EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Here he is again, Marcus Sherels, beginning his seventh season in the NFL without assurance of a roster spot with the Minnesota Vikings.Sherels long ago proved his worth as a sure-handed, soft-spoken punt returner, whose self-made career has become one of the best stories in franchise history after starting out in 2010 as an undrafted local invited to rookie camp only on a tryout basis.The depth chart at cornerback is even more crowded now, though, and Sherels isnt in the top six there. Kickoff returner Cordarelle Patterson isnt a significant contributor as a wide receiver, either.So the Vikings could be challenged next week to either keep a pair of limited-role players and hinder their depth at another position, or let go of a valuable returner such as Sherels or Patterson.Not that Sherels would acknowledge any worry about this.Thats the coaches job, he said. We just try to come in and compete.As for the pride the 5-foot-10, 175-pound product of John Marshall High School in Rochester and the University of Minnesota surely takes in lasting this long in a league with an average career thats about half of his, Sherels keeps that quiet, too.Im just taking it year by year, he said.The smile widens, and the lilt in his voice accelerates when the subject of the four former Gophers currently in camp is broached.Wide receiver Troy Stoudermire was signed this summer after three years in the Canadian Football League, and hes getting a look as a punt and kickoff returner. Sherels, naturally, has taken to a mentoring role for a player he spent two seasons with at Minnesota.Hes really talented, and hes been playing well. Im happy for him, and its fun watching him, Sherels said. I remember in college, he did everything.The smile comes freely for Sherels, too, when asked about his interception return for a touchdown last week at Seattle. This came during a trying month for him and his family, following a serious medical issue that popped up recently for his older brother, Mike Sherels, and required two surgeries.There couldnt be a better guy for that to happen to, said wide receiver Adam Thielen, another one of the seven Minnesota natives currently in camp. He works hard for it. He deserves it. Hes a heck of a football player. Obviously, good guys, good things happen to them.Game notes The Vikings will practice on Friday at U.S. Bank Stadium, their new $1.1 billion home set to debut on Sunday for the preseason game against San Diego. ... Coach Mike Zimmer said QB Taylor Heinicke, who wouldve been in line to challenge Shaun Hill for the primary backup role to Teddy Bridgewater, will probably be out another six to eight weeks. Heinicke, whos on the non-football injury list after an off-the-field accident before training camp, had surgery to repair a severed tendon in his left foot. 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VAL DISERE, France -- Ilka Stuhecs stunning start to the World Cup ski season is a family affair.After winning the downhill in Val dIsere on Saturday -- her third downhill win and fourth victory overall -- she praised the person who looks after her skis.Its my mum, Stuhec said. Shes preparing my skis, which she does the best.Stuhec planned to make a couple of calls before getting some rest, as she prepares for a super-G here on Sunday.I will just call my sister and my dad and that will be it, she said. Then I will just turn off my phone, otherwise it will go crazy again.Race winners in the French Alpine resort are traditionally offered a cow, which they get to name.Stuhec will name her cow Isa (pronounced Isha).My dogs name, Stuhec explained. We had to euthanize (the dog) one week ago. Thats why Im crying now.Before this year, Stuhecs best World Cup finish was fourth in a super-G in 2013.Over the summer, frustrated by insufficient support from the Slovenian ski federation, she took matters into her own hands.I needed to make a huge step and make my own team, she said. It was really hard at the beginning. We did get some support from the federation, but for sure I hoped for more.She sensed her fortunes were turning for the better just before her breakthrough weekend in Lake Louise this month, when she won both downhill races and placed fifth in a super-G.I had this weird feeling, like `Its time, she said. I felt really confident. Its working, I guess.It certainly is.Stuhecs latest success followed her win on Friday in an Alpine combined. She was up to third in the overall World Cup standings.On the Oreiller-Killy course bathed in morning sunshine, Stuhec finished .28 seconds ahead of Austrian Cornelia Huetter and .32 clear of Italian Soffia Goggia, who iss also enjoying a breakthrough season.ddddddddddddGoggia also had a career best of fourth before this season, and now has six podiums in eight races. She was also third on Friday, and strengthened her grip on second in the overall, 31 points behind American slalom specialist Mikaela Shiffrin.Everyone asks me about the overall, but actually its not my goal, Goggia said. Maybe when I was a child and I was dreaming about having this crystal globe in my hands.Still, Goggia is confident that she can turn her podium finishes into wins.I still havent found my limit yet on the downhill, she said. I have more to give.Three Italians, including two sisters, completed the top six: Nadia Fanchini was fourth, then Johanna Schnarf and Elena FanchiniBut the day belonged to Stuhec as she accelerated away on the bottom section to beat Huetter, who has 10 career podiums.After crossing the line, Stuhec put her hands over her face and then sank onto her back, shaking her head in disbelief.It was a surprise for me. Coming down and seeing the No. 1 (on the screen), Stuhec said. I thought Id made too many mistakes.Meanwhile, defending World Cup overall champion Lara Gut of Switzerland failed to finish for the second straight race, skiing off course after losing balance on the top section.There are days when you feel well and you ski well, and there are some when you just cannot bring it all together, said Gut, who explained that a bump on the course led to her mishap. Thats how it goes.Gut came here with a great chance of overtaking Shiffrin, but remains 105 points behind and has dropped down to fourth overall.She needs to score big points on Sunday. ' ' '