From the Field: Wednesday Morning

Ray Edwards and others returned to the practice field, but the morning session provided some entertaining plays from the wide receivers and defenders in coverage.

Defensive end Ray Edwards returned to the practice field for the first time since OTAs after starting training camp on the physically-unable-to-perform list.

Edwards went through individual drills, but didn't participate in full-team drills. He expects to return to full action either later this week or next week.

"I'm just tired of running," Edwards said. "I've been running the marathon last week, so that felt good just to get out here and work with the guys and just get that team camaraderie going."

On Thursday, the Vikings travel to River Falls, Wis., to practice against the Kansas City Chiefs.

"The last time I participated was a fight, so I think they're going to hold me out a little bit," said Edwards, who did some boxing training this offseason with former Viking Ronyell Whitaker, the nephew of former pro fighter "Sweet Pea" Whitaker. "I was just breaking up a fight and they put their hands on me so I just had to protect myself."

Edwards said he doesn't believe his back will be a lingering issue, maintaining that he may have pushed himself too hard during OTAs.

"I think I just over-trained it this summer, this offseason, and was a little too anxious to get out here and make things happen. I'm not rusty at all. It just feels great to get back out there," he said.

Edwards said he is anxious to hit people again.

"Of course. That's why I play defense," he said. "If I didn't want to hit people, I'd probably play wide receiver like T.O. (Terrell Owens). No, T.O. is my man. I'm not going to diss him."

WEDNESDAY MORNING NOTES

  • WR Bobby Wade returned to practice after one day of treatment on his knee.

  • TE Garrett Mills remained out of practice with an ankle injury.

  • DT Kenderick Allen was held out of practice and had his left thigh wrapped.

  • QB John David Booty struggled early in practice, throwing back-to-back interceptions during seven-on-seven drills. The first was a sideline pass intended for WR Robert Ferguson that CB Cedric Griffin easily stepped in front of and would have returned for a touchdown. The second was to the other side of the field, a pass that safety Madieu Williams grabbed and might have had a chance to return for a touchdown.

  • CB Benny Sapp had a very entertaining session during individual drills. During one of his first opportunities, he made an athletic adjustment and reached back for an interception of Gus Frerotte on a ball intended for WR Bernard Berrian. Not long afterward, Sapp intercepted Frerotte again on a pass intended for WR Nate Jones.

    Later, it was Brooks Bollinger and Darius Reynaud taking advantage of Sapp's aggressiveness. The QB-WR combination got Sapp to bite on a stop-and-go route that resulted in an easy 55-yard touchdown pass. Sapp received a good razzing from his teammates and finished the exchange with a good-natured flying of the bird across the field.

    A few plays later, Sapp completed the entertaining set of four plays he was involved in when he had great coverage and great position on Jones, but a deep Jackson pass was in perfect position down the right sideline for a 50-yard over-the-shoulder completion.

  • Frerotte and WR Jaymar Johnson connected on a 55-yard touchdown pass with CB Cedric Griffin in coverage.

  • Reynaud and Ferguson each dropped passes during seven-on-seven work.

  • Bollinger completed a 55-yard touchdown passes to WR Daniel Davis with CB Brandon Sumrall in coverage.

  • Frerotte had a rough start to the full-team work. His first pass required a sliding catch by tight end Braden Jones. Later, Frerotte was stripped of the ball while scrambling through traffic – he did end up recovering that one – and he also ended up throwing an interception to LB Heath Farwell. Farwell also intercepted Frerotte later in a seven-on-seven drill on a pass that was deflected by RB Chester Taylor.

  • Booty recovered from his early struggles to throw a nice leading pass to Daniel Davis for a long touchdown after scrambling away from pressure.

  • LB E.J. Henderson abstained from laying a big hit on WR Aundrae Allison on a crossing route. The players were in shoulder pads and helmets and generally avoided hard hits. Allison ended up on the ground, but the hit could have been much more violent.

  • DL Ellis Wyms had a touch sack of Jackson.

  • During a second session of seven-on-seven work, RB Adrian Peterson made a one-handed catch look easy on a crossing pattern.

  • Linebacker J. Leman intercepted Brooks Bollinger on a pass intended for TE Jim Kleinsasser.

  • For the second day in a row, a hard count got Jared Allen to jump offsides.

  • OL Tim Mattran added some guard work to his various offensive line positions.

  • Mike Mayock of NFL Network and Jay Glazer of FoxSports.com attended the morning session.
  • Wednesday morning's practice started with a comfortable 72 degrees, a welcome departure from the heat and humidity of previous days.


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    Edwards went through individual drills, but didn't participate in full-team drills. He expects to return to full action either later this week or next week.

    \"I'm just tired of running,\" Edwards said. \"I've been running the marathon last week, so that felt good just to get out here and work with the guys and just get that team camaraderie going.\"

    On Thursday, the Vikings travel to River Falls, Wis., to practice against the Kansas City Chiefs.

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  • WR Bobby Wade returned to practice after one day of treatment on his knee.

  • TE Garrett Mills remained out of practice with an ankle injury.

  • DT Kenderick Allen was held out of practice and had his left thigh wrapped.

  • QB John David Booty struggled early in practice, throwing back-to-back interceptions during seven-on-seven drills. The first was a sideline pass intended for WR Robert Ferguson that CB Cedric Griffin easily stepped in front of and would have returned for a touchdown. The second was to the other side of the field, a pass that safety Madieu Williams grabbed and might have had a chance to return for a touchdown.

  • CB Benny Sapp had a very entertaining session during individual drills. During one of his first opportunities, he made an athletic adjustment and reached back for an interception of Gus Frerotte on a ball intended for WR Bernard Berrian. Not long afterward, Sapp intercepted Frerotte again on a pass intended for WR Nate Jones.

    Later, it was Brooks Bollinger and Darius Reynaud taking advantage of Sapp's aggressiveness. The QB-WR combination got Sapp to bite on a stop-and-go route that resulted in an easy 55-yard touchdown pass. Sapp received a good razzing from his teammates and finished the exchange with a good-natured flying of the bird across the field.

    A few plays later, Sapp completed the entertaining set of four plays he was involved in when he had great coverage and great position on Jones, but a deep Jackson pass was in perfect position down the right sideline for a 50-yard over-the-shoulder completion.

  • Frerotte and WR Jaymar Johnson connected on a 55-yard touchdown pass with CB Cedric Griffin in coverage.

  • Reynaud and Ferguson each dropped passes during seven-on-seven work.

  • Bollinger completed a 55-yard touchdown passes to WR Daniel Davis with CB Brandon Sumrall in coverage.

  • Frerotte had a rough start to the full-team work. His first pass required a sliding catch by tight end Braden Jones. Later, Frerotte was stripped of the ball while scrambling through traffic – he did end up recovering that one – and he also ended up throwing an interception to LB Heath Farwell. Farwell also intercepted Frerotte later in a seven-on-seven drill on a pass that was deflected by RB Chester Taylor.

  • Booty recovered from his early struggles to throw a nice leading pass to Daniel Davis for a long touchdown after scrambling away from pressure.

  • LB E.J. Henderson abstained from laying a big hit on WR Aundrae Allison on a crossing route. The players were in shoulder pads and helmets and generally avoided hard hits. Allison ended up on the ground, but the hit could have been much more violent.

  • DL Ellis Wyms had a touch sack of Jackson.

  • During a second session of seven-on-seven work, RB Adrian Peterson made a one-handed catch look easy on a crossing pattern.

  • Linebacker J. Leman intercepted Brooks Bollinger on a pass intended for TE Jim Kleinsasser.

  • For the second day in a row, a hard count got Jared Allen to jump offsides.

  • OL Tim Mattran added some guard work to his various offensive line positions.

  • Mike Mayock of NFL Network and Jay Glazer of FoxSports.com attended the morning session.
  • Wednesday morning's practice started with a comfortable 72 degrees, a welcome departure from the heat and humidity of previous days.

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