By Chip Scoggins and Judd Zulgad
The media was allowed to watch the Vikings second OTA workout on Wednesday and attendance was extremely light on veterans. Remember, OTAs are voluntary and Vikings coach Brad Childress prefers to use OTAs to develop rookies and younger players.
Only two starters took part in Wednesday's workout -- safeties Madieu Williams and Tyrell Johnson. Veteran cornerback Lito Sheppard also was present as he acclimates himself to a new team and defense. Sheppard likely will begin the season as the starter in place of Cedric Griffin, who is recovering from ACL surgery.
“We’ll have different people trickle in and out,” Childress said. “We had a different group here yesterday. There was a group that was out here practicing yesterday that wasn’t here today. There’s a group that’s inside the building taking care of some of their strength needs and after the season needs. Some guys are rehabbing.”
Here are some highlights and quotes from post-workout.
Favre update: Childress said he has not talked to quarterback Brett Favre recently and has not been told if Favre will have the surgery on his left ankle that could help him to return in 2010. Childress did say he has texted with his quarterback but that "texting is not talking."
While most assume Favre will eventually announce he's going play sometime in August, backups Tarvaris Jackson and Sage Rosenfels are getting plenty of reps on OTAs and the upcoming mandatory minicamp.
Jackson and Rosenfels were in this same position last summer so they're familiar with the situation and what to expect.
"I don’t really see a difference," Rosenfels said. "I’m just going to go out there and keep working, keep fighting and keep working every day and keep learning. That’s all I can do. I can’t worry about all the things that [Favre] might do or whatever. All I can worry about is myself and the guys out here that I’m working with."
Asked if he, like everyone else, just assumes that Favre will return, Rosenfels said: "You can’t assume anything in this league. One thing you can count on in this league is change and you never know what’s going to happen."
-- Childress said rookie Chris DeGeare will begin at guard. DeGeare, who was at left guard during team period, played both guard and tackle at Wake Forest.
-- The Vikings had seven players working on returning punts. That group included Sheppard, who said he has practiced at that spot before. Also used on punt returns were wide receivers Taye Biddle; Jaymar Johnson and Greg Lewis; cornerback Asher Allen; running back Darius Reynaud; and cornerback Marcus Sherels.
-- Veteran Ryan Cook worked at right guard in team period. Jon Cooper was the center and Patrick Brown the left tackle.
-- Rookie Everson Griffen worked at right defensive end in team period. Brian Robison was at left end.