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MANKATO—Jarius Wright is irked by what he's been hearing on social media. On Thursday, he fired back. The Vikings wide receiver barely played last season. Still, he believes it's nonsense to speculate he might get cut.
MANKATO — Three running backs are battling to start for the Vikings, but only one was still around at the end of Thursday's first full-squad practice at training camp. Latavius Murray is on the physically unable to perform list and Jerick McKinnon left for good midway through the workout with an undisclosed injury. That left rookie Dalvin Cook as the only one of the candidates on the field.
MANKATO, Minn. — If this is the final NFL training camp for Vikings cornerback Terence Newman, he has some video to help him remember it. Newman, who turns 39 in September, arrived with other veterans Wednesday, July 26, at Minnesota State-Mankato. For the first time on a day in which he reported, he pulled out his phone to chronicle his interactions with fans.
MANKATO — Once again, the Vikings have a player in training camp hampered by a cut foot suffered in a freak accident. Last year, it was quarterback Taylor Heinicke, who tried to pry open a door when locked out of his home shortly before reporting to camp. He suffered a cut tendon and didn't return to practice until Oct. 19.
MANKATO, Minn.—Vikings defensive coordinator George Edwards is in line for an audition. Coach Mike Zimmer said Tuesday, July 25, he likely will have Edwards call defensive plays in one of Minnesota's four preseason games. Zimmer said last month he is considering giving up play calling in order to perhaps better manage the overall game and hasn't wavered—yet.
MANKATO, Minn. — Latavius Murray's first practice with the Vikings will have to wait. The running back, who underwent surgery March 22 on his right ankle and missed all of spring drills, was placed on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list on the first day of training camp Monday, July 24. Murray, however, is considered to be close to returning. The Vikings also put defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd, who hasn't played since last September because of a knee injury, on the active/non-football injury list and linebacker Shaan Washington on the PUP list.
MANKATO, Minn.—Case Keenum threw all of nine passes in the final seven games last season, so it was an easy decision when given the opportunity to get some extra reps early in Vikings training camp. Keenum reported Sunday, July 23, with rookies, players who haven't accrued a full year of experience, select quarterbacks and select players coming off injuries. That gives Keenum three days of practice before starter Sam Bradford reports Wednesday and takes the field Thursday.
MANKATO, Minn. — For the first time since 2006, the Vikings will hold training camp without Adrian Peterson. The star running back was not brought back after 10 seasons and signed as a free agent with New Orleans. Candidates are lining up to replace Peterson, although they're not exactly thinking of it in those terms.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn.—Vikings coach Mike Zimmer figures it's time to branch out. Zimmer, a longtime defensive coordinator, spent most of his first three seasons as the Vikings' head coach working on that side of the ball. There have been few complaints about a unit that last season ranked third in the NFL in total defense. The offense, though, has been a different story. With the Vikings coming off a season in which they ranked 28th in total offense, Zimmer is looking to be more involved in that area.
MINNEAPOLIS — Vikings coach Mike Zimmer received good news from his eye doctor this week. Zimmer, who has had eight surgeries on his right eye since last November, said he was told Wednesday, June 14 his "retina is perfect" and "pressure is great." Zimmer missed two weeks of practice after his most recent surgery, on May 17, but said he doesn't expect his eye condition to prevent him from working the rest of the summer. Zimmer, though, did say he was informed by his eye doctor it's possible he could have a future issue with his left eye.