Vikings make moves, looking at bird safe glass 11 Dec 14

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have placed linebacker Michael Mauti on injured reserve and signed offensive tackle Carter Bykowski off San Francisco’s practice squad.

Coach Mike Zimmer said Wednesday that Mauti needed minor surgery on his knee. The second-year player from Penn State has played almost exclusively on special teams.

Bykowski had been on the practice squad with the 49ers since they drafted him in the seventh round before the 2013 season. He’s from Eden Prairie, where the Vikings have their suburban headquarters, and played in high school for coach Mike Grant, the son of former Vikings coach and Pro Football Hall of Fame member Bud Grant.

Bykowski played at Iowa State, where he switched from tight end to tackle.

In other Vikings news, A window film designed by 3M Co. could wind up helping prevent bird deaths from the Minnesota Vikings’ new glass-heavy stadium.

The team’s $1 billion stadium due to open in 2016 depends on vast windows to create an airy feeling. But bird lovers have asked the team to change out clear glass with “fritted” glass that they say is safer for birds.

The Vikings have resisted, saying they don’t want to obscure sunlight. But Vice President Lester Bagley told the Star Tribune (http://strib.mn/1un6u8V ) the team is open to testing the clear film.

Michele Kelm-Helgen, chairwoman of the authority overseeing stadium construction, said such a study might start during bird migration season in various locations in Minnesota. The stadium would be included in tests after it is built.