Minnesota Sports Briefs: Wild announce pay cutsMinnesota Sports
-- Around 200 full-time employees of the Minnesota Wild will have their hours and wages cut if the NHL lockout continues.
ST. PAUL -- Around 200 full-time employees of the Minnesota Wild will have their hours and wages cut if the NHL lockout continues.
The team confirmed that the staff could be put on a four-day, 32-hour work week if there's no collective bargaining agreement by December 9th. The Wild's owner plans to delay most of the salary cuts until after Christmas The first paycheck with a 20-percent reduction will come December 28th The NHL has cancelled all games through December 15th which will mean 15 lost home games for Minnesota. The NHL and Players' Association are scheduled to meet with federal mediators today in an effort to end the 74-day lockout.
Minnesota Vikings practice squad running back Jordan Todman has been signed by the Jacksonville Jaguars. Twenty-two-year-old Todman rushed for a 76-yard touchdown in Minnesota's final preseason game, but there wasn't enough room for another running back on the Vikings 53-man roster. The sixth-round pick out of Connecticut is expected to see some playing time with an injury-depleted backfield in Jacksonville. The Vikings signed rookie back Joe Banyard of Texas-El Paso to take Todman's place on the practice squad.
The Green Bay Packers expect Pro Bowl wide receiver Greg Jennings to play Sunday against the Vikings at Lambeau Field. Jennings has missed the past seven games after a November 1st surgery to repair an abdominal tear. Packers coach Mike McCarthy says Jennings will be a full participant in practice today, but it's unknown how many snapes he'll be able to hand versus Minnesota. Jennings absence has hurt Green Bay's offense which ranks 18th in yards per game and 13th in scoring.