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On Tuesday, a ball was snapped on the first play of Adrian Peterson’s first on-field football activity since last September. “Everybody knew Adrian was getting the ball,” Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said.
Although he admits it could benefit struggling left tackle Matt Kalil, Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said the decision to move Brandon Fusco from right to left guard had nothing to do with that.
Intercepting the opposing quarterback can be a wonderful, game-altering experience. The Vikings should try it more often.
Among the things to 'like' about this year's NFL draft: The Vikings' Rick Spielman keeping Adrian Peterson and ignoring agent Ben Dogra’s unprofessional behavior
The Vikings took UCLA linebacker Eric Kendricks, then added LSU defensive end Danielle Hunter.
Jameis Winston goes No. 1, but others fall down the board.
Look for the other NFC North teams to address some beefy needs over flashy skill players
If history is a guide, GM Rick Spielman has a bit of draft-day razzle-dazzle up his sleeve.
Managing the organized chaos that takes place after the NFL draft concludes takes a team effort by the coaching and scouting staffs.
Richard Ross is an Old Dominion basketball player and aspiring NFL tight end who hasn’t played a down of football since Week 1 of the 2009 Texas high school season.
Appeals could delay payment as many are dissatisfied.
Settlement of the concussion lawsuit is near, but even those who are accepting it aren’t sure how much they’ll benefit.
McCombs got what he wanted in top-10 pick, starting linebacker — but deal didn’t pay off for Vikings
The days are dwindling before NFL GMs must choose their next crop of promising players.
Too bad there isn’t a combine drill that measures heart, passion and how a young man will react to the pressure, the riches and the…
The NFL ended Adrian Peterson's seven-month exile, but pressing questions remain for the future of the Vikings' running back.
Upcoming ’16 showdown at Hazeltine is looking good for the U.S.
NFL spokesman says eligibility decision might not come Wednesday.
The Vikings were interested in Michael Johnson last year, but he’s suddenly available now.
The Vikings have a core philosophy that doesn’t mesh with the frenzy of free agency and the modern NFL fan’s insatiable appetite for new signings…
With so many moving parts during NFL free agency, it can be difficult to keep up with all the changes. Here are some of the…
A Vikings' fifth-round pick fetched receiver Mike Wallace, who appeared to wear out his welcome in Miami.
There are plenty of general managers with cap space to spare who are ready to roll the dice.
NFL teams can talk to all free agents beginning Saturday and start signing them at 3 p.m. on Tuesday. Must-have players will fill holes ahead…
At some point, the battle between Adrian Peterson, the NFL and the Vikings will end. For now, at least the talking can begin.
Tom Lehman said he’s had a soft spot for Hazeltine National Golf Club for most of his adult life.“There was a time in my life…
Tom Lehman was announced Tuesday as one of four vice captains who will assist 2016 U.S. Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III when the prestigious biennial match-play event makes its Minnesota debut at Hazeltine National Golf Club.
With four Lombardi Trophies in six tries, the Patriots coach shows no signs of slowing down, even at age 62.
The Patriots’ legacies were pumped up by big plays down the stretch.
Former Viking’s stop could have been game-winner .
Once upon a time the Patriots fired Pete Carroll to hire Bill Belichick. Sunday they meet as head coaches in the Super Bowl.
In his 32nd year of eligibility, former Vikings center Mick Tingelhoff is in the NFL Hall of Fame
Former Vikings center Mick Tingelhoff is in his 31st year of being eligible for the pro football’s greatest honor. This could be the year.
The Pro Football Hall of Fame could add as many as eight members Saturday.
Teddy Bridgewater said he wants to play at his next Super Bowl.
Special-teams standout thought his days were numbered in Seattle, but they made him a ‘coach.’
The Pats’ 6-6, 265-pound mismatch is hard to keep up with either way.
Fans of the ’76 Steelers or ’85 Bears might disagree, but the stingy Seahawks defense is on the verge of a best-ever season.
Brandon Browner isn’t saying, but he’s played with — and been impressed by — Darrelle Revis and Richard Sherman.
Five interview booths and a much greater distance in terms of social maturity separated teammates Marshawn Lynch and Kevin Williams during Tuesday’s Super Bowl Media Day session.
New England's Tom Brady and Bill Belichick took Media Day’s best shots in stride Tuesday.
The Patriots coach has proved himself, but little things still concern him.
Five Super Bowl story lines that have nothing to do with “Deflategate.”
It proved premature to write off any of the four teams playing for a Super Bowl berth this weekend.
Vikings GM Rick Spielman defended Adrian Peterson’s character and indicated that traditional assumptions regarding the viability of a running back who turns 30 on March 21 don’t apply to the 2012 NFL MVP.
Aaron Rodgers ignored a torn calf muscle to inspire the Packers to a playoff victory over the Cowboys.
Green Bay atSeattleNFC Championship2:05 p.m. • TV: Ch. 9 Indianapolis atNew EnglandAFC Championship5:40 p.m. • TV: Ch. 4Super Bowl XLIXFeb. 1…
The Green Bay quarterback’s numbers are hard to believe.
A first-round bye used to help, but NFL winners come from that wild-card round now.
WHO NEEDS REST? Six of the past nine Super Bowl champions have played on wild-card weekend. Pittsburgh (2005 season): No. 6 seed’s only close…
WR Duron Carter, son of Vikings Hall of Famer Cris, is seeking an NFL job. He is scheduled to work out for the Vikings on Friday.
The NFL remains a passing league, but running backs have had a big impact for many playoff teams.
MARK CRAIG’S PLAYOFF PICKS WILD-CARD ROUND NFC: No. 6 Lions 31, No. 3 Cowboys 24; No. 4 Panthers 24, No. 5 Cardinals 17 AFC: No.…
Ranking the six teams in each conference by statistics alters the playoff picture.
Norv Turner is committed to his system, the Vikings.
Norv Turner tries to take after his late mother — grace under pressure -- as he enters his 30th season in the NFL.
A look back at Sunday's season finale.
“His heart was big,” his elated coach said.
Despite missing practice all week, the Vikings listed their veteran weakside linebacker as only questionable with a right knee injury heading into Sunday’s season finale against the Bears at TCF Bank Stadium.
A game remains, but some award-winners are obvious and some are yet developing.
CAR at ATL 3:25 Sunday, Ch. 4Winner takes the AFC South and gets a home playoff game. Loser gets nada.DET at GB 3:25 p.m. Sunday,…
FOCUS ON FIVE STORY LINES1 Losers can be winners sometimes Carolina at AtlantaNo team in the NFC South will have a winning…
Four teams that didn’t make the playoffs a year ago already have clinched a postseason berth this season. Only one more is needed in the…
CRAIG’S LISTIt’s a good thing we handed out our Christmas presents a week early. The Panthers liked their Johnny Manziel chew toy and the Eagles…
Teddy Bridgewater’s gorgeous toss to Greg Jennings last week highlighted the QB’s rapid progress.
A look at the Vikings’ team award winners.
Week 17 Power Rankings 1. Seahawks 11-4 2. Patriots 12-3 3. Cowboys 11-4 4. Lions 11-4 5. Packers 11-4 6. Bengals 10-4-1 7. Broncos 11-4…
Charles Johnson is the only NFL player to catch passes from Johnny Manziel and Teddy Bridgewater. Johnson was in Cleveland, where he saw preseason action as a backup alongside Manziel, before the Vikings signed him off of the practice squad.
Takeaways from Sunday's game in Miami.
The long snapper’s previous record had been impeccable.
What to watch in Week 16
Week 16 picks
Jerome Felton will be 29 next year and is due to make $2.5 million, none of which is guaranteed or would count against the salary cap if he’s cut.
Anthony Barr's promising rookie season is over. He will have minor knee surgery soon and is expected to make a speedy recovery.
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