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Access Vikings morning walkthrough: Rudolph's redemption, two key defenders out again, more

Every weekday, we walk you through what’s going on with the Vikings.


— Tight end Kyle Rudolph made up for dropping that would-be touchdown in Oakland by having a career day as a pass-catcher against Green Bay.

— Starting safety Harrison Smith and defensive end Everson Griffen missed practice yesterday for a second straight day. Time to start worrying?

— Running back Adrian Peterson, who had a doozy of a calendar year, was not columnist Patrick Reusse’s Turkey of the Year. So who was?


— With kicker Matt Bryant out Sunday, the Falcons signed Shayne Graham.

— The Falcons plan to use the “Peterson Rules” against the NFL’s top back.

— The Falcons offensive linemen are already in the Christmas spirit.


The Vikings have practice at 11 a.m. so hopefully they have the tryptophan out of their systems. Coach Mike Zimmer is on the podium at noon.


The Vikings lost, 30-13, to the Packers last weekend, then the Packers turned around and lost to the Bears last night. Now the Vikings are back in first place for at least a few days. Don’t look now, though, but the Bears are making a run. They have won three of four to get to 5-6 and within a game and a half of the Falcons in the wild-card standings. I don’t think they can charge all the way to the NFC North title and a playoff spot will still be tough to claim. But don’t expect the Bears to be pushovers when they come to TCF Bank Stadium in Week 15.

Injured Vikings Smith, Griffen sit out practice

Vikings safety Harrison Smith (knee) and defensive end Everson Griffen (hip, shoulder) missed Thanksgiving Day practice at Winter Park because of injuries. Friday will be a key day for two of the team’s top defensive players, who probably will have to participate in practice to be able to play Sunday in Atlanta.

Meanwhile, standout Falcons running back Devonta Freeman (concussion) is still not cleared to practice. WR Leonard Hankerson (hamstring) and K Matt Bryant (quad) also sat out Thursday for Atlanta.

The Vikings’ injury report Thursday included a new addition in CB Trae Waynes (ankle), who was limited. Listed as full participants were T Matt Kalil (toe), S Robert Blanton (ankle), DT Sharrif Floyd (ankle), QB Teddy Bridgewater (left shoulder) and LBS Anthony Barr (hand) and Eric Kendricks (ribs).

There was no media access Thursday at Winter Park.

12:00 PM, 11/29 (FOX)
Minnesota 7-3
Atlanta 6-4

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