On the second day with full pads, they scuffled … and body slammed.
Despite a rain shower causing about a 20-minute delay and cooling the air for the Minnesota Vikings’ second day in pads, things got heated on the field at one point.
Rookie receiver Laquon Treadwell and cornerback Jabari Price ended up on the ground exchanging swings after Treadwell picked up Price and body-slammed him following a play before the halfway point of Monday’s practice. Several other players joined the pile on the sideline.
“The fighting thing, it’s a team thing, but at the same time we’ve got to be smarter than that. We’re teammates,” cornerback Captain Munnerlyn said. “You can break a hand when you’re swinging at helmets and things, but at the same time it’s competition. The team just wants to get better and we want to be great.
“It was funny because I told both those guys, ‘Man, you know you both had helmets on. You’re hitting helmets. Man, you weren’t feeling the lick at all.’ So they both laughed and I just tried to be the peacemaker in the situation. I told Laquon he had a perfect form tackle out there, though.”
After going through his typical post-practice routine of spending about a half hour on the JUGS machine catching passes, Treadwell declined to talk as he headed for the locker room as the last man off the field.
Head coach Mike Zimmer hardly seemed bothered by the fight.
“It’s not a big deal. Sometimes it’s good,” Zimmer said. “You come out here and everybody’s happy all the time, it’s a physical game and we’ve got to be physical. They won’t do it in a game because I’ll fix it by then. It’s not bad.”
Munnerlyn, who has been known to talk trash on occasion, said protecting each other from injury is the biggest thing.
“I don’t see nothing wrong with it, but at the same time when you get to swinging with the helmets on, anything can happen,” he said. “You can break your hand and it’s going to cost you some weeks. We need both of those guys, we need both of those guys to be healthy, so we can go into the year and play some football.”
According to tight end Kyle Rudolph, Zimmer included some goal-line work in Monday’s practice because he didn’t think the team was physical enough on Sunday.
Monday was the fourth day of training camp practices and the players have Tuesday off. Zimmer figured the players were ready for a break.
“I’m sure they are. They were ready two days ago probably, knowing these guys,” he said. “We had two pretty physical days and when they get back they’ll be nice and fresh to get two physical more.”
- The Vikings waived two players on Sunday. They appeared on Monday’s transactions list with LB Jason Whittingham listed as “left squad” and CB Keith Baxter given the non-football injury designation.
- With Whittingham leaving, the Vikings signed LB Terrance Plummer, who spent time on their practice squad last year.
- RB Jerick McKinnon left practice with a towel over his head early in the session. “He’s fine. He’ll be alright,” Zimmer said. “Just got twisted.” The running back position is getting thin with Adrian Peterson still sidelined with a hamstring injury.
- Several players are scheduled to appear at Tuesday’s ribbon-cutting ceremony for the team’s new headquarters and practice facility that are being built. The facility is scheduled to open in 2018. Zimmer will also be there and joked (probably sarcastically) that he enjoys the ambassador role “because I’m good at it.”
- Zimmer had some stern (and unprintable) words for a couple of defenders when they weren’t lined up correctly on different occasions. After one of his admonishments, the crowd started cheering.
- Safety Jayron Kearse intercepted an overthrown pass from rookie QB Joel Stave.
- CB Trae Waynes got some first-team reps in place of Terence Newman, as did Michael Griffin at safety in place of Andrew Sendejo.
- Veteran QB Shaun Hill drew the appreciation of teammates when he took off running on a designed pass play and got about 15 yards up field. “That’s house!” yelled one player.
- Rookie WR Moritz Böhringer blew one opportunity on a deep pass from Stave. The rookie quarterback threw a perfect pass of about 40 yards that was threaded between two defenders, but it bounced off Bohringer’s hands.