The Vikings worked for roughly 2 hours on Wednesday morning under sunny skies and warm temperatures for what turned out to be their last practice of 2009 training camp. The team was originally scheduled to practice again this afternoon, but Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress said he’s decided to keep the team inside and instead work on the installation of plays for Friday’ game against Indianapolis.
Childress also said he was pleased with this year’s training camp, from the weather to how hard his players worked the past 2 or so weeks.
“We started with great weather, finished with great weather,” Childress said. “We only were inside one time, although it was in question this morning. I think the guys were kind of rooting for it (to be inside). The guys have had a great training camp here.”
There were a few tense moments at practice today, but nothing out of the ordinary for the end of training camp. More than anything, it signals that the coaches and players are ready to strap it up and go against another team.
“The guys are feeling their oats, it’s about that time,” Childress said. “They’d rather hit somebody else than someone they’ve been strangling the whole training camp. They are getting a little bit too close for comfort. There’s a little contempt right now.”
There were a few nicks and scratches from today’s practice. WR Percy Harvin and C John Sullivan were given medical attention at one point during practice, but both players returned to the field and Childress said that although he hasn’t been given details, both players seemed to be fine.
“In terms of these guys, they’ve accomplished about everything that we could here, with the exception of that one rain day,” Childress explained. “It’s a great bunch of guys to work with. They practice hard. They push each other. And there’s great competition at a number of positions. Just like I told them out here on the field a minute ago, I am excited to watch them play on all three phrases on Friday night.”
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