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With few available QBs, Vikings end a sloppy practice early

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer wasn't happy with the level of play at Sunday's practice and called things off 40 minutes early. AP Photo/Craig Lassig

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- After a sloppy practice quarterbacked solely by two passers without a game of regular-season NFL experience, the Minnesota Vikings called things off 40 minutes early on Sunday and moved their Tuesday off-day up to Monday.

One can assume they're hoping to have another quarterback available by then.

Teddy Bridgewater -- who sat out Thursday's preseason game in Seattle with a sore shoulder -- didn't throw a pass for the second straight practice on Sunday, and veteran backup Shaun Hill got another day of rest after going 10-for-17 for 129 yards against the Seahawks. Joel Stave got a second day of first-team work, and newcomer Brad Sorensen got the rest of the snaps -- in a session that coach Mike Zimmer called off after a shotgun snap sailed over Sorensen's head.

"It wasn't one of our best days," wide receiver Jarius Wright said. "If we want to be where we want to be at the end of the year, we have to be better."

How did Zimmer communicate the early end of practice to his team?

"I'm not going to say he was mad," Wright said. "But I'm not going to say he was happy, either."

Zimmer did not talk to reporters on Sunday, and has still not discussed why he didn't play Bridgewater in the Vikings' second preseason game after the quarterback practiced all week. Sources told ESPN on Friday that Bridgewater would have played had the Vikings been in a regular-season game, and Zimmer called Hill's Saturday absence a veteran's day off. It's certainly conceivable the Vikings are using the preseason to be cautious with their quarterbacks, but if they're altering their practice schedule because of a dearth of available quarterbacks, it's getting tougher to turn a blind eye to the situation.

Here are some other notes and observations from Sunday's practice:

  • After Matt Kalil limped off with an apparent leg injury, T.J. Clemmings moved to left tackle for the remainder of practice. Cornerback Xavier Rhodes, who strained his hamstring on Thursday night, also continued to sit out, with Trae Waynes working with the first-team defense at right cornerback. Running back Matt Asiata, defensive end Scott Crichton and safety Anthony Harris didn't practice. Defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd (knee) and linebacker Eric Kendricks (hamstring) did some work in individual drills.

  • With Brandon Fusco back from injury, the Vikings were able to continue their competition for the starting center job, with Joe Berger practicing on the first-team offense and John Sullivan working with the No. 2 group. Left guard Alex Boone, who was away dealing with a personal matter on Saturday, also returned.

  • The Vikings had Cordarrelle Patterson fielding punts during a special-teams period on Sunday; by all accounts, Marcus Sherels still seems to be the top punt returner, but it doesn't hurt to take a look at Patterson in another role.