Allen's Chief issue: a long bus ride

  • Article by: KEVIN SEIFERT , Star Tribune
  • Updated: May 21, 2008 - 10:22 AM

The last Vikings player to wear No. 69 caused quite a ruckus in 2004. Caught up in emotion during the annual training camp practice against Kansas City, defensive lineman-wannabe Brock Les-nar ripped off the helmet of a Chiefs player and started a full day of brawls with some football mixed in.

What will the Vikings' current No. 69 bring to that practice, given his well-chronicled issues with the Chiefs? Defensive end Jared Allen, acquired from Kansas City last month, has no special anticipation for the July 31 practice in River Falls, Wis.

"It's like a three-hour bus ride, so that's not going to be cool," Allen said after Tuesday's organized team activity at Winter Park.

Laughing, Allen added, "Everybody is a good guy over there. They have a bunch of young guys, so we're going to put a whooping on them. ... I don't circle it or anything. Players over there and the coaching staff over there had nothing to do with the move. It worked out great for me, so I'm thankful for them letting me go because now look where I'm at."


• Tailback Adrian Peterson sat out most of Tuesday's team drills so that coaches could evaluate depth at the position, coach Brad Childress said. Veteran Chester Taylor was absent because of a family emergency, leaving newcomer Maurice Hicks taking most of the first-team snaps.

• Quarterback Tarvaris Jackson on national questions about his competence: "People are going to say what they want to say. It's their job to analyze things and to give their opinion of our team. My job is to go out there and prove them wrong. That's how I look at it. It's just extra motivation. That's all it is. ... Things like that kind of help me out, get me over the top."

• Cornerback Antoine Winfield (chest) participated in almost all drills as he recovers from offseason surgery. Nose tackle Pat Williams (elbow) was limited to individual drills, and defensive end Erasmus James (knee) participated in stretching only.

• Because of a joint NFL-NCAA rule, rookie linebacker Erin Henderson won't be eligible for OTA practices until today. Rookies aren't allowed to practice with their NFL team until their school's academic term is over. Maryland, Henderson's alma mater, ends its term today.

• NFL owners heard a presentation Tuesday that concluded Los Angeles has achieved a "credible" stadium proposal from billionaire developer Ed Roski. The Vikings were represented at the meeting by team president Mark Wilf and vice-chairman Leonard Wilf.

• The Vikings waived receiver Brent Little.

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