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08-13-2006, 06:25 AM
Posted on Sat, Aug. 12, 2006

McKinnie to play with club on left hand

Associated Press

MANKATO, Minn. - Minnesota Vikings left tackle Bryant McKinnie's broken left hand will require him to play with a club during Monday night's preseason opener against Oakland.

McKinnie practiced on Saturday with the hand heavily taped and wrapped, making it impossible for him to use it while playing.

"It's heavy," McKinnie said after the morning practice. "You get tired of carrying it around, but you get used to it."

The team will experiment with a couple of different wrapping methods before the game, but it most likely will be similar to what he had to use on Saturday. His fingers are completely covered, so he can't grab opposing defensive linemen.

"All you can do is stick it out there," McKinnie said.

Coach Brad Childress didn't seem overly concerned with the situation, even joking that it could be a good thing.

"You know, you can't hold in this game anyways," Childress quipped. "You don't need your fingers anyway. They ought to put clubs on everybody."

Vikings defensive linemen like Kenechi Udeze, Erasmus James and Kevin Williams certainly wouldn't argue with that.

SMOOT DINGED UP: Cornerback Fred Smoot sat out the morning practice to rest his sore neck, but returned in the afternoon for the non-contact session.

Smoot's neck stiffened after he bumped heads with a receiver in a one-on-one drill on Friday, but the chatty defender said he'll be ready to go for the first preseason game on Monday night.

Dovonte Edwards replaced Smoot with the first team defense in the morning practice.

"I'm feeling good," Smoot said. "There's nothing to it. ... Just being cautious."

Childress called the injury a "little neck irritation that they're trying to settle down." He isn't taking any chances with one of his starting cornerbacks, especially since Smoot missed a portion of last year's training camp with a neck injury.

"I think he'll be OK, but you're always on the side of caution with neck injuries," Childress said.

In other injury news, running back Ciatrick Fason participated in contact drills for the first time since suffering a concussion on Wednesday.

"He was full-tilt in there," Childress said.

MINNESOTA MOMENTUM: The Vikings hosted members of Minnesota Momentum, a group organized to help build support for a new stadium complex in Blaine, at practice on Saturday.

More than 100 members gathered at a hospitality tent adjacent to one of the team's practice fields for refreshments and to get pictures and autographs from Hall of Fame coach Bud Grant.

Vice president for public affairs/stadium development Lester Bagley said the team received more than 400 RSVPs for the event, many buoyed by Grant's presence. But cooler temperatures and overcast skies may have kept some people away.

PLAY OF THE DAY: Former University of Minnesota Gopher Aaron Hosack is trying to fight his way onto the team in a crowded receiver corps. He certainly turned heads with a catch in the morning practice.

During an 11-on-11 scrimmage drill in Blakeslee Stadium, backup quarterback Mike McMahon lofted a pass toward Hosack, who got behind a pair of defenders on a skinny post pattern.

The ball looked like it would fall incomplete, but Hosack reached out with his right arm to make a gorgeous one-handed stab at the last second for a long gain.

ROBINSON'S RETURNS: Even though Koren Robinson made the Pro Bowl last season as a return specialist, Childress said fans probably won't see him do that much in the preseason this year.

"Are we going to rep him a lot in the preseason? Probably not," Childress said. "He's kind of a known entity, and with his added responsibilities this year, we just want to see if there is anybody else that will step to the surface and have that ability."

Robinson has been elevated to the No. 1 receiver for the upcoming season, so the Vikings would like to find another player to take the load off of him in the return game. Running back Mewelde Moore is one of the leading candidates, but Childress said he won't hesitate to use Robinson if need be.

"That would be optimum," Childress said of finding a replacement. "But you know that Koren can do it at a Pro Bowl-type level."

Jon Krawczynski can be reached at jkrawczynski@ap.org.


08-14-2006, 11:06 AM
Vikings | McKinnie to play through pain in preseason opener
Mon, 14 Aug 2006 08:42:58 -0700

Mike Wobschall, of Vikings.com, reports Minnesota Vikings OL Bryant McKinnie (hand) will play in the team's upcoming preseason game Monday, Aug. 14, despite having a fracture in his left hand. McKinnie will be wearing a large protective cast on the hand during the game.

08-14-2006, 11:11 AM
Good to know he's playing, he'll do fine with the hammer on his hand.

08-14-2006, 11:14 AM
Yeah. I saw that thing on Rosen's Sports Sunday last night. I have always thought those things looked so goofy, but at least he'll be out there for the first few series...

08-14-2006, 11:15 AM
You see alot of OL every year that play with casts on their hands.. It really is no big deal.. I am sure he will do just fine with it on his hand..

08-14-2006, 11:22 AM
I'm more concerend about Smoot staying healthy.
He sounds pretty confident that he will, but I don't know what he's basing it off of.

Del Rio
08-14-2006, 11:23 AM
I don't know if anyone remembers but last week I was saying he would be fine. I played with a broken hand and I did better. The club basically gives you a weapon of mass destruction.