The NFL said it hasn't made an announcement on a potential suspension of Vikings left tackle Bryant McKinnie, despite a report Thursday that he is likely to be suspended for four games.
The NFL isn't completely disputing a report Thursday that aired on Sirius NFL Radio, but called the report "speculation" when it said the league is likely to hand down a four-game suspension to Vikings offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie
"We have made no such announcement," a league spokesman said via e-mail.
McKinnie is subject to as much as a four-game suspension stemming from a bar fight in Miami in February in which he was charged with four counts, including one felony. McKinnie is alleged to have hit a bar bouncer with a metal pipe used to hold up velvet ropes that keep the outside crowd from getting inside the bar. His next court hearing from that incident is scheduled for Sept. 24 in Miami.-Dade County Court.
McKinnie didn't discuss the radio report, saying he didn't know about the alleged punishment phase. McKinnie met face to face with Commissioner Roger Goodell in June and explained his side of the incident, which isn't the first run-in with authorities McKinnie has had in his career. He was fined one game check in 2006 for his role in the Lake Minnetonka boat scandal and forfeited $41,176.
Despite the pending potential suspension, McKinnie has continued to take almost all of the reps with the first-team offense throughout training camp. As with other suspensions, like the suspension of Onterrio Smith that the team knew was coming, there is no timetable for when punishment will be meted out.
The Vikings had their last practice of training camp Thursday, but officially break camp this morning. The players will return to the Twin Cities, get a chance to drop off their stuff at home and head for Baltimore later today for tomorrow's preseason game with the Ravens.
While training camp this year was viewed as more easygoing than previous Brad Childress camps, Adrian Peterson was still glad to see it end, saying, "I'm excited camp is over. Training camp is like boot camp. Any time it's over is definitely a good feeling."
The Vikings didn't have a single practice forced indoors due to bad weather. The first practice July 25 was delayed for an hour by a passing shower, but wasn't moved inside. Another practice on July 27 was initially slated to be moved inside, but, at the last minute, was returned outside after skies cleared and the sun began to dry out the practice fields.
Vikings team officials estimated that more than 50,000 fans attended training camp activities this year.
Offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell said Thursday that, in an effort to find more balance with the offense, the Vikings may end up throwing more to running backs Adrian Peterson and Chester Taylor and run less often.
Seattle QB Matt Hasselbeck hasn't practiced since playing against the Vikings last week and isn't expected to play this week against Chicago.
Former Vikings and Lions castoff J.T. O'Sullivan continues to lead the QB battle in San Francisco and is slated to get his second start of the preseason Saturday.
Word out of Jacksonville is that the Jaguars might keep six wide receivers on the roster. If they opt to only take five, it could mean the end of Troy Williamson's stint with the Jaguars.