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Kevin Stefanski is becoming Cleveland's head coach and George Edwards won't be back as defensive coordinator. "A situation that's probably for the best," coach Mike Zimmer said.
Griffen, 32, is a free agent, as his restructured contract voided the final three years after he reached performance and playing-time benchmarks this season.
Nick Bosa, who had two sacks on Kirk Cousins and a pass deflection, delivered a blindside blow to offensive tackle Brian O'Neill after a third-quarter interception.
The Vikings' first two fruitless handoffs foretold running back Dalvin Cook's nearly silent game during Saturday's 27-10 playoff loss.
The quarterback got a game ball after leading his team past the Saints in Sunday's playoff game.
Kyle Rudolph caught a touchdown pass in overtime after some pushing with Saints cornerback P.J. Williams.
On the sideline, Adam Thielen mimed the motion of flushing a toilet after a fumble in the first minutes of the game. It was a move learned during college in Mankato.
After missing two games, Dalvin Cook on Sunday had 31 touches, one short of his career high.
All-Pro receiver Michael Thomas set an NFL record with 149 receptions during the regular season, good for a league-leading 1,725 yards and nine touchdowns.
The veteran linebacker was limited with reps at the team's practice Thursday.
Sean Payton notes varied factors; Stefon Diggs' current reaction is tepid.
A healthier Dalvin Cook, and potentially Alexander Mattison, has Vikings coach Mike Zimmer feeling a revitalized run game can solve a couple problems against the Saints.
Vikings running back Mike Boone ran for 148 yards, but also had a fumble, a bobble leading to an INT and was tackled for a safety to sully his performance.
Dan Bailey, who finished the regular season making 27 of 29 field goal attempts (93%), doubled his salary with a $1 million incentive for clearing a 90% threshold established in his one-year contract.
Snaps will be meaningful against the Bears for backups hoping to stay with the team.
The second-year running back had 11 carries for only 28 yards in Monday night's loss to the Packers.
Tina Ham was diagnosed with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer earlier this year, and her son has been one of her greatest sources of strength.
Eric Kendricks' breakout season had continued in the first half when he recovered two Packers fumbles. But he left the game after the second one.
The standout running back might finish the regular season on the sidelines before returning in the playoffs.
Minnesota is 5-5-1 in the Border Battle under Mike Zimmer and even he sounded amped up talking about Monday night's game at U.S. Bank Stadium.
The Vikings' rushing attack, the foundation of their offense, didn't crumble when Dalvin Cook went down clutching his left shoulder during Sunday's victory against the Chargers.
Even when Xavier Rhodes returned in the second half from a calf injury, which he said after the game was "good," he continued to cede snaps to cornerbacks Mike Hughes and Holton Hill.
The Vikings defense on Sunday intercepted Philip Rivers three times, and returned a fumble for a score.
When the Vikings rotate cornerbacks Xavier Rhodes, Trae Waynes and Mackensie Alexander for practical reasons during games, symbolism is in play too.
The wide receiver says he's in a "good spot" coming back from a hamstring injury, but it's still uncertain if he'll play Sunday against the Chargers.
It's a a sign all three players could be available Sunday for the Vikings in Los Angeles.
An eight-man defensive line rotation contributed to the Vikings' win against the Lions, and those role players could continue to be vital in the next few weeks.
The Vikings on Sunday had two interceptions - by Harrison Smith and later Andrew Sendejo - giving the team a turnover for the ninth consecutive game.
Despite a painful shoulder malady, Dalvin Cook on Sunday carried the ball 20 times until sitting out the final quarter.
The Vikings officially deemed Adam Thielen's status as doubtful against Detroit after he was sidelined throughout three practices this week
Defensive lineman Armon Watts' pass deflection resulted in an interception that was returned for a touchdown. "He's got a really good future," coach Mike Zimmer said.
Vikings running back Dalvin Cook aggravated a shoulder injury he suffered Nov. 17 against the Broncos and although he said he wants to play coach Mike Zimmer said, "we're not going to play a guy that's hurt."
Dalvin Cook called his exit "precautionary" and said he expects to be ready when the Vikings play Detroit in their next game.
Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr has gotten creative with how he practices "spying," or shadowing, mobile quarterbacks.
The Vikings' outlook at safety for Monday night's game at Seattle is uncertain with Harrison Smith and Anthony Harris limited by injuries. They have been "in and out" during 11-on-11 practice reps this week.
The secondary ranks in the bottom half of the league in three key categories.
What was once a strength of this Vikings defense — its coverage — has lapsed while Minnesota surrendered more than 400 yards on average during the last three games before the bye.
Josh Doctson was cut on Tuesday as the team returned to practice following a bye week.
Smith's first NFL touchdown showed growth from the 21-year-old tight end, who read the coverage and found the open space on an apparent option route.
Offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski swallowed his pride and the Vikings' game plan when faced with a 20-0 deficit at halftime.
Broncos receiver Courtland Sutton had 113 yards Sunday — making him the second opponent to top 100 receiving yards in the Vikings' building — forcing the defense to put double coverage on him.
The strong seasons for Vikings defensive linemen appear likely to continue Sunday against Broncos quarterback Brandon Allen, who is making his second NFL start.
The Vikings quarterback also hasn't fumbled in the past five games, the best streak of his career.
It isn't known how long Linval Joseph will be out of action, but it's worth noting the team didn't make a move to put him on injured reserve after the operation.
A microphone near the end zone picked up Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph adding insult to his two-point conversion catch in the third quarter of Sunday's victory.
About 16 months away from free agency, Dalvin Cook is doing his part to defend the worthiness of the running back position. He's eclipsed 100 yards from scrimmage in 13 of his 23 NFL games.
After returning for a serious knee injury, the second-year player is hoping for his first interception of the season.
NFL rushing leader Dalvin Cook was limited to 71 yards in 21 carries against Kansas City.
Despite missing MVP quarterback Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City gained 377 yards, with 202 of them coming on four plays that led to the Vikings' 26-23 loss.
Coach Mike Zimmer provided no clarity on Adam Thielen's health, saying, "You'll have to ask him." Thielen was not seen in the locker room after the game.
Eric Kendricks coming up big despite his short stature. At 6 feet, Kendricks leads NFL linebackers with 23 run stops, paired with a career-high 10 pass deflections in just eight games.
Kirk Cousins leads the NFL with a 130 passer rating against the blitz this season, according to Pro Football Focus.
The 25-year-old safety apologized, a day after being released from custody at the Hennepin County jail.
After seven penalties in eight games, the rugged cornerback knows "it's up to me to change it."
For the second week in a row Stefon Diggs finished with seven catches for 143 yards, and on Thursday broke a team receiving record held by Randy Moss.
Two plays after Mike Zimmer OK'd a fourth-and-1 quarterback sneak from his own 34, which failed, Anthony Harris came down with an interception off Redskins backup quarterback Dwayne Haskins.
Kirk Cousins and Case Keenum will face their former teams for the first time on Thursday night. But based on what they're talking aboiut this week, the quarterbacks aren't caught up in reviewing the past.
C.J. Ham scored a touchdown, broke through the Lions defense for a 9-yard run to convert a short third down and helped pave the way for Dalvin Cook's 142 rushing yards on Sunday.
Vikings receiver Adam Thielen said he felt the injury in his leg before colliding with the padded wall beyond a Ford Field end zone after scoring on a 25-yard touchdown.
Kyle Rudolph and Irv Smith Jr. combined for 10 receptions on Sunday for the Vikings.
In his sixth start at left guard Sunday, Pat Elflein is preparing for a row of Lions "beasts" in Trey Flowers and defensive tackles Damon Harrison and A'Shawn Robinson
Riley Reiff, a former Lions takle, will make his 15th straight start for the Vikings. He was was sidelined Wednesday because of an ankle injury suffered against the Eagles but returned to practice Thursday.
The veteran linebacker had 10 tackles, a split sack, two pass deflections and a forced fumble in the 38-20 victory over the Eagles.
After leading his team to a victory in New York, Kirk Cousins on Sunday had a 138.4 passer rating vs. Philadelphia.
Vikings defensive end Danielle Hunter has the most sacks (46) of any player younger than 25.
Nose tackle Linval Joseph, who turned 31 years old on Thursday, remains a wrecking ball in his 10th NFL season because of a work ethic rarely matched, even in the Vikings' own weight room.
Wide receiver Stefon Diggs made the strongest endorsement of his future with the Vikings after doing little to dispel rumors last week that he wanted to be traded.
Vikings running back Dalvin Cook set career highs in yards from scrimmage (218) and receiving yards (86).
In his second season in New York, Pat Shurmur will coach against the Vikings for the first time since being named the NFL Assistant Coach of the Year in 2017.
Kyle Rudolph is on pace for career lows in every receiving category through four games, but the team captain says he's embracing his role in a run-heavy offense.
An ineffective passing game against the Bears caused frustration for receiver Adam Thielen.
Despite the Bears defense missing two stars in defensive tackle Akiem Hicks (knee) and linebacker Roquan Smith (personal reasons), Dalvin Cook had only 35 yards on 14 carries.
Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins has fumbled 15 times in 20 games since joining the team last season.
Three weeks after dislocating his right elbow against the Falcons, cornerback Mackensie Alexander thinks he'll be ready for the Bears.
For the Vikings, odd events and close losses have been the norm at Soldier Field. Four Vikings-Bears games in Chicago decided by last-minute drives since 2013