There are certain things you expect during training camp -- players sweating their way into shape, coaches determing who is atop the depth chart and adult fans trying to get autographs to sell on e-Bay.
What you don't expect to see is players in long sleeves and fans wearing coats and stocking caps. But that is what the Vikings endured on Tuesday. In what was record-setting low temperatures for an August day, the Vikings practiced for almost three hours during the morning practice on Tuesday and, by the time the day was over at 9:30 p.m. with a passing scrimmage, the Vikings had been on the field for almost six hours.
With the team preparing for the Cardinals in the preseason opener Saturday, coach Mike Tice worked the team harder than normal because of the cool temperatures.
The highlight of the day was the intrasquad scrimmage, where the first-team offense and defense suited up to see which was ahead of the other. As it turned out, it was essentially a draw. On the first two possessions, the defense forced punts. But Daunte Culpepper and Randy Moss got their revenge, as the two hooked up for touchdowns of 53 and 11 yards later in the scrimmage.
With the first game of the preseason now just days away, the Vikings are optimistic about the chances of both the offense and defense being able to overpower opponents. But it's been tough getting players to break a sweat, since its closer to freezing on the skin than it is evaporating.
* Due to a family emergency, former Viking Robert Smith canceled an anticipated book signing at training camp Tuesday to return to Ohio. The signing is expected to be rescheduled and, when that happens, VU will pass along the new date and time.
* Moe Williams is expected to miss Saturday's opener with a leg injury and tight end Jermaine Wiggins (separated left shoulder) is questionable.
* The Vikes may not have to face young WR sensation Anquan Boldin in Saturday's preseason opener. He was wheeled off the practice field with a knee injury Tuesday but was around for the afternoon practice -- but did not participate.
* The Vikings made the list of the All-Time Chokes of the ESPN era as part of the network's 25th anniversary season. The 1998 Vikings were listed as No. 23 in terms of the biggest choke, although it's hard for some of us at VU to see a 15-1 team losing in overtime to a 14-2 team as a choke.
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