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Monday, August 20, 2007

Evans still missing

Vikings defensive tackle Fred Evans missed another practice today and it's uncertain when he will return.

Evans' attorney, Adam Swickle, said the second-year player is still in Florida on administrative probation after pleading no contest Thursday to felony charges of battery on a police officer and resisting arrest stemming from a June 23 arrest in Miami Beach.

Evans, who received two years' probation on each of those charges, still faces a Sept. 5 court date in Texas on a misdemeanor charge of possession of marijuana and must remain in Florida because of that case, Swickle said, until Minnesota authorities accept his application to live here.

Asked how long that might take, Swickle said: "Really, it depends on the people in Minnesota. I've got to be honest, the process has taken months before, but I don't expect that. It could take weeks, however."

Swickle said his office sent all the paperwork from Evans' cases to Minnesota on Thursday and has done everything possible to expedite matters.

Evans' Florida probation supervisor and Minnesota officials could not immediately be reached for comment.

Vikings defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier said he hopes Evans doesn't miss too much more time.

"No doubt, you'd like to be able to get him in here as soon as possible and get some reps under his belt," Frazier said. "It's been a while since he's played in some competitive situations. Hopefully, some of those issues will get resolved here real soon and we can get him on board and get him on the football field."

Swickle said Evans, who still faces a possible NFL fine or suspension under the league's personal conduct policy, is not required to report to a probation officer while on administrative probation and simply must stay out of trouble for the next 12 months.


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