VU Daily Blog: 5/24/10

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Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Monday, May 24, 2010 at 2:45:00 PM

Pro Bowlers participating this week

The Vikings' first week of OTA practices brought a noticeable absence of starters on the day it was open to the media. The second week is a different story.

Pro Bowlers Jared Allen, Bryant McKinnie (who didn't play in the Pro Bowl) and Kevin Williams are participating, according to

"I think being successful last year has a lot to do with (wanting to participate)," Williams said. "I think people have the itch to get going again. I guess I won't speak for anyone else, but I will speak for myself and say I'm anxious to get going again and work towards our team goals."


Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Monday, May 24, 2010 at 2:38:00 PM

Overtime rule will be discussed

The Vikings' NFC Championship dreams ended when Garrett Hartley kicked a 40-yard field on the Saints' first possession of overtime on Jan. 24. The Vikings never had an opportunity with the ball in overtime, but the rules are changing – in the postseason at least.

NFL owners passed a new rule in March that allows each team to have at least one possession in overtime if the first team doesn't score a touchdown (the failed chance to field a kickoff would count as a possession and the game could also end with the defense scoring a safety in the first possession of overtime).  

The implementation of that new rule applies only to playoff games so far, but that could change. NFL owners will discuss implementing the overtime rule during the regular season when they gather for league meetings tomorrow. However, NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said via e-mail that changing that rule for the regular season is only on the agenda for discussion and not a vote at this time.

The Vikings were one of the four teams that voted against the overtime change in the playoffs, but that was due to only enforcing it in the playoffs and not the regular season.

"From a consistency standpoint, I think to have one rule for overtime in the regular season and to have a different set of rules for the postseason is totally inconsistent," Vikings owner Zygi Wilf said at the owners meetings in March. "There are a lot of unintended consequences by using different strategies for practicing during the season and the postseason. So from that standpoint, I think it's inconsistent."


Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Monday, May 24, 2010 at 11:52:00 AM

More Vikings veterans join the fold

The Vikings started their organized team activities last week with four practices. The day that was open to the media, Wednesday, featured only two starters – safeties Madieu Williams and Tyrell Johnson – participating.

Although punter Chris Kluwe was at last Wednesday's practice, kickers Ryan Longwell and Rhys Lloyd were not. It appears that is about to change. Lloyd posted on his new blog that he is practicing today for the start of this week's four-day OTA session.

"Just sitting at my locker in (the) Vikings facility. Just had meetings and I am now waiting for practice," Lloyd wrote. "I will be kicking today which will be good. Get the leg swing again and calibrate it."

The Vikings practice Monday through Thursday this week, with Thursday's session open to the media. The weather is supposed to be warm and humid, starting today with temperatures approaching 90 and then mid-80s most of the rest of the week.


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Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Monday, May 24, 2010 at 8:03:00 AM

Frazier: Henderson ahead of schedule

Vikings linebacker E.J. Henderson was one of 20 starters missing from last Wednesday's organized team activity that was open to the media. Henderson fractured his fibula in a nasty-looking injury in December and has been making progress throughout the offseason.

Defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier told KFAN's Paul Allen late last week that Henderson is progressing quickly.

   "From everything I'm hearing, he's actually ahead of schedule," Frazier said for an interview during the weekly Vikings program on KFAN. "Our trainers and our doctors are optimistic that he'll be able to play this next season and play well. It depends on when, but everything I'm hearing is all positive." 

Henderson said in the middle of March that he was on track and "August is the goal" to return to the field.

   "It's been pretty tough. I don't really want to get into that right now. I think you all know it's been a tough process, but nothing but uphill now," Henderson said in March. "I think the work's behind me. I'm looking forward to this summer." 

The initial timetable was that Henderson would be running in May. It's unclear if that's the case. The Vikings will have another media-accessible practice on Thursday and probably a few more before their June 11-13 mandatory minicamp.


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