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Thursday, July 31, 2008
Black and Blue all over: Joint practice beckons

By Kevin Seifert
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- As we await the latest installment in Brett Favre mania, we are ruing one possible bi-product: We might have to scrap plans to attend Thursday night's annual joint practice between the Minnesota Vikings and Kansas City Chiefs in River Falls, Wis.

The event has been scaled down over the years, but it still represents a noticeable uptick in intensity and the first chance to see how players will respond in even a pseudo-game environment. It's usually good for a few tussles here and there, but both the Vikings and Chiefs can relax knowing that a prime instigator -- Vikings defensive end Ray Edwards -- isn't expected to participate because of a back injury.

One defensive end who will be on the field is the Vikings' Jared Allen, whom the Chiefs traded away in one of the biggest moves of the NFL offseason. Allen said this week that he "has bigger fish to fry" than the Chiefs but didn't hide his long-running disdain for Kansas City president Carl Peterson: "I've got nothing to talk to him about," Allen said.

The practice begins at 6:30 p.m. at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. We'll provide some highlights if we can.

In other division news (and yes, WE KNOW THERE ARE MORE TEAMS IN THE NFC NORTH BESIDES THE PACKERS AND THE TEAMS THAT MIGHT HAVE INTEREST IN BRETT FAVRE.):