Lindsay Adds Depth to O-Line

Offensive line coach Mike Tice needed a little help following the loss of Korey Stringer. Tuesday he got it in the reacquisition of Everett Lindsay.

Everett Lindsay did just about everything a lineman could for the Vikings during his six years in Minnesota. He showed he could play all five offensive line positions, which was needed in 1997 when centers Jeff Christy and Scott Dill both went down with injuries.

Minnesota reacquired Lindsay Tuesday in a trade with the Cleveland Browns, reuniting him with several teammates and making him a player who can help fill the void left by the loss of Korey Stringer. While the Vikings aren't saying Lindsay will be a starter with the team, he is expected to be a key component to the offensive line, whether it's at guard or tackle or, in a worst case scenario, even center.

"We figured we had to bring in somebody with some experience," offensive line coach Mike Tice said. "We looked for a guy who could maybe take some snaps away from Corbin (Lacina) if he gets banged up and a guy who can go in at right tackle and help (Chris) Liwienski and a guy who can play all of the positions."

The Vikings were able to get a player familiar with the offensive system at Minnesota -- he was drafted in the fifth round of the 1993 draft by Dennis Green. When former offensive coordinator Brian Billick went to Baltimore, he swung a trade with the Vikings to get Lindsay and, after a year in Baltimore, he became a starting guard last year in Cleveland. With the Browns making several offseason moves to bolster the offensive line, Lindsay became available and the Vikings jumped at the chance to get him.

While early reports claimed the Browns could receive as high as a fourth-round pick in return if Lindsay became a full-time starter, VU has confirmed that the draft pick scenario is almost exclusively limited to a sixth- or seventh-round pick -- contingent on playing time -- making a veteran like Lindsay almost a steal for the Vikings.

* Before the Vikings break camp today, the team made a symbolic gesture to remember Stringer. Green participated in a tree planting ceremony outside the Gage Hall dormitory at Minnesota State University in Mankato. The tree will have a memorial inscribed to Stringer that will serve as a living reminder of his contributions both the Vikings and the community.
* Offensive lineman Oscar Comeaux is fighting for a roster spot, but seeing his chances slip away. He sustained a sprained ankle and was on the sidelines of practice Tuesday walking on crutches.
* The Steelers, the Vikes opponents tommorrow, have already scratched three players from the game -- fullback Dan Kreider (calf), guard David Bobo (back) and defensive lineman Chris Sullivan (wrist).

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