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A proposed union would stand up for players whose stars shine brightly, but briefly.
Vikings players have a choice of 34 different helmet models that have been certified for use in the NFL. Players have a variety of reasons for their preferences.
One of the tallest — if not the tallest — Vikings in team history took his spot as the third-string left tackle during Sunday's practice at TCO Performance Center.
No one was permitted to comment on the trade with Baltimore until Monday.
Asked before practice about the many young receivers fighting for roster spots behind starters Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs, Olabisi Johnson was the first one coach Mike Zimmer patted on the back.
In the wake of the egregious pass interference no-call in the NFC Championship Game, NFL owners voted 31-1 to expand replay reviews to include offensive and defensive pass interference calls and non-calls.
Offensive tackle Aviante Collins missed all of last season after surgery to repair a torn biceps.
It's a matter the players love to argue and one that remains unsettled. But cornerback Trae Waynes made a pretty good case for himself in a fast-paced interview at training camp.
How do the Vikings monitor all of the different personal trainers and encourage players not to stray too far from the team's training principles? Communication, and then some.
With 209 days to reflect, a chance to start over is welcomed by the Vikings after a lackluster ending to the 2018 season.
With Holton Hill now suspended for the season's first eight games, the Vikings need another cornerback to step up and provide depth on the 53-man roster.
Vikings rookie Tiano Pupungatoa, of Hastings, consumes roughly 5,000 calories a day to maintain playing weight.
Minnesota's first regular tour stop in half a century didn't need the world's No. 1 player, Brooks Koepka, to make it for a successful return. It was well served by the youthful golfers who battled for the lead all weekend.
South African Dylan Frittelli, at 12 under, is three shots off the lead after getting a friendly roll.
Family and friends of Tim Herron rode to the 3M Open in style, even if they got there a little late for the Wayzata golfer's round.
A sponsor's exemption to Matthew Wolff, the Oklahoma State Cowboy with the 2019 NCAA title belt, an ear-blasting driver and a PGA Tour dream that pushed him to turn pro last month after his sophomore season.
Mark Craig's Golf Insider: Apple Valley native Brian Dwyer grabs the last 3M Open slot by shooting a 64 -- but not before he has to fret it wouldn't be good enough and go through the pressure of three sudden-death playoff holes.
Hannah Green sighed after a save on what proved to be the course's hardest hole.
Hole 16 was shortened by 140 yards from the first two rounds and played as the third-easiest hole. It surrendered no eagles, but the 29 birdies matched the total from the first two rounds combined.
The Maple Grove golfer realizes a dream after slipping into tournament by a mere $3.
Side contest adds layer of pressure and temptation.
Inbee Park, seven-time major champion and LPGA Tour Hall of Famer, was a winless teenager the last time the world sent its finest women's golfers to Minnesota.
At 55, Laura Davies will be making her 125th start in a major come Thursday in the KPMG Women's PGA Championship.
Park, who was 19 when she won the 2008 U.S. Women's Open at Interlachen in Edina, has seven wins and 28 top-10 finishes in the five majors in women's golf. Here's a closer look:
Look out for Jordan Taylor -- quarterback Kirk Cousins calls him "a diamond in the rough" -- as the Vikings continue searching for a reliable No. 3 receiver.
Mar'Sean Diggs might not be as fast as his brother Stefon, but the two share a lot of the same traits, including good hands.
Jake Browning sounds awfully happy for a guy who set national high school and major college passing records only to be criticized for a…
Garrett Bradbury last week was the first center drafted in the first round in the 58-year history of the Vikings franchise. It will take time to fully know the value of the pick.
The Vikings have had six centers start 735 out of 832 regular-season games.
Looking back on this year's draft, here are some moves that will be fun to watch as they unfold in the years to come.
First-round pick Garrett Bradbury should be a Day 1 starter at center. The initial thought is Dru Samia was drafted for depth purposes but shouldn't be entirely dismissed as a potential starter at guard.
Vikings GM Rick Spielman was eager to accumulate picks Friday, even if coach Mike Zimmer was not.
Kyle Rudolph thought it was "awesome" that the Vikings drafted Irv Smith Jr. on Friday in the second round, and the team has a new weapon.
The Cardinals Picking Kyler Murray No. 1 overall wasn't a bad move. But it shouldn't require immediately unloading Josh Rosen, last year's pick who showed some promise as a rookie.
The Packers had three seventh-round picks that year, two of which they used on receivers. Those receivers caught one ball for the Packers and are long gone from the league. Thielen is a two-time Pro Bowler for the Vikings.
"It's been a crazy couple days, but I'm where I want to be," Anthony Barr wrote on his Instagram page. "I believe in our locker room. I love my guys! Back to work!"
Remember when the Vikings signed Alex Boone? The offensive lineman became another example of the kind of swing and miss a team can make while sifting through available players this time of year.
Here you go, all you couch general managers: a list of who to pursue and who to avoid in free agency:
On the NFL: Drew Petzing's career path is a classic tale of just how big an NFL-sized work ethic is and how far it can carry someone this passionate about coaching football.
Football isn't stepping aside for pitchers and catchers this year, but the Alliance of American Football, which starts Saturday, is highly experimental.
It's a shame more football fans can't appreciate the historic beauty in how ugly the Patriots defense made the Rams look offensively in Super Bowl LIII.
Sixty-six-year-old Bill Belichick, the greatest defensive mind of the NFL's first century, isn't yet ready to step aside for the so-called future of football.
The human chess pieces should be fun to watch as Bill Belichick and Sean McVay, kindred coaching spirits born into football families 33 years apart, match wits on Sunday in Atlanta.
Bill Belichick's first game as head coach in the NFL came in Boston against a Patriots team quarterbacked by a guy named Tommy - but not that one. Tom Brady was 14
If it is, the New England star will be remembered as one of the greatest tight ends in NFL history
As the Vikings were preparing to play at New England, earlier this season coach Mike Zimmer admitted the Patriots have used Patterson "way better than we did."
Jedd Fisch is a former all-state tennis player who never played football. Now he's on the game's biggest stage in an unusual job and working for the NFL's hottest young coach
Romo has built his reputation in the TV booth for identifying plays pre-snap, leading CBS broadcast partner Jim Nantz to call him "some kind of sick film guru."
Dante Scarnecchia knows how to spot 'em and coach 'em up, season after season.
John Sullivan thinks the Vikings were too quick to cut him before the 2016 season. But he's not complaining after landing with the Los Angeles Rams (and beating Minnesota during his new team's run to the Super Bowl).
Matt Stover, Adam Vinatieri, Shayne Graham and Stephen Gostkowski. That's it.
On the NFL: The last four teams standing represent the top seeds in each conference for the first time since 2015. Each team is different, yet all have much in common, including perhaps the most essential strength in football: offensive line.
Offensive line is a strength shared by the four conference finalists. Here's a look at how the Chiefs, Patriots, Saints and Rams acquired their 20 starting linemen.
The major makeover of the Vikings offensive coaching staff has started with the addition of Gary Kubiak, the winning coach in Super Bowl 50 with Denver, and his son Klint, who will be quarterbacks coach.
Priefer's contract expired on Tuesday, and he decided to start anew in Cleveland. Issues with kickers and punters proved to be an ongoing problem
Kansas City has one of the NFL's best records despite one of its worst defenses.
This weekend, we'll see if the NFL's top four offenses can play like they have all season.
32-year-old offensive football guru Sean McVay already has a coaching tree laying roots among new NFL head coaches, including Green Bay's Matt LaFleur.
As happens frequently, the playoff teams are a vastly different group this year than last.
In his second year of eligibility, Steve Hutchinson faces a bit of a logjam among offensive linemen.
On the NFL: After completing his fifth season, Mike Zimmer is tied for ninth on the list of the league's currently longest-serving coaches.
The 2019 NFL season will open with 19 of the league's 32 head coaches having been hired since the end of the 2016 season.
The Vikings held the Bears to one third-down conversion in 12 attempts and won 23-10 last New Year's Eve. Sunday, it was a much different story.
Some of the choices for NFL end-of-the-year awards and difficult to choose - including going old (Drew Brees) or young (Patrick Mahomes) for MVP.
The Eagles' playoff hopes are hinging on the Bears beating the Vikings on Sunday.
NFL Insider: The Ravens aren't the best team. Not even close. But they would be the nastiest underdog no high-flying offensive team wants to tangle with in January.
The Saints are still on top, but the Ravens made this week's biggest leap up the charts.
The rookie has not allowed a sack in 488 snaps in pass protection.
A "tough start" is underselling just how bad the Vikings were offensively before scoring 27 unanswered points. It took more than 25 minutes for them to get a first down.
1. Overcoming penalty after penalty after …Nose tackle Linval Joseph looked up, shook his head and said, "Penalties killed us, man." Actually, they didn't, not…
Mark Craig takes a spin around the NFL to get you ready for Week 16.
On the NFL: Owner of top scoring defense, normally a lock for playoffs, may not get even a sniff of postseason play.
Once a week, Mark Craig will get on and off the field quickly, then focus a spotlight on a player and a coach.
Not since the 1977 Falcons has the NFL's top scoring defense failed to make the playoffs. Heading into Week 16, Baltimore and Tennessee — both 8-6 — were tied for the lead in scoring defense at 18.1 points allowed per game.
There's a new team at No. 1, even though said team didn't exactly impress in Week 15.