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Updated: June 29th, 2010 10:47am
No workout scheduled yet for veteran guard Chester Pitts

No workout scheduled yet for veteran guard Chester Pitts

by Tom Pelissero
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If the Minnesota Vikings remain interested in taking a look at free-agent guard Chester Pitts, it's unclear when they'll have a chance to do so.

The longtime Houston Texans guard said last month he planned to work out for NFL teams on July 15 and the Vikings were among five teams that had expressed interest.

However, according to NFL sources, no workout has been scheduled because Pitts still is recovering from microfracture knee surgery, and the Vikings haven't committed to attending whenever a workout does take place.

That doesn't mean the Vikings aren't interested. Sources confirmed the Vikings have inquired about Pitts, who had started all 114 games in Texans history before injuring the knee on Sept. 20.

But it's always been assumed Pitts, who turned 31 on Saturday, wouldn't sign with any team until just before training camps open at the end of next month. So, until he's fully recovered -- July 15 long has been the target date -- there's no rush to schedule a workout.

Pitts already has visited Detroit, San Francisco and Seattle and last month pegged the Seahawks as the favorite. He told Sirius NFL Radio that Philadelphia and the Vikings also called to inquire.

All indications continue to be the Vikings are prepared to go into this season with the same starting offensive line they had in 2009. However, right guard Anthony Herrera struggled last season and depth is shaky, so it wouldn't be a surprise if the Vikings remain open to the possibility of signing another veteran.

Tom Pelissero is Senior Editor and columnist for He hosts from 6 to 8 p.m. weeknights and co-hosts from 10 a.m. to noon Sundays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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In this story: Anthony Herrera