The pads came on and the intensity ramped up Monday afternoon at Twin Cities Orthopedics Performance Center.

The Vikings practiced for 90 minutes, the maximum amount per NFL rules on Day 1 of pads. Practices can be longer as the week progresses, going to a maximum of 105 minutes on Tuesday and 120 on Wednesday. Thursday’s session is scheduled to be non-padded.

Players and coaches were excited for the pads to come on, as it upped the competitive nature on the field… [read more]