Vikings football made a victorious return to the outdoors on Friday night. But on Sunday as the team resumed 2014 Verizon Vikings Training Camp with Practice No. 12, the action was forced back inside due to inclement weather.
It's hard to glean much when the team is forced to practice inside, but there was plenty of other action happening at camp on Monday to fill up a report.
-- The Vikings hired veteran special teams coach Joe Marciano to lend a helping hand for the rest of training camp and for the time Mike Priefer serves his suspension at the start of the season. Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer made the announcement at his regularly scheduled press conference. Marciano is a 27-year NFL coaching veteran who has worked for Houston, New Orleans and Tampa Bay before joining the Vikings on a temporary basis.
-- Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman held a press conference to address the Linval Joseph situation. Spielman said Joseph suffered a "minor injury to his calf" while being an innocent bystander to a shooting, was treated and released from the hospital, and is expected to make a full recovery and "definitely" be ready for the regular season opener in St. Louis.
-- Zimmer seemed pleased with his team's effort in Friday's preseason opener: "I thought that we did some very good things. I was impressed that when I put the tape on, it was a little bit like I envisioned this football team to look like. We didn't make many mistakes on defense until later on in the ball game. Offensively, we took good care of the ball."
-- Peter King of the Monday Morning Quarterback was in Mankato as part of his annual training camp tour. We had the opportunity to chat with him about the Vikings, and he had some nice things to say about Zimmer, the relationship between Spielman and Zimmer, and a local pizza joint in town. He also offered his take on the Vikings quarterback situation.
-- Zimmer was asked which of his players are playing well but aren't getting much publicity for it. Unlike how most coaches would handle this question, Zimmer actually listed off several names, including: Jasper Brinkley, Audie Cole, Mike Higgins, Gerald Hodges and Shamar Stephen.