Sendejo, who is expected to be removed from the physically unable to perform list Monday, once again starts from zero. He is trying to prove his health and worth in another scheme implemented by another raft of coaches.
"That's the NFL," Sendejo said last week. "You have to prove yourself all the time regardless, because if you don't, someone else is going to take your job. As soon as you feel comfortable with yourself, you're not in the NFL anymore."
Sendejo had back surgery in May. He missed organized team activities, minicamp and any chance to impress first-year coach
"All I've seen him do is walk around the building," Zimmer said. "I have zero template to work with. I think he can still make an impression. You've got to get into some of these games to do it."
Sendejo should receive his opportunity to put some practice and game film together for the new coaching staff starting today. The former Rice Owl, who started10 games in 2013, played well last season while the Vikings secondary suffered through injury problems.
Rookie third round selection defensive end
Viking Update’s Tim Yotter spoke with Scott Crichton about his family and his generosity:
“It’s just a feeling of relief. I was more proud of them instead of them being more proud of me,” he said after a training camp practice. “Their hard work kind of got me to where I am right now. I’m blessed to have those two as my parents.”
Crichton’s parents are from Western Samoa. They put in long and challenging hours of work to support Scott, his two brothers and one sister … and Scott’s grandfather before he died recently.
So when Scott had the opportunity to repay the favor to his father Lucky and mother Malama, he didn’t even bother going to the NFL advisory board for a draft grade to decide whether he should declare early or not. All he knew for sure is that his parents were working more than they should and he wanted to change that.
His father had been driving forklift in a warehouse despite having one leg amputated because of complications with his health. His mother had been working two jobs.
Crichton, who is battling for a rotational job along the Vikings revamped defensive line, should receive plenty of playing time throughout the 2014 preseason.
- Ben Goessling takes a shot at projecting the Vikings final 53-man roster here.