Training Camp Procedures Changing

In an attempt to make practices safer for players, the Vikings are instituting changes to their procedures during training camp, which opens next weekend.

The Vikings made some changes to their training camp policy Wednesday, but they were not connecting them to the death of Korey Stringer last year.

Among the primary changes that will be made is that sun canopies will be available to provide shade near the practice field for players who get too hot, portable cooling units will be available in areas like the cafeterias in the players' dorm at Minnesota State-Mankato and no more of the Vikings dark purple jerseys will be worn on practices during hot days.

On the day Stringer collapsed, he was wearing a dark purple jersey. For years, NFL teams have used a strategy in warm weather cities to force visiting teams to wear dark jerseys on warm game days. Under NFL rules, the home team can select whether it wants to wear its dark jersey or white jersey. Most teams opt to wear their home colors, but teams like Miami, Arizona and Dallas have often opted to wear white jerseys at home and force opponents to face the heat in dark colors, which absorb more heat.

While none of these changes is being acknowledged as the result of the Stringer tragedy, the Vikings, along with other NFL teams, are taking steps to see that a similar tragedy never happens again.

THURSDAY NOTES
* The Vikings continued their rookie signings by inking G Ed Ta'amu to an undisclosed contract. That leaves four picks remaining to be signed before camp opens in a little more than a week. VU continues to be told that the Vikings are confident that all rookies will be signed and in camp by the time it opens.
* Lawyers for Daunte Culpepper have filed a motion in an Oregon court to have a suit and an injunction placed on Culpepper by Nike Corp. to be dismissed. Nike claims Culpepper can't work for rival Reebok because of "right of first refusal" language in his original Nike contract.
* Single-game season tickets for 2002 home games are on sale today at the Metrodome box office and all Ticketmaster locations, including Ticketmaster.com.

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