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Armon Watts' deflection of a pass led to a Vikings' pick-six against Seattle. "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
Marcus Sherels was available after agreeing to an injury settlement with the New Orleans Saints, who signed the 31-year-old cornerback in free agency this spring.
Coach Mike Zimmer doesn't want his players to gamble too much, so turnovers don't come easily.
Hughes played with a knee brace and was a little rusty, but hadn't been in a game for 11 months.
Eric Wilson led all defenders with 11 combined tackles, including two sacks; Eric Kendricks played a big part in shutting down Oakland's attempt at a run game.
The ousted 2018 fifth-round pick has landed on his feet with the Raiders.
The Vikings say they are "exploring other special effects options."
A completion percentage of .438 was the telling stat as the Packers forced three turnovers from the quarterback.
Part of Dalvin Cook's big day at Lambeau Field was a career-high 75-yard rushing touchdown.
Everson Griffen said he's "happy to be here, healthy" after two police incidents in September 2018 led to mental health treatment and his missing five games.
Everson Griffen was credited with only one tackle — a third-quarter sack on Matt Ryan — but played a big role in other ways during the victory over Atlanta.
Mackensie Alexander, the fourth-year slot corner, will undergo an MRI, according to coach Mike Zimmer, which will help determine the severity of his injury.
Anthony Harris, who starred in Sunday's victory over the Falcons, showed once again how well he works in the defensive backfield with Vikings star Harrison Smith.
The two Pro Bowlers have battled three times, and the Vikings have won all three meetings.
The Vikings' defensive starters are referenced as "a brotherhood." The least experienced in the system is entering his third season; the other 10 enter their fifth season together.
Garrett Bradbury likes a good battle of wits, and his brains and brawn have served him well as he assumes a starting spot on the Vikings' revamped offensive line.
Kaare Vedvik was claimed by the Jets off waivers, preventing him from joining the practice squad.
Danny Isidora was a fifth-round pick in 2017 out of the University of Miami. He played in 21 games over the past two seasons
Kaare Vedvik handled placekicking duties in the first half and, after making an extra point, pushed a 37-yard field goal attempt wide right for his third straight miss of the preseason.
Vikings coach Mike Zimmer has sent signals that receiver Laquon Treadwell is on the trade block.
Olabisi Johnson, a seventh-round pick out of Colorado State, has caught five passes for 87 yards and a touchdown this preseason -- and has also caught the eyes of the coaching staff.
The Vikings' kicking competition took another turn Saturday as new addition Kaare Vedvik missed twice.
Backfield depth is a welcome sight for a Vikings offense desperately trying to re-establish its rushing attack, and exceptional special-teams work might be Mike Boone's path to playing.
Kaare Vedvik, acquired last week via trade with the Ravens, handled kickoffs, booted away three punts and made one extra point.
The defensive tackles need to demonstrate that they can apply pressure against mobile QBs.
Byron Buxton was among the visitors to camp; it was a rough day for Dan Bailey.
Starting fullback C.J. Ham didn't see much playing time last season, but he's thrilled that fullbacks will be getting more work in the Vikings' revamped offense.
Kevin Warren is leaving the team to become commissioner of the Big Ten, and his spot will be taken by former Toronto Blue Jays vice president Andrew Miller.
Kaare Vedvik, a second-year pro from Norway, could end up handling both the kicking and punting duties for the Vikings, whose special teams remain in flux.
They may not be the "Williams Wall," the tackles that anchored the Vikings defense a decade ago, but Shamar Stephen and Linval Joseph are expected to provide a formidable presence in 2019.
For the fourth consecutive August, the Vikings' starting five offensive linemen likely won't be together for the preseason opener.