Rhett Bomar (Alissa Foreman/Viking Update)
QB Rhett Bomar apologized to the team for his arrest over the weekend, but bigger-name players like Percy Harvin and Visanthe Shiancoe were starting to miss portions of practice with injuries.
Fourth-string quarterback Rhett Bomar addressed his teammates and coaches Monday morning about his arrest for suspicion of drunken driving in the early morning hours Sunday.
“It’s not something that we’re pleased about,” head coach Leslie Frazier said after Monday morning’s practice. “We feel like we’ll be able to handle it internally and get some things done in regards to him. But he’s a guy that, like so many, has to hopefully learn from a mistake and move forward. He addressed our team and talked to them about the direction he’d like to be able to go and apologized for any negativity it brought on the team and the organization.”
Bomar was at Monday’s practice and took part, although his reps appeared to be limited a bit more than usual, especially when it came to the part of practice where the full-team offense was together. During the team installation session, Donovan McNabb, Christian Ponder and Joe Webb rotated through three times without Bomar taking a snap.
For now, however, Bomar remains part of the team.
“We just want to make sure that there’s nothing else that we need to know that’s not out there. I think he’s been forthright and we just want to make sure we cover our bases in that regard,” Frazier said.
Some of Bomar’s teammates supported the Vikings giving him a second chance with the team, including defensive end Jared Allen, who was arrested or charged with driving under the influence three times prior to being traded to the Vikings in 2006 and hasn’t had issues with that since.
“He said he made a mistake. I don't know – I was at home with my wife. It's his problem. Obviously the kid made a mistake, he'll deal with it and we'll move forward,” Allen said. “I think everybody deserves second chances if you can learn from them and move forward. Nobody in this world is perfect. So it's one of those things – it does happen, it happens to the best of us, and all you can do is learn from your mistake. I think people are willing to forgive you if you learn from your mistake and move forward. He'll just have to prove it now.”
Frazier said it was Bomar’s idea to address the team.
“As we talked, he felt bad about what had happened and he knew how the guys would look,” Frazier said. “You’ve got a number of guys we have. You’ve got 99 percent of the guys doing the right thing and one guy sticks out like a sore thumb, so [he was] really embarrassed and he wanted to talk to the guys about that.”
HARVIN, SHIANCOE AMONG INJURED
The Vikings’ second week of training camp started with a few players on the sidelines, with a few more joining them by the end of Monday’s morning practice.
Linebacker Kenny Onatolu (fractured foot) and guard Anthony Herrera (ACL) remained sidelined, and safeties Tyrell Johnson (hamstring) and Simeon Castille (unspecified injury Saturday) started practice on the sidelines. Defensive end Adrian Awasom wasn’t at practice because he was ill and cornerback Marcell Gipson is dealing with the death of his grandmother, head coach Leslie Frazier said.
By the end of practice they were joined by more notable names, like Visanthe Shiancoe, Percy Harvin and Steve Hutchinson. Shiancoe tweaked his hamstring after catching a pass from Donovan McNabb and Harvin was dealing with the rigors of camp.
“Percy’s a little bit winded, ribs were a little sore, so we decided to hold him out a little bit and we’ll see how he does [Tuesday],” Frazier said. “I expect both of those guys back in a short time, but the hamstring is the one you have to be very careful about.”
Hutchinson was also limited in practice with a pectoral issue.
“A little shoulder soreness,” Frazier said. “So, we just [were being] precautionary, said, ‘Hey, just get the mental part of practice and we’ll get the physical part another day.”
Cornerback Cedric Griffin has been practicing since the start of training camp while recovering from a torn anterior cruciate ligament last season, his second ACL injury in as many years, but Frazier said he didn’t plan on playing Griffin in the preseason opener Saturday.
With Griffin likely out, the battle for the No. 2 cornerback spot – at least for Saturday’s game – is between Chris Cook and Asher Allen. “We’ve still got quite a bit of football to go here, so we’ll take a look at [Cook] and Asher and the other guys and we’ll see who just kind of rises to the top,” Frazier said. “What he’s doing in practice, it really gives you some hope that he’s on course, but we’ve got a lot more to go before we get to San Diego.”
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