On Tuesday, the Minnesota Vikings will be making the trip east for a pair of joint practices with the Cincinnati Bengals before the preseason opener between the two teams on Friday night. Unfortunately, there will not be a reunion between a member of the Vikings’ defense and his former Cincinnati teammates.
Per Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, cornerback Terence Newman will not be making the trip to the home of WKRP with the rest of the team.
#Vikings CB Terence Newman on traveling to Cincinnati: "I'm not going.'' That would put Trae Waynes in line to start Friday's preseason game— Chris Tomasson (@christomasson) August 9, 2016
Newman sat out of Tuesday’s chippy final practice in Mankato, and he wasn’t the only one. Starting left tackle Matt Kalil had his left knee wrapped and sat out of practice. Also watching from the sidelines were defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd, wide receiver Jarius Wright, linebackers Eric Kendricks and Edmond Robinson, and defensive tackle Scott Crichton.
Based on the depth chart that the Vikings put out yesterday, it would appear that 2015 first-round pick Trae Waynes would be in line for the start at corner on Friday night in Cincinnati with Newman sitting out. If Kalil is out as well, we would get a look at Jeremiah Sirles at left tackle. . .at least from what the depth chart says.
We will continue to monitor the situation and let you know if anything else develops.