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Andrew Krammer

Reporter | Minnesota Vikings
Location: Minneapolis
Other languages: None

Andrew Krammer covers the Vikings for the Star Tribune, entering his sixth NFL season. From the Metrodome to U.S. Bank Stadium, he's reported on everything from Case Keenum's Minneapolis Miracle, the offensive line's kangaroo court to Adrian Peterson's suspension.


Krammer, a 2013 graduate of the University of Minnesota's Journalism program, got his start covering local news through internships for the Star Tribune and Pioneer Press in St. Paul. Krammer was born on the east coast, raised on the west coast and ended up in the middle. He transitioned to his first love, sports, by taking over the Vikings beat at 1500 ESPN in Minneapolis prior to joining the Star Tribune's coverage in July 2016. You can find him at a local barbecue joint, Anytime Fitness or national park (during the Vikings' offseason).
Recent content from Andrew Krammer
Kevin Stefanski employs a first baseman's glove to catch passes during warmups before a game against the Packers last season.

Next coach up: Stefanski asked to salvage Vikings' season

Kevin Stefanski becomes the team's fourth offensive coordinator in three seasons. The 36-year-old has led quarterbacks for the past two seasons.
Seattle's Bobby Wagner blocked a fourth quarter field goal attempt by the Vikings.

Blocked field goal leaves Vikings crying foul

Seattle's Bobby Wagner hurdled the line by putting his hands on teammates.The referee explained why a penalty wasn't called.
A pass intended for Stefon Diggs in the fourth quarter fell incomplete with the help of Seattle's Shaquill Griffin.

Diggs, Thielen again left out of major action

Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen combined for only nine catches Monday night against Seattle.
The Vikings’ defensive line of (from left) Linval Joseph, Danielle Hunter, Everson Griffen and Sheldon Richardson will be counted on to contain Seat

Elite Seattle defense gone; Vikings face challenge to stay together

Erosion happens. Stars get older. Young overachievers leave, trying to maximize paychecks in free agency. Injuries ruin plans. Can the Vikings navigate those traps?
Vikings fullback C.J. Ham took a selfie with a fan during training camp in July.

Hammer time: Vikings fans stuffing Pro Bowl ballot box for fullback Ham

The young fullback plays a behind-the-scenes role, but gets appreciation from teammates.
Vikings wide receiver Aldrick Robinson appealed for a call from field judge Jeff Lamberth after he missed a catch in the end zone in the fourth quarte

Despite struggles, Vikings still control their playoff fate

To maintain control, the Vikings need to do something they haven't done this season.
Dalvin Cook led the Vikings with 84 rushing yards, but he and the team’s ground game were destined to go nowhere with Minnesota playing from behind

Vikings again underuse run game, at least in Zimmer's eyes

Mike Zimmer has the same idea for how the Vikings offense can improve after putting up 10 points Sunday.
Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins, seen tossing around the football during pregame on Sunday at New England.

Tracking Cousins: He dinked, dunked and has been much better

We will track quarterback Kirk Cousins all year long in his inaugural season as the Vikings' signal caller.
Vikings' cornerback Trae Waynes

Waynes suffered concussion that forced him out vs. Patriots

The Vikings secondary suffered a key loss, and Xavier Rhodes was already hampered.
Holton Hill

Vikings might be shorthanded at cornerback against Patriots

Two of the Vikings' three primary cornerbacks are listed as questionable to play Sunday in New England, leaving the secondary possibly shorthanded against Patriots quarterback
Strength on strength: Patriots run game a good test for Vikings

Strength on strength: Patriots run game a good test for Vikings

The Vikings rank third in the NFL by allowing just 3.7 yards per carry, and on Sunday face a New England team that is coming off a 215-yard rushing game against the Jets.
Andrew Sendejo

Vikings safety Sendejo out for rest of season with groin injury

Safety Andrew Sendejo's season came to an official end Tuesday when the Vikings put the veteran safety on injured reserve.
Vikings cornerback Xavier Rhodes (was flagged for pass interference on Green Bay’s Davante Adams on Sunday night.

Zimmer: Rhodes' injury isn't serious despite what 'TV doctors' said

Coach Mike Zimmer referred to speculation that spread online from former a NFL team doctor, who watched Rhodes limp off the field and opined on Twitter
Dalvin Cook raced through Packers players for the Vikings’ first touchdown, a 26-yard catch and run, on Sunday night.

Vikings use of Cook vs. Packers revitalizes screen passes

Better screen plays has been a focus of Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer since the approach fell flat in the first 10 games of the season.
Anthony Harris had two interceptions in Chicago.

Vikings safety Harris uses instincts to be a ballhawk

Starting because of an injury to Andrew Sendejo, Anthony Harris had two interceptions against the Bears.
Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr said he expects to return Sunday night against the Packers after missing the past three games because of a lingering h

Vikings' Barr says he will play this week against the Packers

Barr has missing the past three games because of a lingering hamstring injury.
On Monday, Vikings coach Mike Zimmer, left, wondered aloud if the offensive playbook has “a little bit too much volume” under first-year coordinat

Could less be more with Vikings offense?

On Monday, coach Mike Zimmer wondered aloud if the offensive playbook has "a little bit too much volume" under first-year coordinator John DeFilippo.
Trey Burton (80) tried to run interference, but Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky scrambled for a first down without it.

Bears' rushing success puts Vikings in bad situations

After the Bears put up 148 yards on the ground Sunday night, the Vikings are 0-4 this season when allowing more than 100 rushing yards.
Bears free safety Eddie Jackson (39) scores a touchdown on an interception return against the Vikings on Sunday.

Season of giving: Vikings didn't have answer for Bears defense

Sunday against the Bears was the third straight game in which the Vikings offense has committed at least two turnovers.
Tom Compton

Vikings could have offensive line intact against Bears

Tom Compton and Mike Remmers are possibilities to return to the unit for Sunday night's game.
Minnesota Vikings guard Colby Gossett, left, and tackle Brian O'Neill run a blocking drill during the first day of training camp. O’Neill will make

Talk the talk, block the block: Vikings' rookie O'Neill holds his own

Vikings rookie tackle Brian O'Neill is willing to mix it up, physically and verbally, on the field. "He talks more stuff than any human being I know," his high school coach said.
Sharrif Floyd was the Vikings’ first-round pick in 2013 out of Florida.

Lawsuit details surgery that ended ex-Viking Floyd's career

Floyd arrived at the Andrews Institute in Pensacola, Fla., in September 2016 surprised he'd been scheduled for surgery on his right knee.
Ameer Abdullah

'Excited' Abdullah looking for a fresh start with the Vikings

The Vikings claimed former Detroit running back Ameer Abdullah off waivers Nov. 8, and he comes to the Vikings hoping to reboot his career.
Everson Griffen celebrated a sack against the Lions on Sunday.

Spielman: Everson Griffen in 'good spot now'

Vikings' veteran defensive end Everson Griffen is back in the lineup after a five-week absence to address a mental health issue.
Former Vikings defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd in 2016.

Former Vikings defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd to file $180 million lawsuit

Sharrif Floyd's suit alleges he suffered permanent nerve and muscle damage as a result of arthroscopic surgery on his right knee in 2016 in an operation performed by renowned orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews.
Vikings defensive end Danielle Hunter scooped up a fumble by the Lions' Kerryon Johnson (33) and raced 32 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter

Adjustments help Vikings climb in defensive rankings

Many of those changes, coach Mike Zimmer said, were made through a five-game stretch (4-1) in which the defense has allowed 16 points per game.
Chad Beebe caught a pass in the first quarter.

Filling in for Diggs, Chad Beebe makes impression in NFL debut

Beebe, the undrafted rookie out of Northern Illinois, had been standing out to the Vikings defense long before he made his NFL debut Sunday.
Injured Vikings cornerback Mike Hughes got a hug from fellow cornerback Xavier Rhodes during pregame warmups.

Bring on the bye: Injured Vikings need recuperating time

The Vikings’ upcoming Week 10 bye is welcomed after four starters were held out of Sunday’s 24-9 victory against the Lions. Two more contributors —…
New Orleans wide receiver Michael Thomas (13) celebrated after catching a pass in front of Vikings strong safety George Iloka, who eventually got benc

Vikings secondary knows the fear of being benched

The defensive backs know a mental error might put them on the sidelines next to Mike Zimmer.
Dalvin Cook has been sidelined by hamstring problems.

Despite improved health, running back Cook wary of more setbacks

Dalvin Cook said his hamstring is "feeling great," but that he's wary of setbacks like what appeared to happen in the Sept. 27 loss in Los Angeles
Minnesota Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen (97) ran onto the field during the pregame introductions. ] JEFF WHEELER ï jeff.wheeler@startribune.c

Griffen feels the love in his return to the field

"It does feel good, to see that people care," Everson Griffen said about his return from a five-game absence for mental-health treatment. "I really appreciate that."
Vikings running back Latavius Murray scored on a two-point conversion over Los Angeles Rams cornerback Marcus Peters in third quarter at the L.A. Memo

Should NFL teams go for two-point conversions more often?

Given the new rules that seem to favor offenses and the not-so-sure-thing of a 33-yard extra point, should teams be going for two even more regardless of the score?
Anthony Barr walked off the field at the end of Sunday's game at the Jets. Barr was injured, and will not play vs. New Orleans.

Hamstring injury will end Barr's streak at 44 games played

Anthony Barr, who had started 44 consecutive games, has been ruled out of Sunday's game vs. the Saints because of a hamstring injury
Instead of being the Vikings’ longterm answer at quarterback, Teddy Bridgewater is the backup to Drew Brees in New Orleans.

'What if?' Vikings think back on their time with Teddy Bridgewater

Vikings running back Dalvin Cook wonders about their dream they shared, the one where two Miami-born kids take the NFL by storm together.
Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs made the catch that became known as the "Minneapolis Miracle" over Saints free safety Marcus Williams, on his way t

Zimmer: Saints will have 'chip on their shoulder'

The teams meet Sunday night after last year's dramatic "Minneapolis Miracle" playoff victory by the Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium.
Trae Waynes ran after he intercepted a Sam Darnold pass in the fourth quarter Sunday at the Jets

Vikings defense confuses rookie Darnold into interceptions

Pressure and mixed coverages on Sunday by the Vikings confused Jets rookie Sam Darnold into interceptions by Harrison Smith, Holton Hill and Trae Waynes
Linebacker Anthony Barr (55) was a casualty of the Vikings’ victory over the New York Jets, which he failed to finish because of a hamstring injury.

Another blast of injuries hits three Vikings in Sunday's win

Vikings' guard Tom Compton, linebacker Anthony Barr and cornerback Xavier Rhodes were injured Sunday at the Jets and did not return.
Vikings safety Anthony Harris had his first career interception on Sunday.

Film study pays off as Harris nabs first interception

The Cardinals were stopped on all 10 of their third down tries on Sunday, and Anthony Harris' pick was one of the big plays.
Minnesota Vikings cornerback Mike Hughes (21) is helped off the field after getting injured during the second half of an NFL football game against the

Hughes to have MRI today as Vikings fear he's done for season

Mike Hughes, the Vikings' first-round pick, went down in the fourth quarter on a play when he was covering Larry Fitzgerald Jr.
Latavius Murray of the Vikings got past Cardinals tackle Robert Nkemdiche (90) on Sunday.

What rushing problem? Murray piles up the yards in victory

With Dalvin Cook ruled out after a pregame workout, Latavius Murray had the team's best rushing day since the Adrian Peterson era.
Vikings safety George Iloka, above practicing at TCO Performance Center last month, could make his first start on Sunday since the team signed him on

Vikings safety George Iloka likely to start against Arizona on Sunday

The veteran has played only seven snaps on defense since joining the team in August.
Larry Fitzgerald looked on during a football camp he sponsored this summer at Academy of Holy Angels in Richfield.

Larry Fitzgerald Jr. still calls on life lessons learned from Vikings

While spending 15 years in Arizona and becoming one of the NFL's top wide receivers, Larry Fitzgerald Jr. knows how much he gained by being around the Vikings while growing up.
Kirk Cousins didn’t find himself in a clean pocket very often Sunday against the Eagles, getting hit 10 times in 37 dropbacks.

Vikings' quarterback Kirk Cousins a hit despite getting hit

The Vikings offense has a lot going for it. Quarterback Kirk Cousins is playing arguably the best football of his career. Receivers Adam Thielen and…
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins looked for a target in Sunday’s game against the Eagles.

Guarding the investment: Vikings line wants to protect Cousins better

Kirk Cousins was hit on 10 of his 37 passes in Philadelphia, including some game-defining completions that led to the victory. The offensive line wants to do better by its quarterback.
Vikings kicker Dan Bailey and holder Matt Wile celebrated after a 52-yard field goal in the fourth quarter gave the Vikings a 23-14 lead with 2:51 lef

'Why we brought him here': Bailey atones for misses with big kick late

Vikings kicker Dan Bailey said his confidence was not shaken after missing attempts from 28 yards and 45 yards in the first half before he was asked to seal the game late.
Adam Thielen

Glue guy: Everything ends up in Thielen's hands in win over Eagles

Before he sealed the result with an onside kick recovery, Adam Thielen made became the first receiver in the Super Bowl-era with at least 100 receiving yards in five consecutive games to open a season.
Xavier Rhodes.

Vikings DB Rhodes set to 'man up' covering Eagles' Jeffery

"We been going at each other for a while now," Vikings defensive back Xavier Rhodes said of his Sunday tilt with Philadelphia's Alshon Jeffery.
Dalvin Cook had 10 carries for 20 yards against the Rams on Thursday.

Cook still battling hamstring injury suffered vs. Packers

The injury limited Cook during last week's loss in Los Angeles, where he had 10 carries for 20 yards for the Vikings' lackluster rushing attack.
With Anthony Barr (55) trailing, Todd Gurley caught an 8-yard TD pass in the first quarter, the start of a rough day for Barr.

'Got to be concerned': Rams make Barr their victim

Two of Jared Goff's four first-half TDs were thrown over Anthony Barr's helmet in apparent mismatches created by the scheme of Rams coach Sean McVay
Everson Griffen

Vikings' Griffen vows to return as 'improved player and person'

Vikings veteran defensive end Everson Griffen was involved in police action on Saturday and was in treatment for mental health issues.
Vikings players Anthony Barr, from left, Andrew Sendejo and Harrison Smith sat on the bench aft the end of Sunday's loss to the Bills.

Short-week challenge: Straggling, struggling Vikings vs. high-flying Rams

The Vikings on Thursday head into the monstrous Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum to face the Rams coming off one of the worst, and most unexpected, losses in franchise history.
Vikings center Pat Elflein has not started a game since he broke his ankle during January’s NFC Championship Game loss at Philadelphia, but he'll st

Elflein regains starting job as Vikings center

Elflein has not started since he broke his ankle during January's NFC Championship Game loss at Philadelphia.
Although Vikings running back Dalvin Cook, shown here in the season opener against the 49ers, didn’t play last week against the Bills, he expects to

'Good chance' Vikings' Cook will play against Rams

Running back Dalvin Cook said his hamstring "feels great at this point" after he was held out of practice last week and missed Sunday's loss to the Bills.
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins was upended by the Bills’ Kyle Williams.

'You like that?' Cousins mocked by Bills cornerback after loss

Not many things went Kirk Cousins' way in the loss to the Bills, and one of the Bills rubbed it in during the moments after Sunday's loss to Buffalo.
Bills quarterback Josh Allen had a lot to celebrate, including after scoring a touchdown in the second quarter.

Vikings vs. Bills: As upsets go, this one was a whopper

The previous four upsets of 16 ½-point favorites all came by one score, so the Vikings' 21-point loss is by far the biggest drubbing of a heavy favorite since 1978.
CARLOS GONZALEZ • cgonzalez@startribune.com
Minnesota Vikings center Pat Elflein is expected to get some playing time against the Bills, his first s

Elflein won't start vs. Bills but Vikings 'have a role for him'

Pat Elflein, after offseason shoulder and ankle surgeries, hasn't seen live action since last season.
Vikings long snapper Kevin McDermott (right) and new kicker Dan Bailey are getting acclimated with one another.

While kickers, punters come and go, Vikings' long snapper remains a fixture

In his fourth season with the Vikings, Kevin McDermott has worked with five different kickers and four punters -- and is known for his constant enthusiasm.
CARLOS GONZALEZ • cgonzalez@startribune.com
Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins has been praised by offensive coordinator John DeFilippo for his impres

Cousins doesn't have to boast because teammates do it for him

Kirk Cousins eclipsed 400 passing yards against the Packers and threw four touchdowns, the first to accomplish that double feat since 2004.
Vikings new receiver Aldrick Robinson was acquired within hours after the tie game against Green Bay.

Vikings began revamping roster within hours after tie vs. Packers

First came the emotions. Then came the phone calls. A Vikings roster that began the season as the NFC's youngest soon had three veteran reinforcements
AP Photo/Bruce Kluckhohn
Tom Johnson was released by Seattle last week and will re-sign with the Vikings, where he played from 2014-2017.

Tom Johnson returns to Vikings after being cut by Seahawks

Defensive line depth would appear to be the least of the Vikings' concerns, but they're taking advantage of the opportunity to bring back a veteran who started 15 games for them in 2017.
Receiver Aldrick Robinson caught 19 passes for the San Francisco 49ers in 2017, including this 45-yard touchdown from C.J. Beathard in a 26-24 loss at

Vikings reach into Cousins' past, sign receiver Aldrick Robinson

The 29-year-old speedster, who played in Washington with Kirk Cousins, joins a Vikings receiving corps shaken by Laquon Treadwell's costly drops.
CARLOS GONZALEZ • cgonzalez@startribune.com
Vikings receiver Laquon Treadwell dropped a pass in the fourth quarter that resulted in a Packers interc

Treadwell 'owning up to' dropped ball that led to Packers interception

Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins continued to go to Laquon Treadwell, even after he dropped a critical pass against the Packers.
Dalvin Cook ran after a catch for a 24-yard gain in overtime.

Cook, Hill injuries not considered serious after both exited Sunday's game

Right tackle Rashod Hill and running back Dalvin Cook both missed time in the second half vs. the Packers but escaped serious injury.
Minnesota Vikings receiver Laquon Treadwell could be targeted for passes more frequently this season than he was a year ago.

Treadwell is building chemistry with Cousins, too

Kirk Cousins communicates with his receivers in ways that allow him to see things through his eyes.
New Vikings safety George Iloka got a few snaps in the preseason, but in the season-opener against the 49ers, he played only on special teams.

Iloka adjusting to a limited role on Vikings roster

George Iloka didn't play a single defensive snap for the Vikings, but as one of the team's newest acquisitions, he's not discouraged.
JERRY HOLT • jerry.holt@startribune.com
Minnesota Vikings cornerback Xavier Rhodes intercepted a pass intended for Green Bay Packers wide receiver G

Rhodes knows Rodgers can end Vikings' run of success vs. Green Bay

Star cornerback Xavier Rhodes has experienced both highs and lows against the Packers and star quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
Harrison Smith sacked Jimmy Garoppolo in the 4th quarter on Sunday.

Vikings' Smith shows up when you're watching — and when you're not

Sometimes, Vikings safety Harrison Smith said, his best games happen when you don't notice him at all.
Vikings running back Dalvin Cook finished with 95 yards of total offense against the 49ers in his first game back since undergoing ACL surgery.

Fumble aside, Cook's comeback made complete in effort vs. 49ers

Dalvin Cook made his comeback vs. the 49ers with his uncle, a football player at Florida International now hospitalized, on his mind.
AP Photo/Mark Reis
Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson should make a big difference on the interior defensive line.

Vikings' Richardson ready to bolster an already-strong defensive line

The biggest improvement on the Vikings' defense could be provided by tackle Sheldon Richardson.
Minnesota Vikings rookie defensive back Mike Hughes.

Opportunity knocking: Hughes may jump right in as slot corner

Ready or not, Vikings rookie cornerback Mike Hughes' NFL debut is sizing up to be an active one Sunday against the 49ers.
Vikings receiver Brandon Zylstra, left, and team scout Jake Essler were high school teammates at New London-Spicer. They are living childhood dreams o

Big-time dream: Small-town Minnesota friends reunite as Vikings receiver, scout

The Zylstra and Essler families have long been intertwined through their children and sports at New London-Spicer High School. Now, the achievements of receiver Brandon Zylstra and scout Jake Essler have brought their community even closer.
Former Vikings defensive end Brian Robison (96) celebrated with Everson Griffen, who doesn’t believe Robison’s NFL career is over after 11 seasons

Will Robison continue to play? Griffen thinks so

Everson Griffen is betting on 35-year-old Brian Robison returning to the NFL on another team to continue his 12th NFL season — which Robison had said would be his last.
Matt Wile punted in four games for the Arizona Cardinals and two games for the Atlanta Falcons in 2016. He was on the Pittsburgh Steelers’ roster th

Vikings change punters, sign journeyman Wile

Matt Wile, 26, was waived by Pittsburgh and joins his sixth NFL team in the Vikings since he went undrafted out of Michigan in 2015. Punter Ryan Quigley was released on Sunday to make room for Wile.
No team in the league has two starting deep threats at wide receiver like the Vikings. Adam Thielen (left) averaged 14.0 yards per catch and Stefon Di

Pressure builds for a Diggs, Thielen repeat as NFL's best deep-threat tandem

Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs stand out, but the Vikings' line play will matter this season, too, in how far the duo threat can go.
Brian Robison appeared in 173 regular-season games and was tied for fifth in team history with 60 career sacks.

Vikings' Brian Robison gets released after 11 seasons with team

Run of 11 seasons was one of longest in team history.
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