EAGAN, Minn. – Stefon Diggs and Xavier Rhodes were each held out of Vikings practice on Wednesday in what was a disciplinary move by coach Mike Zimmer.
“They did not make me happy," Zimmer told reporters.
Asked if he told them they wouldn't be practicing, Zimmer said, "Correct."
Diggs and Rhodes had spent part of Tuesday's practice jawing at each other after Diggs' beat Rhodes for a long touchdown reception and celebrated by throwing the ball in the stands. The offense celebrated the big play and Rhodes appeared to take issue with the celebration.
Rhodes stayed on for several plays afterward, even working with the second- and third-team defenses, while continuing to point and talk to members of the offense. The issue also seemed to linger during the morning walkthrough on Wednesday.
The practices have become more chippy as the Vikings have reached their third week of training camp. Right tackle Rashod Hill and defensive end Stephen Weatherly had to separated, it appeared, during Wednesday's practice.
Asked if the team just needs to face a different opponent, as it will Saturday for the first preseason game in Denver, Zimmer responded, "Yeah I guess so; just undisciplined stuff.”
Linebacker Anthony Barr was not in pads during Wednesday's afternoon practice, though he did walk through the installation part of practice.
The offensive line was still missing starters Nick Easton, Pat Elflein and Mike Remmers. The first-team offensive line continued to be comprised of left tackle Riley Reiff, left guard Tom Compton, center Cornelius Edison, right guard Danny Isidora and Hill.
Rookie guard Colby Gossett also didn't practice.
Defensive tackle Linval Joseph returned to practice, as did running back Roc Thomas. Elflein, who is on the physically unable to perform list, continued his work with the strength and conditioning staff on the side.
Zimmer has withheld discussing any injuries but did add that Diggs' and Rhodes' absences were not injury-related.
“It’s not injury-related. They didn’t make me happy.”
“I’ve handled it and should be good to go.”