The Vikings can't make any concrete decisions about training camp until the NFL lockout of players ends, but if the lockout is lifted in the coming weeks, players would report to camp in Mankato on July 31 and start practices the following day.
Head coach Leslie Frazier also said the team informed Mankato officials that they would know their plans by July 18 if the lockout isn't lifted. As with everything since the lockout began in early March, plans are tentative.
"It makes it very difficult for us to go to Mankato [if the lockout is still on July 18] because of the time constraints between when we need to have everything down there, ready to go by the time we open training camp," Frazier said.
"There are some things going on and I'm sure things will continue to change."
Representatives for the players and the league are meeting Tuesday and Wednesday, according to media reports, in an effort to end the labor impasse, but until a new collective bargaining agreement is reached or a temporary system is put in place, owners, players and coaches can only wait and see.
If the lockout extends beyond July 18, the Vikings would likely have training camp at their Winter Park headquarters in Eden Prairie.
"I'm OK if it does become Winter Park. I just want us to have the full complement of time, whether it's Winter Park or Mankato," Frazier said. "An abbreviated preparation time for that first regular-season game, that would not be the ideal scenario under our circumstances with a potentially young quarterback. I just hope we have our full time to prepare."
A lockout ending before July 18 would likely keep the Mankato portion of training camp intact and give the team and Minnesota State-Mankato enough time to prepare for camp.
If the lockout ends this month, Frazier would like to squeeze in a minicamp-type series of practices. Coaches are scheduled to start their three to four weeks of vacation on Saturday, but Frazier said they are supposed to keep their cell phones nearby in case the lockout ends and practices before training camp can be scheduled.
"That's one of the reasons the coaches have to be on alert. We would put an abbreviation to our vacation plans," Frazier said. "Even if it got lifted this weekend, we would have to put things on hold and get started for minicamp or an [organized] practices."
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