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The nation's latest police shooting and ensuing carnage had some Vikings players, at least for a few minutes, worrying about something other than stopping Cam Newton and the Panthers on Sunday.
First it was quarterback Teddy Bridgewater lost for the season. Now Matt Kalil is done for the year as well while Adrian Peterson faces an unknown future with knee surgery set for Thursday.
Injury experts have speculated that Peterson could be sidelined anywhere from two weeks to three months by the meniscus tear, depending on whether he needs surgery. There's also a chance he could play with the injury if he can handle the pain.
Matt Vensel takes a look back at Sunday night's U.S. Bank opener.
Stefon Diggs had one of the best games ever by a Vikings receiver while new quarterback Sam Bradford outplayed Aaron Rodgers on a night that will be remembered for all kinds of reasons.
The Vikings hope Blair Walsh can leave his kicking problems behind. "Right now, I would never look for another kicker," special teams coordinator Mike Priefer said.
Charles Johnson, Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen got most of the snaps at wide receiver. Cordarrelle Patterson made a few cameos, too.
Adrian Peterson hit a roadblock in Tennessee, and the Vikings look to fix that.
Thanks to a dominant second-half performance from the defense, including return touchdowns by Eric Kendricks and Danielle Hunter, the Vikings avoided a second consecutive season-opening loss.
Twelve days before the 2016 season started, the Vikings met adversity head-on and countered with the acquisition of former No. 1 overall pick Sam Bradford.
The Vikings rekindled their fading Super Bowl hopes last weekend with their stunning trade for Sam Bradford. Sunday, they begin the long road toward Houston…
Floyd's three years in the NFL includes injuries to his knee, ankle, back, shoulder, elbow, and then his ankle and knee again - and that's just what's been on the official report.
The new Vikings quarterback has rolled with a lot of changes over his career, but not like this.
Sam Bradford has shown the ability to throw downfield but not always the willingness.
Sam Bradford gives the Vikings a starting-caliber quarterback for this season and an insurance policy in the event that Teddy Bridgewater is not ready to return in 2017.
As Teddy Bridgewater met with the Vikings to mull surgery options, GM Rick Spielman said "all options are open right now" in searching for more help under center.
Minus Teddy Bridgewater, the Vikings face key a decision on what to do at quarterback with the season a week away.
Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater suffered a knee dislocation that led to a complete tear of the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee and other structural damage.
A day after John Sullivan did not play in a 23-10 preseason win over the San Diego Chargers, the Vikings attempted to trade him, an NFL source confirmed. Joe Berger is the likely starter.
Like his father, Scott Turner is integral in developing QB Teddy Bridgewater.
Tight end Rhett Ellison cleared another major hurdle in his attempt to return from a major knee injury
The Vikings' Captain Munnerlyn wants the slot cornerback to get its due as a Pro Bowl position.
The pass protection was better vs. Seattle, but the run game has work to do.
The biggest question of the night was why coach Mike Zimmer decided not to play Teddy Bridgewater, who watched while Shaun Hill and Joel Stave ran the offense.
Smith struggled last Friday in his first game with the Vikings, leading coach Mike Zimmer to say the position battle had not yet been settled.
Cordarrelle Patterson arrived in Mankato determination to show the Vikings and a growing hoard of naysayers that a wake-up call had been answered.
Nick Easton knows he's got a ways to go to secure a roster spot. But the last Harvard center the Vikings used turned out pretty well.
In Friday's preseason opener, the Vikings' starting offense found immediate improvement. The starting defense provided less satisfaction.
Friday night, Trae Waynes made four tackles and had one pass break-up. He was targeted in coverage six times and allowed four receptions for 46 yards.
There were no fisticuffs, no major injuries and no regrets for Mike Zimmer and the Vikings on Thursday as they wrapped up joint practices with the Bengals.
The mostly dominant performance was a continuation of what was seen in Mankato, especially from the defensive line, which flustered Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton.
With Trae Waynes temporarily out of the mix at Wednesday's steamy practice, Jabari Price was the third cornerback in the nickel defense
While Chad Greenway has left himself a small sliver of wiggle room, the plan is for the 2016 season, his 11th with the Vikings, to be his last.
In the 10 days since the Vikings reported to Mankato, wide receiver Stefon Diggs has been by far the most impressive offensive player.
Inconsistent play in practices and games is why Zimmer, who called Antone Exum his most athletic safety other than Harrison Smith, has been reluctant to elevate Exum.
At Notre Dame and into his early years in Minnesota, star Vikings safety Harrison Smith felt a gripping anxiety whenever he flew to games on official team charters. Here's what he did about it.
Andre Smith, in his first year with the Vikings, is trying to resurrect his career after some inconsistent seasons with the Bengals.
Overhauling the NFL's 29th-ranked offense from a season ago was the top offseason priority for a Vikings team looking to compete for a Super Bowl.
Vikings coach Mike Zimmer, who just signed a contract extension, has won over the Vikings with aggressive schemes and a straightforward management style.
Vikings coach Mike Zimmer sits down to give his thoughts on Teddy Bridgewater, the new stadium and how close the Vikings are to finally grabbing the Lombardi Trophy.
After an offseason of optimism, the Vikings prepare for the 2016 season. Players report to Mankato on Thursday with the first practice of training camp set for Friday.
The towering lineman had been a punishing run blocker and one of the NFL's finest right tackles before a string of injuries brought his career to a halt.
Rookie Laquon Treadwell seems an ideal fit for the game-altering pass play offensive coordinator Norv Turner is associated with.
On any given Sunday, fans attending a Vikings game at U.S. Bank Stadium can tap into top-notch technology to enhance their game-day experience.
"He's not making mental errors — very, very few mental errors," Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said of wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson.
In 2015, Teddy Bridgewater was accurate on only 37.5 percent of passes that went at least 20 yards beyond the line of scrimmage, which ranked 23rd in the NFL.
Agent Brian Murphy's connection with Vikings GM Rick Spielman got the wheels turning on Smith's deal.
The Vikings made Smith the NFL's highest-paid safety. Now he is putting pressure on himself to make them look good for doing it.
Harrison Smith, fresh off his first Pro Bowl season, is one of the NFL's best safeties. On Monday morning, the Vikings agreed to start paying him like one.
"When they drafted that guy, it lit a fire under me again," Vikings veteran cornerback Captain Munnerlyn said of Minnesota selecting Mackensie Alexander in the second round of the draft.
Former Wisconsin QB Joel Stave was not selected during last month's NFL draft, but the Vikings made it a priority to sign him as a rookie free agent.
Last season, Adrian Peterson was named a first-team All-Pro because he again led the league in rushing. But on critical third-down plays when the Vikings needed to pass, he often stood on the sideline.
Mackensie Alexander joined his immigrant parents in the fields on weekends during his teenage years, sometimes working 18-hour shifts just to take home a modest payday.
The options will keep Xavier Rhodes and Sharrif Floyd under team control through 2017. But Cordarrelle Patterson will be a free agent after this season.
Rick Spielman acquired a pair of midround picks in next year's draft and several players who probably will see the field in 2016 only if they stand out on special teams.
The Vikings' clear focus was improving Teddy Bridgewater's supporting cast after coach Mike Zimmer's defense pulled the Vikings and their 29th-ranked offense as far as they could go in 2015.
In Clemson cornerback Mackensie Alexander, the Vikings are getting a confident cover man who declared at the NFL scouting combine that he was the best cornerback in the draft.
Mississippi's Laquon Treadwell had 82 catches for 1,153 yards last year as a junior, including three touchdowns against Oklahoma State in a Sugar Bowl victory.
The obvious choice is for the Vikings to take a wide receiver in Thursday night's first round of the NFL draft. But here's a look at other areas where the team has needs.
At one safety spot, the Vikings have one of the NFL's best in Harrison Smith, a versatile playmaker who soon could be among the league's highest paid, too. That other spot, though, has been a source of frustration
Pass-catchers are a tricky lot. They're not always what they seem.
The home opener is one of five scheduled national games for the Vikings in 2016. That includes four games in prime time, three of them at U.S. Bank Stadium.
The Vikings' revamped offensive line was the most popular topic of conversation for coach Mike Zimmer on Wednesday as the NFL owners meetings wrapped up…
Andre Smith couldn't pin down one reason why he signed with the Vikings.Speaking on a conference call Friday, Smith first said he was just…
The Vikings added another proven starter to the mix on their offensive line, setting up what could be a three-way battle at right tackle.
Mike Wallace didn't grumble about his role in the NFL's 29th-ranked offense or his quarterback during his underwhelming 2015 season with the Vikings. But…
Smith could still end up agreeing to join the Vikings. But the free-agent offensive tackle plans to visit Arizona first. Tampa Bay is reportedly interested in him, too.
"It's simple as that," Lamur said of why he became a Viking. The 6-4, 245-pound linebacker was a backup at both outside spots under Zimmer in their one full season together and had a role in the nickel package.
The Vikings might not have made one cannonball-type signing, but on the first day of the 2016 league year, they added four new players.
Wide receiver Mike Wallace's release gave the Vikings more than enough salary cap space to sign a few significant free agents, should they choose to do so.
Right tackle Phil Loadholt, whose spot on the roster was in doubt because of age, injury and a high salary cap figure, agreed to a pay cut remain with the Vikings on Monday, according to a source.
They arrived at Winter Park mostly from little-known schools such as American International, Knox and Hobart. They squeezed into purple spandex shirts with only a…
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The Vikings will be looking for playmakers of any shape and size this offseason after they ranked 31st in both passing yards and touchdown passes in 2015.
The doctor who examined Everson Griffen after the Pro Bowl decided that surgery was not necessary at this time.
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