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  Vikings | Mike Wallace a likely cut    Wed Feb 10, 11:43 AM

Minnesota Vikings WR Mike Wallace is likely to be cut in the offseason as he carries an $11.5 million salary for 2016.

Footballguys view: This one is easy as shooting fish in a barrel. Wallace has under-performed for years while also getting overpaid. There is zero left in dead money on his contract, so expect the Vikings to move on quickly.

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  Vikings | Jerick McKinnon a star in waiting?    Sun Feb 7, 11:22 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Jerick McKinnon has averaged at least 5.2 yards per carry and at least 83 rushing yards in every game that he has received at least 15 carries.

Footballguys view: McKinnon has done a good job of transitioning from college quarterback to pro running back. Adrian Peterson isn't going to play forever, and the Vikings have a future starter in McKinnon.

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  Vikings | Phil Loadholt back for OTAs?    Mon Feb 1, 10:15 PM

Minnesota Vikings OT Phil Loadholt (Achilles') said Monday, Feb. 1, that he started running last week and feels he will be ready for the teams' organized team activities (OTAs).

Footballguys view: The big man seems ahead in the recovery process at this time. We'd be shocked if he does much in OTAs as the team doesn't want to aggravate the injury. It looks like Loadholt is on track for the start of training camp.

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  Vikings | Minnesota coaching roles clearer    Mon Jan 25, 02:50 PM

Minnesota Vikings assistant coaches Pat Shurmur and Kevin Stefanski will coach the tight ends and running backs, respectively, next season.

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  Vikings | Sign Terrell Sinkfield    Sat Jan 23, 02:08 PM

Free-agent WR Terrell Sinkfield (Giants) was signed to a Reserve/Futures deal by the Minnesota Vikings Saturday, Jan. 23.

Footballguys view: Sinkfield is super fast...like 4.2 40-yard dash fast. He's a Minnesota native who impressed during his time in the CFL. In super deep dynasty leagues, we're monitoring his NFL career.

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  Vikings | Pat Shurmur to meet with Vikes    Thu Jan 21, 01:03 PM

Free-agent offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur (Eagles) will interview with the Minnesota Vikings in the coming days. Shurmur is expected to be interviewing for the running backs coaching job.

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  Vikings | Tony Sparano hired by Vikes    Wed Jan 13, 05:30 PM

Former Miami Dolphins head coach Tony Sparano was hired as the new offensive line coach for the Minnesota Vikings Wednesday, Jan. 13. Sparano served as the San Francisco 49ers tight ends coach last year. Terms of the deal weren't disclosed. Vikings offensive line coach Jeff Davidson was fired Tuesday, Jan. 12.

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  Vikings | Jeff Davidson fired    Tue Jan 12, 02:19 PM

Minnesota Vikings offensive line coach Jeff Davidson was let go Tuesday, Jan. 12.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson posts fewer receptions    Mon Jan 11, 01:57 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson caught only 30 passes this season even though the team said they wanted to throw to him more often in order to reduce some of the hits he receives as a runner. He was targeted only 36 times, which was fewer than all but two seasons during his career.

Footballguys view: With Jerick McKinnon emerging as a fine running back himself, the team didn't have to use Peterson much as a receiver. Next season, we should continue to see McKinnon featured as a pass-catching and change-of-pace back behind Peterson.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson to work on ball security    Mon Jan 11, 01:49 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson said his top priority this offseason will be working on cutting down on his fumbles. Peterson fumbled eight times this season and lost four of the fumbles.

Footballguys view: Peterson's fumble against the Seahawks turned the tide in favor of Seattle. The Vikings fought back, but missed a chip-shot field goal to win the game.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson held in check    Sun Jan 10, 05:48 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson rushed for 45 yards on 23 carries during the wild-card playoff game against the Seattle Seahawks.

Footballguys view: Peterson's fumble late in the game helped the Seahawks get the lead. The weather certainly played a factor as to why this was such a low-scoring game.

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  Vikings | Teddy Bridgewater quiet in playoff game    Sun Jan 10, 05:47 PM

Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater went 17-for-24 for 146 yards during the wild-card playoff game against the Seattle Seahawks.

Footballguys view: It was hovering around zero degrees for this game...nobody should have been expecting much from either passing game in this contest.

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  Vikings | Terence Newman questionable     Sun Jan 10, 03:25 PM

Minnesota Vikings CB Terence Newman (ankle) is questionable to return against the Seattle Seahawks with an ankle injury.

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  Vikings | Minnesota inactives for wild-card round    Sun Jan 10, 11:40 AM

The Minnesota Vikings have declared C Nick Easton, DT Kenrick Ellis, QB Taylor Heinicke, WR Charles Johnson, DE Zach Moore, OT Jeremiah Sirles, LB Brandon Watts inactive for Week 18.

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  Vikings | Friday injury report for Week 18    Fri Jan 8, 04:46 PM

Minnesota Vikings DT Kenrick Ellis (ankle) is ruled out for the wild-card game against the Seattle Seahawks Sunday, Jan. 10. FB Zach Line (illness), DT Linval Joseph (foot), DE Everson Griffen (shoulder) and WR Adam Thielen (shoulder, back) are probable. Ellis did not practice Friday, Jan. 8, while the others were full participants.

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Zach Line player page
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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson will play    Fri Jan 8, 04:14 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (back) is listed as probable for the wild-card game against the Seattle Seahawks Sunday, Jan. 10.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson practices    Fri Jan 8, 12:35 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (back) returned to practice Friday, Jan. 8.

Footballguys view: Just as we expected, Peterson would get some rest then get back to the playing field. It's going to be a cold day in Minnesota, with temperatures hovering around 0 degrees. That sure sounds like a day to pound the rock on the ground, and that's the plan the Vikings will have for Seattle on Sunday.

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  Vikings | Wild-card weekend Thursday practice report    Thu Jan 7, 05:47 PM

Minnesota Vikings DT Kenrick Ellis (ankle) did not practice Thursday, Jan. 7. DT Linval Joseph (foot) and DE Everson Griffen (shoulder) were limited. WR Adam Thielen (shoulder, back) practiced in full.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson sits Thursday    Thu Jan 7, 12:27 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (back) is out of practice Thursday, Jan. 7.

Footballguys view: It's just rest so he is fresh against a tough Seattle Seahawks defense. Peterson is one of the safer bets in fantasy this weekend and we would pay up for him in daily contests as well.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson sits out    Wed Jan 6, 05:37 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (back) did not take part in practice Wednesday, Jan. 6.

Footballguys view: Meh. It's Wednesday, and we're not that worried. Peterson should be ready to rock for Sunday's game at home against the Seahawks.

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  Vikings | Wednesday practice report for Week 18    Wed Jan 6, 05:32 PM

Minnesota Vikings DT Kenrick Ellis (ankle) and FB Zach Line (illness) did not practice Wednesday, Jan. 6. DT Linval Joseph (foot) and DE Everson Griffen (shoulder) were limited, while WR Adam Thielen (shoulder, back) practiced in full.

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Linval Joseph player page
Kenrick Ellis player page
Zach Line player page
Adam Thielen player page


  Vikings | Rhett Ellison to IR    Wed Jan 6, 01:31 PM

Minnesota Vikings TE Rhett Ellison (ankle) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list Wednesday, Jan. 6.

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  Vikings | Minnesota WRs struggle in victory    Mon Jan 4, 01:57 AM

Minnesota Vikings WRs Mike Wallace, Jarius Wright, Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs each struggled in the Week 17 game against the Green Bay Packers. Wallace had one grab for 22 yards, while Wright had 21 yards on two receptions. Thielen posted 16 yards on his only target, and Diggs had an eight-yard grab on two receptions.

Footballguys view: The Vikings just aren't built (nor do they want) to go through the air. The offense is built around RB Adrian Peterson and rushing the rock. Diggs may have a good game here and there, but this team wants to run as much as possible and play good defense to win games.

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Adam Thielen player page
Stefon Diggs player page


  Vikings | Adrian Peterson secures rushing title    Mon Jan 4, 01:57 AM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (back) ran 19 times for 67 yards and a touchdown in the Week 17 game against the Green Bay Packers, and he added one reception for just one yard. His production was good enough to secure his third-career NFL rushing title.

Footballguys view: Peterson finishes with 1,485 rushing yards this year. After missing most of last year, nobody should be surprised that Peterson came back with a vengeance. We'll see how far he can lead the Vikings in the postseason.

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  Vikings | Teddy Bridgewater does little in win    Mon Jan 4, 01:56 AM

Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater completed 10 of his 19 pass attempts for 99 yards, no touchdowns and one interception in the Week 17 game against the Green Bay Packers. He was sacked three times while rushing for just two yards on two attempts.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson return to game    Sun Jan 3, 10:59 PM

Updating a previous report, Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (back) returned to the Week 17 game against the Green Bay Packers late in the fourth quarter.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson goes to locker room    Sun Jan 3, 10:41 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (back) went to the locker room in the third quarter of the Week 17 game against the Green Bay Packers due to a back injury. He is questionable to return.

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  Vikings | Adam Thielen leaves game    Sun Jan 3, 10:28 PM

Minnesota Vikings WR Adam Thielen (shoulder) left the Week 17 game against the Green Bay Packers in the third quarter due to a shoulder injury.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson ready to run    Sun Jan 3, 07:26 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (ankle, shoulder) is active for the Week 17 game against the Green Bay Packers.

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  Vikings | Minnesota Week 17 Inactives    Sun Jan 3, 07:24 PM

Minnesota Vikings OT Nick Easton, QB Taylor Heinicke, WR Charles Johnson, DT Linval Joseph (foot), DL Zach Moore, OT Jeremiah Sirles and LB Brandon Watts are inactive for the Week 17 game against the Green Bay Packers.

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  Vikings | Friday practice report for Week 17    Fri Jan 1, 04:08 PM

DT Linval Joseph (foot) is doubtful for the Week 17 game against the Green Bay Packers. DE Everson Griffen, (shoulder), S Harrison Smith (hamstring), DT Sharrif Floyd (knee), OT Matt Kalil (leg), S Anthony Harris (hip) and WR Adam Thielen (back) are listed as probable for the game against the Packers. Joseph and Floyd did not practice Friday, Jan. 1. Kalil, Smith, Griffen, Harris and Thielen fully practiced Friday.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson returns to practice    Fri Jan 1, 12:41 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (shoulder, ankle) returned to practice Friday, Jan. 1.

Footballguys view: Peterson is of course an elite running back this week for Week 17 Super Bowls, as the Vikings should give the NFC a preview of what they'll have to contain if the Vikings can keep a game on a low scoring track.

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  Vikings | Thursday practice report for Week 17    Thu Dec 31, 03:46 PM

Minnesota Vikings DT Linval Joseph (foot) and DE Everson Griffen (shoulder) did not practice Thursday, Dec. 31. S Harrison Smith (hamstring) and DT Sharrif Floyd (knee) were limited. OT Matt Kalil (leg), S Anthony Harris (hip) and WR Adam Thielen (back) participated fully.

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Sharrif Floyd player page
Adam Thielen player page


  Vikings | Adrian Peterson doing individual work    Thu Dec 31, 01:09 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (ankle, shoulder) was restricted to individual work without a helmet Thursday, Dec. 31.

Footballguys view: Expect a heavy dose of Adrian Peterson against a poor Green Bay run defense. Peterson is a solid RB1 start this week in a huge game for both the Vikings and Packers.

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  Vikings | Teddy Bridgewater improving    Thu Dec 31, 12:09 PM

Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater has thrown six touchdowns and no interceptions in the last three games to achieve the second highest passer rating (154.4) in the league in that span when throwing 15-plus yards down the field. In comparison, Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers has just four touchdowns and two interceptions and has a passer rating below 100.0 in nine straight games.

Footballguys view: Bridgewater has shockingly been more reliable but his offense keeps his ceiling low. Rodgers has a higher ceiling but the team around him is shaky and inconsistent. Both are QB2 plays this weekend, though Rodgers' ceiling is higher.

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  Vikings | Wednesday practice report for Week 17    Wed Dec 30, 06:30 PM

Minnesota Vikings DT Linval Joseph (foot) did not practice Wednesday, Dec. 30. DT Sharrif Floyd (knee), DE Everson Griffen (shoulder), OT Matt Kalil (shin) and S Harrison Smith (hamstring) were limited. S Anthony Harris (hip) and WR Adam Thielen (back) participated fully.

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Linval Joseph player page
Sharrif Floyd player page
Adam Thielen player page


  Vikings | Adrian Peterson not practicing    Wed Dec 30, 05:43 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (ankle, shoulder) is not taking part in practice Wednesday, Dec. 30.

Footballguys view: It's Wednesday, so we're not too worried about it. Watch for him to practice fully on Friday before trusting him as a fantasy starter (or DFS play) in Week 17 against the Packers.

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  Vikings | Teddy Bridgewater posts 168 yards, TD    Mon Dec 28, 12:34 AM

Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater completed 15 of his 25 pass attempts for 168 yards and a touchdown with two runs for 12 yards in the Week 16 game against the New York Giants.

Footballguys view: Bridgewater just doesn't throw a lot of passes due to the design of the offense. That makes him a low-end QB2 for fantasy owners most weeks.

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  Vikings | Jerick McKinnon goes off in blowout    Mon Dec 28, 12:33 AM

Minnesota Vikings RB Jerick McKinnon rushed seven times for 89 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the Week 16 game against the New York Giants. He added two catches for eight yards.

Footballguys view: McKinnon's dynasty stock just continues to rise. The converted college quarterback has taken well to his transition to running back over the last two years.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson takes rushing lead    Mon Dec 28, 12:33 AM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson rushed 22 times for 104 yards and a touchdown in the Week 16 game against the New York Giants, and he added one catch for 15 yards.

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  Vikings | Stefon Diggs starts hot, disappears    Mon Dec 28, 12:27 AM

Minnesota Vikings RB Stefon Diggs posted four receptions for 19 yards in the first quarter of the Week 16 game against the New York Giants. That's exactly how he finished the game.

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  Vikings | Matt Kalil leaves game    Sun Dec 27, 11:44 PM

Minnesota Vikings OT Matt Kalil left the Week 16 game against the New York Giants in the fourth quarter due to a lower right leg injury. He missed snaps for the first time in his career.

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  Vikings | Linval Joseph leaves game early    Sun Dec 27, 09:53 PM

Minnesota Vikings DT Linval Joseph (toe) left the Week 16 game against the New York Giants due to a toe injury. He is questionable to return.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson active for SNF    Sun Dec 27, 07:28 PM

As expected, Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (ankle, shoulder) is active and starting in Week 16 against the New York Giants.

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  Vikings | Week 16 inactives for Vikings    Sun Dec 27, 07:24 PM

Minnesota Vikings C Nick Easton, QB Taylor Heinicke, WR Charles Johnson, DE Zach Moore, CB Joshua Robinson (concussion), OT Jeremiah Sirles and LB Brandon Watts are inactive for the Week 16 game against the New York Giants.

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  Vikings | Jerick McKinnon probable vs. Giants    Fri Dec 25, 03:46 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Jerick McKinnon (hamstring) was a full participant in practice Friday, Dec. 25, and he is probable for the game against the New York Giants Friday, Dec. 25.

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  Vikings | Charles Johnson probable for Week 16    Fri Dec 25, 03:41 PM

Minnesota Vikings WR Charles Johnson (ankle) fully participated in practice Friday, Dec. 25, and he is probable for the Week 16 game against the New York Giants.

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  Vikings | Friday practice report for Week 16    Fri Dec 25, 03:34 PM

Minnesota Vikings TE Rhett Ellison (ankle), LB Anthony Barr (knee), DE Everson Griffen (shoulder), DT Linval Joseph (foot), CB Josh Robinson (concussion) and S Harrison Smith (knee, hamstring) are all probable for the Week 16 game against the New York Giants. Ellison and Smith were limited in practice Friday, Dec. 25, and Robinson, Barr, Griffen and Joseph fully practiced.

Footballguys view: The Vikings defense is getting close to full strength, which is bad news for a Odell Beckham-less Giants offense.

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Josh Robinson player page


  Vikings | Adrian Peterson listed as probable    Fri Dec 25, 03:23 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (ankle, shoulder) fully participated in practice Friday, Dec. 25, and he is listed as probable for the Week 16 game against the New York Giants.

Footballguys view: Play Peterson as you normally would. There's a little risk of re-injury or ineffective play, but running back is so thin now that you shouldn't get cute with this decision because of his status.

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  Vikings | Charles Johnson practices in full    Thu Dec 24, 03:13 PM

Minnesota Vikings WR Charles Johnson (ankle) practiced in full for the second straight day Thursday, Dec. 24.

Footballguys view: He hasn't been a factor in this offense in a long time, so don't have him in your lineup.

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