EAGAN, Minn. — Stefon Diggs and Xavier Rhodes had been absent from Minnesota Vikings observe on Wednesday as a result of disciplinary causes, coach Mike Zimmer stated.
“They didn’t make me glad,” Zimmer stated earlier than clarifying that their absences weren’t associated to harm.
Diggs and Rhodes started jawing in observe on Tuesday when Diggs caught a 50-yard landing cross from Kirk Cousins and proceeded to launch the ball into the stands. Rhodes stayed on the sector for a number of reps after the actual fact and continued enjoying at nook with the third-team protection.
The 2 had already been exchanging trash speak after Rhodes intercepted a cross meant for Adam Thielen and Diggs made a number of huge features on passes thrown within the nook’s course. The heated nature of their interplay carried over into Wednesday morning’s walk-through earlier than Zimmer determined to make them sit out.
“Simply undisciplined stuff,” Zimmer stated.
The Vikings have been practising as a full staff since July 28. On Saturday, Minnesota performs its first preseason sport in Denver.
“It is that point of camp to go play in opposition to someone else,” offensive coordinator John DeFilippo stated. “The protection is aware of our calls, we all know their calls. It is getting a bit of chippy on the market. It is time to take some chipiness out on someone else.”
Additionally not collaborating in Wednesday’s observe was linebacker Anthony Barr, whose absence from staff drills final week stirred up alleged commerce controversy Zimmer elected to handle on his personal accord. The coach later revealed that “a tweak” was the explanation behind Barr sitting out final Thursday.
Whereas he wouldn’t element why Barr sat out this week, Zimmer did make clear, once more, that it has nothing to do with a commerce.
“I believed I put that to mattress final Friday,” he stated.