The Vikings will hold their mandatory mini-camp next week from June 15-17. Some teams have already started theirs. I generally don’t worry too much about contract holdouts. However, the Vikings need the defense to return to top form. This will not be very likely without Danielle Hunter. I am curious to see if the Vikings can get something worked out prior to next week. If not, when will Hunter return? If this lingers into the preseason you have to start to worry about Danielle being in football shape to start the season. It is too common for holdouts to tweak a hamstring and miss time (or “pull” a hamstring). Hoping Slick Rick and co can get him on the field as soon as possible.
Around the DN since our last open thread:
Mr. Gates asks Are you planning on seeing any Vikings’ road games this year?
wludford’s latest asking Is it too Early to be Optimistic about the OL?
Vikings news from other sources:
Jeff Saturday talks about the Vikings’ offseason OL additions at Vikings.com
Courtney Cronin of ESPN writes about the importance of Irv Smith
USAToday has our 90 Man Roster by Number
Good Morning Football discusses if the NFC North is up for grabs. Excellent morning show on NFL Network that features former Viking Nate Burleson.
PFT has the story of A A Ron not at Mandatory Mini Camp
PFT also writes about how Tom Brady is at Full Speed after his knee surgery
Nick Shook at NFL.com writes about Two Season Ending Injuries for the Santa Clara 49ers
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