Chavous, Williams Show Up

With most of the talk about the two players who weren't at today's opener of training camp, there was little talk about two that have missed all of the voluntary off-season workouts but were at the opener of training camp.

Much of the talk around Winter Park and in Mankato in recent days has been how long it will take to get rookies Troy Williamson and Erasmus James signed and into training camp.

While there was no progress on those fronts, two players who did make an appearance lived up to what Vikings coaches and teammates expected, as Corey Chavous and Brian Williams both reported for training camp and took part in Saturday's practice sessions.

Williams was dissatisfied with his role -- being removed from a starting spot but being tendered a one-year contract that would have required a first-round draft pick as compensation. That alone effectively kept Williams off the free agent radars of most teams. Chavous is also concerned about his role and his pay level -- but declined to answer media questions after Saturday's first session.

During the minicamps, Mike Tice and other coaches believed both would be in camp to honor their contracts and, while some were a little worried it wouldn't happen, both were in and taking part in conditioning drills Saturday.

* There is still no news on the signing front, but the agent for James canceled a flight out of Minneapolis Saturday afternoon -- an indication that the two sides might be closer to getting a deal. Williamson remains in Florida and his agent has yet to meet face to face with Vikings officials, opting to do his negotiations over the phone.
* The Vikings will practice today from 9:30 a.m. to noon and 3:30-5:30 in the afternoon. The first full-pads practice will come on Monday.
* New owner Zygi Wilf was on hand for the first practice sessions Saturday.
* Center Matt Birk was put on the physically unable to perform list and is expected to be out at least the next two weeks.
* Only 12 of 32 first-round picks have signed as of early Sunday morning.
* Napoleon Harris missed his first training camp practices as a Viking to attend a family funeral while another new Viking, Fred Smoot, was listed as day-to-day with a neck strain.

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