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  Vikings | Might keep three tight ends    Fri Aug 29, 09:24 PM

The Minnesota Vikings might keep TEs Allen Reisner and Rhett Ellison on the 53-man roster behind starter TE Kyle Rudolph. TE Chase Ford (foot) did not play in a preseason game, and is projected to not make the cut.

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  Vikings | Chase Ford might not make it    Fri Aug 29, 09:23 PM

Minnesota Vikings TE Chase Ford (foot) is making progress in his recovery from a broken foot, but he did not play in a preseason game and the team might have to look elsewhere for tight end help.

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  Vikings | Adam Thielen to make team    Fri Aug 29, 09:23 PM

Minnesota Vikings WRs Jarius Wright, Adam Thielen and Rodney Smith are projected to make the 53-man roster. General manager Rick Spielman singled out Thielen as a player who improved since minicamp. Smith is expected to hold off WR Kain Colter.

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  Vikings | Christian Ponder saves job?    Fri Aug 29, 09:22 PM

Minnesota Vikings QB Christian Ponder had a solid training camp and likely saved his job with significant work and production in the preseason finale. He might have some value if the team is not ready to put QB Teddy Bridgewater onto the field and they need someone to fill in for QB Matt Cassel.

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Christian Ponder player page
Teddy Bridgewater player page


  Vikings | Adrian Peterson refutes report    Thu Aug 28, 02:57 PM

Updating a previous report, Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson denied a report that said he told Dallas Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones that he would like to play for the Cowboys at some point. 'This was a casual conversation between NFL colleagues in which I never indicated I wanted to leave the Vikings,' Peterson said in a statement. 'I have always said I understand the NFL is a business but that I would love to retire as a Viking.'

Footballguys view: As we said before, the chances of this happening would be slim and none if slim was on a train out of town. Peterson clearly was juts talking although one wonders if the Vikings will file tampering charges against Jones and the Dallas Cowboys.

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  Vikings | Three out for Thursday    Tue Aug 26, 11:14 PM

Minnesota Vikings LB Anthony Barr (ankle), OT Phil Loadholt (ankle) and DT Linval Joseph (calf) will miss the team's preseason finale Thursday, Aug. 28.

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  Vikings | Mistral Raymond to IR    Tue Aug 26, 07:39 PM

Minnesota Vikings FS Mistral Raymond (concussion) was placed on Reserve/Injured after clearing waivers Tuesday, Aug. 26.

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  Vikings | Anthony Barr to sit out preseason game    Tue Aug 26, 06:30 PM

Minnesota Vikings LB Anthony Barr (ankle) will sit out the team's final preseason game with a sprained ankle, according to head coach Mike Zimmer.

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  Vikings | Linval Joseph update    Tue Aug 26, 01:00 PM

Minnesota Vikings DT Linval Joseph (calf) said he thinks he will be ready for Week 1 of the regular season.

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  Vikings | Michael Higgins cut    Tue Aug 26, 09:54 AM

The Minnesota Vikings released TE Michael Higgins.

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  Vikings | Chase Ford activated    Mon Aug 25, 12:14 PM

Minnesota Vikings TE Chase Ford (foot) was activated from the Physically Unable to Perform list Monday, Aug. 25.

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  Vikings | Mistral Raymond waived/injured    Mon Aug 25, 12:13 PM

Minnesota Vikings FS Mistral Raymond (concussion) was waived/injured Monday, Aug. 25.

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  Vikings | Several released    Mon Aug 25, 12:12 PM

The Minnesota Vikings released FS Brandan Bishop, OT Pierce Burton, CB Derek Cox, WR Andy Cruse, WR Kamar Jorden, WR Erik Lora, OT Kevin Murphy, DT Kheeston Randall, DE Tyler Scott, DE Jake Snyder, TE Kory Sperry, CB Robert Steeples and WR Ty Walker Monday, Aug. 25.

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Derek Cox player page
Kheeston Randall player page


  Vikings | Four cut    Mon Aug 25, 11:48 AM

The Minnesota Vikings released DE Jake Snyder, TE Kory Sperry, CB Robert Steeples and WR Ty Walker.

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  Vikings | Matt Cassel to start    Mon Aug 25, 09:52 AM

Minnesota Vikings QB Matt Cassel was named the team's starting quarterback over QB Teddy Bridgewater.

Footballguys view: We're not shocked by this. The nod goes to the veteran here in what was a close race in the preseason. Cassel loves throwing to Greg Jennings, so fantasy owners need to take note. Running a Norv Turner offense means there will be plenty of play-action passing for Cassel to target both Jennings and Cordarrelle Patterson. If he struggles, then Bridgewater will take over as the starter. He's the future at quarterback anyway, so consider Cassel's gig a part-time one.

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  Vikings | Phil Loadholt has contusion    Sun Aug 24, 01:58 PM

Updating a previous report, an MRI exam for Minnesota Vikings OT Phil Loadholt (ankle) revealed that he has an ankle contusion, as opposed to a sprain, according to a source.

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  Vikings | Not ready to name starting QB    Sun Aug 24, 12:32 PM

The Minnesota Vikings are not ready to name QB Matt Cassel as their starting quarterback at this point, according to head coach Mike Zimmer.

Footballguys view: We could see Cassel begin the season as the starter, but expect rookie Teddy Bridgewater to take over at some point this year. In a Norv Turner offense, Bridgewater will have plenty of weapons around him to be a successful starter.

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  Vikings | Phil Loadholt to get MRI    Sun Aug 24, 10:28 AM

Minnesota Vikings OT Phil Loadholt (leg) will get an MRI Sunday, Aug. 24, but the team does not believe the injury is serious.

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  Vikings | Jamarca Sanford injured    Sat Aug 23, 08:52 PM

Minnesota Vikings SS Jamarca Sanford (quadriceps) suffered a quadriceps injury during the third preseason game and is considered questionable to return.

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  Vikings | Phil Loadholt briefly leaves     Sat Aug 23, 08:40 PM

Minnesota Vikings OT Phil Loadholt (leg) left the third preseason game early because of a lower leg injury but was able to return. Loadholt underwent X-rays on the leg injury, but the results are not known.

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  Vikings | Teddy Bridgewater at No. 2    Fri Aug 22, 10:33 AM

Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater is entrenched as the No. 2 quarterback, and the team is confident with him there. QB Christian Ponder could be traded if he performs well enough.

Footballguys view: Bridgewater will be starting soon enough in Minnesota. We're excited about Bridgewater's upside because he's smart and accurate. When Bridgewater is the starter, we could see a bump for the entire passing game. Matt Cassel could begin the season as the starter, but we doubt he holds onto the job for the whole year.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson sits    Thu Aug 21, 03:48 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (personal) did not participate in practice Thursday, Aug. 21.

Footballguys view: Just a day off for Peterson, who remains one of the top fantasy running backs for 2014.

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  Vikings | Three to sit out    Thu Aug 21, 10:28 AM

Minnesota Vikings LB Gerald Hodges (knee), CB Jabari Price (arm) and DT Linval Joseph (calf) will not play in the third preseason game. All three have missed practice this week.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson sits out    Thu Aug 21, 10:25 AM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson missed practice Wednesday, Aug. 20, due to an unspecified personal matter.

Footballguys view: Just a little rest for the most important piece on offense. It's not like AP needs the practice. He's still one of our top 5 prospects for fantasy this year.

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  Vikings | Chad Greenway sits    Thu Aug 21, 10:23 AM

Minnesota Vikings LB Chad Greenway (wrist) missed practice Wednesday, Aug. 20, and has been bothered by a sore right wrist. An MRI and X-rays were negative. Greenway sprained and later broke the wrist last season, and the team is being cautious.

Footballguys view: Greenway is going to be a big part of this defense, so caution is warranted.

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  Vikings | Captain Munnerlyn takes left corner job    Wed Aug 20, 05:32 AM

After starting the season sharing No. 1 duties with Josh Robinson, Minnesota Vikings CB Captain Munnerlyn appears to have won the starting left corner job outright. Robinson has missed the past two weeks with hamstring issues and coach Mike Zimmer is losing patience with him.

Footballguys view: Munnerlyn was an opportunistic corner with good blitzing ability behind the elite front seven of the Panthers. He could be an IDP factor in leagues that require starting corners because of the similar aggressive nature of the Mike Zimmer defense in Minnesota.

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Josh Robinson player page


  Vikings | Chris Kluwe reaches settlement with team    Wed Aug 20, 05:13 AM

Updating a previous item, the Minnesota Vikings and former P Chris Kluwe reached a settlement in which the Vikings will make 'substantial monetary contributions' to five LGBT groups in the state of Minnesota as an effort to educate against homophobia.

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  Vikings | Jerome Simpson talks about appeal hearing    Tue Aug 19, 11:25 PM

Minnesota Vikings WR Jerome Simpson said Tuesday, Aug. 19, that he told the truth when he met with NFL hearings officer Harold Henderson to appeal a three-game suspension stemming from an arrest for DWI last season.

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  Vikings | Dom DeCicco to IR    Tue Aug 19, 05:57 PM

Minnesota Vikings LB Dom DeCicco (undisclosed) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list Tuesday, Aug. 19.

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  Vikings | Settlement in place with Chris Kluwe?    Tue Aug 19, 05:09 AM

There are indications the Minnesota Vikings and P Chris Kluwe have reached a settlement, as Kluwe has scheduled a press conference at his attorney's offices. The conference does not appear to be a joint one with the team, however.

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  Vikings | Dom DeCicco waived/injured    Mon Aug 18, 05:20 PM

The Minnesota Vikings placed LB Dom DeCicco (undisclosed) on no-recall waivers with a waived/injured designation Monday, Aug. 18.

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  Vikings | Shaun Prater out with injury    Sat Aug 16, 10:29 PM

Minnesota Vikings CB Shaun Prater (head) left the team's preseason game Saturday, Aug. 16, with a head injury and will not return.

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  Vikings | Chris Crocker to start Saturday    Sat Aug 16, 08:36 PM

Minnesota Vikings FS Chris Crocker will start the team's preseason game Saturday, Aug. 16.

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  Vikings | Still in settlement talks with Chris Kluwe    Fri Aug 15, 05:04 PM

The Minnesota Vikings are still in settlement talks with P Chris Kluwe. Nothing is finalized and there has been no date for completion.

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  Vikings | Jamarca Sanford may not stay atop depth chart    Fri Aug 15, 02:32 AM

Because the Minnesota Vikings have a healthy competition going at strong safety, SS Jamarca Sanford may not stay atop the depth chart. Vikings coach Mike Zimmer wants to divvy up the repetitions each player gets during the upcoming exhibition game to see who can handle the job.

Footballguys view: Andrew Sendejo, Chris Crocker, Kurt Coleman, Robert Blanton (who is currently injured) and rookie Antone Exum are causing a massive logjam at the position. The winner could be relevant in IDP leagues, but the quality of the front seven in Minnesota and free safety Harrison Smith could make it a less than desirable spot.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson won't play this weekend    Thu Aug 14, 06:46 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson will not play in the team's preseason game against the Arizona Cardinals Saturday, Aug. 16. He played in one series in the team's third preseason game last year, but other than that, he hasn't had a carry in the preseason since 2011.

Footballguys view: It's not as if he needs the practice and they want him to be there in December more than they need him in August. Peterson is still considered a top fantasy running back, and should have a tremendous season.

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  Vikings | Matt Cassel could play whole first half in preseason game    Thu Aug 14, 02:01 PM

Minnesota Vikings QB Matt Cassel could play the entire first half of the team's second preseason game, according to head coach Mike Zimmer.

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  Vikings | Injury updates    Tue Aug 12, 01:13 PM

Minnesota Vikings DT Tom Johnson (biceps) and Ss Mistral Raymond (concussion) and Jamarca Sanford (back) returned to practice Monday, Aug. 11, but CB Robert Blanton (hamstring) and LB Dom DeCicco (undisclosed) were not practicing. Head coach Mike Zimmer said he expects all the team's safeties to play in the second preseason game except for Blanton. TE Chase Ford (foot) appears to be 'probably 10 days' away from coming off the Physically Unable to Perform list.

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Chase Ford player page


  Vikings | Adrian Peterson improving pass catching    Tue Aug 12, 01:02 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson appears to be improving his pass-catching skills. He dropped one pass in practice Monday, Aug. 11, but had some nice catches.

Footballguys view: No one should be surprised if Peterson sets a career high in receptions with Norv Turner, who usually feeds his RBs targets, at the helm of the offense. There's an argument for Peterson at #1 overall if you think he isn't wearing down as mortal back with his age and career workload would be at this point.

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  Vikings | Teddy Bridgewater struggles in practice    Tue Aug 12, 01:00 PM

Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater tossed three interceptions and had two more passes that were almost picked off in practice Monday, Aug. 11. Head coach Mike Zimmer plans to talk with the other coaches to determine how they'll use their quarterbacks in the second preseason game. QB Matt Cassel will start the game after playing just the first series in the first preseason game. Bridgewater played around two quarters and was 6-for-13 with 49 yards.

Footballguys view: Bridgewater isn't generating the same momentum as fellow first-round pick QBs Blake Bortles and Johnny Manziel. Greg Jennings had excellent chemistry with Matt Cassel last year, and he could get off to a hot start if Cassel is the week 1 starter.

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  Vikings | Linval Joseph update    Mon Aug 11, 08:54 AM

Updating previous reports, Minnesota Vikings DT Linval Joseph (calf) will miss a few weeks due to a minor calf injury, but he's expected to be ready for Week 1.

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  Vikings | Matt Cassel to start again    Mon Aug 11, 08:38 AM

Minnesota Vikings QB Matt Cassel will start the second game of the preseason over QB Teddy Bridgewater.

Footballguys view: Bridgewater was a bit inconsistent in his preseason debut. The rookie is our favorite QB from this draft class, but he's going to have to prove that he can be consistently productive if the team is going to turn the reins of the offense over to him.

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Teddy Bridgewater player page


  Vikings | Kory Sperry signs    Sun Aug 10, 05:55 PM

The Minnesota Vikings signed free-agent TE Kory Sperry (Cardinals) to an undisclosed deal.

Footballguys view: Sperry has bounced around the league a bit since he came out of Colorado State as an undrafted free agent in 2009. He's athletic and can be used on seam routes, but Sperry has little chance of sticking on the final roster.

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  Vikings | Linval Joseph injured in shooting    Sat Aug 9, 12:49 PM

Minnesota Vikings DT Linval Joseph (calf) was hit in the calf by a stray bullet during a shooting in Minneapolis Friday, Aug. 8. He was taken to the hospital where he was treated and released. He is expected to return to practice this upcoming week.

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  Vikings | Three DBs sit with injuries    Sat Aug 9, 12:55 AM

Minnesota Vikings CB Robert Blanton (hamstring), SS Jamarca Sanford (back) and SS Andrew Sendejo (ankle, back) were each inactive in the preseason opener Friday, Aug. 8, against the Oakland Raiders.

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  Vikings | Kurt Coleman looks good in start    Sat Aug 9, 12:54 AM

Minnesota Vikings SS Kurt Coleman made the start in the preseason game against the Oakland Raiders Friday, Aug. 8. He was not listed as a starter on the team's initial depth chart of the preseason, but he started and has separated himself in the group simply by staying health. Coleman deflected a pass and had an interception in the exhibition opener. 'Kurt's done a good job,' head coach Mike Zimmer said. 'He's a veteran guy. Been a good special teams player in the league. He doesn't make the same mistake twice. Works real hard, studies real hard, asks good questions. He's done a very nice job.'

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  Vikings | Anthony Barr debuts with sack    Sat Aug 9, 12:53 AM

Minnesota Vikings LB Anthony Barr combined with DT Tom Johnson for a sack in the preseason opener against the Oakland Raiders Friday, Aug. 8. The rookie Barr had an assist and quarterback hurry in his professional debut.

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  Vikings | Teddy Bridgewater so-so in debut    Sat Aug 9, 12:31 AM

Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater completed six of his 13 pass attempts for 49 yards in his preseason debut Friday, Aug. 8, against the Oakland Raiders. He did not throw any touchdown passes, nor did he toss any interceptions. The rookie out of Louisville was also sacked twice.

Footballguys view: Bridgewater bounced back from a strip-sack, but didn't really do anything particularly auspicious in his preseason debut. If the Vikings were looking for a reason to start Bridgewater over Cassel early in the season, he didn't give them that last night.

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  Vikings | Mistral Raymond leaves game    Sat Aug 9, 12:31 AM

Minnesota Vikings FS Mistral Raymond (concussion) left the preseason game against the Oakland Raiders Friday, Aug. 8, due to concussion-like symptoms.

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  Vikings | Plenty of totes for backup RBs    Sat Aug 9, 12:23 AM

Minnesota Vikings RB Jerick McKinnon led the team with 12 carries and 45 yards in the preseason opener against the Oakland Raiders Friday, Aug. 8. He was also targeted twice, although he had zero receptions. RB Dominique Williams had nine totes for 27 yards, while RB Joe Banyard hauled the mail eight times for 22 yards while posting 13 yards on two catches. RB Matt Asiata also had three runs for 13 yards and a touchdown.

Footballguys view: McKinnon is part of a committee that will back up Adrian Peterson this year, but he could be a potential long-term replacement with his terrific measureables and upside as he converts to RB full-time.

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