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    Pain the theme after physical practice

    [size=18px]Pain the theme after physical practice[/size]

    Kevin Seifert, Star Tribune
    Last update: August 06, 2006 – 7:33 AM

    MANKATO - An unusually physical practice Saturday yielded a series of injuries for the Vikings, most notably a potentially season-ending knee injury to starting safety Tank Williams.

    With running back Chester Taylor already sitting out both Saturday practices because of a strained left thigh, the Vikings also lost linebacker Chad Greenway to what appeared to be a mild concussion and receiver Kevin Kasper to a bloody nose.

    The team acknowledged Williams had an injury to his left knee and would be taken for evaluation, but said nothing more. All other questions were deferred to coach Brad Childress, whose next news conference is scheduled for today.

    Taylor said he did not know when he would resume practicing.

    "I'm just going to keep doing what the trainers tell me to do," he said.

    Saturday afternoon's practice included nearly 30 minutes of full-tackling drills. Williams, Greenway and Kasper all suffered their injuries during the tackling drills. However, Williams' injury came with no contact.

    Greenway left the field under the care of team physician Dr. Sheldon Burns after sticking his helmet into a pile. Greenway eventually emerged from the locker room with an ice bag on his head.

    Asked if he been diagnosed with a concussion, Greenway said: "I don't know." Later, he said: "I don't think I'm supposed to tell you guys that."

    More secondary competition

    The Vikings signed veteran cornerback Tony Beckham, who played the past four seasons for the Tennessee Titans, and released receiver Dez White.

    Beckham will provide additional competition for the nickel and dime positions.

    Beckham, who played at Wisconsin-Stout, has started five games and has one interception in his NFL career.

    White developed a sore knee shortly after signing July 27 and he only recently returned to practice.

    Not forgotten

    Receiver Travis Taylor has managed to stay relevant in a group deep with veterans, if not stars.

    Taylor, who caught 50 passes last season for a team-leading 604 yards, has had an active camp and drew unusually effusive praise from offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell.

    "He is a savvy receiver and has a great feel of how to use his abilities to get open," Bevell said.

    Taylor has been working as the Vikings' No. 3 receiver behind starters Koren Robinson and Troy Williamson.

    "This is a great offense for me," Taylor said. "There is a lot of stuff across the middle, a lot of driver routes, a lot of crossing routes. It's going to be tough for a lot of teams to play [man-to-man] defense against us."

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    The most physical practice so far at Minnesota Vikings training camp may have been costly as two potential starters had to leave early with injury Saturday.

    [size=18px]Vikings notebook: Physical practice takes its toll[/size]
    Tank Williams injures knee

    By Chad Courrier
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    The most physical practice so far at Minnesota Vikings training camp may have been costly as two potential starters had to leave early with injury Saturday.

    First-round draft choice Chad Greenway, who is battling E.J. Henderson at weakside linebacker, appeared to be shaken up shortly after making a big hit on running back Ciatrick Fason during a goal-line drill. Greenway met with trainers on the field, then walked on his own power to the locker room midway through the practice.

    Safety Tank Williams suffered a more serious injury. He was backpedaling, then stopped to change directions when his left knee buckled and he fell to the ground in obvious pain. He was driven off the field on a cart.

    It’s the same knee that Williams had ACL surgery on in 2004, and he was wearing a light brace when Saturday’s injury occurred.

    “I’m hoping it isn’t as bad as it looked,” safety Darren Sharper said.

    Williams is competing with Dwight Smith for the starting safety position opposite Sharper.

    “Anytime that somebody you’re looking forward to battling with goes down, it’s tough to watch,” Smith said.

    Running back Chester Taylor suffered a strained left thigh during Friday’s practice against the Chiefs and didn’t participate in either of Saturday’s practices. He is considered day-to-day.

    Mewelde Moore took Taylor’s spot with the first unit.

    Receiver Kevin Kasper also came out of practice with a bloody nose, but he returned shortly.

    “That’s what we’re supposed to do, get out there and hit,” cornerback Antoine Winfield said. “It’s tough, it’s a long year and you don’t want to get banged up. But coach wants to see who can hit, who can get off blocks, who can play.”

    The first hour of the afternoon practice was very physical, with a lot of “encouragement” from the coaches along the sidelines. The players appeared to be having fun, until the injuries began to occur.

    “You have to have fun,” Winfield said. “Coach said these are the dog days of training camp. You’re constantly practicing and constantly meeting, and you have to make it fun to make the time go faster.”

    Tomlin praises defenders

    Defensive coordinator Mike Tomlin said that linebacker E.J. Henderson and end Kenechi Udeze were the defensive standouts against the Chiefs, but that “other guys showed flashes.”

    “I thought we were solid, about what you’d expect for a first performance,” he said. “You can always hustle harder, but I can stand in front of you every week and say that.”

    Play of the day

    During a live contact drill, Fason broke a tackle on a sweep play, then cut back toward the middle of the field. Cornerback Fred Smoot came up to make the tackle, but Fason faked left, then cut back right, slipping away as Smoot fell to the ground.

    “I can’t wait to see that on film,” Winfield said.

    A couple plays later, Smoot got his revenge, making a nice tackle as Fason tried to sweep his side.


    Receiver Dez White was released, and the team signed cornerback Tony Beckham, a five-year veteran from Wisconsin-Stout. Beckham was a fourth-round draft choice by Tennessee in 2002 and had played in 50 games over the last four seasons. ... Fullback Tony Richardson, absent Saturday as he was attending the NFL Hall of Fame activities in Canton, Ohio, is expected back for today’s practices. ... Receiver Marcus Robinson also was gone Saturday, attending a funeral in Chicago, and is also expected to return today. Troy Williamson, whom coach Brad Childress said was one of his highlight players in Friday’s practice against the Chiefs, worked with the first unit, opposite Koren Robinson, while Travis Taylor joined the three-receiver sets.

    Vikings notebook: Physical practice takes its toll

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