Still absent were running back Moe Williams (excused for personal business), and defensive backs Corey Chavous and Brian Williams, who are reportedly unhappy with their contract or roster situation.
But with the absences of the veterans came an influx of younger players Tuesday, as some of the Vikings' NFL Europe-allocated players rejoined the team. Offensive lineman Brandon Newton and punter Travis Dorsch were in attendance but not in uniform.
Newton started all 10 games for the Hamburg Sea Devils.
Dorsch punted five times for 194 yards, a 38.8-yard average, for the Rhein Fire on Saturday with a long of 50 yards and three inside the 20-yard line. Dorsch finished his season in Europe with a 42.5-yard average to lead the league in punting. Darren Bennett is expected to be the Vikings' starting punter, but Dorsch may be able to put up a fight for the spot.
Guard Shannon Snell, wide receiver Aaron Hosack and quarterback Jason Fife were not in attendance at Tuesday's practice.
Hosack had seven catches for 118 yards and a touchdown for the Frankfurt Galaxy Saturday. He finished the NFL Europe season with 22 catches for 317 yards, a 14.4-yard average, and four touchdowns. He played in only four games because of an early-season injury.
Snell started all 10 games for the Berlin Thunder and will play in World XIII on Saturday against Amsterdam.
Fife completed 12 of 21 passes for 81 yards for Rhein this season.
THINKING OF THE PLAYER
The Vikings already knew they would be without the services of running back Onterrio Smith for the season, but with the official news being handed down Tuesday, their first thoughts were about helping Smith overcome his problems.
Smith was suspended for the season after his third violation of the league's substance abuse policy. He was suspended for four games last year after his second strike against the drug policy.
"When things like this happen you have to first think of the player," offensive coordinator Steve Loney said. "Your thoughts don't go to the team, but certainly there are some issues that Onterrio individually will work through. The nice thing, due to the policy he doesn't have to work through them by himself. I know the NFL will give him the support necessary for him to overcome his problems, and like all problems as individuals you have to want to solve them yourself. So there are individual things he'll have to address, but certainly he's not out there by himself. We first off hate for him as an individual to have to go through this, but certainly I know the league and the organization will, according to the policy, do all that we can to help him to overcome his problems.
"The game itself is bigger than any one individual, but when it comes to problems like this the individual is certainly the main concern."
Smith can apply for reinstatement after the 2005 season.