thursday night at the Superdome, but half of our offseason Twitter feud duo won't be on the field.
The Saints will place safety Darren Sharper on the reserve/physically unable to perform list this weekend, according to Brian Allee-Walsh of NewOrleans.com. That means Sharper, who is trying to return from microfracture surgery on his knee, won't be eligible to play until Week 7 of the regular season.
In case you forgot, Sharper and Vikings tight end Visanthe Shiancoe engaged in a mildly heated spring back-and-forth via Twitter. If any of us would have been listening at the time, my NFC South colleague Pat Yasinskas was smartly warning us that Sharper was questionable at best for the game itself.
The Saints had already moved on by moving cornerback Malcolm Jenkins to Sharper's free safety spot, with Sharper viewed more as late-season insurance than anything else.
With that said, I think the tweet that originally started the "feud" will remain a hot topic next week. If you recall, Sharper suggested the Saints will target quarterback Brett Favre's surgically-repaired ankle in that game. Given the Vikings' sensitive reaction to the beating Favre took in January, the issue will actually be one of the key factors in the game.
More on that in the coming days.