August 11th, 2009 – 12:00 PM by Chip Scoggins
MANKATO — Vikings coach Brad Childress said Pro Bowl left guard Steve Hutchinson is fine and might even do some work in today’s second practice. Hutchinson was on the field but not practicing this morning.
Hutchinson stayed on the ground for a few moments after a running play during 11-on-11 on Monday. He missed a few plays while trainers checked him out before returning.
Childress, however, said Hutchinson is “OK. He got the morning off.”
In other notes:
- Childress said the coaching staff still hasn’t determined how much the starters will play or which quarterback will start Friday against Indianapolis. “We haven’t set any pecking order in terms of who’s playing when,” he said. “I just say to everybody without giving you a grid, guys are going to play until I’ve seen enough, offense and defense. It may be less and it may be more. I think we’ve communicated with them what we need to see and how much we need to see.”
- Childress said he sees improvement from Adrian Peterson in terms of pass blocking, route running and his comfort level catching passes out of the backfield. “He’s not a satisfied guy,” Childress said. “He’s not sitting back on his laurels, patting himself on the back. He wants to be well-rounded, he wants to be diversified. While he may be as good a running back as there is in the league, he wants to be great in all facets. You’ve got to give it to him from the standpoint of working on your weaknesses or your perceived weaknesses or getting better at something you can get better at.”
- Childress called his passing game a “work in progress.” This came in a response to a question about Childress’ quote last week when he said the passing game has a long ways to go.
- Percy Harvin said he’s comfortable running the Wildcat formation. He and Peterson fumbled one handoff exchange this morning. “It’s a work in progress,” Harvin said. “[Peterson] tried to take it from me instead of just letting it ride out. But it’s a work in progress. I’ve been doing it for a long time so I’m pretty much comfortable with it and I know Adrian is. It’s just something we have to keep repping to get to perfection.”
- Harvin said he can throw the ball out of that formation too. “It won’t be a perfect spiral but I can get it there,” he said.
- Childress doesn’t allow rookie hazing, which Harvin said was a relief. “I know a lot of teams do it,” he said. “Just being in college when a lot of guys would come back they would have their eyebrows shaved or something crazy. When I got here that was one of the first things I was nervous about, but when I found out they don’t do it, it kind of relieved me a little bit.” The rookies do have to perform in a talent show Wednesday. Apparently, wide receiver Darius Reynaud stole the show last year with his impersonations of the coaching staff. Said Childress: “Everybody is open game.”
- Line of the day came from Sage Rosenfels when I mentioned to no one in particular before his media session that my arm is sore. Said Rosenfels: “Where’s your purse?” Classic.
- The Vikings hosted 50 kids from the Mankato area as part of a summer program initiative with Second Harvest Heartland, which is based in the Twin Cities and is the fifth-largest food bank in the country. Joan Wadkins of Second Harvest Heartland said the program helps kids who qualify for free or reduced lunches in school but need help during the summer months. Wadkins said the program will provide 200,000 meals to kids at various sites in Minnesota this summer. The kids who attended practice Tuesday received lunch and met with Adrian Peterson, Ray Edwards, John Sullivan and Madieu Williams.