MANKATO (AP) -- Finishing their pre-practice stretches before Wednesday afternoon's workout, the Minnesota Vikings got a welcome surprise.
Coach Mike Tice ordered the in-ground sprinklers turned on, spraying players, and told them the day was done.
It's Vikings tradition not to hold meetings on Wednesday nights during training camp, so Tice decided to give his team even more free time.
He admitted the schedule made at the beginning of camp was a little too much. It called for eight straight days of twice-daily practices through Saturday afternoon's scrimmage with the Kansas City Chiefs.
With the Chiefs due in Mankato Friday and some minor sprains and strains piling up with his players, Tice felt it was an easy choice to call off practice for the afternoon.
"They need a rest," Tice said. "So I figured we'd hose 'em down and give them a chuckle."
Players didn't scamper to the locker room right away, though. Tice had them spread out along the fence and sign autographs for fans before leaving the field.
Brainerd Dispatch ©2013. All Rights Reserved.