- Ben Goessling, ESPN Staff Writer
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MANKATO, Minn. -- The Minnesota Vikings got a long look at second-year defensive end Scott Crichton during their organized team activities and minicamp, when veteran Brian Robison missed time with a pectoral strain. Now, the Vikings will have to put their evaluation of Crichton on hold for at least a few days.
The defensive end missed practice on Monday with what a league source said was a minor ankle sprain; Crichton had his left ankle taped on Monday, and appeared to be walking with a slight limp, though the source said the injury was nothing serious.
The Oregon State product didn't play much as a rookie, but the Vikings have talked about the improvement he's made before his second season, and it seems likely Crichton will see a much larger role in 2015, particularly if the Vikings want to keep both Brian Robison and Everson Griffen from playing more than 900 snaps, as they did last season.
Here are some other notes from Monday's practice:
Monday's practice was probably the chippiest the Vikings have had in training camp so far; linebacker Gerald Hodges knocked down running back Jerick McKinnon during a run drill, and stayed on top of McKinnon, yelling for several seconds after the play. He got pulled off the field briefly, and on his next snap, tackle Matt Kalil pancaked Hodges.
Wide receiver Adam Thielen had one of his best days of camp, connecting with Teddy Bridgewater on a slick post route and making a diving catch in the middle of the field on a pass from Shaun Hill. Thielen is fighting to make the roster for a second consecutive year, and got some first-team work with Bridgewater for one of the first times in camp on Monday.