3 stunning takeaways from the Vikings first night practice of 2023

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What are some of the most significant takeaways from the first night practice of the Minnesota Vikings 2023 training camp?

A week before they travel to take on the Seattle Seahawks in their 2023 preseason opener, the Minnesota Vikings held their first night practice of this year's training camp on Thursday inside TCO Stadium.

Fans packed the stands to get a glimpse of some of the biggest names on Minnesota's roster like Justin Jefferson, Kirk Cousins, Harrison Smith, and Danielle Hunter.

For Cousins, Smith, and Hunter, it's possible that this summer's training camp could be the last one in which all three of them are members of the Vikings. Cousins and Hunter are both currently scheduled to hit free agency after the upcoming season, and the chances are high that at least one of them won't be returning to Minnesota in 2024.

Vikings right tackle Brian O'Neill is someone who isn't expected to be going anywhere anytime soon, and he took another step in the right direction on Thursday night when he participated in positional drills for the first time this summer.

O'Neill has been working his way back from a torn Achilles and his participation on Thursday is a great sign for his chances to be ready for Week 1 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on September 10th.

In addition to the return of their Pro Bowl right tackle, what were a few of the other significant takeaways from Minnesota's first night practice of the summer?