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Adrian Peterson, out since a Week 2 knee injury, wants to return later this month with the hope of leading the Vikings into the postseason. But he won't play 'for obvious reasons' if the team has been eliminated.
Stefon Diggs, with 806 receiving yards and four games left, is on pace for 1,128. And with 75 catches in 10 games, he is within striking distance of 100.
With the Vikings' once-promising season on the brink and another staredown over his contract looming in the offseason, does it make sense for Adrian Peterson to return to action?
The Vikings defensive front rose to the occasion against the NFL's best offensive line.
The Vikings missed their head coach, and much in the way of offensive production until a touchdown on the final drive. But the conversion try to tie the game fell incomplete.
General manager Rick Spielman would not say whether there is potential for head coach Mike Zimmer to miss multiple games. The team will reassess the situation Friday.
Even with a crucial game against Dallas, "the most important thing is the concern for Coach Zimmer and his health," General Manager Rick Spielman said. Special teams coach Mike Priefer is filling in.
The head coach's status for Thursday's game at home vs. Dallas is uncertain. In a statement, GM Rick Spielman said the team has a contingency plan in place.
Dallas rookies Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott have reinvigorated a franchise back to the status as the NFC's best team. The Cowboys can make it 11 wins in a row with a win over the Vikings.
Laquon Treadwell made his first career start, in place of the injured Stefon Diggs, in Thursday's loss to the Detroit Lions and played a career-high 34 snaps on offense.
Wide receiver Stefon Diggs, safety Harrison Smith, cornerbacks Captain Munnerlyn and Marcus Sherels, middle linebacker Eric Kendricks and defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd stretched with the team inside the practice facility, then ducked out toward the locker room when drills began. Center Joe Berger, who has a concussion, was not spotted at all.
Vikings are down, but not out — no, seriously — after their latest wrenching loss to Lions
It was the latest comeback win for the Lions, who rallied from three points down with five minutes left to stun the Vikings again and knock the Vikings back into second place in the NFC North.
Adoption became a reality for Vikings center Joe Berger and his wife when they least expected it.
Ronnie Hillman, who signed with the Vikings in September, played six offensive snaps against the Cardinals and rushed for 9 yards on two carries.
Kai Forbath feels for Blair Walsh. But he realizes this is another opportunity to find a home in the NFL. And having experienced what Walsh is going through, he isn't going to take it for granted.
The reeling Vikings gave struggling kicker Blair Walsh the boot instead of another opportunity to cost them a game with a missed kick. Kai Forbath will replace him.
The Vikings are on pace to have the lowest yards-per-carry average in an NFL season since before Mike Zimmer was born.
After starting 5-0, Sunday's loss in Washington knocked the Vikings to second in the NFC North at 5-4. And an already thin offensive line is in trouble once again with the loss of tackle Jake Long.
While acknowledging that Anthony Barr "maybe hasn't made the splash plays that he made a year ago," coach Mike Zimmer said he feels Barr still is playing at a high level.
No keepers were found among several who tried out to replace kicker.
After Blair Walsh's latest poor game against Detroit, coach Mike Zimmer said it was time to work out possible replacements. Asked why, he replied: "You haven't been watching all year?"
The Lions gained 35 yards in 21 seconds to set up a game-tying 58-yard field goal as the fourth quarter expired, then won in overtime with a Golden Tate touchdown catch that featured missed Vikings tackles.
Pat Shurmur's offense won't look radically different from Norv Turner's scheme.
Calling it "the hardest decision I've ever made," Norv Turner said he resigned as offensive coordinator because he and the Vikings were not on the same page about the direction of their struggling offense.
A hapless offensive line and leaky Vikings defense made the Chicago Bears look like the monsters of old in a 20-10 defeat at Soldier Field.
The Vikings on Halloween night will look to get back to their winning ways at Soldier Field, which in recent years has been a house of horrors for them.
Vikings have their QB calling a lot of plays with handoff or pass options.
In seven career starts vs. the Vikings at Soldier Field, Jay Cutler is 6-1 with 17 touchdown passes
With television ratings down for NFL prime-time games, many have placed the blame on the on-field product. "I invite every one of them to come out and play this game," Brian Robison said.
The Eagles sacked quarterback Sam Bradford six times and were credited with 13 quarterback hits Sunday.
Sendejo suffered the injury after he picked off Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz and returned it to the 2-yard line. He didn't realize he had gotten hurt until he got back to the sideline. He has no idea what specifically caused the injury.
The Vikings, rested up and ready to roll after their bye week, resume their season in Philadelphia against a plucky Eagles team capable of pulling off an upset at home (see their beatdown of the Steelers).
The second-year pass-catcher, though, played it coy when asked about his likely return after missing the team's last game because of a lingering groin injury.
Andrew Sendejo's more patient approach this season has kept him out of highlights of opposing players and in the good graces of coach Mike Zimmer.
By starting 5-0 for the first time since 2009, the Vikings have positioned themselves to challenge for a first-round playoff bye, too. But as far as coach Mike Zimmer is concerned, they are 0-0 after their bye week.
According to police, Faciane was observed entering closed Hwy. 7, making an illegal U-turn across the median and then going the wrong way down a Hwy. 100 ramp.
Vikings sought out Jake Long after rash of injuries. Will he be able to stay healthy and help?
The Vikings, the NFL's lone undefeated team, will spend their bye week evaluating both internal and external options up front after yet losing another offensive lineman.
The Vikings defense overwhelmed another quarterback. They got another score on special teams. And their offense hit the ground running against the NFL's fifth-ranked defense.
Zach Line, often a bit player in coordinator Norv Turner's offense, was used on 24 of 72 offensive plays last week.
Two and a half years after he signed with the Vikings as a free agent, the nose tackle might be Minnesota's most indispensable defender.
After smothering the Packers and pounding the Panthers, the Vikings have established themselves as the early team to beat in the NFC. Back in prime…
Laquon Treadwell's name has yet to show up in a boxscore. The rookie still is looking for his first NFL catch. But the guy ahead of him on the depth chart is not producing either.
Jeremiah Sirles was solid Sunday when an injury pushed him into the lineup against the Carolina Panthers. He admits he was not perfect, though, and when he did make a mistake, he could feel the glare of the man he replaced, left guard Alex Boone.
The Vikings defense rank first in sacks (15), first in takeaways (nine), third in scoring defense (13.3 points per game), and sixth in total yards allowed (295.0). They are in the top 10 against both the run and pass, too.
Three days after left tackle Matt Kalil had hip surgery that likely ended his season — and maybe his Vikings career — left guard Alex Boone was injured in the second quarter of Sunday's victory.
Sam Bradford's career has taken an unanticipated route, landing in Minnesota. Once upon a time, he might have landed here as a hockey player.
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.
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