It hasn't taken Bryant McKinnie long to make an impact on the Minnesota Vikings' offensive line.
But the big rookie still has a little work to do with the playbook and his conditioning.
"Sometimes when he gets fatigued, he hears (plays) differently than they've actually been called," coach Mike Tice said Monday. "When you're blocking a pass on the run, it kind of makes it tough sometimes."
Mental mistakes and an occasional sack allowed aside, McKinnie has been strong and in his first two games as a pro. Everett Lindsay will continue to give him a break at left tackle when needed, but McKinnie will get most of the snaps there for the rest of the season.
"He's going to be a great player," Tice said. "It's good to have an Everett Lindsay, but it's really great to have a Bryant McKinnie."
STADIUM TALKS: The Vikings and University of Minnesota continue to work out an agreement about their joint stadium push. They must agree by next month if a bill is going to be considered during the next legislative session.
"We're workin' on it," owner Red McCombs said before Sunday's game. "It's difficult because each side has a big wish list and each side wants somebody else to pay for it. Every hurdle brings another one."
INJURY REPORT: The Vikings emerged from Sunday's game relatively unscathed.
Linebacker Patrick Chukwurah hyper-extended his knee and safety Jack Brewer hurt his elbow, but neither are on the injury report this week.
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