Tice Announces New Program

The Vikings and coach Mike Tice announced Wednesday that the team is going to be taking health precautions during training camp.

The name Korey Stringer wasn't spoken publicly by coach Mike Tice Wednesday, but you could sense Stringer throughout the process, as the Vikings laid out a plan to take safety precautions for players during training camp.

The plan is two-fold. First, the team will have players undergo a conditioning test following the first day of practice to test the players in key matters like heart rate and vital organ function. Second, the team will alter its plan for dealing with heat and perhaps discontinuing or scaling back practices when the heat is oppressive.

While Tice declined to confirm that the process is the result of Stringer's death, the indication is clear -- Big K's loss will continue to have an impact on the team both on and off the field.

* VU has been told that several teams are altering training camp plans to deal with heat issues. Stringer's death has had a ripple effect with many teams that practice in typically far hotter and more humid climates than Minnesota, which is seen around the league as one of the coolest climates for training camp in the country.
* New Orleans continues to be a landing point for former Vikings. Twice Jake Reed has left the Vikings for the Saints, Dale Carter is now in New Orleans and Andrew Glover among several other tier-two players left Minnesota for the Big Easy. The Saints continued this trend this week, having former Viking Terry Allen in for a workout Monday and Orlando Thomas in town Wednesday for a visit.

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