Williamson Not Practicing Yet

The absence of first-round draft pick Troy Williamson at Monday's practice was because his deal hadn't been signed yet. Still, the Vikings are hoping he's able to practice in the next couple of days, and for sure by Friday. The first day of pads was altered to accommodate for heat, and the kickers were back trying to win the "one" job. Get the notes from this morning's practice and interview sessions.

Rookie receiver Troy Williamson did not show up in time for Monday's practice as final details get worked out on his contract.

Williamson, the seventh pick in the first round of the draft, reportedly agreed to a seven-year deal on Sunday that would pay $32 million, which includes $13 million in guaranteed money.

He was scheduled to fly to Minnesota today and report to Minnesota State later tonight, then practice for the first time on Tuesday.

"We agreed to a deal. It's not done," coach Mike Tice said. "He's nowhere near the Twin Cities. We're anxious to get him in here."

Tice said that he hoped Williamson would participate in enough practices so that he would be able to play in the first intrasquad scrimmage Friday.

First look in pads

The Vikings had their first practice in full gear Monday morning, but the heat and humidity forced a slight change. The players took of their shoulder pads off for the final 30 minutes, and practice was cut short by 10 minutes.

Don't forget the kickers

Monday's practice featured a two-minute drill that set up both Aaron Elling and Paul Edinger with long field-goal attempts. Elling made his from 51 yards, with probably 5 to 10 yards to spare. He then followed up with a kickoff that went 5 yards deep in the end zone. Edinger comfortably made his field goal from 48 yards.

"Today was good, but that's behind us," Elling said. "The most important kick is the next one."

Tice said he's been pleased with both kickers. He likes Elling's leg strength and Edinger's accuracy.

However, he won't have two kickers on the opening-day roster.

"We will come away with one kicker," he said. "Hopefully, the guy we choose will be consistent enough during the season, not only in field goals but also kickoffs, that we don't have top bring in a second guy at some point."

Gone, but not forgotten

Tight end Jermaine Wiggins returned to the Twin Cities Monday morning to be with his wife as she gave birth to their first baby. Tice said he talked with Wiggins during a break in Monday's practice, and everything had gone fine.

"We have a lot of guys with babies coming," Tice said. "They're smart. I had two training camp babies; I missed four days of practice. If you're a smart player, you have your baby during training camp."

Rookie safety Dustin Fox missed morning practice and was in the Twin Cities having an arm injury checked out. It was an injury he suffered while at Ohio State, and he got hit in the same spot Sunday.

Receiver Kelly Campbell was back on the field after missing Sunday's practices with a stomach virus.

Plays of the day

Nate Burleson hauled in Brad Johnson's 15-yard pass in the corner of the end zone, just before cornerback Ken Irvin leaped to defend.

However, the coverage was pretty good during morning practice. On three straight plays, quarterback Daunte Culpepper had to take off running to avoid the rush with no open receivers.


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