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MINNEAPOLIS — There is shared intimacy, and there is unintended mutiny. Two weeks ago, during an intense training camp practice, Vikings coach Zimmer challenged Sam Bradford to show more passion during a two-minute drill. The quarterback responded by inadvertently shoving his boss to the turf after threading a delicate touchdown pass to wide receiver Stefon Diggs.
MINNEAPOLIS — The left side of the Vikings' offensive line is down another man. Left guard Alex Boone did not practice Tuesday, Aug. 15 for the second straight workout after missing Sunday's practice. His left knee was wrapped in a bandage when he left after stretching. With Boone out, Nick Easton and Pat Elflein both saw time at left guard. Easton and Elflein also both got work at center, where they are battling for the starting job. Left tackle Riley Reiff continued working his way back into the first team after missing 11 days because of a back injury.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Latavius Murray's priority is to fully recover from March ankle surgery so the enigmatic Vikings running back can be in top shape for his new coaches and teammates to fully appreciate him. There is a strict rehabilitation schedule the team's medical staff is following. Now in his second week of practice, Murray has not been cleared to play Friday night, Aug. 18, in Minnesota's second preseason game at Seattle.
MANKATO — Rick Childs has not missed a Vikings training camp here in three decades. Not just one day at camp, mind you. He has been at every walk-through, practice and drill since 1985. Childs is impossible to miss among the 2,000 fans who faithfully pack the bleachers and fence line under the broiling sun to watch the monotony of preseason, with his faded Cris Carter jersey, Vikings helmet umbrella, upright shield and, of course, his Gjallarhorn.
MANKATO, Minn. — The "No Fun League" has been downgraded in 2017 to the sometimes fun league after rules governing on-field celebrations were relaxed to allow NFL players to show a little more leg. As usual, how much leg depends on how far players push the envelope. Players can celebrate in groups and on the ground now while also using the football as a prop. But any celebration "deemed offensive, violent in nature or that uses any other object as a prop" can still draw a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.
MANKATO, Minn. — The specter of pass protection continues to haunt the Vikings as they grind through training camp with a banged-up left tackle raising eyebrows, again, about a retooled offensive line on notice to stay healthy, stand and deliver. Riley Reiff's back injury has kept him sidelined since he left Friday's first practice, even though there are no indications it is serious. Coach Mike Zimmer said after practice Wednesday, Aug. 2, that Reiff was "getting closer" to returning to practice.
MANKATO, Minn. — Sack master Everson Griffen signed a $58 million contract extension Wednesday that secures the defensive end through 2022 while the man who negotiated the deal could get a pink slip if the Vikings face plant again. Rick Spielman has been playing with house money since owners Zygi and Mark Wilf promoted him to general manager in 2012 and empowered the longtime personnel director to shape the 53-man roster and coaching staff in his image.
MINNEAPOLIS — Thirty years is too long to hold a grudge but here comes this benevolent middle-age dad — me — still gnashing his teeth over the sadistic ballclub from Minnesota that broke his 15-year-old heart. I tip my hat to your plucky 1987 Twins. They sure know how to keep a party going ... and going ... and going. You never forget your first time, I suppose. So keep waving those damn homer hankies and genuflecting to Kirby, Bruno, Herbie, Bert, G-Man and Sweet Music.
A Scottsdale (Ariz.) judge ruled Michael Floyd violated his house arrest by testing positive for alcohol and ordered the Vikings wide receiver serve one more day in jail before finishing his final five days of home confinement, according to ESPN.com. Floyd can serve the rest of his sentence in Arizona, ESPN Cardinals reporter Josh Weinfuss reported on Monday, June 26.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Vikings receiver Michael Floyd violated the terms of his house arrest by accidentally drinking a tea drink that contains alcohol, his agent said Friday. As a result, he is due in Scottsdale, Ariz., later this month for a court hearing to explain positive readings from three blood-alcohol tests early on the morning of June 11. "We are aware of the situation involving Michael Floyd and are looking into the matter," the Vikings said in a statement. "We are still gathering facts and will withhold any further comment at this time."