McKinnie wants injury under tighter wrap
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Kevin Seifert, Star Tribune
MANKATO - Vikings left tackle Bryant McKinnie is attempting to play with a fractured middle finger on his left hand, the result of an on-field accident during Wednesday's practice.
McKinnie has been wearing a bandage on the hand since getting his finger stuck awkwardly in a teammate's jersey during practice Wednesday. Friday, McKinnie said the current wrap was insufficient to protect the injury and that he would practice today with a larger brace.
"It's an adjustment," said McKinnie, who has not missed a game since joining the Vikings midway through the 2002 season, a span of 55 games. "We'll get more cushion so I can use it more."
McKinnie joked that he will use a boxing glove during Monday night's preseason opener against Oakland. Regardless of the size of the bandage, the Vikings appear confident that the injury will not sideline McKinnie.
He made it through all of practice Thursday, although right guard Artis Hicks got a few snaps at left tackle. Friday, Mike Rosenthal replaced McKinnie late during practice.
Still, there is no evidence that McKinnie won't play in Monday night's preseason opener against Oakland.
"The good thing is that he's out there, trying to tough it out," offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell said. "He's still trying to get a feel for it. It's not exactly how they would have it for a game, but he's fighting through it. I know it's tough on him. We appreciate his hard work and just being out there for us."
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Center/guard Jason Whittle returned Friday after leaving Thursday's practice because of a rapid heart rate, which got as high as 180 beats per minute. Whittle said he has experienced similar incidents three other times in his career and has been given a clear bill of health from cardiologists.
"The first time it happened to me, it scared me," Whittle said. "But it's not a big deal. Sometimes it just happens to people. There's nothing wrong with me."
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Quarterback Brad Johnson said he expects to play the first quarter of Monday night's game, gradually increasing his playing time until he plays the entire first half of the third preseason game, Aug. 25 against Baltimore. "The big thing is just having your legs underneath you," he said. "I feel pretty comfortable with the system."
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Rookie receiver Hank Baskett, whom the Vikings traded to Philadelphia for veteran Billy McMullen, caught two passes for 39 yards in the Eagles' 20-7 victory over Cleveland. One of his receptions was a diving play that netted 33 yards from quarterback Donovan McNabb.
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Former coach Bud Grant will be in attendance this morning, leading a 400-person contingent of Minnesota Momentum members, a group working to secure the Vikings' future stadium.
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ The Raiders returned 400 tickets for Monday night's game. They are available through Ticketmaster.
Re: McKinnie wants injury under tighter wrap
Posted on Fri, Aug. 11, 2006
[size=18px]McKinnie playing with fractured hand[/size]
MANKATO, Minn. - What first was called a bruise now looks worse for Vikings left tackle Bryant McKinnie.
McKinnie said Friday morning that he has a partial fracture in his left hand and practiced with a heavy, cast-like wrap on it.
The big left tackle left practice early Wednesday after injuring the hand, though he returned to practice on Thursday and Friday.
"The good thing is that he's out there, that he's trying to tough it out," offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell said. "He's still trying to get a feel for it. It's not exactly how they would have it for a game, but he's fighting through it. I know it's tough on him. We appreciate his hard work and just being out there for us."
McKinnie, who blossomed last year and is hoping to make the jump into the NFL's elite offensive linemen this season, said he didn't expect to miss much time. He teams with All-Pro left guard Steve Hutchinson and center Matt Birk to form one of the most formidable left sides in the league.
"Most likely you'll see me with a boxing glove on tomorrow," McKinnie joked.
McKinnie knows a little something about boxing. When he was in college at Miami, legend has it that the 6-foot-8, 343-pounder knocked out pro boxer Shannon Briggs with one punch in an altercation outside a Miami night club.
The Vikings certainly don't need him throwing any punches anytime soon, but Bevell didn't expect the injury to be an issue.
"Obviously he's taking care of it a little bit right now," Bevell said. "But he's still out there and he's getting the reps. By the time the games get here, we'll have that thing wrapped up so he'll be able to stick it in there."
WHITTLE BACK: Backup center Jason Whittle returned to practice on Friday after having a bit of a scare Thursday.
Whittle had to leave practice after his heart started racing and wouldn't slow down. The condition raised concerns around the team, but Whittle downplayed it on Friday, saying it's happened before.
"It's nothing serious," Whittle said. "It's just something you have to get calmed down. I wasn't too worried about it."
Whittle said his heart rate reached about 180 beats per minute and wouldn't slow down.
"It's happened about once a year for the last four years," Whittle said with a shrug. "I don't think it'll happen again this year."
BUMPS AND BRUISES: Coach Brad Childress has slowed things down noticeably in the last few days after a particularly physical opening to training camp left a few Vikings battered.
Childress cut the morning practice about 25 minutes early and didn't have any of the "live" full-contact drills that had been used in the first week of camp.
Running back Ciatrick Fason (concussion) missed the morning practice, but returned for a non-contact special teams practice in the afternoon.
Receivers Koren Robinson (right knee) returned to practice Friday after missing Thursday's action, as did receiver Marcus Robinson (neck) and safety Darren Sharper (hamstring).
RETURN GAME: It appears as though Mewelde Moore will be the team's main return man to start the season.
Travis Taylor and Sharper had been fielding punts along with Moore during special teams practices in training camp, but neither were present for Friday's special teams workout.
Moore was joined by Kevin Kasper and Jason Carter, both long shots to make the team, on Friday.
PREGAME FESITIVITIES: The Vikings announced that over two dozen future Army soldiers will be sworn in before Monday night's preseason opener against Oakland.
Lt. Col. Clyde Moore, Commander of Army Recruiting for Minnesota, North and South Dakota, will preside over the ceremony and swear in the men and women who have enlisted in the active duty Army and the Army Reserve.
BUD'S BACK: Former Vikings coach and Hall of Famer Bud Grant will be in Mankato on Saturday during a gathering of Minnesota Momentum, a group dedicated to getting a new Vikings stadium built in Blaine.
Grant will join an expected 300 members of the group during the team's morning practice. The Vikings will host the group in a tent adjacent to the practice fields at Minnesota State University.
Owner Zygi Wilf is trying to gain legislative approval for a $1 billion sports entertainment complex in Blaine featuring a new stadium, shopping and residential developments.
Jon Krawczynski can be reached at [email protected]
Re: McKinnie wants injury under tighter wrap
"Owner Zygi Wilf is trying to gain legislative approval for a $1 billion sports entertainment complex in Blaine featuring a new stadium, shopping and residential developments"
Let him build it please!!!!!!!!!