Following up on this week's Team Notes
. ... As St. Paul Pioneer Press beat man Chris Tomasson reminded readers, Case Keenum
threw four interceptions last year in London and had another miscue when he sought to pronounce Twickenham Stadium.
Keenum likely will start at quarterback for the Vikings against Cleveland on Sunday at Twickenham.
Keenum played for the Los Angeles Rams at the stadium last October, and had a rough outing in a 17-10 loss to the New York Giants.
“I appreciate you mentioning that, in case you didn’t know,’’ Keenum said when reminded of his four picks. “Cool atmosphere. It’s a great spot. I made the mistake of calling it ‘Twicken-HAM. I think it’s ‘Twicking-UM.’ Just a side note. That’s free advice
Keenum completed 32 of 53 passes for 291 yards and a touchdown but threw three interceptions in the fourth quarter with the game still in doubt. He insisted he’s not looking at Sunday’s return visit as a chance for international redemption.
“It’s a totally different situation,’’ Keenum said. “It may be the same stadium, but I see it as a totally different situation with a totally different team. I’m just going to go and do my job. I’m not looking backwards.’’
Keenum has taken over with Sam Bradford
having missed five of the past six games with a knee injury. Barring a quick recovery by Bradford, Keenum again will be at the controls.
Keenum is excited about being able to enjoy the atmosphere again at Twickenham, He will pronounce it correctly this time even though nobody apparently got too bent out of shape last year.
“Everyone over there is really friendly,’’ Keenum said. “It’s a blast, once you get used to the time difference and everything. I’m looking (forward to it).’’
Meanwhile, wide receiver Stefon Diggs
has not played or practiced the last two weeks due to a groin injury, but he was able to get back on the field Wednesday.
Andrew Krammer of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported that Diggs had a helmet on while going through drills at Vikings practice on Wednesday. As Profootballtalk.com suggested, that’s a step back toward the lineup and we’ll see if he takes another one during Thursday’s practice.
That practice will be held in England as the Vikings are headed there on an overnight flight to begin preparations for Sunday’s game against the Browns. They have a bye after that game, which may factor into their ultimate decision about playing Diggs against an 0-7 team this weekend.
Also worth noting. ... Keenum (chest) and Michael Floyd
(calf) were also limited Wednesday. Laquon Treadwell
(toe) worked fully.
I'll continue to follow up on all involved after the team gets in their first practice in London.