On most mornings, we walk you through what’s going on with the Vikings.


Get to know veteran cornerback Terence Newman, who sure as heck didn’t come to Minnesota just to be a mentor.

— Vikings coach Mike Zimmer will miss today’s practice to be with his ailing father. Offensive coordinator Norv Turner will run things.

— Left guard Brandon Fusco is settling in at his new position, while also trying to quickly develop chemistry with left tackle Matt Kalil.

— Jarius Wright talked about the latest injury to friend and fellow 2012 draft pick Greg Childs, saying he worries about his long-term health.

— The Vikings are trying to figure out where to play rookie lineman Austin Shepherd, but Zimmer says he’s “a guy that kind of knows how to play.”


— Packers tight end Andrew Quarless was devastated by the recent death of his daughter at birth. He has now returned to the Packers.

— Haloti Ngata, the big defensive tackle the Lions acquired in a trade with the Ravens, is on the non-football injury list with a strained hammy.

— Freed from the passive and possibly outdated Cover Two defense, the Bears are going to get aggressive under John Fox and Vic Fangio.


The Vikings are holding their second night practice of training camp tonight from 7:15 to 9:15 at Blakeslee Stadium. The walkthrough is at 10:30 a.m.


It’s going to be interesting to see how many offensive linemen — and which ones — make the 53-man roster. Matt Kalil, Brandon Fusco, John Sullivan and Phil Loadholt are locks. Mike Harris, the starting right guard right now, appears to be in pretty good shape, too. And then you have youngsters T.J. Clemmings, Tyrus Thompson, Austin Shepherd and David Yankey. Throw in veteran Joe Berger, Eden Prairie’s Carter Bykowski and maybe even second-year center Zac Kerin and it becomes a crowded group. A recent draft pick or a semi-surprising veteran might not make the squad.

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