Every weekday, we walk you through what’s going on with the Vikings.
WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED
— The Vikings were back on the field yesterday. Safety Andrew Sendejo participated in practice but nose tackle Linval Joseph, outside linebacker Anthony Barr and safety Harrison Smith did not join their teammates.
— With Joseph still out with a toe injury, the Vikings worked out a pair of nose tackles, including former Browns first-round pick Phil Taylor.
— No one is missing Joseph more than defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd, who said he is willing to give Joseph one of his toes to get him back.
— Veteran corner Terence Newman is open-minded about playing safety.
— One could argue that kickers have never been more important in NFL history, but with better kickers come greater expectations.
BEHIND ENEMY LINES
— Despite his struggles, the Bears should stick by kicker Robbie Gould.
— The Bears officially shut down first-round pick Kevin White for the rest of 2015. The rookie receiver didn’t play a single snap this season.
— With an eye for next season, the Bears worked a bunch of guys out.
TODAY’S VIKINGS SCHEDULE
The Vikings practice at 1 p.m., and we’ll be watching to see if any of those injured starters return to the field. Beforehand, at 11 a.m., coach Mike Zimmer and quarterback Teddy Bridgewater will be on the podium.
SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT
The Vikings did not prioritize the safety position in the offseason. Their only addition was undrafted rookie Anthony Harris. The result was instability. After Harris and Newman started at safety against the Cardinals last week, the Vikings have now started six different players at the two safety spots. Sendejo got the first crack at playing next to Smith and has made 10 starts. Robert Blanton started the Broncos game. And Antone Exum started twice before heading to injured reserve. Give all the injuries and/or ineptitude, that John Lowdermilk kid on the practice squad better get ready.