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Updated: July 26th, 2011 10:55am
Percy Harvin leads march into Vikings facility; undrafted rookies sign

Percy Harvin leads march into Vikings facility; undrafted rookies sign

by Tom Pelissero
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Percy Harvin didn't waste any time returning work.

The standout receiver was the first player inside Minnesota Vikings headquarters at almost exactly 9 a.m. Tuesday, moments after the NFL's lockout ban on being in team facilities ended.

Harvin smiled and waved as he left a short time later but didn't stop to speak with about a dozen reporters documenting the scene. Neither did cornerback Cedric Griffin, another early arriver who is coming off of another season-ending knee injury.

About 15 players were spotted entering the parking lot within the first 90 minutes the facility was open. That included quarterbacks Christian Ponder and Rhett Bomar, halfback Toby Gerhart, receiver Jaymar Johnson, tight ends Kyle Rudolph and Jimmy Kleinsasser, centers John Sullivan and Jon Cooper, guard Chris DeGeare, ends Everson Griffen and Brian Robison and linebacker E.J. Henderson.

Undrafted signings

The window for signing undrafted free agents also opened at 9 a.m., and the Vikings made several moves, according to NFL sources and various reports.

The agent for Ohio State cornerback DeVon Torrence and Kentucky running back Derrick Locke confirmed both had signed with the Vikings. Another running back, Utah's Matt Asiata, also signed with the Vikings, according to his brother's Twitter page, and Cal Poly receiver Domonique Johnson told the San Luis Obispo Tribune he has signed with the Vikings, too.

Others reported to have signed with the Vikings included Iowa tight end Allen Reisner, North Carolina tight end Ed Barham, UTEP guard Rob Huntley, Stanford kicker Nate Whitaker, Hillsdale receiver Ander Holmes, Arizona offensive lineman Conan Amituanai, Miami cornerback Ryan Hill, Valdosta State linebacker Larry Dean, North Carolina State end David Akinniyi and Wyoming cornerback Marcell Gipson.

The Vikings entered the day with 51 players under contract and 10 draft picks, leaving 29 spots on the 90-man camp roster. Vice president of player personnel Rick Spielman said on Monday he wasn't sure all spots would be filled before camp opens on Sunday but the team "for sure" would take advantage over the course of camp, potentially with different rookies rotating through.

The Vikings did not plan to release a list of signings until Wednesday.

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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