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Master Tesfatsion

Digital reporter | Vikings
phone: 612-849-5435
Master is the digital reporter for the Vikings in his first year covering the NFL. He previously covered the Rangers for MLB.com and interned at ESPNDallas.com and the Seattle Times. Master graduated from Arizona State University, where he spent four years working for the student newspaper, the State Press.
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Life on the run is rewarding job for Garrett Heath

Life on the run is rewarding job for Garrett Heath

The Winona native has remained physically and financially healthy as a professional runner.

Spielman wanted to wait to address the offensive line later in the draft

The Vikings waited until Day 3 of the NFL draft to add depth on the offensive line on Saturday. And they took more linemen than…
Gophers RB Cobb likes how he fits with Tennessee

Gophers RB Cobb likes how he fits with Tennessee

Gophers running back David Cobb would’ve liked to have been picked higher, but he was satisfied with his landing spot in the fifth round.
Gophers TE Maxx Williams drafted in 2nd round by Baltimore Ravens

Gophers TE Maxx Williams drafted in 2nd round by Baltimore Ravens

The father and grandfather of the Gophers tight end were also NFL draft picks.
Vikings' Munnerlyn aims to improve

Vikings' Munnerlyn aims to improve

The cornerback struggled in his first year with the team while serving as an outside cornerback and nickel back.
Ex-Gophers star set to catch NFL dream, maybe as a first-rounder

Ex-Gophers star set to catch NFL dream, maybe as a first-rounder

Tight end Maxx Williams is set for the NFL, first round or not.
Gophers ace Sara Groenewegen ups the ante on the season

Gophers ace Sara Groenewegen ups the ante on the season

Team expectations are high with Sara Groenewegen.
Melrose, Caledonia to meet for Class 2A title

Melrose, Caledonia to meet for Class 2A title

The Dutchmen are searching for their first championship since 1974.
Eastview girls will be back to defend their state title

Eastview girls will be back to defend their state title

Eastview will get a chance to defend its Class 4A title at the girls’ basketball state tournament.The Lightning defeated Rosemount 56-37 in the Class 4A,…
Neal gives Wolves a healthy, helping hand in win

Neal gives Wolves a healthy, helping hand in win

Gary Neal suffered a right hand contusion during Friday’s practice but served as a spark off the bench in the 121-113 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday
Wolves notes: Neal, Pekovic able to answer the bell

Wolves notes: Neal, Pekovic able to answer the bell

Guard Gary Neal and center Nikola Pekovic both played despite injuries in the Wolves’ 121-113 victory over the Trail Blazers on Saturday at Target Center.
Gophers wrestlers enter Big Ten meet with an eye toward nationals

Gophers wrestlers enter Big Ten meet with an eye toward nationals

The Gophers can gain some confidence heading into the NCAA tourney in a couple weeks.

Shakopee returns to state by beating Chaska in Section 2

Chaska has no answer for Steffon Mitchell’s 28 points.
Gophers' Cobb forced to be a cheerleader at pro day

Gophers' Cobb forced to be a cheerleader at pro day

The running back is recovering from a left quad injury he suffered at the NFL combine on Feb. 21.
Wrestling state tournament: 2A and 1A roundup

Wrestling state tournament: 2A and 1A roundup

In Class 2A, Lance Benick won at 195 pounds and gave the crowd what it wanted.
Henry senior enjoys state meet despite his loss

Henry senior enjoys state meet despite his loss

Anthony Jones, a senior, never had considered becoming a wrestler until fall of his junior year.
Simley continues its wrestling dynasty in Class 2A

Simley continues its wrestling dynasty in Class 2A

The late Jim Short inspired Spartans to a seventh title in eight years.
Tesfatsion: Super Bowl thoughts: What about the Vikings?

Tesfatsion: Super Bowl thoughts: What about the Vikings?

The franchise turned 55 on Wednesday and is still in pursuit of its first Super Bowl victory after striking out four times in the 1970s.
Gophers' perfect record falls on the mat to No. 2 Iowa

Gophers' perfect record falls on the mat to No. 2 Iowa

The top-ranked Gophers wrestling team couldn’t crawl out of an early deficit, falling to No. 2 Iowa 23-12.
Gophers women anxious to end two-game losing streak

Gophers women anxious to end two-game losing streak

The Gophers are looking to regain their former Top-25 form starting vs. Penn State.
Vikings notes: Patterson still part of the plan

Vikings notes: Patterson still part of the plan

The Vikings front office and coaching staff used last week to evaluate each player on the roster, focusing on one specific question: Is this player…
Muhammad next on Wolves to join the injured list

Muhammad next on Wolves to join the injured list

Shabazz Muhammad will be out a few weeks because of an abdominal injury.
Saunders, Budinger return; flu effects linger for Wolves

Saunders, Budinger return; flu effects linger for Wolves

Timberwolves coach Flip Saunders and forward Chad Budinger returned to the team for Tuesday’s practice, but they’re still suffering from the lingering effects of the flu.
Zimmer wants Peterson back

Zimmer wants Peterson back

Adrian Peterson won’t be eligible for reinstatement until April 15, but Mike Zimmer wants the Vikings to keep the running back next season.
Vikings notes: Rhodes made big step under Zimmer

Vikings notes: Rhodes made big step under Zimmer

Xavier Rhodes approached Mike Zimmer after the Vikings’ 13-9 victory over the Bears on Sunday, and the cornerback’s encounter later would have his…

Vikings notes: Bridgewater's rookie stats impressive

Teddy Bridgewater finished the season with the third highest completion percentage for a rookie in NFL history (.644).
Oldest Vikings — seven in their 30s — see NFL in wiser ways

Oldest Vikings — seven in their 30s — see NFL in wiser ways

The seven Vikings age 30 and over are satisfied with their roles, at ease with their future.

Vikings-Bears scouting report

ABOUT THE BEARS (5-10) • The Bears have lost four in a row and have been outscored 126-74 in that stretch. •. Chicago lost to the…
Vikings notes: Greenway mourns loss of father but tries to play through

Vikings notes: Greenway mourns loss of father but tries to play through

Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway played with a heavy heart on Sunday, two days after the death of his father.
Vikings notes: Turner high on Bridgewater

Vikings notes: Turner high on Bridgewater

Teddy Bridgewater completed 76.5 percent of his passes in a 16-14 loss to the Lions on Sunday, the highest mark for a rookie quarterback throwing more than 40 attempts in NFL history.
Vikings notes: Zimmer says playing was best way for Bridgewater to learn

Vikings notes: Zimmer says playing was best way for Bridgewater to learn

Vikings rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater has had to learn on the fly in 10 career starts since taking over in Week 4 for
Closing Rhodes: Vikings cornerback takes big step up

Closing Rhodes: Vikings cornerback takes big step up

Second-year Vikings cornerback Xavier Rhodes is maturing as a player and a person.
Vikings notes: Four injured starters to be shelved in Detroit

Vikings notes: Four injured starters to be shelved in Detroit

Rookie linebacker Anthony Barr, defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd, safety Robert Blanton and left guard Charlie Johnson were all ruled out on Friday because of injuries.
Zimmer wants to utilize Banyard and Tate more

Zimmer wants to utilize Banyard and Tate more

Matt Asiata started the past two games, but coach Mike Zimmer would like to get Ben Tate and Joe Banyard more carries to finish the season.
Victory is costly as Charlie Johnson, Blanton suffer leg injuries

Victory is costly as Charlie Johnson, Blanton suffer leg injuries

Left guard Charlie Johnson and safety Robert Blanton were scheduled for MRIs after exiting the game during the second half.
'Next Harvin' tag fading from Vikings' Patterson

'Next Harvin' tag fading from Vikings' Patterson

Struggling wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson says he can only be himself.

Vikings notes: Johnson still ahead of Patterson on WR depth chart

Vikings wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson hasn’t started the past two games, and he won’t line up on the first snap against the Jets on Sunday, either.
Vikings notes: Zimmer defends Patterson

Vikings notes: Zimmer defends Patterson

Mike Zimmer was bombarded by questions about little-used receiver Cordarrelle Patterson on Monday, and finally the Vikings coach drew the line. “We make…
Griffen adds pair of sacks to go with special teams TD

Griffen adds pair of sacks to go with special teams TD

Everson Griffen recorded his second career touchdown on a punt blocked by linebacker Jasper Brinkley, returning it 43 yards.
Vikings McKinnon sidelined for Sunday's game

Vikings McKinnon sidelined for Sunday's game

Officially listed as “doubtful,” rookie Jerick McKinnon said he will be held out against the Panthers because of a lingering lower back injury
Vikings' backup Harris relishes his leap into the lineup

Vikings' backup Harris relishes his leap into the lineup

Mike Harris will start at right tackle Sunday for the injured Phil Loadholt, his first start with the Vikings and just the 13th career start for the third-year player out of UCLA.
Kalil reflects on tough day, apologizes to media

Kalil reflects on tough day, apologizes to media

Coach Mike Zimmer said players put a lot of effort into the week and can be in an emotional state after a loss, but it didn’t excuse Kalil for his actions.
Zimmer second-guesses not having onside kick

Zimmer second-guesses not having onside kick

Coach Mike Zimmer opted to kickoff deep from midfield rather than try an onside kick late in the game.
Vikings won't overlook Packers' run game

Vikings won't overlook Packers' run game

The Vikings' main priority Sunday won’t be stopping quarterback Aaron Rodgers, as many would expect. It’ll be stopping the Packers' running game.
Tate scrambles to get his bearings as newest Viking

Tate scrambles to get his bearings as newest Viking

Ben Tate practiced for the first time since the Vikings claimed him off waivers Wednesday from the Browns, which came as a surprise to him.

Vikings players balance concern for their star and his son

Peterson's teammates want him back, but acknowledge ‘it’s not a simple issue.’
Zimmer discusses clock malfunction with NFL

Zimmer discusses clock malfunction with NFL

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer spoke to the NFL on Monday about the clock malfunction at Soldier Field during the final possession in the 21-13 loss to the Bears on Sunday.
Vikings notes: Clock issues tick off Zimmer

Vikings notes: Clock issues tick off Zimmer

The game clocks in the north and south end zone weren’t operating properly, causing, Soldier Field officials to turn them on and off throughout the game.
Peterson accuses NFL of lying, adopting 'new process of discipline'

Peterson accuses NFL of lying, adopting 'new process of discipline'

Running back says NFL not honoring the rules in place at the time of his placement on commissioner’s exempt list.

Rudolph could add punch to Vikings offense

A 6-6 former All-Pro, Kyle Rudolph is the Vikings' best tight end by far.
Vikings notes: Rudolph likely to return

Vikings notes: Rudolph likely to return

Tight end Kyle Rudolph was a full participant at practice for the first time this week on Thursday.
NFLPA files grievance to expedite Peterson case

NFLPA files grievance to expedite Peterson case

The NFL Players Association took action Monday on behalf of Adrian Peterson, who remains on the commissioner’s exempt list despite reaching a plea deal…
After drought, Vikings offense puts up a big number

After drought, Vikings offense puts up a big number

Vi­kings coach Mike Zim­mer asked for 28 points from his offense. He got that, with a point to spare, in the 29-26 vic­to­ry over…
Vikings notes: Asiata scores three TDs for third time

Vikings notes: Asiata scores three TDs for third time

Matt Asiata did it again. In his 36th career game, the Vikings running back recorded three touchdowns for the third time during the 29-26…
Rudolph's injury is Ford's opportunity at tight end for Vikings

Rudolph's injury is Ford's opportunity at tight end for Vikings

Kyle Rudolph’s injury in Week 3 against the Saints allowed Chase Ford to be promoted from the practice squad for the past five games. He's started at tight end for the Vikings in three of those games.

Vikings notes: Griffen is NFC defensive player of the month

Everson Griffen has been a full-time starter for only two months, but he’s already racking up national recognition for his first-half performance. The Vikings…
Floyd stepping up his game on Vikings defensive line

Floyd stepping up his game on Vikings defensive line

In his eighth career start, defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd might have had the best game of his career Sunday. Sure, some of the…
Vikings notes: Patterson leaves in walking boot

Vikings notes: Patterson leaves in walking boot

TAMPA – Vikings wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson wore a leopard print designer shoe on his right foot. His left foot was a little less…
Munnerlyn, Vikings hope his play in secondary improves soon

Munnerlyn, Vikings hope his play in secondary improves soon

Captain Munnerlyn, signed by the Vikings this offseason, is not accustomed to allowing touchdowns, though it’s been a common sight this season.
Vikings notes: Robinson is latest injury

Vikings notes: Robinson is latest injury

Cornerback Josh Robinson limped out of the start of Thursday’s practice.
Vikings notes: Offensive line hit by injuries

Vikings notes: Offensive line hit by injuries

When changes on the Vikings offensive line were discussed last week, backup tackle Mike Harris playing guard likely wasn’t one of the scenarios. Harris…
Vikings receivers try to catch up to expectations

Vikings receivers try to catch up to expectations

Only one wide receiver has more than 100 receiving yards in a game this season for the Vikings, who lead the NFL in dropped passes, and it’s not Greg Jennings or Cordarrelle Patterson.
Rhodes, Watkins to renew rivalry in Buffalo

Rhodes, Watkins to renew rivalry in Buffalo

The Vikings face the Buffalo Bills once every four years during the regular season, but cornerback Xavier Rhodes will line up against a familiar foe at Ralph Wilson Stadium on Sunday.
Zimmer stands behind Turner despite lack of offense

Zimmer stands behind Turner despite lack of offense

There were high expectations around the Vikings offense before the season built around offensive coordinator Norv Turner’s scheme and some of the weapons…
Vikings face NFL's No. 1 defense in Lions

Vikings face NFL's No. 1 defense in Lions

Unit ranks among game’s best this season after years spent as one of the worst.
Vikings notes: Smith on track to play, Greenway uncertain

Vikings notes: Smith on track to play, Greenway uncertain

Safety Harrison Smith appears to be on track to play on Sunday for the Vikings, while linebacker Chad Greenway’s status against the Lions remains uncertain.
Vikings' Smith injures ankle in loss to Packers

Vikings' Smith injures ankle in loss to Packers

Harrison Smith slowly moved around the locker room Friday. The Vikings safety was on crutches with a walking boot on his left foot after…
Ducasse's journey leads him to starting for Vikings

Ducasse's journey leads him to starting for Vikings

Vladimir Ducasse, who escaped a tough childhood when he was 14, will get his first start for the Vikings.
Vikings notes: Fusco set for surgery

Vikings notes: Fusco set for surgery

Brandon Fusco will have surgery on his torn pectoral muscle Monday in New York.
Vikings prepare for loud environment, desperate opponent

Vikings prepare for loud environment, desperate opponent

The Vikings will have to overcome some huge obstacles to beat the Saints.

Vikings notes: Simpson made decision to release him an easy one

The Vikings released Jerome Simpson on Thursday after the organization became aware of a July 7 citation by Bloomington police on several charges.
Vikings notes: Priefer says sensitivity training made him better

Vikings notes: Priefer says sensitivity training made him better

Special teams coordinator Mike Priefer said he feels he is a better man after completing sensitivity training during his two-game suspension for an anti-gay remark made during the 2012 season.
Vikings notes: Greenway misses practice with broken hand

Vikings notes: Greenway misses practice with broken hand

Veteran linebacker Chad Greenway, who wore a splint around the hand, was one of three players who did not participate in Vikings' practice on Wednesday.
Vikings excited to have Priefer back

Vikings excited to have Priefer back

Mike Priefer quietly returned to Winter Park amid the Adrian Peterson chaos Monday and got a warm ovation from Vikings players. “We…
Adrian Peterson is out Sunday, and his future is unclear

Adrian Peterson is out Sunday, and his future is unclear

Vikings deactivate their superstar RB after charges in Texas come to light
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