Tice Runs Team Hard After Loss

With roster spots on the line this week, Coach Mike Tice wasn't pleased with the team's effort vs. the Chiefs Saturday. The result? One of the harder practices of the preseason Monday.

The belief is that when training camp ends, so do the grueling two-a-day practices that have come to symbolize training camp. Not so, as evidenced Monday as the Vikings began practicing at Winter Park.

With jobs on the line and coming off a mistake-filled game vs. the Chiefs, the Vikings practiced for 2-1/2 hours in full pads Monday at Winter Park, with a heat index swelling over 100 degrees.

Head coach Mike Tice promised a rough week of practice heading into Friday's game at Oakland and he wasn't bluffing. The team was put through its paces with one of the more intense practices of the preseason -- with another rough two-a-day practice session scheduled today in the dripping heat of August expected to be as bad as Monday's heat-humidity combination.

* TE Jeff Kostrewa was released Monday.
* Tice worked almost the entire afternoon practice with the offensive line, which he believed took a step backward vs. the Chiefs.
* The second of today's practice will be a full-pad intrasquad scrimmage. It won't be open to the public.
* In a follow-up on yesterday's update, it was in fact the Vikings that called a time out before fourth down with 1:07 to play in the first half vs. the Chiefs. VU has been told Daunte Culpepper called the T.O., continuing a disturbing trend of a lack of clock awareness and game situations by the players and coaching staff. The time out allowed Kansas City after running twice to get into scoring position for a field goal as time expired in the first half.

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