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Rookie Mauti makes NFL debut

Posted by: Chip Scoggins under Vikings players, Vikings rookies Updated: September 22, 2013 - 10:48 AM

Vikings rookie linebacker Michael Mauti will make his NFL debut today against the Browns.

The Vikings announced their inactives and Mauti was not listed for the first time this season.

Tight end Rhett Ellison (knee) was declared out on Friday. The other inactives are No. 3 quarterback McLeod Bethel-Thompson, safety Mistral Raymond, linebacker Gerald Hodges, offensive guard Jeff Baca, defensive tackle Chase Baker and defensive end George Johnson.

Mauti, a seventh-round pick, had surgery to repair a torn ACL after his senior season at Penn State, the third ACL surgery of his career. He wrote letters to all 32 NFL general managers before the draft expressing his love for football.

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Cleveland 36 2nd Qtr 5:21
Indiana 35
Washington 36 2nd Qtr 5:49
Philadelphia 34
Golden State 14 1st Qtr 4:42
Toronto 5
New York 15 1st Qtr 6:15
Detroit 13
Orlando 13 1st Qtr 4:23
Atlanta 23
Charlotte 14 1st Qtr 2:40
Boston 20
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Memphis
Brooklyn 7:00 PM
Houston
Miami 7:00 PM
New Orleans
Minnesota 7:00 PM
Chicago
Utah 8:00 PM
Denver
San Antonio 9:00 PM
Sacramento
Milwaukee 9:30 PM
LA Lakers
Oklahoma City 9:30 PM
Portland
Boston 1 2nd Prd
New Jersey 0
Calgary 0 2nd Prd
NY Islanders 1
Washington 0 2nd Prd
Carolina 1
Chicago 0 1st Prd 10:58
Tampa Bay 0
Colorado 7:30 PM
Dallas
Los Angeles 9:00 PM
Anaheim
Siena 44 2nd Half 7:28
Quinnipiac 65
Harvard 27 2nd Half 11:16
Cornell 37
Penn 28 2nd Half
Brown 41
Fairfield 34 1st Half 0:35
Canisius 33
Manhattan 35 2nd Half
Iona 41
Saint Peters 25 2nd Half
Marist 43
Princeton 35 2nd Half
Yale 32
Ohio 7:00 PM
Akron
Dartmouth 7:00 PM
Columbia
Valparaiso 9:00 PM
Cleveland State
Louisiana Tech 75 FINAL
Texas-El Paso 88
Seton Hall 43 2nd Half
Xavier 21
Cornell 27 2nd Half
Harvard 23
Yale 18 2nd Half
(14) Princeton 33
Elon 19 2nd Half
Drexel 23
Northeastern 25 2nd Half
James Madison 36
St Johns 30 2nd Half
Butler 19
Creighton 36 2nd Half
Georgetown 29
Brown 27 2nd Half
Penn 36
Columbia 18 2nd Half
Dartmouth 28
Canisius 24 2nd Half
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UNC Greensboro 31
Colorado 7:00 PM
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Southern Ill 7:00 PM
Bradley
Drake 7:00 PM
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Providence 7:30 PM
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Date/Opponent Time W L Score
2014 preseason     
Aug 8 - vs. Oakland 7 pmX10-6
Aug 16 - vs. Arizona 7:30 pmX30-28
Aug 23 - at Kansas City 7 pmX30-12
Aug 28 - at Tennessee 7 pmX19-3
2014 regular season     
Sep 7 - at St. Louis NoonX34-6
Sep 14 - vs. New England NoonX30-7
Sep 21 - at New Orleans NoonX20-9
Sep 28 - vs. Atlanta 3:25 pmX41-28
Oct 2 - at Green Bay 7:25 pmX42-10
Oct 12 - vs. Detroit NoonX17-3
Oct 19 - at. Buffalo NoonX17-16
Oct 26 - at Tampa Bay NoonX19-13 ot
Nov 2 - vs. Washington NoonX29-26
Nov 9 - Bye
Nov 16 - at Chicago NoonX21-13
Nov. 23 - vs. Green Bay NoonX24-21
Nov. 30 - vs. Carolina NoonX31-13
Dec 7 - vs. NY Jets NoonX30-24 ot
Dec 14 - at Detroit 3:25 pmX16-14
Dec 21 - at Miami NoonX37-35
Dec 28 - vs. Chicago NoonX13-9

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