Can you believe it? One NFC North team broke training camp Thursday and another changed its remaining schedule to mimic a regular-season routine.
The Minnesota Vikings completed their 11th and final practice at Minnesota State University, Mankato, a brief stint necessitated by the school's looming fall semester. Regardless of the time period, coach Leslie Frazier is a traditional football man and felt strongly about getting away from the Twin Cities for at least the start of summer practice.
"They jumped in with both feet and they've been enthusiastic from day one," Frazier told reporters. "It was a spirited practice [Thursday] morning. It's been very impressive -- just didn't know what to expect coming in, if they were going to be bitter about the lockout or whatever. But that has not been the case. Their attitude has been terrific here in Minnesota and it gets me excited, along with our staff, about the future."
After returning from Saturday's preseason opener at the Tennessee Titans, the Vikings will resume a camp-style schedule next week at their permanent training facility in Eden Prairie, Minn.
Meanwhile, the Green Bay Packers have eliminated the night practices they originally planned to hold through Aug. 17. Instead, their primary practices will take place at 11 a.m. or 11:15 a.m. local time through the end of the month. (Here is a link to the specifics of the Packers' updated schedule.) Coach Mike McCarthy will be available Thursday night to discuss the changes, but I wonder if it isn't an attempt to break up what have been some long days at Lambeau Field for the past two weeks.
It's one thing to be sitting in a meeting at 9 p.m., but it's another to practice energetically that late at night when you've been in meetings and film study since the morning. Just a thought.