Vikings Rumors: Start date reportedly set for 2020 training camp

(Photo by Tom Dahlin/Getty Images) Mike Zimmer
(Photo by Tom Dahlin/Getty Images) Mike Zimmer /

Among the latest Minnesota Vikings rumors is when the team could begin their 2020 training camp.

As far as Minnesota Vikings rumors go, there aren’t very many at this time of the year. There have been more floating around than usual due to the latest reports on the contract negotiations between Dalvin Cook and the Vikings. But other than that, things have been pretty quiet when it comes to the rumor mill in Minnesota.

For the last few months, the Vikings and the rest of the NFL have been dealing with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s resulted in a number of events switching to a virtual format including OTAs and the 2020 NFL Draft.

Recently, the league has begun to allow teams to re-open their facilities and some coaches have even returned to their offices. The goal throughout all of this for the NFL has been to keep as much on schedule as possible so that the 2020 season can begin on its current start date.

One of the recent Minnesota Vikings rumors could reveal the start date of training camp.

On Wednesday, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that the league’s new CBA created a rule that requires the majority of the NFL’s teams to report to training camp on the same day. This year, that day is July 28, and the Vikings will be one of the teams required to check-in on this date.

As for the remaining four teams in the league, Schefer says the Kansas City Chiefs and Houston Texans will report to camp on July 25 (due to playing in the Thursday night regular-season opener) and the Dallas Cowboys and Pittsburgh Steelers will check in on July 22 (due to playing in the Hall of Fame game).

Schefter did also mention that these dates are not 100 percent set in stone and the NFL could possibly delay the start for each team due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Unlike a number of squads around the NFL this summer, the venue where Minnesota is holding their training camp hasn’t changed from a year ago. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the league has required that all teams hold their camp at their team practice facilities, which means the Vikings will have theirs take place at the TCO Performance Center.

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It will be the third-straight year in which Minnesota will hold their training camp at the state-of-the-art practice facility since it opened back in 2018.