As organized team activities continued Wednesday morning at the TCO Performance Center in Egan, star defensive end Daniel Hunter was still nowhere to be found.
The 26-year-old pass rusher has yet to participate in an OTA, with the mandatory minicamp scheduled for June 15-17. If Hunter misses it, he will face a fine of up to $93,085.
There is speculation that Hunter is unhappy with his current contract which pays him an average of $14.4 million per season. He missed all the previous seasons due to a neck injury.
When asked about the situation, coach Mike Zimmer said he had not heard from Hunter. He wanted to praise the rest of the team for having an “approximately 95 percent” attendance at the OTAs.
“For the most part, we’ve had excellent partnerships,” Zimmer said. “We’ll see when the minicamp shows up.”
Apart from Hunter’s conspicuous absence, cornerback Jeff Gladney was not in attendance. He was Arrested in Dallas on April 5 Charged with third-degree felony family violence assault.
At the time Vikings issued the following statement: “We are aware of Jeff’s arrest and are collecting additional information. We take this matter very seriously, as the alleged allegations are extremely disturbing. We have no further comments at this time.” Won’t be.”
On the injury front, rookie left tackle Christian Darissau was present on Wednesday morning but did not participate in the workout. He is recovering from what Zimmer classified as a groin injury.
Meanwhile, cornerback Cameron Dantzler, defensive tackle Hercules Matafa and punter Briton Colquitt were present on Wednesday morning after missing out last week. On the other hand, cornerback Patrick Peterson and rookie linebacker Chase Surratt were the new players added to the absent list.
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