Notebook: New, Injured Players Return

Vikings coach Brad Childress explained the signing of DT Fred Evans and Evans commented on his second chance. Plus, find out who was back practicing with the team Sunday afternoon, further information on the quarterback rotation and observations from practice.

Defensive tackle Fred Evans, recently waived by Miami, was signed and practiced as the Minnesota Vikings returned to training camp Sunday.

Evans, who worked out for team officials Thursday, played in one game as a rookie, making two tackles, but he was released after being arrested June 23 after an altercation with a cab driver resulted in charges of battery on a police officer, resisting arrest with violence, trespassing and disorderly conduct. At the time, he was on probation for marijuana possession stemming from an arrest Feb. 10 while he was still at Texas State-San Marcos.

"I've been blessed with another opportunity, which I feel I should have, and I want to take advantage of that," Evans said.

Vikings coach Brad Childress said he's tried to research Evans' case, which still must pass through the legal system and be scrutinized by the NFL, and he was satisfied that Evans would be a good fit with the Vikings.

"We've got some good things going in the locker room," Childress said. "I think that will be a benefit for this situation."

To make room on the roster, the Vikings waived rookie linebacker Rufus Alexander, who injured his left knee during Friday's preseason opener and could face surgery.

He may end up on injured reserve if he clears waivers.

James activated

Erasmus James knew he'd get back to the team before training camp ended, and the Minnesota Vikings' third-year defensive end was right.

James was activated from the physically-unable-to-perform list and practiced for the first time Sunday afternoon. James, who made four sacks as a rookie, started the first two games of last season before suffering a season-ending knee injury.

He had been working with trainers on an adjacent practice field for the first two weeks of training camp. He practiced with the third-team defense, behind starter Ray Edwards and rookie Brian Robison.

"I've been out of football for almost a year," James said. "There's a lot of work to do."

QB rotation

Following Friday's game, Childress said that Brooks Bollinger might get the start at quarterback Friday at the New York Jets, Bollinger's former team, but on Sunday, Childress said that he hasn't decide if Bollinger or Tarvaris Jackson will start. But both will get work with the starters in the first half.

Childress also said that backup Drew Henson, who was scheduled to play Friday but didn't, will also get some time in the second half.

Welcome back

  • Left guard Steve Hutchinson was back on the practice field Sunday. He was excused from Friday's preseason game to take care of a family matter. Rookie receiver Aundrae Allison returned to practice after missing a week with a hamstring injury.

  • Cornerback Ronyell Whitaker (hamstring), fullback Naufahu Tahi (knee) and safety Mike Doss (concussion) all were back at practice.

  • Childress said that defensive end Jayme Mitchell, who has a broken bone around his eye socket, will go through practices but won't face contact until at least Wednesday. Linebacker Jason Glenn, linebacker John Kerr, running back Wendell Mathis (back) and defensive end Khreem Smith (ankle)remained on the sidelines.


  • Childress left Mankato before Sunday's practice to attend the visitation for security guard Frank Foster, who was found dead Wednesday in his motor home outside the team's dorm.

  • Jackson hooked up on a long pass with Troy Williamson during 7-on-7 drills. The duo connected three times in the first preseason game.

  • Running back Mewelde Moore and Robison hooked up in a short, nasty fight during team drills. However, the two walked off the field together, appearing to have patched things up.

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