We see that you have javascript disabled. Please enable javascript and refresh the page to continue reading local news. If you feel you have received this message in error, please contact the customer support team at 1-833-248-7801.

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

No. 1 rule for players during Vikings-49ers joint practice: No fighting

While it has become customary for NFL teams to get into some scuffles during joint practices, it doesn’t sound like that’s going to be an issue with the Vikings and 49ers.

jea 0005 Vikings 49ers practice
San Francisco fullback Kyle Juszczyk during a joint practice with the Minnesota Vikings at TCO Performance Center in Eagan, Minnesota, on Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2022.
John Autey / St. Paul Pioneer Press
We are part of The Trust Project.

EAGAN, Minn. -- There was some pushing and shoving between the Minnesota Vikings and San Francisco 49ers when they were thrown together in Wednesday’s joint practice at TCO Performance Center in Eagan. Maybe some trash talk here and there.

No fights.

That was by design as Vikings coach Kevin O’Connell and 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan made a deal before joint practices got underway.

“if anyone throws a punch, we’re going to kick them out of practice,” Shanahan said. “We know how important this practice work is right now. That’s what we stressed.”

While it has become customary for NFL teams to get into some scuffles during joint practices, it doesn’t sound like that’s going to be an issue with the Vikings and 49ers.

ADVERTISEMENT

MORE MINNESOTA VIKINGS COVERAGE:
Pro
“He should get (a chain) for sure,’’ Darrisaw quipped. “He looked good in it.”
Pro
New coach Matt Daniels stresses camaraderie among players on units
Pro
He finished 5 for 5 on field goals — including a 47-yarder with 24 seconds left that proved to be the game-winner — to help the Vikings to a 28-25 win over the New Orleans Saints.
Pro
The Vikings are 3-1 for the first time since he took over as quarterback in 2018, and the franchise is off to its best start since going 4-0 in 2016 (and later 5-0).
Pro
Wright’s arm was really on display for California High in 2016, when he completed 103 of 168 passes for 1,806 yards with 27 touchdowns and just three interceptions.
Pro
Safety Lewis Cine undergoes ‘successful’ surgery
Pro
Jefferson bounced back from two lackluster performances to catch 10 passes for 147 yards in Sunday’s 28-25 win over New Orleans in London and was named Man of the Match.
Pro
Rookie expected to miss rest of season.
Pro
Kramer was the starting quarterback for the Vikings when they played the first NFL game in London, a 28-10 preseason win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Aug 6, 1983. He threw the first touchdown pass ever in the United Kingdom, hitting running back Ted Brown in the second quarter from nine yards out.
Pro
For the past couple of decades, the Vikings have been a living, breathing example of what can go wrong will go wrong when it comes to the kicking game.

“You didn’t see a guy going out of their way to hit someone or start a fight or something like that,” San Francisco tight end George Kittle said. “Honestly, I think these practices are more important than the game. You have a chance here to show out in front of a lot of people. Who knows? Someone who might not make our team might make the Vikings. Someone on the Vikings might not make them and we might pick them up. This is huge for everyone.”

The joint practices are something Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins has been looking forward to throughout training camp.

“There’s always a little bit more juice,” he said. “You want to go against something different, and I think that’s why it’s really valuable to have these joint practices.”

Big hockey guy

After making an appearance at Da Beauty League last month, Kittle joked that he might have to check out the summer spectacle that pits dozens of NHL players against each other.

“There’s a game tonight, right?” Kittle said after practice Wednesday. “Maybe if I get out of the walkthrough.”

georgekittlemug1.png
George Kittle
NFL.com

Though he was joking about skipping the walkthrough, Kittle lauded how impressive it was that so many NHL players are involved in Da Beauty League. They even tried to get him on skates last month when he popped by Braemar Arena in Edina, Minnesota.

“I was like, ‘Yeah, I think Kyle Shanahan would rip my head off if he saw me on skates,’ ” Kittle said with a laugh. “I avoided that.”

Zimmer’s new job

It appears former Vikings coach Mike Zimmer has found another job. While he won’t be in the NFL this season, Zimmer reportedly has taken a job as an analyst at Jackson State.

ADVERTISEMENT

Mike Zimmer.jpeg
Mike Zimmer

Why is that a big deal? NFL legend Deion Sanders coaches the Jackson State football program and has a longstanding connection with Zimmer from their time together with the Dallas Cowboys.

As for the responsibilities Zimmer has in his new role, that much is still unclear.

______________________________________________________

This story was written by one of our partner news agencies. Forum Communications Company uses content from agencies such as Reuters, Kaiser Health News, Tribune News Service and others to provide a wider range of news to our readers. Learn more about the news services FCC uses here.

Related Topics: MINNESOTA VIKINGS
What to read next
Pro
Asked about what he expects heading into this season, Leipold refused to get too far ahead of himself. He doesn’t know if the Wild will top their franchise-record 113 points from last season.
Pro
The Loons’ kit men are responsible for setting up the team’s oval-shaped locker room at Allianz Field, with everything players need to perform — from emergency headgear down to their socked toes.
Pro
The two Minnesotans — Varland from Maplewood, Wallner from Forest Lake — gave hometown fans plenty to cheer about this season, both in St. Paul and Minneapolis. Both started the year with Double-A Wichita before earning a pair of promotions and debuting in September.
Pro
The Twins led the Central division for 108 days during the season. The last came on Sept. 4, when they pulled back into a tie with the Guardians atop the division. They finished the season in third place with a 78-84 record, 14 games behind Cleveland and three behind Chicago.