While Vikings continue to search for financing options for a proposed new stadium, front-office officials and one owner continued their investigation of other stadiums. The latest includes a visit to Indianapolis.
The Vikings and Colts may be opponents tomorrow, but Vikings team officials have spent the last two days working in conjunction with Colts management over a new stadium for Minnesota.
A group of team officials that included Leonard Wilf, Steve Poppen, Steve LaCroix, Kevin Warren and Lester Bagley took part in a tour of Lucas Oil Stadium – the Colts' new facility that played host to its first regular-season game last Sunday.
Owners Zygi and Mark Wilf were unable to attend the meetings because of a previous commitment, but the Vikings contingent came away from the meeting impressed with what they saw from the facility. Lucas Oil Stadium is a retractable roof facility similar to what the Vikings are proposing to be built in Minneapolis.
Bagley, among others, has stated that Vikings and
the state need a multi-use facility with a roof to replace the Metrodome. While known primarily as the home of the Vikings and Twins, the Metrodome plays host to hundreds of events throughout the year, including baseball games for more than 100 teams in the spring months when the weather doesn't permit playing baseball outdoors.
The tie to Indianapolis is based in part on its comparable size to the Twin Cities metro area. The Colts were one of the franchises rumored to potentially be heading to Los Angeles as part of relocation, but the Indiana State Legislature worked out a deal to replace the RCA Dome with "The Luke" to avoid the Colts being on the front burner of potential relocation talks.
The Vikings are expected to make their pitch to the Minnesota State Legislature next spring. The team's lease at the Metrodome expires in 2011, at which time the franchise could be a free agent of its own and be the subject of relocation talks.
Both Artis Hicks (elbow) and Maurice Hicks (foot) are listed as questionable. Both were limited in practice all week and are said to be game-time decisions as to whether they will play or not.
The Colts injury report is considerably more extensive. Tight end Dallas Clark (knee) was limited in practice Friday and is listed as questionable, as was center Jeff Saturday (knee) – who has participated fully in practice all week. WR Roy Hall (knee), DT Daniel Muir (knee), guard Mike Pollak (knee) and TE Jason Tamme (knee) are all listed as out.
It seems almost certain that when the Vikings play Tennessee that QB Vince Young won't be in the lineup, but reports in the Nashville media Friday said that Young, who went missing Monday, had mentioned committing suicide to his therapist, which explains why police were dispatched when his family couldn't find him Monday. At the time he was found, Young was driving his black Mercedes with an unloaded handgun inside.
After initially stating that the Ravens-Texans game, moved from Sunday to Monday because of Hurricane Ike, would not be available on NFL Sunday Ticket, DirecTV announced late Friday that the game will be available to fans with the Ticket package.
Similar to what the Vikings did last year, former Vikings linebacker and current Jacksonville head coach Jack Del Rio has formed a leadership council that includes 11 players.
Former Viking Koren Robinson was apparently considered by the Seattle Seahawks for its depleted wide receiver corps, which includes another former Viking in Billy McMullen. But, in the end, the Seahawks opted to sign Michael Bumpus off their practice squad.