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Andrew Krammer

Reporter | Minnesota Vikings
Andrew Krammer joined the Star Tribune in July 2016 after three years covering the Vikings for 1500 ESPN. He is a 2013 graduate of the University of Minnesota.
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Vikings’ defensive end Ade Aruna was greeted by teammates as he was taken off the field after an injury during the second quarter of the preseason g

Multiple Vikings suffered 'serious' injuries against Jacksonville

The Vikings entered the Jacksonville game with several players nursing injuries, and left with several more now sidelined.
AP Photo/Jim Mone
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins completed 3 of 8 passes for 12 yards in a 14-10 preseason loss to Jacksonville

Kirk Cousins watch: A snapshot of the Vikings' QB's performance vs. the Jaguars

We take a closer look at Kirk Cousins' game versus Jacksonville.
Mackensie Alexander intercepted a pass during a Vikings practice.

Mackensie Alexander quietly making 'amazing jump' as Vikings cornerback

Veteran Terence Newman says Mackensie Alexander has upped his game considerably.
Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook (33).

Handling with care: Vikings still keeping Dalvin Cook under wraps

Dalvin Cook has all but been encased in bubble wrap by a Vikings athletic training staff that knows a thing or two about returning a running back to full health.
Vikings safety Harrison Smith, left, and cornerback Xavier Rhodes during a practice late last month in Eagan.

Vikings defenders punish themselves for missing practice pickoffs

Harrison Smith, the Vikings' first-team All-Pro safety, dropped two would-be INTs Wednesday. He then dropped for 20 pushups during the two-hour practice by direction of defensive backs coach Jerry Gray.
Vikings running back Latavius Murray took off for a big gain after shedding the tackle of Denver’s Brandon Marshall (54).

Vikings' ground game shows it could be a force again

The running game, which ranked seventh last season, showed no signs of slowing despite missing Dalvin Cook and three linemen who were expected to be starters.
Where will first-round pick Mike Hughes fit in with the Vikings? Preseason game No. 1 is Saturday night.

Five questions Vikings hope to answer vs. Denver

From the offensive line to special teams, the Vikings enter Saturday's game against the Broncos with plenty of question marks
One thing seems certain: Former first-round draft pick Laquon Treadwell, entering his third season, appears to be a lock as the Vikings’ No. 3 rec

Competition wide open for Vikings' backup receiver positions

The Vikings' most intriguing roster battle midway through training camp remains at backup wide receiver, where Laquon Treadwell is the only sure thing.
(Left to right) Vikings offensive linemen Nick Easton, Mike Remmers and Pat Elflein are all injured entering Saturday's preseason lid-lifter.

Off center: Improvised offensive line kicks off Cousins era Saturday

Having three of the five projected offensive line starters out of action for the Vikings' preseason opener at Denver isn't the way coach Mike Zimmer imagined how things would go.
Vikings rookie Daniel Carlson kicked during the first day of training camp July 25 in Eagan.

Vikings' Forbath in tough roster battle with Carlson's powerful leg

Veteran Kai Forbath and rookie Daniel Carlson are both expected to kick against the Broncos on Saturday, which will help the Vikings decide which kicker to keep.
Former Vikings offensive lineman Mike Harris, now coaching high school after retiring because of a brain ailment, reconnected at the Vikings’ traini

Brain ailment knocks ex-Viking Harris out of NFL but into coaching

A brain ailment took Mike Harris out of the NFL, but into a role sharing his wisdom as a high school coach.
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) throws a pass during a night practice during training camp at TCO Performance Center in Eagan, Minn., o

Cousins and offense struggle against Vikings No. 1 defense

Quarterback Kirk Cousins and the Vikings offense struggled to move the ball against the NFL's reigning No. 1 defense during Saturday night's practice under the lights at TCO Stadium in Eagan.
Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook (33) during Minnesota Vikings training camp at TCO Performance center Sunday July 29, 2018 in Eagan, MN.

Look for Cook to see game action at some point in Vikings preseason

Even though he didn't point to a specific game, coach Mike Zimmer indicated Dalvin Cook will 'get some reps' during the preseason in his comeback from a season-ending knee injury.
Defensive tackle Jaleel Johnson played only 41 snaps in five games in 2017 as a rookie out of Iowa.

Vikings' second-year defensive tackle now looks the part

Jaleel Johnson is positioned to play a key role on the Vikings defensive line as much-needed relief off the bench.
Clancy Barone gave instruction to Vikings linemen during a Saturday morning practice. He and Andrew Janocko are taking over for the late Tony Sparano

New Vikings offensive line co-coaches bring decades of experience

Clancy Barone and Andrew Janocko are taking over for the late Tony Sparano as co-offensive line coaches only five weeks before Week 1.
Mack Brown (31) was one of several running backs taking handoffs from quarterbacks Kirk Cousins down to Kyle Sloter, as the Vikings eased Dalvin Cook

Vikings' corps of running backs is kept in motion

Dalvin Cook donned shoulder pads for the first time since his ACL surgery, which he deemed a "milestone" in his recovery.
Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook (33) ran a play during training camp at TCO Performance center Sunday.

'I feel comfortable, I feel good.' Cook back on field after ACL surgery

Running back Dalvin Cook has flashed his previous elusiveness in limited drills, giving Vikings' coaches, teammates and observers a glimpse into his potential for 2018.
Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer quarterback Kirk Cousins went over a play during training camp at TCO Performance Center on Saturday

Vikings open training camp with new faces, high expectations

A Vikings roster returning 19 of 22 starters from a year ago still underwent an evolution of key players during the offseason, and finally gathered Saturday for the first full day of training camp.
Vikings center Pat Elflein was placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list after offseason ankle and shoulder surgeries.

Vikings center Pat Elflein starts training camp on PUP list

Center Pat Elflein is unavailable to start Vikings training camp because of ankle and shoulder injuries that have nagged him throughout the offseason.Elflein, the…
Nicole Hause of Stillwater pulled up for some air during one of her runs Sunday. Hause placed fifth in women’s Skateboard Park.

X Games organizers already looking to 2019

Organizers are looking at ways to improve events for the next two years here.
Vikings safety Harrison Smith, right, posed with Jackson Strong at the X Games on Saturday at U.S. Bank Stadium.

Vikings' Smith turns out to cheer Aussie dirt biker at X Games

Harrison Smith cheered on Australian rider Jackson Strong as he won a fourth gold medal during Moto X Best Trick.

Australian rookie Alex Hiam wins BMX gold medal at X Games

Alex Hiam, 22, nailed a double tailwhip, a move more spectacular than it sounds.
Twiggy, the water-skiing squirrel, performed Thursday, July 19, 2018 outside US Bank Stadium as part of X Fest. The squirrel, the 7th in a line of Twi

Final run: Twiggy the water-skiing squirrel retiring after X Games

Twiggy's first show was in Minneapolis in 1979. Now a run that has spanned 39 years, eight squirrels and even more hours of entertainment is coming to an end.
Defending Big Air gold medalist Elliot Sloan has a new trick — a kickflip 720 — he hopes to land in competition.

Daredevils in X Games keep pushing envelope in their events

The X Games annually offers a grand stage for skaters, BMX and motocross riders to showcase their own personal futures for action sports by unveiling never-before-seen tricks.
Nicole Hause skated with other kids at 3rd Lair Skate Park last month.

Stillwater's Hause among wave of women energizing the X Games

Stillwater-born pro skater Nicole Hause is happy riding her aggressive style through the crowds of boys populating skateparks everywhere.
Vikings coach Mike Zimmer took to the field during a mandatory Vikings three-day minicamp at the TCO Performance Center. ELIZABETH FLORES liz.flores@s

Zimmer's minicamp-ending message: Stay in shape, be good citizens

Coach Mike Zimmer said the Vikings stayed mostly healthy in the offseason program, a big bonus as minicamp concluded.
Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr

Picking up skills: Barr learning pass-rushing tricks from defensive ends

Anthony Barr is spending five or 10 minutes a day at practice working with the defensive line instead of the linebackers.
Defensive end Danielle Hunter took to the field for the first day of mandatory Vikings three-day minicamp at the TCO Vikings Performance Center, Tuesd

Quiet Hunter looking to make noise with a new Vikings' contract

Fourth-year defensive end Danielle Hunter has solidified himself as the long-term bookend Vikings' coaches envision opposite Everson Griffen for seasons to come.
Vikings center Pat Elflein ran offensive line drills in September.

Elflein says he'll be ready for Vikings training camp

Vikings center Pat Elflein said "everything's good" with his rehab schedule, which has held him out of drills during organized team activities
Minnesota Vikings defensive backs coach Jerry Gray.

Vikings trying to squeeze even more from their elite secondary

Jerry Gray, a four-time Pro Bowl cornerback for the L.A. Rams, has coached a treasure trove of high-profile cornerbacks and safeties over the years.
Kirk Cousins went through workouts with his new teammates at the Vikings' practice facility on Wednesday.

Cousins getting big dose of Vikings' intense focus on red-zone offense

Without shoulder pads or full contact in this portion of the offseason, it's essentially a passing camp for quarterback Kirk Cousins and his new teammates.
Vikings kicker Kai Forbath faces a challenge from Auburn rookie Daniel Carlson.

Forbath calls rookie's challenge to Vikings kicking job 'a little shocking'

Kai Forbath once again has competition for the Vikings job, this time from rookie Daniel Carlson. "I've fortunately never lost a competition," the veteran said.
Minnesota Vikings outside linebacker Anthony Barr (55) .

Linebacker Barr decides not to attend Vikings' voluntary workouts

Barr did not show up Tuesday when the Vikings began the first of 10 voluntary practices, known in the as NFL world as Organized Team Activities. He'd told coach Mike Zimmer on Tuesday.
Rookie mini-camp is underway this weekend in Eagan.

Vikings rookies at 3-day minicamp schooled in hard knocks

Young Vikings — 62 drafted, undrafted and tryout players — took to the outdoor Eagan practice fields Friday, the onset of a three-day rookie minicamp.
Appalachian State offensive lineman Colby Gossett at the NFL combine.

Vikings sign final four picks from last week's NFL draft

The Vikings signed half of their eight-man 2018 draft class Thursday, a day before rookies, undrafted free agents and other getting a tryout come to Eagan for rookie minicamp.
Trae Waynes has been extended through 2019.

Vikings extend cornerback Waynes' contract through 2019

The move gives the Vikings an additional year to keep Trae Waynes on the roster while potentially working out a long-term contract.
South Dakota State wide receiver Jake Wieneke got a text Saturday from Viking Adam Thielen. “Made my day,” he said.

Maple Grove's Wieneke among Vikings' undrafted crop

South Dakota State receiver Jake Wieneke was actually hoping not to be picked at the end of the draft so he could sign as a free agent with the Vikings.
Daniel Carlson (38)

Vikings' selection of kicker Carlson means competition for Forbath

The Vikings aren't settled with Kai Forbath after trading up in the fifth round of the NFL draft for Auburn kicker Daniel Carlson on Saturday at No. 167, the highest drafted kicker in Vikings history.
Pittsburgh offensive lineman Brian O'Neill, left, goes through a drill with fellow lineman Jaryd Jones-Smith during an NCAA pro-day

Vikings select tackle O'Neill in second round, trade out of third

Brian O'Neill, a 6-7, 297-pounder out of Pittsburgh, played both left and right tackle for the Panthers.
Fireworks are launched outside AT&T Stadium at the conclusion of round three of the NFL Draft

Vikings have seven picks Saturday to build up roster

Most of this year's draft class will come together Saturday in Rounds 4-7 after the additions of cornerback Mike Hughes (30th overall) and tackle Brian O'Neill (62nd).
Teri "Freyja" Hanson and Greg "Sir Odin" Hanson of Watkins, MN cheered after the Vikings selected Central Florida CB Mike Hughes in the first round

Offensive line remains on Vikings' agenda in Day 2 of NFL draft

GM Rick Spielman said Thursday night after Round 1 that the Vikings have lots of options remaining for the second two days of the NFL draft.
Dalvin Cook speaks to the media last season.

Vikings' Cook making fast progress through grueling ACL rehab

Dalvin Cook is expected to particpate in organized team activities on a limited basis as he continues to come back from an ACL injury.
Arkansas center Frank Ragnow (72), in action last season against New Mexico State, sits on the brink of his NFL dreams.

Ragnow's NFL draft journey, from Chanhassen High to the pros

Frank Ragnow, a talented offensive lineman from Victoria, is about to reach his NFL dream without his dad, Jon, who died of a heart attack in 2016.
Center Pat Elflein, right, selected in the third round by the Vikings in the NFL draft last year, is one of the few offensive linemen drafted by Gener

Vikings are taking hard look at offensive line help with 30th pick

With needs up front, Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman sounds willing to deviate from past trends with the 30th overall pick.
Vikings cornerback Trae Waynes broke up a pass intended for Packers wide receiver Michael Clark at Lambeau Field last December. The Vikings return to

Vikings 2018: Game-by-game analysis of one of the NFL's toughest schedules

The Vikings won't have time to ease into the season, with tough games on the schedule right away.
Kirk Cousins has reached out to his new teammates, but they will work out together officially for the first time Monday.

Cousins gets first chance to work with new teammates, coaches

On-field drills are prohibited until after the NFL draft. But Vikings coaches get their first chance starting today to go over the team's playbook with new quarterback Kirk Cousins.
Monster Energy AMA Supercross rider Jason Anderson

Anderson's breakthrough Supercross season comes after training with Dungey

Ryan Dungey retired after three straight titles, but the Minnesota native leaves AMA in good hands with Jason Anderson.
Case Keenum smiles during a news conference to introduce him as the new starting quarterback of the Denver Broncos

Vikings announce preseason opponents, starting with Keenum's Broncos

The Vikings could face Case Keenum when they play the Denver Broncos in their first preseason game.
Brazil’s Douglas Oliveira took his bicycle to daunting heights from the vert ramp outside U.S. Bank Stadium during the BMX finals in July.

ESPN, Minneapolis agree on two-year extension for summer X Games

The ESPN event will be staged at U.S. Bank Stadium through 2020.
Vikings defensive tackle Tom Johnson closed in on Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco in October.

Former Vikings Tom Johnson, Jeremiah Sirles land new jobs

Tom Johnson is headed to Seattle, while Jeremiah Sirles becomes the latest ex-Viking in Carolina.
Then-Bears guard Tom Compton (76) blocked for Jordan Howard in December.

For new Vikings lineman Tom Compton, there's no place like home

Tom Compton will play near home, with friend.
Minnesota Vikings kicker Kai Forbath (2) watches his 53-yard field goal lift the Vikings over the Cincinnati Bengals 17-0 in the second quarter on Sun

Vikings re-sign kicker Kai Forbath

The Vikings have agreed to re-sign kicker Kai Forbath, taking him off a free-agent market that was extremely limited, a league source confirmed.
Terence Newman turns 40 in September, but it remains to be seen if he will celebrate in a Vikings uniform.

Newman, Sherels, Forbath: Vikings look at keeping players who could leave

After a flurry of moves, including the additions of expensive free agents Kirk Cousins and Sheldon Richardson, the Vikings have about $20 million to manage the rest of their 2018 roster.
Denver Broncos quarterback Trevor Siemian has signed with the Minnesota Vikings to back up Kirk Cousins. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)

Back-up Siemian joins Vikings as this year's version of Case Keenum

Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman compared the acquisition of quarterback Trevor Siemian to signing Keenum a year ago
Minnesota Vikings running back Latavius Murray. (Carlos Gonzalez, cgonzalez@startribune.com Star Tribune)

Murray restructures contract to fit Vikings' financial plans

Latavius Murray stood to be cut had he not renegotiated his previous contract.
Teddy Bridgewater was pressured by New York Jets defensive end Sheldon Richardson in 2014.

Richardson would cost the Vikings a lot -- and come with baggage

It remains to be seen how much money free-agent defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson will want, and whether the Vikings will be able to afford him after signing Kirk Cousins
Case Keenum, Sam Bradford and Teddy Bridgewater have reportedly agreed to terms with new teams.

Exodus: 2017 Vikings quarterbacks scatter around the NFL

Clearing the path for Kirk Cousins to come to Minnesota, quarterbacks Case Keenum, Teddy Bridgewater and Sam Bradford agreed to terms Tuesday with new teams.
Seattle Seahawks center Justin Britt congratulated defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson after he recovered a fumble vs. the Los Angeles Rams in Octobe

Ten potential free-agent targets for the Vikings who aren't named Kirk Cousins

It can't all be about the quarterbacks, right? So who else is out there for the Vikings as free agency opens Wednesday afternoon?
Running back Jerick McKinnon is a free agent this offseason.

Handicapping the Vikings' free agents

Indications are the Vikings want to retain at least half of their own free agents.
The Vikings hydrotherapy room includes a 1750-square-foot space that includes an underwater treadmill. Members of the media were given a tour of TCO P

Vikings' expanded new home gives them a leg up on others in the league

U.S. Bank Stadium stands out, but the TCO Perfomance Center is what could separate the Vikings on the field.
South Florida quarterback Quinton Flowers

NFL Draft prospect Flowers looks to Bridgewater for inspiration

The two have been friends and training partners since the Miami-area high school rivals played each other on the gridiron.
Notre Dame offensive lineman Mike McGlinchey vertical jumps during the NFL football scouting combine, Friday, March 2, 2018, in Indianapolis. (AP Phot

Vikings potentially turning to draft to help answer lingering O-line questions

The Vikings saw improvement last year on the offensive line, but they still lack depth.
Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Laquon Treadwell (11) warmed up at the Mercedes -Benz Stadium Sunday December 3, 2017 in Atlanta, GA.] JERRY HOLT ï j

Vikings hopeful that Treadwell makes a 'jump' next season

Laquon Treadwell made improvement from his rookie year to last season, but the Vikings still want to see more from him.
Here are three tackles who could be on the Vikings’ radar at the NFL combine (from left): Texas' Connor Williams, Oklahoma's Orlando Brown Jr. and N

Scouting combine about to prepare Vikings for free agency, NFL draft

In addition to checking out the latest batch of prospects for this year's draft, the Vikings and other teams will kick-start the free agency process in Indianapolis.
Minnesota Vikings Case Keenum. ] CARLOS GONZALEZ ï cgonzalez@startribune.com - Philadelphia, PA - Lincoln Financial Field, NFL, NFC Championship game

Vikings have two-week window to put franchise or transition tag on quarterback Case Keenum

The team has until March 12 before other teams can begin negotiating with him.
U.S. Bank Stadium played host to the Super Bowl in February.

Vikings to raise season ticket prices an average of 7 percent

The team is coming off an NFC North title, a first-round playoff bye and a 14-win season.
Stefanski

Vikings' move to block Kevin Stefanski from interviewing elsewhere is common in NFL

In a move that is commonplace, the Vikings prevented quarterbacks coach Kevin Stefanski from interviewing to become the new offensive coordinator of the New…
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles (9) caught a 1-yard touchdown pass from tight end Trey Burton near the end of the second quarter of Super B

NFC notes: Philadelphia tried a bit of everything, and it worked

When it mattered most, the Eagles offense rose to the occasion to help claim Philadelphia's first Lombardi Trophy in franchise history
Philadelphia Eagles running back Corey Clement (30) made a 22-yard touchdown catch in the third quarter of Super Bowl LII as Devin McCourty (32) and M

Eagles rookie Clement, ex-Patriot Blount come up big in victory

Corey Clement, the third fiddle in a deep Eagles backfield, led the way with a team-high 100 receiving yards.
Former Viking Nate Burleson was co-host of the red carpet arrival segment of the NFL Honors evening. Goldy was there, too.

Brady named NFL's MVP for third time

Rams' Gurley, Donald and McVay win awards, too.
Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Chris Long reaches for San Francisco 49ers quarterback C.J. Beathard during an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 29, 2

Trading places: Eagles' Blount, Long bring Patriots intel to Philadelphia huddles

Former Patriots LeGarrette Blount and Chris Long are sharing secrets with their new Eagles teammates
Philadelphia Eagles’ Malcolm Jenkins (27), Brandon Graham (55) and Nigel Bradham (53) tackle New York Giants’ Paul Perkins (28) during the second

Pass rush is Eagles' strength, but getting to Tom Brady will be a challenge

A path of heated QBsNo NFL defense pressured quarterbacks more than the Eagles, edging the Jaguars by 19 hurries with a total of 287 pressures…
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady signals to the sideline during the first half of an NFL divisional playoff football game against the Tennes

The Patriots have every offensive situation covered

The Patriots offense hasn't fallen off despite a 40-year-old quarterback in Tom Brady and the loss of No. 1 receiver Julian Edelman before the start…
John DeFilippo

Vikings interested in Eagles QB coach as offensive coordinator

The Vikings want to interview John DeFilippo after Philadelphia plays in Sunday's Super Bowl, a league source told the Star Tribune.
A third quarter pass intended for Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen was just out of reach. ] JEFF WHEELER ï jeff.wheeler@startribune.com The Minneso

Thielen heading to Jamaica, not operating table, after back injury

Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen won't need surgery this offseason, which he says gives him a head start on 2018 preparations.
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