While Vikings coaches began game-planning for the Browns on Monday, the training staff started instructing players on how to prepare their minds and bodies for the six-hour time difference they’ll face when they get to London on Thursday morning.
Several players haven’t been to London. One of them, right tackle Mike Remmers, said he’s not sure what to expect, but knows it probably won’t feel normal.
“Sunday, I was eating breakfast at 8:30 in the morning,” Remmers said. “I was like, ‘Next Sunday, we’re going to be kicking off at this time.’ It’s different, but I think we have a good plan.”
Sleep. Rest. And no caffeine on the eight-hour flight. Those were some of the highlights of what players shared with reporters after getting instructions from trainers on things to do and not to do.
“Just sleep as much as you can, especially on the flight out there,” Remmers said.
“Get our rest, not a lot of caffeine on the plane, stuff like that,” receiver Jarius Wright said. “It makes a lot of sense.”
The Vikings land Thursday morning and will practice about five hours later.
“Anytime you travel, even when you travel to Chicago, you still feel the effects of traveling on a plane,” receiver Adam Thielen said.
“This is a longer flight, so we’re going to have to recover fast from it. And that’s what we’re going to do.”
The Vikings finished Sunday’s game with second-string left tackle Rashod Hill and third-string rookie left guard Danny Isidora in the starting lineup.
Zimmer, however, said he thinks the Vikings have a chance of getting left tackle Riley Reiff (knee) and left guard Nick Easton (calf) back in time for Sunday’s game. Easton has missed the past two games.
Zimmer also said second-string left guard Jeremiah Sirles (knee), receiver Stefon Diggs (groin) and nickel back Mackensie Alexander (hip) could return this week. Diggs has missed the past two games. Alexander missed Sunday’s game, and Sirles was injured in the third quarter on Sunday.
Teddy report shot down
Zimmer took time at the end of his news conference to shoot down a national report about the team and Teddy Bridgewater, who enters his second week of practice this season but remains on the physically-unable-to-perform list.
“There was a report that we didn’t want to play Teddy in London because of slippery fields,” Zimmer said. “That’s the first I ever heard of that. So that report is false.”
Zimmer playfully said, “We’ll see” when asked if he planned to start Bridgewater on Sunday. Case Keenum is expected to start at least one more time heading into the bye week.
But Zimmer said he expects Bridgewater and Sam Bradford to make the trip to London.
Just another game
Zimmer said he’s never been to London. When asked if he’ll try to take in some of the sights or just stay focused on football, he said, “Football.”
“It’s just another road game,” Zimmer said.