Stringer Death Alters Camp

With the death of Korey Stringer, the Vikings are trying to get back to a sense of normalcy, but that will be much easier said than done.

The Vikings are beginning the process of trying to get back to the business of football following the death of Korey Stringer. That began this morning when the team resumed practice after taking Wednesday's practices off. But, the team is far from back to situation normal.

The Vikings announced that the team will attend a private funeral service Friday at 3 p.m. at the Washburn-McReavy Funeral Chapel at the intersection of West 50th Street and Hwy. 100 in Edina. Following the service, there will be a public viewing beginning at 4 p.m.

However, the team announced a pair of cancelations as the result of the Stringer tragedy. The team's intrasquad scrimmage/mock game scheduled for Saturday night has been canceled, as has a joint practice with the Kansas City Chiefs Monday.

While the team is still grieving, VU has been told the Vikings have begun the process of trying to find a replacement for Stringer, who was the veteran of the offensive line. There isn't much in the way of unsigned free agents available, but VU is following up on the question with league officials as to how much salary cap money the Vikings will recoup for an effort to make a signing. Obviously, with the feeling of Vikings coaches over the loss, those questions have yet to be posed to Dennis Green and his staff.

* Green choked up a little bit when responding to questions about former Vikings contacting the team, saying every former player made a condolance call. Several former Vikings, including Brad Johnson, Matt Hatchette, Jimmy Hitchcock, Robert Smith and Todd Steussie conducted interviews addressing the matter and Steussie may have summed it up best when he said Stringer was his best friend with the Vikings, but that 30 other players could probably have said the same thing.
* Just a couple days after former Viking DT Henry Thomas announced his retirement, former Viking DT Brad Culpepper said he has officially retired from the NFL.

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