Chip Scoggins is a Star Tribune sports columnist. He has temporarily returned to cover the Minnesota Vikings. He had the beat from 2008-2011 after covering college football for five years. Chip has been with the Star Tribune since January 2000. He can be followed on twitter at @chipscoggins.Find Chip on Facebook.
Mark Craig has covered football and the NFL the past 20 years, including the Browns from 1991-95 and the Vikings and the NFL since 2003. Since 2008, Craig has served as one of the 44 Pro Football Hall of Fame selectors. He can be followed on Twitter at @markcraignfl.
The Vikings cleaned out their lockers and officially began their offseason Monday morning, which means Favre Watch 2010 is also underway.
NEW ORLEANS – Where to start.
We're back at Winter Park and getting ready for what should be a pretty busy day. The Vikings return to practice and we will have plenty of media access.
Coach Brad Childress, Brett Favre, Jared Allen and Adrian Peterson will hold individual press conferences starting at 11:45 a.m. We also have locker room access at the same time.
The Vikings also will issue their injury report later this afternoon so we'll see how much work, if any, defensive end Ray Edwards is able to do in practice. Edwards sprained his right knee against the Cowboys on Sunday.
Check back throughout the day for updates from the press conferences and locker room access.
Cowboys linebacker Keith Brooking drew a lot of attention Sunday for his actions and postgame comments about the Vikings.
Brooking ran over and screamed at the Vikings sideline and later called them “classless” after Brett Favre threw a touchdown pass to Visanthe Shiancoe on fourth down with 1 minute 55 seconds left for a 34-3 lead.
Naturally, Vikings players were asked about his comments.
Hello from Winter Park. Vikings coach Brad Childress will hold his press conference at 12:30 p.m. (central) to discuss his team's 34-3 thrashing of the Cowboys and look ahead to the NFC Championship game against the New Orleans Saints.
Childress does not typically address injuries on Mondays but we'll see if he gives an update on defensive end Ray Edwards, who suffered a sprained right knee in the third quarter. Early indications are that the injury is not believed to be too serious.
We also should have access to players in the locker room after Childress' press conference.
The Vikings defensive line received plenty of media attention for its effort Sunday and deservedly so, but linebacker Ben Leber also played a strong game. Leber finished with nine tackles, one tackle for loss, an interception, two pass breakups and a fumble recovery.
Linebacker Erin Henderson, who was suspended for four games for violating the league's substance abuse policy, is eligible to return today. Henderson tweeted this morning that he was on his way to Winter Park. We'll see if he addresses the media about his situation.
Check back throughout the day for updates.
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