We’re a week into training camp, and the only clarity we have when it comes to the Vikings’ vacant middle linebacker position is that Chad Greenway probably isn’t going to be that guy. Head coach Mike Zimmer has moved him back to the outside exclusively so he can settle in on the weak side.

So who is in the running to be the Mike? It depends on the down, distance and situation, really.

Zimmer has been plugging and playing with different combinations of linebackers throughout camp and said yesterday that the team could possibly go with a committee at the middle linebacker spot.

“We are trying to get the best guys on the field in each situation so we’re looking at a lot of different guys,” Zimmer said, adding, “The more you can do the more value you have to this football team.”

In their base 4-3 defense, the Vikings have been using Jasper Brinkley, who is more of a downhill thumper than a cover guy, in the middle. We have also seen young linebackers Michael Mauti and Audie Cole, who had a pick-six of Teddy Bridgewater during yesterdays’ practice, at the Mike, too.