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Minnesota Vikings notebook: Short on QBs, practice cut short

The Minnesota Vikings ended practice about 40 minutes early after a bad offensive performance that featured only inexperienced quarterbacks.

The only quarterback with the Minnesota Vikings that knows the offense, is able to take a snap and throw the ball at Sunday’s practice was undrafted rookie Joel Stave.

That’s the state of the Vikings quarterback situation at this point.

Starter Teddy Bridgewater, with what is reported as a sore shoulder, was limited to taking snaps on running plays in the first part of practice, then didn’t take any snaps the rest of the way.

Backup Shaun Hill, whom head coach Mike Zimmer said got a “vet day” off on Saturday when he wasn’t in pads, showed up at Sunday’s practice in pads but couldn’t take a snap with his left wrist wrapped and his left ankle taped. He threw passes when the quarterbacks were working alone, but didn’t doing anything with receivers or the full team.

Taylor Heinicke, who was expected to be the third-string quarterback, still has his left foot in a boot after severing a tendon prior to the start of training camp and is expected to be out until at least late September.

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To help with the situation, the Vikings signed Brad Sorensen on Saturday, but he is hardly immersed in the offense at this point, to the point that quarterbacks coach Scott Turner listened to him call in the huddle.

Enter Stave, who was erratic throwing the ball with the first- and second-team offenses.

“I can say it wasn’t one of our best days. We have to come out and be better if we want to be where we want to be at the end of the year,” said receiver Jarius Wright.

The Vikings ended practice 40 minutes early – the last play being a snap over Sorensen’s head – and moved their players’ day off from Tuesday to Monday, likely in an attempt to get their quarterbacks to a point where they can practice.

Zimmer huddled up the players after cutting practice short and the players remained in the huddle for awhile after Zimmer left and headed into the building.

“I’m not going to say he was mad, but I’m not going to say he was happy either,” Wright said. “He basically just told us we need to come back and be better.”

Zimmer wasn’t scheduled to address the media after Sunday’s practice and he didn’t, but tackle T.J. Clemmings, when asked if it was difficult to even get the calls in the huddle with the lack of a quarterback who has any regular-season experience, referred that question to Zimmer.

“I’d say you’d have to ask Coach Zimmer about that,” Clemmings said. “It’s no problem for us.”

SUNDAY NOTES

  • In addition to Bridgewater and Hill, the Vikings had several other players sitting out on Sunday: CB Xavier Rhodes, S Anthony Harris, RB Matt Asiata, LB Eric Kendricks and DT Scott Crichton.
  • Left tackle Matt Kalil left practice with what appeared to be a right leg injury. However, he walked off the field and into the building under his own power.
  • DT Sharrif Floyd returned to practice on at least a limited basis.
  • LB Jake Ganus and DE Danielle Hunter were among the Vikings defenders that registered touch sacks during Sunday’s practice.
  • In addition to moving their off day from Tuesday to Monday, the Vikings will also practice at U.S. Bank Stadium on Friday, in advance of their preseason home opener there on Sunday against the San Diego Chargers.

 


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