Jared Allen the only player absent as Vikings open OTA practices
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Attendance was strong again as the Minnesota Vikings opened organized team activity practices on Tuesday.
The lone absent player was veteran end Jared Allen, who is coming off shoulder and knee surgeries, had a family obligation and rarely shows for OTAs anyway.
All OTAs are voluntary, but attendance has been strong the past two years under coach Leslie Frazier. (The NFL lockout wiped out the offseason program in 2011).
Reporters weren't allowed to watch Tuesday's session. They'll be permitted inside the Winter Park fieldhouse for Wednesday's practice, the second of 10 sessions before the mandatory minicamp June 18 to 20.