When the dust settled, it seems like it may have been much ado about nothing.
The Vikings were missing some of their star power on Wednesday as wide receiver Stefon Diggs, linebacker Anthony Barr and cornerback Xavier Rhodes were sitting out training camp practice at the TCO Performance Center in Eagan.
Following practice head coach Mike Zimmer indicated Diggs and Rhodes were out because of discipline.
“They did not make me happy,” Zimmer said. “Just undisciplined stuff,” he added.
Things had gotten contentious between Diggs and Rhodes during Tuesday’s practice. But at Thursday’s media availability, Diggs said there was no hatchet to bury. The star receiver probably displayed some of the competitive nature that turned him into a superstar and got him a healthy contract extension from the Vikings this summer.
Rhodes, for his part, has also gotten paid handsomely for his defensive excellence, and part of that competitive fire may have spilled over in the practice setting.
“It’s over and done with,” Rhodes said. :We’re still going to go out there and compete each and every day because we know we need one another.”
On another note, Zimmer did not say why Barr was out Wednesday. The team isn’t required to provide injury information during camp.
Defensive tackle Linval Joseph, who sat out Tuesday, did return on Wednesday.
Barr, who is being paid $12.3 million this season under the fifth-year option in his contract, could be in line for a contract extension at some point but it’s unclear if that is going to happen. Zimmer called a press conference last week in order to address “a report” about Barr potentially being traded. Zimmer said the team is not trying to deal the veteran.