The new-look Vikings linebacker corps was on display Wednesday in the second day of the team's OTA practices with a pair of "changes" that aren't really changes.
E.J. Henderson was lined up at middle linebacker, where he played during his college career at Maryland when he was a tackling machine and briefly early in his career with the Vikings. The other "change" that was noticeable was at outside linebacker, where Chad Greenway lined up as a starter without a knee brace.
Proclaiming himself fully recovered from the torn ACL that wiped out his rookie season, Greenway has taken part in all of the OTA workouts at 100 percent without any of the typical swelling and soreness that usually accompany a player returning from a major surgical procedure.
"(There are) no real residual effects it seems from that surgery," defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier said. "The first two days (of OTAs), he's been moving very well. (Tuesday) I talked to him after practice. There was no soreness, no pain. He feels real good. Hopefully we can continue to see that type of positive work throughout. But so far, so good."
While the Vikings hope Greenway will return to 100 percent, it was an extremely positive sign to see him out on the field and ready to go and finally get his NFL career underway after a lost rookie season.
* The Antoine Winfield story continues to be a cause for concern among Vikings fans. In an interview with the NFL's official website, Winfield's agent declined to comment on whether the cornerback would show up for training camp or hold out. He did say Winfield would attend the team's mandatory minicamp June 1-3, but when pressed on whether he would be in training camp and not hold out, he refused comment.
* Although he isn't taking part in the OTAs following two knee surgeries, Frazier said he expects Erasmus James to be ready by the time training camp starts.
* No wonder the Vikings showed no interest in recently retired Keyshawn Johnson. He apparently was looking for $12 million over two years – much more than any rational NFL exec was willing to pay.
* "American Idol" named its winner last night and it was Jordin Sparks. During her performances the cameras kept turning back to her parents and some football fans may have thought they recognized her father. They were right. Jordin is the daughter of former NFL player Phillippi Sparks.
Greenway Looks 100 Percent
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