Vikings could scrap plans to go camping in Mankato
The Minnesota Vikings remain in a holding pattern when it comes to the team’s plans to hold training camp at Minnesota State University-Mankato.
The team had a deadline of this past Monday to determine if they were going away for camp but the parties mutually agreed to extend the timeline for a decision. With the NFL on hold while the NFLPA studies a tentative agreement with the owners on a labor solution, the Vikings and the school remain in limbo, according to Judd Zulgad of the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
In the timeline the NFL laid out Thursday, training camps would open this coming Wednesday. That schedule could be pushed back now as we don’t know when the two sides will officially have a deal. If this hangup lasts much longer, the club could scrap plans to travel away from its facility in Eden Prairie, Minn.
The longer it all takes, the more difficult it will be to get quarterback Christian Ponder, the club’s first-round draft pick, up to speed and in a position to start. It will be challenging for any veteran quarterback the Vikings could potentially acquire as well.
“It's tough," Ponder said. "As long as it's been going, I've learned not to put too much weight in what's being thrown around. I kind of got my hopes up and been let down a couple of times. So I'm trying to play it by ear. Not to put too much weight in it, not become too optimistic until we get that word."
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