Vikings ease back into practice

After a week off with the bye, the Vikings have an odd schedule this week, but they are hoping to get their offense on track.

The Vikings began easing back into things Monday as they held a practice after being off six days for their bye week.

Minnesota is only 1-2, but coach Brad Childress did not want to deviate from his plan of giving his guys time to rest.

"It's important that they have a fresh attitude, fresh outlook and that they come out here and don't forget everything they knew before the bye," Childress said. "I thought we had a pretty crisp practice today, just kind of getting back in the saddle. I just look for them to come back with the right mindset, come back ready to work, come back ready to improve. We've got work to do."

The Vikings will face the New York Jets next Monday, meaning their schedule this week still will be a bit odd. After a light practice on Tuesday, players will be off on Wednesday and then begin intense preparations for the Jets on Thursday.

This game will mark quarterback Brett Favre's first appearance against the Jets since he spent a season with the franchise in 2008. Favre has yet to find his rhythm this season and hasn't been on the same page with his wide receivers.

The Vikings are certainly hoping the extra practice time this week will enable Favre to develop some of the chemistry that has been missing.


  • Coach Brad Childress on being informed by the NFL that defensive end Jared Allen must stop doing his post-sack celebration of pretending to rope a calf: "I was (surprised). Somebody must have called it to somebody's attention, but it has been going on for a long time and everybody was certainly aware of it when we started this season. It wasn't on the DVD that we get for rule changes."

  • Allen's reaction to being informed he could no longer perform a celebration that he has used throughout his career, in large part because he drops to one knee to do so: "Yeah, I just figured after seven years of doing it ... but hey whatever. I'm going to carry some cardboard with me and just slide it underneath my knee. It's legal, right?"

  • C John Sullivan did not practice Monday because of an injury to his right calf suffered Sept. 26 against Detroit. If Sullivan can't play next Monday against the Jets, look for Ryan Cook to start at center.

  • TE Visanthe Shiancoe also did rehab work Monday during practice after appearing to injure his hamstring against the Lions. The Vikings will not issue an injury report until Thursday so it will be difficult to get an accurate read on Sullivan and Shiancoe's status before that time.

  • CB Chris Cook played well against the Lions and the week off gave him additional time to rest his right knee. Cook played against Detroit after missing the first two games because of a torn meniscus suffered in the preseason.

  • DE Ray Edwards plans to appeal the $10,000 in fines he received for two separate incidents in the Lions game. The first was a scuffle that involved several players following Brian Robison's sack of Shaun Hill and the second came after Edwards hit Hill in the head area. Those incidents cost Edwards $5,000 each.

  • QB Brett Favre needs one touchdown pass against the Jets next Monday to become the first player in NFL history with 500 touchdown passes.

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