Kalil, Joseph ready for training camp, Chase Ford likely to PUP list
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MANKATO, Minn. -- Minnesota Vikings tight end Chase Ford figured to battle for the backup tight end spot behind Kyle Rudolph in training camp, instead he showed up on crutches with a boot over his left foot.
Ford, 24, said he felt pain in his foot "for a while" and decided to get it checked out by a doctor during the off period. Ford said he wasn't aware of the incident that broke a bone in his foot, but the injury should sideline him for a while.
Rudolph broke two bones in his left foot on a 31-yard touchdown catch in Dallas last November and was placed on injured reserve.
First-year coach Mike Zimmer said Matt Kalil (knee) and Linval Joseph (shoulder) should both be ready for the first practice on Friday, as planned. Zimmer added one player might be added to the physically unable to perform list, which is likely Ford. Zimmer said he'll announce the addition to the PUP list on Friday.
Ford watched from the sidelines as the Vikings started their pre-camp conditioning tests around 3 p.m. on Thursday.
"That'll give me a decent indication," Zimmer said. "If guys aren't in shape, then they'll have to do more work. I'm going to let them know that I'm not happy with what they've done in the time being off. I won't anticipate that. I anticipate our guys understand what's at stake for each and every one of them, and I think they understand what's at stake for this football team."
Kalil spent four weeks in his native California this offseason, but mostly spent his time in Minnesota rehabbing from offseason knee surgery. Kalil sat out most of the offseason work, but vows he's still ready for training camp.
He was cleared three weeks ago for full contact, but figures to need some time to knock the rust off.
"The game changes anyways when you get into pads," Kalil said. "It's a completely different game. These two days with no pads, it won't take me long to get back into it."