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Childress says he’ll eventually “reel in” Sharper-Shiancoe Twitter feud

A day after columnist Tom Powers of the St. Paul Pioneer Press urged the NFL to intervene in the ongoing Twitter war between Vikings tight end Visanthe Shiancoe and Saints safety Darren Sharper, Minnesota coach Brad Childress acknowledged that, at some point, action will be taken.

“There will be somewhere we’ll reel it in,” Childress said, per Tom Pelissero of

It started with Sharper acknowledging quarterback Brett Favre’s recent ankle surgery by saying “X marks the spot.” It continued with Shiancoe pointing out that Sharper’s microfracture surgery puts a spot on his own knee.

And then Sharper tried to cajole Shiancoe into having the cahones to bet a game check on his performance in the season-opener between the Vikings and the Saints.

And then Shiancoe posted a photo of Osama bin Laden as Darren Sharper.

Our guess is that the league office eventually will (if it hasn’t already) send a letter to the players informing them that fines and/or suspensions will be meted out if cheap shots are taken. It’s a common approach whenever a player makes known his intent to inflict injury. Several years ago, the NFL put former Browns defensive tackle Gerard Warren on notice after he said of then-rookie Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, “Kill the head and the body’s dead.”

Little did Warren know that, as to Big Ben, the cliche doesn’t necessarily apply.