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24, 24 Hours to Go!

Addendum to yesterday's story:  It turns out that Lindsay Lohan v2.0 is in jail in Minnesota in connection with the charges he faced last year. . .not on anything new.

Addendum to the addendum:  He's still a gigantic loser.  The circumstances under which I've come to that conclusion. . .again. . .just happen to be different.  This time.  Much like everyone's favorite Hollywood drunkard (female category), counting down to the next Koren Robinson screw-up isn't a matter of "if" as much as it's a matter of "when."

But yes, ladies and gentlemen. . .after what seems like an eternity of waiting, Training Camp will OFFICIALLY open tomorrow, and we're two weeks away from seeing the beloved Purple take the field again, even if it is only in an exhibition game.  The story starts with a bit of bad news, however, as we have three players opening camp on various lists of inactivity, according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune:

Defensive end Erasmus James (knee) has been placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list. CLARIFICATION: Left tackle Bryant McKinnie and receiver Billy McMullen have been placed on the Non-Football Injury list. The distinction is mostly contract-related as spelled out in the NFL's Collective Bargaining Agreement.

This isn't a surprise when it comes to James, who tore the ACL in his left knee in the second game of last season. Childress said McKinnie and McMullen have "muscle strains" but would only say they lower to their "lower extremities." Childress did say that James "is in good condition," and passed the conditioning phase of things. Childress isn't putting a timetable on when any of the three players will be on the field.

Hmmmmmm. . .like Jensen says, I expected James to be on the list, but McMullen and McKinnie are kind of surprising.  With as wide open as the competition for spots at WR is going to be this year, McMullen better hope he can get back on the field quickly.

In the meantime, Artis Hicks will move over to left tackle with the first-team offense, and Anthony Herrera will play right guard.  Artis Hicks at LT?  Let's just say that McKinnie is in no real danger of losing his starting spot.

Unfortunately, there's still no solid word on the contract status of our remaining two rookies, WR Sidney Rice and 2007 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Adrian Peterson.  Peterson will obviously take longer to sign, but the Browns, Buccaneers, and Falcons have all signed their Top 10 picks, so AP shouldn't linger too long.  He'll probably miss a day or two of camp.  The good news is that when he DOES get into camp, he'll still be Adrian Peterson, which means he'll still be awesome and still be the best back in the NFC North by the end of September.

(Not that that's terribly hard, mind you. . .have you seen his competition for that title?  The only guys he has to worry about when it comes to earning that distinction are all guys he shares a locker room with.)

The quest for the 2007 NFC North title begins tomorrow, folks.  We'll be here all year, and hopefully all of you will be along for the ride.