Monday Practice Notes: Some Return

The Vikings returned to Winter Park Monday morning for their first post-training camp practice with a few players sidelined and others seemingly moving up on the depth chart. Here are the notes from the first 30 minutes of media access:

  • Safety Willie Offord, who sprained his right wrist on Saturday, was practicing during the early non-contact portion of practice.

  • Cornerback Dovonte Edwards, who has been struggling through ankle and knee injuries, was also practicing.

  • Quarterback Tarvaris Jackson, who connected on 9 of 11 passes, including a touchdown, against the Pittsburgh Steelers, was taking reps with the second-team offense during seven-on-seven drills. Mike McMahon was with the third team.

  • Wide receiver Chris Jones, who had good practices in spring camps and early training camp, was practicing mostly with the third-team offense while Jason Carter appeared to be bumped up to the second team.

  • Left tackle Bryant McKinnie played with a boxing-glove sized wrap around his hand on Saturday, but Monday at practice he had a much smaller wrap, with fingers exposed. McKinnie fractured a bone in his middle finger during the preseason opener.

  • Several injured players were not in attendance at the start of the morning practice. Wide receiver Kevin Kasper (high ankle sprain), running back Mewelde Moore (knee) and cornerback Charles Gordon (knee) were not seen on the practice field. None of those players are expected to play Friday night against Baltimore.

  • Linebacker Marcus Lawrence (knee), linebacker Rod Davis (quad) and tight end Richard Owens (back contusion) were in attendance but not practicing.

  • Linebacker Jason Glenn, signed last week, played in Saturday's game but does not have a nameplate on the back of his uniform yet.

  • Tackle Donald Penn has switched jersey numbers, from 66 to 68.

  • The Vikings returned to a refurbished Winter Park Monday, marking the finishing touches on a $2 million project. Between Friday and Monday, the team installed netting stretching an estimated 60 feet tall installed behind the south goal post, protecting players' cars that used to occasionally have a kicked ball or two bouncing off them.

  • Noted turf specialist George Toma was on hand for the start of practice and received compliments from the staff about the shape of the fields he had been working on all summer.

  • The Vikings also installed chain-link fencing with a black wrap to provide additional security surrounding the practice fields.

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