Stringer Lawsuit Moves Forward

The family of Korey Stringer is hoping for a ruling that will open the Vikings medical books to all heat-related illnesses.

The Vikings had hoped to get a judge's ruling dismissing the lawsuit brought by the family of Korey Stringer. Not only hasn't that happened, but the Stringer family has gone on the offensive -- looking to get team medical records released.

Lawyers for the family are seeking all heat-related injuries to Vikings players over the 40-year history of the team. In court documents, the family claims as many as a dozen other players were sick from the heat that resulted in Stringer's death Aug. 1 last year. In addition, the motion claims that the Vikings denied players intravenous fluids because the team "doesn't believe in them."

The Vikings are claiming the information is privileged and shouldn't be released to the attorneys for the Stringer family. Judge Gary Larson is expected to rule on the motion next week.

* The Vikings have changed their training camp routine in light of Stringer's death, confirming Tuesday that a doctor will be on the practice field at all times when the team is at training camp in Mankato.
* The talking heads at FOX Sports continue to say that Red McCombs is selling the Vikings and that the deal may be struck before the start of the regular season. However, with the financial windfall McCombs could reap by getting a new stadium, selling at this moment doesn't make a lot of sense -- since the franchise value would likely double with a new stadium and revenues it would create.
* Randall Cunningham is going to retire as a Philadelphia Eagle. A source close to Cunningham told VU he didn't get a lot of interest in free agency and will sign a contract with Philly for the purposes of retiring with the team, much like Roger Craig and Joe Montana did with the 49ers in years past. Cunningham never played in a Super Bowl, something many people thought he should have got in 1998 when it was his knee that Denny Green insisted on that sent the NFC title game into overtime.

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