Vikings tackle Bryant McKinnie will avoid jail time if he meets the requirements of a diversion program, including community service, anger management and no further arrests.
won't face jail time as a result of the fight outside a Miami nightclub a year ago.
McKinnie was allowed to enter a pre-trial diversion program that will cancel his trial, which was slated to begin Monday. The program consists of 25 hours of community service, anger management counseling and the requirement of no further arrests. He has up to one year to meet the requirements set forth by the judge.
Once the conditions of the diversion program are met, the four charges against McKinnie – including a felony assault charge – will be dismissed.
McKinnie has already been subject to NFL punishment for the incident – he was suspended for the first four games of the 2008 season.
Denver cornerback Karl Paymah, who has been the subject of rumors of interest by the Vikings, is set to meet with the team today.
The Vikings hired three coaches to fill out the staff. Chris White, who most recently was an assistant coach at Syracuse University, was hired at the assistant special teams coach, former Viking linebacker Jason Glenn was hired in the dual role of special-teams assistant and player development assistant, and Bill Polian was hired as Brad Childress' assistant. Polian is the son of Indianapolis general manager Bill Polian. Assistant coach Kevin Stefanski was promoted to offensive quality control coach as well.
The Bears suffered an expected loss to the offensive line Thursday, as they placed offensive tackle John Tait on the reserve/retired list.
Phil Savage may gone in Cleveland as the general manager, but his legacy remains much in the same way the Vikings were pressed tight to the salary cap in the Jeff Diamond era. The Browns have until this afternoon to either release a bunch of veteran players or pay them significant roster bonuses worked out by Savage. Defensive linemen Shaun Rogers and Corey Williams are each due $6 million, quarterback Derek Anderson is due $5 million (all of which is guaranteed), wide receiver Donte Stallworth is due $4.75 million, running back Jamal Lewis is due $4 million and offensive tackle Joe Thomas is due $3.4 million. Expect to see the Browns active on the transactions page later today, as the likelihood of players like Stallworth and Lewis being cut grows by the minute.
It isn't easy being a James Hardy fan. Hardy, a rookie with the Buffalo Bills last season, got the number 81. He was informed this week that his number has changed to 84, with his No. 81 being given to recently signed Terrell Owens.