Former Viking Back In Purple

The offensive line is expecting to receive a personnel infusion this afternoon with the addition of a former Viking, who the head coach compares to Corbin Lacina.

In a continuing effort to revamp the offensive line, Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Tice is bringing in a former pupil.

Tice said that offensive guard Orlando Bobo will be in Mankato on Tuesday, getting a physical and hopefully participating in the afternoon practice.

"He's someone I'm familiar with," Tice said.

Bobo, 6-foot-3 and 320 pounds, was with the Vikings from 1997-98, spent one year with Cleveland and has played with Baltimore the last three seasons.

"He has a similar body type as Corbin Lacina, what I call an undersized 300-pounder," Tice said. "He's a guy that fits in with this group very well."

Tice said that Bobo will add depth to the inside line, with more shuffling going on at the tackle positions. Sources have said that because rookie left tackle Bryant McKinnie remains unsigned, the Vikings are considering moviing All-Pro center Matt Birk to left tackle and inserting Cory Withrow at center.

Tice denied that contingency plan Tuesday.

Rookie defensive back Anthony Midget is also expected at training camp for Tuesday's afternoon practice. Midget, 5-11 and 193 pounds from Virginia Tech, was released by Tampa Bay.

The two additions will push the Vikings to the roster limit.

PRACTICE NOTES
* The Vikings released rookie running back Carlos Daniels on Tuesday.

* Tice said he expects cornerback Mesene Louisdor to return to camp on Wednesday. The free agent was excused from practice Monday and Tuesday to deal with some family issues.

* Defensive lineman Cedric Killings missed Monday's and Tuesday's practices to be with his wife, who is about to have a baby.

* Receiver Derrick Alexander and cornerback Brian Williams both were on the sidelines for Tuesday's morning practice. Alexander has a quadriceps strain, while Williams has a hamstring injury.

Safety Tyrone Carter has been working at cornerback. Carter has slipped down the depth chart at strong safety behind Willie Offord and Brian Russell, although Carter has been working as the nickel back in passing situations.


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