When the Vikings practice against the Chiefs starting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, it will look more like a practice than a scrimmage, and it likely will have backups and roster-bubble players participating much more than the starters.
"I don't know that they'll see him," Childress said of Allen. "I'm going to be selective in the guys that need to get a peak."
"The starters will take a few snaps, the selected starters. We do want to look at the young guys as much as we can. I mentioned to you the linebackers yesterday. That will be a good evaluation, and for some the players in the secondary. But this will be very good for them, to see different colored jerseys and different defenses and that type of thing."
Injuries will also play a part in the personnel on the field tomorrow night. Wide receiver Bobby Wade (knee), tight end Garrett Mills (ankle) and defensive tackle Kenderick Allen (leg) were all held out of the afternoon practice Wednesday. Wade had participated on a limited basis in the morning session, but Allen and Mills were both sidelined for that session as well.
Starting defensive end Ray Edwards (back) practiced on a limited basis for the first time in training camp on Wednesday, but Childress isn't likely to put him against another team so soon after his return to action.
"I'm going to try to keep as many guys as I can up, but a guy that just came out today, we'll see where Ray is," Childress said. "We were trying to err on the side of caution. He got out and didn't have any ill effects today. But we want to make sure he's back in football shape, too."
Another factor in who plays and how much the Vikings show may have been determined by the host campus, Wisconsin-River Falls. The university is the training camp home to the Chiefs, and Childress said since UW-River Falls is charging admission that scouts from other teams will be able to attend, meaning both teams likely will keep things to the basics. Even so, Childress said the upside outweighs the downside.
Last year, the Vikings and Chiefs practiced together, and when it came time to make roster cuts, Minnesota released seventh-round quarterback Tyler Thigpen. The Chiefs signed him to their active roster, so there is even more of a risk with other scouts able to attend.
"He was a seventh-round draft pick that most of the time is going to slide and not be on the 53 (-man roster). They happened to like him. I wish Tyler the best," Childress said of that situation.
The Vikings are holding meetings Wednesday night and Thursday morning to outline their expectations for the practice before leaving for River Falls, but their Wednesday afternoon practice ended abruptly when Gus Frerotte was intercepted by undrafted rookie Leger Douzable on a screen pass. It was the culmination of a practice that was supposed to be short (only an hour long) but not lazy.
"It wasn't supposed to be a stroll in the park," said Childress, who huddled the team immediately after Frerotte's interception and ended practice.
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