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For young Vikings defenders, sharing the field with Peyton Manning will be a first
One man's prediction for Sunday's game.
Vikings tackle Matt Kalil has been solid through three games. The toughest test yet comes Sunday in Denver against the Broncos.
Cornerback Xavier Rhodes practiced Wednesday after suffering a concussion in the Vikings’ victory over the Chargers on Sunday and is poised to play this weekend against the Broncos.
Their hard-hitting ways set the tone in dominant victories over San Diego and Detroit.
The Vikings defense rattled Philip Rivers and the Chargers with heat and hits in a pressure-filled afternoon. Adrian Peterson rushed for two TDs in the 31-14 victory.
One man's prediction for Sunday's game.
If left guard Brandon Fusco is not cleared to play because of concussion symptoms the Vikings could turn to Jeremiah Sirles, who was acquired three weeks ago in a trade with the Chargers.
It is still too early for center John Sullivan to say exactly when he will be back on the field, but he did say he is “progressing pretty fast.”
Offensive line coach Jeff Davidson told Mike Harris the Vikings thought enough of him to pencil him in as a starter, albeit at guard, a position he hadn’t started at since Pop Warner football.
An early second-quarter play against the Lions on Sunday showed the impact Adrian Peterson has on a defense even when he doesn't touch the ball.
Happy-go-lucky linebacker Gerald Hodges has gotten serious about his football career.
Matt Vensel breaks down Sunday's game.
Adrian Peterson finally stopped scowling over the 49ers loss and looked forward to Sunday's home opener against Detroit.
Griffen let reporters — and any teammates who happened to be within earshot — know that a performance like Monday's loss would not be acceptable this Sunday.
Coach Mike Zimmer seeks answers for why Vikings looked ready but played poorly in their opener.
Robert Blanton started all five preseason games at strong safety and spent the vast majority of practice this summer with the first-team defense. But Andrew Sendejo got the start next to Harrison Smith against the San Francisco 49ers.
Keys to Monday night's Vikings-49ers game.
Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater’s efficient passing game gets a complementary gift — the return of Adrian Peterson to shred through opposing defenses
With Adrian Peterson expected to shoulder most of the backfield workload, Jerick McKinnon and Matt Asiata will see a significant reduction in snaps. But they are ready to step in when needed.
The Vikings don’t appear to have a clear No. 1 receiver but believe their depth will suffice
The Vikings, already down one starting offensive lineman, on Thursday placed center John Sullivan on the injured reserve list with a return designation after back surgery.
For the first time in more than a month, nose tackle Shamar Stephen strapped on a helmet Tuesday and joined his fellow defensive linemen in individual drills.
John Sullivan has not been spotted on the practice fields there, or on any other football field for that matter, for three weeks.. Mike Zimmer wouldn’t go into details on the center's availability for Week 1.
The Vikings cut their roster down to 53 players on Saturday, in the process saying goodbye to some notable offensive linemen while trading for another lineman.
Outspoken? Yes. But new Vikings’ receiver Mike Wallace says he got a bad rap in Miami and is ready to showcase his talents here, confrontation-free.
Shaun Prater, who played 18 games with the Vikings the past two seasons, tweeted Friday that he was being released. The Vikings must trim their roster to 53 players by 3 p.m. Saturday.
There was hardly a breeze on a warm Thursday at Nissan Stadium, but the struggles of Vikings kicker Blair Walsh continued nonetheless.
Despite a rocky start to preseason, the former Michigan State star said he improves each week.
The Vikings now have 78 players on their active roster and must get down to 75 by Tuesday’s NFL deadline at 3 p.m.
Mike Wallace finished the game with 50 receiving yards on three catches. Teddy Bridgewater finished 7-for-7 for 76 yards.
The Vikings' starters aren’t expected to play again after Saturday before Week 1.
Kevin McDermott wins job from 11-year Viking.
Coaches will look for Anthony Barr's athleticism of old Saturday night in his first snaps since November.
Leon Mackey toiled in and out of football before landing in Vikings camp.
Tom Johnson, who was rewarded with a three-year, $7 million deal this offseason, has recorded one sack while hitting a quarterback two other times this preseason.
T.J. Clemmings, who's in only his third year as an offensive lineman, will have to learn quickly.
Rookie T.J. Clemmings will get first shot to replace Phil Loadholt, who tore his left Achilles' tendon on Saturday.
Tackle Phil Loadholt tears Achilles' tendon in 26-16 win, an ominous injury heading into season.
nly 25 minutes into Thursday morning’s practice, Zimmer abruptly halted a drill and ordered his players, who lacked focus and energy during the last full team practice of training camp, to run a quick lap around the far field-goal post and back.
Terrell Barnes, the Vikings' 24-year-old equipment assistant and ball boy extraordinaire, has quickly become part of the fabric of training camp.
The Vikings got a scare Tuesday afternoon when running back Adrian Peterson limped to the sideline after a collision on an inside run.
Audie Cole has mostly been a backup in his young NFL career, but he has had some memorable performances when given an opportunity to start.
He turns 37 a few weeks from now and acknowledges he is nearing the end of his NFL career. But defensive back Terence Newman didn’t sign with the Vikings to just be a mentor.
During the first week of training camp, the Vikings trotted out five different linebackers with the top defensive unit, and in the past two practices they have tinkered with outside linebacker Gerald Hodges in the middle.
The Vikings tried Gerald Hodges in the middle "just to see what he’s like in there.”
Coaches marvel at options for possible groupings.
Since veteran Greg Jennings was released in March, Jarius Wright has usually been the one running out of the slot in the Vikings’ three-receiver sets
Their contract with Minnesota State Mankato expires after this summer, the team’s 50th in Mankato. But the Vikings are negotiating with the university to possibly extend the contract and keep the relationship going for at least a couple more years.
Expectations, enthusiasm build as team goes through initial drills at training camp.
Second-year quarterback Teddy Bridgewater pumped his fist in the air as he chanted along with dozens of Vikings fans when Adrian Peterson arrived for training camp Saturday.
As his team prepared to report to training camp on Saturday, the second-year head coach addressed several topics in a Q&A session.
Cordarrelle Patterson hopes to return to rookie form after a 2014 season of poor production.
The agreement likely lowers Adrian Peterson’s base salary, which was the highest among NFL running backs.
Trae Waynes' rise to a first-round selection in the NFL began many years ago in Kenosha, Wis., and his maturation had a lot to do with his parents.
The Vikings have high hopes for Trae Waynes, who in his final season at Michigan State was a first-team All-Big Ten cornerback and a semifinalist for the Jim Thorpe Award.
Away from Winter Park, though, Adrian Peterson said life does not yet feel normal following his NFL suspension after pleading no contest to reckless assault and his uncomfortable offseason staredown with the Vikings.
Anthony Barr was limited to individual work in his return to the practice field, but after he was sidelined for the past six months, being able to play football in any capacity was a welcome change.
The reserve defensive tackled was found not guilty of all charges in 15 minutes.
Coach Mike Zimmer was as blunt as ever last season when asked why Yankey didn’t get a chance to play on gameday.
With the hype of his return fading, Adrian Peterson did his best to blend in at Thursday's practice.
Adrian Peterson pulled another surprise with a return to the Vikings on Wednesday. Peterson joined coach Mike Zimmer for a news conference, during which he carefully and thoughtfully expressed remorse.
The NFL's non-guaranteed contracts drew the ire of Vikings star running back Adrian Peterson, and he took to social media to let everyone know.
On Wednesday, with a certain running back far, far away from Minnesota, Teddy Bridgewater seemed completely at ease as the leader of the offense.
Running back Adrian Peterson will not be in attendance Tuesday when the Vikings begin their first week of voluntary organized team activities at Winter Park.…
Danielle Hunter might not be ready to contribute much as a rookie. But the Vikings are hopeful he can follow the career arc of Everson Griffen
In an interview on Wednesday, Vikings special teams coordinator Mike Priefer said he believes that some teams might opt to go for two points often.
While middle linebacker might not be the Vikings' ideal position for second-round pick Eric Kendricks, they are hopeful he can fill that void once the veterans show up.
Vikings top pick Trae Waynes signed his first NFL contract around lunchtime. Not long after Waynes put paper to pen, nine other draft picks followed suit.
Cordarrelle Patterson participated in grueling two-a-day workouts for a week in February, running over sand dunes with a weighted vest strapped to his chest as part of the drills.
Some prevailing thoughts on the Vikings now that a typical draft has wrapped up.
The Vikings started with cornerback Trae Waynes at No. 11 on Thursday and then tripled down on the defensive side of the ball Friday.
“I never gave up and I stuck with competing to do something that I love to do,” Trae Waynes said of coming back from a severe leg injury in high school.
The Vikings picked the player that pretty much every draft analyst predicted they would, snatching Michigan State cornerback Trae Waynes with the No. 11 overall pick.
The Vikings traded up last year to snatch him in the first round. Now will they surround Teddy Bridgewater with enough talent to succeed and become the next face of the franchise?
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