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Updated: June 13th, 2010 12:42pm
Notebook: Sage Rosenfels a spectator as minicamp ends

Notebook: Sage Rosenfels a spectator as minicamp ends

by Tom Pelissero
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Sage Rosenfels didn't take a single snap during team or 7-on-7 drills at the Minnesota Vikings' final minicamp practice on Sunday, after which Brad Childress tried to downplay the significance of the veteran backup's continued lack of action.

Rookie sixth-round pick Joe Webb ran the second-team offense during Saturday's practices, which emphasized blitz work, and continued with the twos on Sunday, when the team worked red zone.

With Tarvaris Jackson quarterbacking the starters, Rosenfels split limited third-team reps with undrafted rookie R.J. Archer on Saturday, and Archer got all the No. 3 work on Sunday as Rosenfels watched from a distance.

"Just rotating them around a little bit," Childress said. "We try to expose all those guys to all situations, and it wouldn't be uncommon for you to see here or in training camp, where you're trying to expose two quarterbacks and shutting a guy down for a day.

"So, I really wouldn't make anything of (Rosenfels' reps) other than we were trying to expose those other three quarterbacks to some of that red-area stuff and some of that blitz stuff."

Though Rosenfels and Jackson split first-team reps during organized team activity practices, it's been fairly obvious Jackson remains far ahead of Rosenfels for the top backup spot behind Brett Favre.

"(Jackson) was (number) one coming out of last year," Childress said, referring to how the Vikings broke minicamp before Favre signed.

"He really hasn't done anything to move himself back. So, that's what training camp is for. My expectations are all those guys come in to compete and really, the proof's in what you put on the field."

Now the question becomes whether Webb has made enough progress for the Vikings to consider dumping Rosenfels and his scheduled $2.6 million base salary even before training camp begins.

Including Favre, who hasn't participated in any offseason work, the Vikings have five quarterbacks on the roster, but Childress wouldn't rule out taking the entire group to Mankato.

Jackson was 3-for-6 passing in team drills. Webb and Archer each were 1-for-3.

Rosenfels declined to speak with reporters as he left the field.

The Vikings haven't released their training camp schedule, but Childress said it will begin with an afternoon practice on Friday, July 30.

The team then will practice twice on July 31 and once on Aug. 1 before proceeding with a two-a-day schedule, Childress said.

Childress said he hasn't spoken further with Pro Bowl running back Adrian Peterson, who irked Childress by choosing to skip the entire minicamp -- the only mandatory practices of the offseason -- to attend the fourth annual Adrian Peterson Day in his hometown of Palestine, Texas.

Asked whether a decision had been made on fining Peterson for his absence, Childress said, "Haven't had a lot of time to think about it, so no."

Cornerback Chris Cook and linebacker Chad Greenway continued to sit out with undisclosed injuries, but Childress said both are "fine."

Childress also indicated left guard Steve Hutchinson (shoulder surgery), who sat out all team drills, will be good to go for training camp.

Linebacker E.J. Henderson (leg surgery), cornerback Cedric Griffin (ACL reconstruction) and defensive tackle Pat Williams (elbow surgery) also sat out all team drills in minicamp. Williams is expected to be ready for camp, while the statuses of Henderson and Griffin remain up in the air.

Without discussing specifics, Childress said some players will continue to rehabilitate injuries at Winter Park through the Fourth of July, while others will depart sooner.

"I'm big on having them get away," Childress said, "but everyone's got a little bit different menu of where they're at rehabilitation-wise all the way across the board.

No defensive player was more visible during minicamp than former Gophers cornerback Marcus Sherels, a long-shot undrafted rookie who signed after a tryout last month.

He made two more plays on Sunday, recovering a fumble by rookie fullback Ryan D'Imperio during 7-on-7 and later blanketing Taye Biddle to break up a fade route during team drills.

"He shows up every day, and you see him make plays on the ball," Childress said. "He's healthy, he obviously has physical skills that translate into being able to play at the corner position as well as the nickel position, he has return ability and the thing that's impressive about him is, again, that he keeps showing up and making plays around the football."

• Childress said he texted back and forth with Favre again on Sunday morning but still has no timeline on the quarterback's decision on playing in 2010. "I don't know," Childress said. "Your opinion is as good as mine, realistically."

• After practice ended, Childress addressed the team for about five minutes on the field before releasing veterans for their pre-camp break. "Coaches don't like surprises that much -- (those were) my last words out here to this crowd," Childress said. "Whether it's the surprise of a phone number not working when I try to reach out into cyberspace and text message these guys and call these guys, or cutting your finger while you're peeling potatoes and the surprise is you walk back into camp (with an injury). Not a lot of surprises here (at minicamp), good surprises or bad surprises, and that's the way I like it." Rookies will continue to work out at Winter Park for another week.

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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