MANKATO -- The Vikings held their first of two passing scrimmages Tuesday night, and coach Mike Tice was pleased with the performance -- which included a lot of hard hitting.
So much so that he planned to scale back Wednesday's schedule and give the players most of the evening off. "I thought it was an excellent effort," Tice said.
-- Randy Moss caught two long touchdown passes from Daunte Culpepper: a 47-yarder on recently converted cornerback Jermaine Mays and a 50-yarder in double coverage.
-- Culpepper committed his first turnover of training camp, an overthrow that was intercepted by Corey Chavous deep in the end zone.
-- E.J. Henderson got an interception of Gus Frerotte off a tipped ball.
-- Strong safety Brian Russell laid a vicious hit on tiny wide receiver Kelly Campbell, who managed to hang on and make the catch.
-- An autograph session followed the 90-minute event at Blakeslee Stadium, and players were required to walk along a short chain-link fence and sign for fans for a minimum of 30 minutes.
-- Four cornerbacks -- Denard Walker, Brian Williams, Eric Kelly and Horace Willis -- were held out of Tuesday's scrimmage with hamstring strains, as were linebacker Raonall Smith and running back Doug Chapman. Defensive end Lorenzo Bromell has been limited by a knee strain, and he slightly reaggravated that injury Tuesday night. Linebacker Chris Claiborne also sustained a slightly strained hip flexor in the scrimmage.
-- The evening event also gave the Vikings a chance to salvage something from the day, since a steady morning rain sent the players -- plus fans, team employees, media and Gov. Tim Pawlenty's entourage -- inside for a light practice at Myers Fieldhouse.
HAPPY WITH ROSTER: Though injuries have temporarily ravaged the secondary and no one has emerged yet as a starting safety next to Corey Chavous, the Vikings aren't anticipating looking for a last-minute veteran to plug a hole in the lineup as they've done several times recently.
They signed linebacker Greg Biekert the week of the season opener last year, strong safety Henry Jones in the middle of 2001 and cornerback Cris Dishman just before the 2000 season started, to name a few.
"There is not anybody going to come riding down the street onto the field with a white horse with a Viking uniform on that is going to save us," Tice said. "We have to develop the young players that we have on our football team."
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