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  Vikings | Cordarrelle Patterson leaves game    Sun Nov 23, 08:00 PM

Minnesota Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson (ankle, knee) left the Week 12 game against the Green Bay Packers due to ankle and knee injuries.

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  Vikings | Charles Johnson leads way again    Sun Nov 23, 07:59 PM

Minnesota Vikings WR Charles X. Johnson had three receptions for a team-high 52 yards and a touchdown in the Week 12 game against the Green Bay Packers.

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  Vikings | Greg Jennings victimizes old team    Sun Nov 23, 07:58 PM

Minnesota Vikings WR Greg Jennings (rib) had four receptions for 38 yards and a touchdown in the Week 12 game against the Green Bay Packers, his former team. It his first score in four games against his old team. He has nine total catches for 107 yards in the four games against the Packers.

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  Vikings | Phil Loadholt to have MRI    Sun Nov 23, 07:58 PM

Minnesota Vikings OT Phil Loadholt (shoulder) suffered a left shoulder injury in the Week 12 game against the Green Bay Packers. He is scheduled for an MRI Monday, Nov. 24.

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  Vikings | Phil Loadholt injured    Sun Nov 23, 03:53 PM

Minnesota Vikings OT Phil Loadholt (shoulder) suffered a shoulder injury in Week 12 and is considered questionable to return.

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  Vikings | Vikes working to keep Adrian Peterson out    Sun Nov 23, 12:48 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson's return is being threatened by Vikings general counsel Kevin Warren, who is working with the NFL to keep Peterson off the field, according to league sources.

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  Vikings | Shamar Stephen starting    Sun Nov 23, 11:51 AM

Minnesota Vikings DT Shamar Stephen will start at defensive tackle in Week 12 because DT Sharrif Floyd (knee) is inactive.

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  Vikings | Greg Jennings will dress    Sun Nov 23, 11:41 AM

Minnesota Vikings WR Greg Jennings (rib) is active for the team's Week 12 game.

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  Vikings | Week 12 Inactives    Sun Nov 23, 11:29 AM

The Minnesota Vikings have declared OT Austin Wentworth, LB Brandon Watts, OG David Yankey, RB Matt Asiata, LB Michael Mauti, DL Sharrif Floyd, FB Zach Line inactive for Week 12.

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  Vikings | Ben Tate will play    Sun Nov 23, 09:45 AM

Minnesota Vikings RB Ben Tate will be active Sunday, Nov. 23, and have a role in Week 12. RB Matt Asiata will be inactive.

Footballguys view: Having an inexperienced backup in the system could be a good thing for Jerick McKinnon's prospects today against the sometime weak Green Bay run defense.

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  Vikings | Kyle Rudolph a full go    Fri Nov 21, 05:16 PM

Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (abdomen, groin) fully participated in practice Friday, Nov. 21, and is probable.

Footballguys view: Rudolph should get more than the paltry number of snaps he got last week, but he's still not worth a start until he shows us that he's back and has established chemistry with Teddy Bridgewater.

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  Vikings | Jerick McKinnon probable    Fri Nov 21, 05:15 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Jerick McKinnon (back) was limited in practice Friday, Nov. 21, and is probable.

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  Vikings | Friday practice report for Week 12    Fri Nov 21, 05:14 PM

Minnesota Vikings LB Anthony Barr (knee), DE Scott Crichton (hip), DE Everson Griffen (neck), CB Xavier Rhodes (ankle) all fully practiced and was probable. OT Mike Harris (ankle) and CB Captain Munnerlyn (non-injury) both were limited and are probable. WR Jarius Wright (hamstring) fully participated and is questionable. DT Sharrif Floyd (knee) did not participate and is questionable.

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  Vikings | Matt Asiata ruled out    Fri Nov 21, 04:55 PM

Updating a previous report, Minnesota Vikings RB Matt Asiata (concussion) did not participate in practice and has been ruled out for Week 12.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson's appeal hearing set    Fri Nov 21, 02:49 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson's appeal hearing is scheduled to occur Dec. 2, and commissioner Roger Goodell will not be in charge of the hearing. Former NFL employee Harold Henderson will be the hearing officer.

Footballguys view: Peterson is still facing very long odds to play this season, so he probably shouldn't be carried in typical leagues in the hope that he returns to the field in 2014.

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  Vikings | Matt Asiata sits out Friday    Fri Nov 21, 01:04 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Matt Asiata (concussion) missed his third straight day of practice Friday, Nov. 21.

Footballguys view: Asiata is likely to be out with the concussion, which opens the door for new Viking Ben Tate to play this weekend.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson contemplates move    Fri Nov 21, 10:53 AM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson said he'll gladly return this season if he wins the appeal of his indefinite suspension. If he loses his appeal and has to sit out the rest of this season, he's not certain he'll return with the Vikings. He has given a lot of thought to the idea of getting a fresh start somewhere else.

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  Vikings | Thursday practice report    Thu Nov 20, 05:29 PM

Minnesota Vikings DT Sharrif Floyd (knee) did not practice Thursday, Nov. 20. LB Anthony Barr (knee), OT Michael X. Harris (ankle) and WR Jarius Wright (hamstring) were limited. DEs Scott Crichton (hip) and Everson Griffen (neck) and CB Xavier Rhodes (ankle) were full participants.

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  Vikings | Jerick McKinnon limited in practice    Thu Nov 20, 05:27 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Jerick McKinnon (back) was limited in practice Thursday, Nov. 20.

Footballguys view: Green Bay has been tough defensively of late and that, coupled with the awful offensive line play the Vikings have been suffering through, keeps his ceiling low. That keeps him as an RB3.

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  Vikings | Greg Jennings missing practice    Thu Nov 20, 02:36 PM

Minnesota Vikings WR Greg Jennings (ribs) is not participating in practice Thursday, Nov. 20.

Footballguys view: Jennings was already struggling before the injury and this sets him back even more. He's no better than a WR7 and to be honest, there is precious little value in the passing offense of the Minnesota Vikings right now.

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  Vikings | Matt Asiata sitting again    Thu Nov 20, 02:26 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Matt Asiata (concussion) is not participating in practice Thursday, Nov. 20.

Footballguys view: So we might not see Asiata this week, but even if we do he's going to be no better than a low-end RB4. Asiata has seen less snaps an been less effective with them over the last month, and adding Ben Tate could be a move towards replacing Asiata.

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  Vikings | Jerick McKinnon still the lead back    Thu Nov 20, 01:52 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Jerick McKinnon (back) will retain the lead-back role, even after the team claimed RB Ben Tate off waivers from the Cleveland Browns Wednesday, Nov. 19, according to offensive coordinator Norv Turner. Turner said Tate was brought in for insurance because both McKinnon and RB Matt Asiata (concussion) were dealing with injuries this week. McKinnon said he will be ready for Week 12 against the Green Bay Packers. However, Asiata's status is in doubt. "We're excited about Jerick and what he's done and I see him as our running back,' Turner said. "He's been limited in practice last week and couldn't practice (Wednesday) So you got to protect yourself, obviously with Matt not being able to practice (Wednesday) and in doubt as to whether he'll play or not.'

Footballguys view: It's going to be a tough matchup and the Vikings have had so many issues along the offensive line that it limits McKinnon's upside an buries him as an RB3.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson appeals suspension    Thu Nov 20, 11:35 AM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson has officially appealed his suspension, according to a source. The NFL Players Association is looking for a neutral arbitrator to hear the case, but commissioner Roger Goodell will make the decision on who hears the case.

Footballguys view: Of course he did. This is a huge mess for everyone involved and nobody can honestly say what the result will be. Don't expect Peterson to play for your team the rest of the year. We're not sure whether he will even be a Viking next year.

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  Vikings | Kyle Rudolph practicing    Thu Nov 20, 10:18 AM

Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (hernia) practiced in full Wednesday, Nov. 19.

Footballguys view: Between rust, Teddy Bridgewater's sometimes shaky play and Green Bay's improved defense we'd avoid Rudolph this week. At best we look at him as a low-end TE2 and no more this week.

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  Vikings | MarQueis Gray waived    Wed Nov 19, 05:37 PM

Minnesota Vikings TE MarQueis Gray was waived Wednesday, Nov. 19.

Footballguys view: Gray, a converted quarterback from the University of Minnesota, has struggled in his conversion to an NFL tight end. His athleticism and size combination make him an intriguing practice squad player.

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  Vikings | Greg Jennings sits     Wed Nov 19, 05:12 PM

Minnesota Vikings WR Greg Jennings (rib) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Nov. 19.

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  Vikings | Ben Tate gives Vikes depth    Wed Nov 19, 05:07 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Ben Tate gives the team much-needed depth at the running back position, with RBs Jerick McKinnon (back) and Matt Asiata (concussion) both missing practice Wednesday, Nov. 19.

Footballguys view: The Vikings needed to add better depth, especially after Adrian Peterson's suspension was upheld by an independent arbitrator. McKinnon leads the team with 484 yards and a 4.9 yards per carry average, while Asiata has six rushing touchdowns and a one receiving TD, but he has just 3.3 yards per carry.

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  Vikings | Wednesday practice report for Week 12     Wed Nov 19, 04:58 PM

Minnesota Vikings WR Jarius Wright (hamstring) and OT Mike Harris (ankle) both did not participate in practice Wednesday, Nov. 19. LB Anthony Barr (knee), DT Sharrif Floyd (knee), CB Xavier Rhodes (ankle) and DE Everson Griffen (neck) all were limited in practice. DE Scott Crichton (hip) fully practiced.

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  Vikings | Jerick McKinnon misses practice    Wed Nov 19, 04:30 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Jerick McKinnon (back) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Nov. 19.

Footballguys view: With both McKinnon and Matt Asiata (concussion) banged up, the team added Ben Tate via waivers. We'll see what the practice report looks like on Friday before we get an idea of how carries/touches will be split in Week 12.

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  Vikings | Matt Asiata does not practice    Wed Nov 19, 04:18 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Matt Asiata (concussion) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Nov. 19.

Footballguys view: The Vikings are going to put Asiata through the league's protocol for dealing with concussions. Now that they've added Ben Tate via waivers, there's no need for them to try and rush Asiata back in the lineup.

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  Vikings | Vikings claim Ben Tate    Wed Nov 19, 04:11 PM

Free-agent RB Ben Tate (Browns) was claimed off waivers by the Minnesota Vikings Wednesday, Nov. 19.

Footballguys view: That didn't take long. The Vikings saw Adrian Peterson suspended for the rest of this year, and they needed more help at the position. This is certainly a downgrade for the fantasy value of both Jerick McKinnon and Matt Asiata. Look for the Vikings to initially use all three RBs in some sort of RBBC. Tate is more talented than Asiata, and he's got more experience than McKinnon. He could end up emerging in Minnesota, but for now we see Tate as a RB3.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson can stay on list    Tue Nov 18, 05:24 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson can be kept on the commissioner's exempt list until the appeal on Peterson's suspension is heard, according to an arbitrator.

Footballguys view: Some thought Peterson would be back soon, but there's been a holdup. Now, the appeals process will have to be exhausted. That means there's a chance Peterson doesn't get back in action this year.

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  Vikings | Re-sign Dominique Williams to practice squad    Tue Nov 18, 03:42 PM

The Minnesota Vikings re-signed RB Dominique Williams to the team's practice squad Tuesday, Nov. 18. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

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  Vikings | More on Adrian Peterson suspension    Tue Nov 18, 09:06 AM

Updating earlier reports, Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson would be eligible for reinstatement no earlier than April 15, if his suspension is upheld.

Footballguys view: The appeals process has already started, and this story is far from over. Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a letter to Peterson that he 'has shown no meaningful remorse' and laid out a counseling and treatment program that will determine how long the ban lasts.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson suspended rest of season    Tue Nov 18, 09:00 AM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson was suspended without pay for at least the rest of the 2014 season for violating the NFL Personal Conduct Policy Tuesday, Nov. 18.

Footballguys view: Many fantasy owners thought Peterson would be back at some point this year. His playing status is certainly in question now. Peterson is appealing the suspension (of course), so stay tuned.

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  Vikings | MIN wants Adrian Peterson back    Tue Nov 18, 08:45 AM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson will be embraced by the team once he's cleared to return to the field. There is no internal battle about whether or not to play him, which was reported several days ago.

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  Vikings | Adrian Peterson has grievance hearing    Mon Nov 17, 06:43 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson had his grievance heard Monday, Nov. 17, by an independent arbitrator, and it only lasted around 30 minutes, according to sources.

Footballguys view: Peterson is looking for immediate reinstatement since his court case was resolved. The arbitrator told both sides that a decision will come quickly, and a decision could be made as soon as Tuesday, Nov. 18.

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  Vikings | Kyle Rudolph used sparingly    Mon Nov 17, 02:29 PM

Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (hernia) was eased back into action in the team's Week 11 loss to the Chicago Bears, playing just 14 snaps (30 percent of the offensive plays).

Footballguys view: Rudolph was on the field less than TEs Rhett Ellison (51 percent of snaps) and Chase Ford (47 percent). Rudolph also wasn't targeted at all in the passing game.

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  Vikings | Charles Johnson steps up    Sun Nov 16, 04:51 PM

Minnesota Vikings WR Charles Johnson posted team highs with six receptions and 87 yards in Week 11 against the Chicago Bears.

Footballguys view: Yet again this year, the Vikings passing game has changed its focal point. We wouldn't rush out to pick up the speedy Johnson, because Teddy Bridgewater doesn't have the Vikings moving the ball well enough to merit a longer look next week against the Packers.

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  Vikings | Greg Jennings suffers injury    Sun Nov 16, 03:33 PM

Minnesota Vikings WR Greg Jennings (rib) suffered a rib injury in the team's Week 11 game but will be able to return to the game.

Footballguys view: Jennings still did very little, and Charles Johnson appeared to take over as Teddy Bridgewater's top target the rest of the way. The real bottom line is that if the Vikings can't have a good passing day against the Bears, it might be time to abandon them when looking for options for the rest of the year, even in deeper leagues.

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  Vikings | Jarius Wright injures hamstring    Sun Nov 16, 03:05 PM

Minnesota Vikings WR Jarius Wright (hamstring) suffered a hamstring injury in Week 11 and is considered questionable to return.

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  Vikings | Week 11 Inactives    Sun Nov 16, 11:35 AM

The Minnesota Vikings have declared LB Brandon Watts, OG David Yankey, TE MarQueis Gray, OT Michael X. Harris, DL Scott Crichton, CB Shaun Prater, FB Zach Line inactive for Week 11.


  Vikings | Adrian Peterson declines hearing    Sat Nov 15, 02:56 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson did not show up for a scheduled hearing Friday, Nov. 15, despite agreeing to the meeting earlier in the week, according to a source. Peterson did not provide the NFL with an alternative date.

Footballguys view: Um, okay. Friday's hearing would have been for a disciplinary decision about Peterson's past and future regarding family violence. Peterson is also scheduled for a conference call hearing Monday, Nov. 17, dealing with Peterson's status on the commissioner's exempt list.

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  Vikings | Kyle Rudolph probable    Fri Nov 14, 04:24 PM

Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (hernia) fully participated in practice Friday, Nov. 14, and is probable for Week 11.

Footballguys view: Like Rashad Jennings, Ryan Mathews, and Montee Ball, Rudolph shouldn't be counted on to get his normal workload, but the matchup could still dictate a start at a scarce position for any of the four.

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  Vikings | Friday practice report for Week 11    Fri Nov 14, 03:52 PM

Minnesota Vikings TE Chase Ford (foot) and RB Jerick McKinnon (back) both fully participated in practice Friday, Nov. 14, and are probable for Week 11. DE Scott Crichton (hip) was limited in practice and is questionable. OT Michael X. Harris (ankle) did not participate and is questionable.

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  Vikings | Cordarrelle Patterson determined    Thu Nov 13, 05:36 PM

Minnesota Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson is determined to find openings in the defense for QB Teddy Bridgewater in Week 11 against the Chicago Bears. 'Just getting off the line,' Patterson said. 'If the (defensive back) gets in your face, show him who's the boss. Get them off you. Better routes. Just little things like that. It's always the little things that matter. Doing little things like that will help Teddy out big.' Patterson has been a disappointment this year with 26 catches for 308 yards through nine games.

Footballguys view: He's determined--fine, but he needs to be a more precise route-runner if he wants to find those open spots. Patterson is a phenomenal athlete, but he must improve his route-running and concentration if he's ever going to play up to his potential as a pro. Even in an easy matchup against a soft Bears defense, Patterson is a WR4/flex play.

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  Vikings | Kyle Rudolph practices in full    Thu Nov 13, 05:34 PM

Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph (hernia) returned to a full practice Thursday, Nov. 13, after being limited Wednesday, Nov. 12.

Footballguys view: Rudolph is back this week for an easier matchup against a bad Bears defense. We like him as a mid-level TE2 with upside.

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  Vikings | Thursday practice report    Thu Nov 13, 05:31 PM

Minnesota Vikings DE Scott Crichton (hip) did not practice Thursday, Nov. 13. TE Chase Ford (foot) practiced in full.

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  Vikings | Jerick McKinnon limited Thursday    Thu Nov 13, 05:30 PM

Minnesota Vikings RB Jerick McKinnon (back) was limited in practice Thursday, Nov. 13.

Footballguys view: McKinnon has a great matchup this week against a soft Bears defense. However, with this injury we may just see more from Matt Asiata.

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  Vikings | Cordarrelle Patterson not the focus    Thu Nov 13, 05:18 PM

Minnesota Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson won't be the focus of the offense, and offensive coordinator Norv Turner isn't worried about forcing the ball to him. 'We completed 26 balls the other day. I don't care who they go to, to be honest with you," Turner said.

Footballguys view: This isn't the news that fantasy owners wanted to hear. Patterson has amazing natural talent, but he hasn't played up to his full potential as a pro. Sounds like the Vikings are not going to force the issue.

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