Minnesota Vikings: Weekend update from camp

Jun 15, 2016; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Taylor Heinicke (6) throws a pass during mini camp. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 15, 2016; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Taylor Heinicke (6) throws a pass during mini camp. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports /

Minnesota Vikings: Latest news and updates from training camp. Sporting Sota’s continuing weekend coverage of everything you need to know from Mankato.

Minnesota Vikings training camp is getting into full swing. The team is scheduled to have its first practice in full pads Sunday, July 31st.

Injuries and bone-headed decision making are the top headlines for Saturday.

Roster moves

QB Taylor Heinicke was placed on the Non-Football-Injury list, but still remains on the active roster. Taylor arrived at camp in a leg cast, and now we know what happened according to a source from ESPN.

"Heinicke and his friend returned from a movie to find they were locked out of the friend’s apartment, a league source said, clarifying earlier reports that the apartment was Heinicke’s. Heinicke tried to kick open the door and cut his foot while breaking through the glass pane on the door. There was no foul play or substance abuse involved in the incident."

Taylor may be out of action for up to three months. The Vikings also announced three other roster changes.

G Mike Harris was placed on the Non-Football Illness list.

So much for the offensive line depth, at least early on. The Vikings made some off-season moves trying to shore up one of their weakest position groups of 2015. With Phil Loadholt retiring, John Sullivan still rehabbing and now Harris is out for an unknown period. Yikes.

DT Kenrick Ellis and TE Rhett Ellison were placed on the PUP list.

DT Claudell Louis was signed (free agent, rookie)

Big names sidelined

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WR Cordarrelle Patterson had to leave the field after making a beautiful catch. RB Adrian Peterson also sat out of some drills. Coach Mike Zimmer felt both players would be fine.

Stretching the field

The Minnesota Vikings are trying to help Teddy Bridgewater take that next step by working on his deep throws. Norv Turner and the Vikings’ offense spent a little time during camp stretching the field. Bridgewater looked good, garnishing praise from receiver Jarius Wright.

Tony Sparano and Pat Shurmur already making impact

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In Norv Turner’s Saturday morning press conference he brought up the impact that both men are having on the offense. Norv referenced Pat’s exposure to different “things” on offense and incorporating those ideas into the passing game. Turner also mentioned Tony Sparano’s specific style of running the football, and how it differed from the Vikings last season. Praising his specific and detailed approach.

Sunday Update

Mike Zimmer press conference highlights-

Coach Zimmer was excited to get out in full pads, stressing the importance of bump and run, press coverage work for the defensive backs. Zimmer mentioned he also has some hitting drills set up for the afternoon, it should be one of the more entertaining practices to date.

When asked if Stefon Diggs was last year’s biggest surprise, Zimmer’s answer was Danielle Hunter may have been the real stand-out. Possible break out year in the works for Hunter

Zimmer was asked about the status of CB Keith Baxter, stating only that (Baxter) was in the hospital. We will keep you updated.

When asked about linebacker play Zimmer was quick to praise Edmond Robinson, liking his size and attitude. Even mentioning that Edmond could see extended time during preseason games.