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Vikings begin Mini-camp

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Mini-Camp Notes:

The Minnesota Vikings took part in their first day of mandatory mini-camp on Tuesday with all players on the roster in attendance. Pro-Bowl defensive end Jared Allen and center John Sullivan were present but unable to participate in drills due to injury.

Allen is nursing a shoulder injury and continues to work with trainer Eric Sugarman to get back to full strength.

"There's no reason to go out here and tweak it. It's not 100 percent yet" said Allen. "If we had a game next week, you couldn't keep me off the field."

Head coach Leslie Frazier liked the start of the mini-camp.

"It was a really good day for us. A good start all the way around. We have focus," said Frazier. "I like the way our players moved around today. They had a lot of enthusiasm."

Quarterback Christian Ponder looked shaky in team drills throwing an interception on his second pass to Josh Robinson. Later in the two minute drill, Ponder tried to force the ball to Kyle Rudolph. In a no-pads situation, the decision making has to be better by Ponder in his second full season as starting quarterback.

Blair Walsh continued to hammer home field goals and has been automatic. The third team offense moved the ball in the two-minute drill setting up Walsh for what coaches called a "game winning" field goal.

No news on former Packer linebacker Desmond Bishop coming in for a visit tomorrow and what that means for current middle linebacker Erin Henderson. (Stay Tuned)

Adrian Peterson (in shorts and a shirt) looked explosive in 11-on-11 drills and showed no effects of his hernia surgery earlier this year.

The Vikings will practice Wednesday and Thursday before breaking camp and taking the next month before reporting to training camp on August 25th.

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