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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
Defensive coordinator George Edwards won't be back as defensive coordinator after six seasons of working for coach Mike Zimmer.

Vikings need new coordinators with Stefanski leaving, Edwards let go

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.
Defensive end Everson Griffen and his Vikings teammates cleaned out their lockers on Sunday at TCO Performance Center in Eagan.

Griffen hopes to return to Vikings but faces uncertainty

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 talked to reporters after the game.

Vikings say Bosa's illegal hit on O'Neill was a cheap shot

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.
Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook (33) was tacked for no gain in the first quarter by San Francisco 49ers linebacker Dre Greenlaw (57) .

San Francisco fries Vikings run game, holds Cook to 26 yards

The Vikings' first two fruitless handoffs foretold running back Dalvin Cook's nearly silent game during Saturday's 27-10 playoff loss.
Kirk Cousins tossed to Dalvin Cook during the Vikings’ victory Sunday.

Zimmer on Cousins: Time to tell people 'he's our guy'

The quarterback got a game ball after leading his team past the Saints in Sunday's playoff game.
A group of dejected Saints fans showed their displeasure following Sunday's win by the Vikings in New Orleans.

Saints fans unhappy with non-call on Vikings winning touchdown

Kyle Rudolph caught a touchdown pass in overtime after some pushing with Saints cornerback P.J. Williams.
Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen (19) fumbled the ball int he fist quarter after he was tackled by New Orleans Saints cornerback Janoris J

Thielen flushes away early mistake, sparks Vikings in victory

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.
Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook celebrated after he ran the ball into the end zone for a touchdown in the second quarter.

'Fresh' Cook gets a big workload after missing two games for Vikings

After missing two games, Dalvin Cook on Sunday had 31 touches, one short of his career high.
New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas

Saints' receiver Thomas presents 'all kinds of problems' to shorthanded Vikings defense

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.
Eric Kendricks recovered a fumble against the Packers on Dec. 23 at U.S. Bank Stadium.

Big question for Vikings: Will Eric Kendricks play against Saints?

The veteran linebacker was limited with reps at the team's practice Thursday.
Vikings receiver Stefon Diggs says he's often asked about the "Minneapolis Miracle" -- his 61-yard touchdown reception on the game's final play to bea

'Minneapolis Miracle' mostly a memory for Vikings, Saints

Sean Payton notes varied factors; Stefon Diggs' current reaction is tepid.
Vikings running back Dalvin Cook joked with cornerback Mackensie Alexander on Sunday, when Alexander had to play vs. the Bears but Cook didn’t.

Vikings' Cook says he is feeling good after two weeks off

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 broke free on the game’s first snap for a 59-yard gain against the Bears on Sunday, then lost a fumble on the second

Boone has roller-coaster day in second Vikings start

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.
Vikings kicker Dan Bailey connected on a field goal in the fourth quarter.

Bailey cashes in for $1 million after four field goals vs. Bears

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.
Vikings defensive end Stephen Weatherly, who has filled in as an interior rusher, wants to make a case to stay with the team in the regular-season fin

Vikings reserves facing free agency strive to make impression Sunday

Snaps will be meaningful against the Bears for backups hoping to stay with the team.
Running back Mike Boone (23) is expected to get his second start for the Vikings on Sunday against the Bears. He had 11 carries for only 28 yards in M

Boone expected to make second start for Vikings against Bears

The second-year running back had 11 carries for only 28 yards in Monday night's loss to the Packers.
Vikings fullback C.J. Ham’s honored his mother during halftime against the Lions on Dec. 8 at U.S. Bank Stadium. He gave daughter Skylar, 3, a kiss.

Returning the faith: C.J. Ham a rock in mother's cancer battle

Tina Ham was diagnosed with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer earlier this year, and her son has been one of her greatest sources of strength.
Minnesota Vikings middle linebacker Eric Kendricks (54) was treated by trainers on the field after recovering a fumble in the second quarter.

Injury knocks linebacker Kendricks out of game in second quarter

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.
Vikings running back Dalvin Cook before Sunday's game.

Vikings' Dalvin Cook might miss last two regular-season games

The standout running back might finish the regular season on the sidelines before returning in the playoffs.
Green Bay Packers' Aaron Rodgers talks to Minnesota Vikings' Kirk Cousins after an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019, in Green Bay, Wis. The Pa

Vikings-Packers showdown: high stakes, plot twists and ... popcorn?

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.
Vikings running back Mike Boone (23) celebrated after scoring his second touchdown on the fourth quarter on Sunday.

Little-used Boone making the most of his opportunity with Vikings

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.
Vikings cornerback Xavier Rhodes left Sunday's game with an injury in the second quarter but later returned

Vikings' cornerback rotation continues in victory over 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.
Chargers running back Austin Ekeler fumbled the ball after being hit by Vikings middle linebacker Eric Kendricks

Vikings lock in on turnover-prone Chargers, make seven takeaways

The Vikings defense on Sunday intercepted Philip Rivers three times, and returned a fumble for a score.
Vikings cornerback Xavier Rhodes, beaten by Denver’s Courtland Sutton for a reception on Nov. 17, has no guaranteed money left beyond this season on

Vikings cornerbacks headed toward turning points

When the Vikings rotate cornerbacks Xavier Rhodes, Trae Waynes and Mackensie Alexander for practical reasons during games, symbolism is in play too.
After his second consecutive limited practice, Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen said he’s in a “good spot” coming back from a right hamstring

Vikings' Thielen runs drills, routes in working up to game speed

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.
Adam Thielen

Thielen, Rhodes, Hughes all practice on limited basis for Vikings

It's a a sign all three players could be available Sunday for the Vikings in Los Angeles.
Everson Griffen (97) of the Vikings sacked Lions quarterback David Blough (10) in the fourth quarter Sunday while Jaleel Johnson (94) piled on.

Eight men in: Vikings have success with big defensive line rotation

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.
Harrison Smith, left, and Eric Kendricks of the Vikings stopped Lions tight end Jesse James during the fourth quarter.

Smith's interception helps Vikings extend takeaway streak

The Vikings on Sunday had two interceptions - by Harrison Smith and later Andrew Sendejo - giving the team a turnover for the ninth consecutive game.
Dalvin Cook scored on a 3-yard run in the second quarter for the Vikings on Sunday.

Injured Cook 'good to go' after full work load Sunday for Vikings

Despite a painful shoulder malady, Dalvin Cook on Sunday carried the ball 20 times until sitting out the final quarter.
Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen held his right hamstring as he walked of the field at Detroit on Oct. 20

Thielen misses practice again; expected to miss fourth straight game

The Vikings officially deemed Adam Thielen's status as doubtful against Detroit after he was sidelined throughout three practices this week
Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson had his pass swatted down by Armon Watts setting Anthony Harris up for an interception

Rookie Watts makes big impression, ready to make bigger impact

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

Cook says he can play despite pain; Zimmer says 'we'll see how it goes'

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."
Vikings running back Dalvin Cook was tackled by Seahawks defensive back Quandre Diggs during the second quarter.

Cook injured on third-quarter fumble, but expects to play Sunday

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 will play the role of spy often when facing Russell Wilson and the Seahawks on Monday night.

Vikings linebacker Barr practices 'I spy' skills for facing Seahawks, Wilson

Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr has gotten creative with how he practices "spying," or shadowing, mobile quarterbacks.
Vikings free safety Harrison Smith was limited in practice this week with a groin injury as the team prepares to play Seattle.

Depth at safety might be tested for Vikings on Monday vs. Seahawks

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.
Xavier Rhodes (29) and Andrew Sendejo defended a Seahawks receiver during a 2013 game in Seattle.

Vikings coaches focus on improving pass defense

The secondary ranks in the bottom half of the league in three key categories.
The Vikings will need to figure out how to stop Russell Wilson to beat the Seahawks.

Vikings' pass defense needs quick fix to defeat Seahawks, Wilson

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.
Chad Beebe was carted off the field at U.S. Bank Stadium on Sept. 22 after injuring an ankle. Beebe had surgery and won’t return to the Vikings this

Vikings get Thielen back, but Beebe has surgery

Josh Doctson was cut on Tuesday as the team returned to practice following a bye week.
Minnesota Vikings' tight end Irv Smith Jr. celebrated his touchdown in the third quarter.

Thielen's absence means more snaps for rookie Irv Smith Jr.

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.
Minnesota Vikings’ tight end Irv Smith made a grab in the end zone for a touchdown in the third quarter.

Hurry-up offense in second half got Vikings going

Offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski swallowed his pride and the Vikings' game plan when faced with a 20-0 deficit at halftime.
Vikings safety Andrew Sendejo intercepted a second-quarter pass. The Vikings claimed him off waivers earlier this month.

Vikings secondary has long day covering Broncos' Sutton

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 Vikings' Everson Griffen (97) and Danielle Hunter (99) celebrate a sack of Dallas Cowboys' Dak Prescott during the second half last week.

Yin and Yang: Vikings' Griffen, Hunter create chaotic harmony

The strong seasons for Vikings defensive linemen appear likely to continue Sunday against Broncos quarterback Brandon Allen, who is making his second NFL start.
Vikings coach Mike Zimmer has been impressed by the decisions being made by quarterback Kirk Cousins, and the speed at which he's making those decisio

Zimmer: Playing smart and fast have been keys to Cousins' success

The Vikings quarterback also hasn't fumbled in the past five games, the best streak of his career.
Linval Joseph (98)

Vikings nose tackle Joseph sidelined by knee surgery

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.
Minnesota Vikings' tight end Kyle Rudolph caught the ball in the end zone for a two-point conversion despite defensive pressure from Dallas Cowboys' c

Trash-talking Rudolph re-emerges as threat in Vikings attack

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.
Vikings running back Dalvin Cook

Running to the bank: Vikings' Cook, like Cowboys' Elliott, showing his worth

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.
Mike Hughes (21) just missed an interception on a deflected pass against Washington on Oct. 24.

Vikings corner Mike Hughes gets more action, now wants a pick

After returning for a serious knee injury, the second-year player is hoping for his first interception of the season.
Vikings running back Dalvin Cook broke a tackle attempt by Chiefs linebacker Reggie Ragland during the first half Sunday.

Zimmer critical of offensive line play

NFL rushing leader Dalvin Cook was limited to 71 yards in 21 carries against Kansas City.
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill (10) catches a 40-yard touchdown pass in front of Minnesota Vikings cornerback Trae Waynes (26) during th

Games of big plays leaves Vikings defense frustrated, deflated

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.
Vikings receiver Adam Thielen celebrated from the sideline with Bisi Johnson after a touchdown.

Thielen reinjures leg in first quarter; Diggs shut down with one catch

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 has been celebrating tackles a lot this season, ranking tied for eighth in the NFL with 68 tackles.

Vikings' 'Little Fella' Kendricks outgrows label

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.
Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins has been particularly effective against blitzing defenses this season.

Cousins has handled blitz well this season, and the Chiefs like to blitz

Kirk Cousins leads the NFL with a 130 passer rating against the blitz this season, according to Pro Football Focus.
Jayron Kearse (left) said he hasn't yet talked to Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer about the arrest.

Vikings' Kearse says he 'made a bad decision' before arrest

The 25-year-old safety apologized, a day after being released from custody at the Hennepin County jail.
Xavier Rhodes

Vikings cornerback Xavier Rhodes: 'I'm hurting my team'

After seven penalties in eight games, the rugged cornerback knows "it's up to me to change it."
Stefon Diggs (14) ran away from Washington players on a long gain in the second quarter Thursday night. Diggs finished with 143 yards on seven catches

With identical statistics, Diggs continues tear for Vikings

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.
Vikings defensive back Anthony Harris was congratulated by his teammates after he made an interception in the third quarter.

Harris' interception allows Vikings to breathe easier after failed fourth down

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, left, and Case Keenum will face their old teams for the first time when the Vikings play host to the Redskins on Thursday night at U.S.

Not looking back: Cousins mum on old team, Keenum just wants 'normal game'

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.
Vikings fullback C.J. Ham scored his second career touchdown on Sunday. After playing 18% of offensive snaps in 2017 and 13% last year, he’s up to 3

Fullback Ham is doing a bit of everything for Vikings offense

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 held his right hamstring as he walked of the field in the first quarter at Ford Field.

Thielen hurts hamstring in first quarter; severity remains unclear

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’s 15-yard touchdown reception gave the Vikings a 35-24 lead in the fourth quarter. It was the first touchdown of the season for Rudolph

Win over Detroit was big day for Vikings tight ends, too

Kyle Rudolph and Irv Smith Jr. combined for 10 receptions on Sunday for the Vikings.
Vikings coaches like the improvement Pat Elflein has shown since he transitioned from center to left guard.

Improving Vikings guard Elflein ready for whoever Lions throw at him

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
Vikings tackle Reiff expected to play against the Lions on Sunday

Vikings tackle Reiff expected to play against the Lions on Sunday

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.
Eric Kendricks, right, and Mackensie Alexander combined to sack Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz on Sunday.

Pro Bowl pace? More games like Sunday's could get Kendricks that honor

The veteran linebacker had 10 tackles, a split sack, two pass deflections and a forced fumble in the 38-20 victory over the Eagles.
Kirk Cousins completed a pass over Eagles linebacker Nate Gerry (47) in the third quarter Sunday.

Cousins uses 'aggressive, creative' plan to conquer Eagles, ignore noise

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 celebrated a sack in the fourth quarter.

Hunter's sack keeps him on fast track in NFL history

Vikings defensive end Danielle Hunter has the most sacks (46) of any player younger than 25.
Nose tackle Linval Joseph grabbed a fumble out of midair and rumbled 64 yards for a touchdown in the Vikings’ victory over the Eagles last season in

Joseph is Vikings' power source

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.
After a tumultuous week, receiver Stefon Diggs caught three passes for 44 yards vs. the Giants on Sunday.

Fined over $200,000, Diggs says he 'should have communicated better'

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 ran for a 41-yard gain in the third quarter.

Cook slices through Giants defense in Vikings victory

Vikings running back Dalvin Cook set career highs in yards from scrimmage (218) and receiving yards (86).
Giants coach Pat Shurmur will try to lead New York to a third straight win when it plays the Vikings on Sunday.

Shurmur says his Vikings' background won't help the Giants

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.
A fourth-quarter owuld-be touchdown pass attempt to Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph was out of his reach last November.

Vikings tight end Rudolph blocks out his dwindling catches

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.
Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins made some good throws Sunday but hesitated on others, according to his coach.

Zimmer on Cousins: 'There are times you just have to pull the trigger'

An ineffective passing game against the Bears caused frustration for receiver Adam Thielen.
Vikings running back Dalvin Cook

Bears shut down Cook, who loses NFL rushing lead

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.
Bears outside linebacker Leonard Floy reached down to scoop up the ball after Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins fumbled in the third quarter.

Strip sack of Cousins continues quarterback's fumble issues

Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins has fumbled 15 times in 20 games since joining the team last season.
Mackensie Alexander was injured in the season opener against Atlanta.

Alexander wants to return to Vikings lineup

Three weeks after dislocating his right elbow against the Falcons, cornerback Mackensie Alexander thinks he'll be ready for the Bears.
A fourth-quarter would-be touchdown pass attempt to Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph was out of his reach last November. He was covered by Bears inside

Field of screams: Vikings confront bizarre, cruel road history vs. 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