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Vikings
August 18

Riley Reiff, Latavius Murray not playing in Seattle as Vikings debuts still on hold

SEATTLE — The debuts of Vikings left tackle Riley Reiff and running back Latavius Murray will wait at least one more week. Reiff (back) and…
Vikings
August 18

Teddy Bridgewater's girlfriend pens children's book series

Teddy Bridgwater's girlfriend has written a children's book series inspired by his life entitled, 'Little Bear Teddy: Big Dream Come True'
Vikings
August 17

Sherels: Surviving and thriving as a little man on Vikings special teams

Marcus Sherels’ strength as a punt returner is visible. He’s quick, faster than advertised and exerts no wasted movements. Some of his other skills defy logic, though.
Vikings
August 16
Blair Walsh's four missed extra-point kicks are the most in the NFL this season.

Before Vikings-Seahawks meet, Mike Priefer wishes Blair Walsh well

Special teams coordinator Mike Priefer, who stood by Walsh through his struggles, said he contacted Walsh to congratulate him when he signed with the Seahawks.
Vikings
August 16

Sorting things out: Projecting the Vikings' regular season roster

Plenty of questions remain on the Vikings roster with three preseason games to be played in the next two weeks. But some roster decisions are taking shape.
Vikings
August 15

How much will Vikings starters play? Zimmer weighing the variables

For Friday night's game in Seattle, coach Mike Zimmer said he’s thought about forgoing a prescribed snap count to instead wait for a successful drive to pull his first unit.
Vikings
August 15

Twitter mailbag: Does Bower have a chance to make Vikings?

Bower got more guaranteed money than any of the other Vikings' undrafted free agents and made a good impression at defensive end in the exhibition opener against Buffalo.
Vikings
August 14

With Vikings offense sputtering, punter battle could be a big deal

The goal of this competition is to identify someone who will offer more consistency than Jeff Locke offered the past four seasons. (That bar isn’t high.)
Vikings
August 12

Vikings sign former Jaguars RB Bronson Hill

The Vikings announced they have signed former Jaguars and Bengals running back Bronson Hill to replace Bishop Sankey, who was placed on the waived-injured list.
Vikings
August 11
Minnesota Vikings running back Bishop Sankey (43) left the game with a...

Ex-Gophers RB Cobb to work out with Vikings after Sankey tears ACL

Bishop Sankey suffered a torn right ACL on Thursday, a source said, and former Gophers rusher David Cobb is scheduled to come to Winter Park for a workout.
Vikings
August 11
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Case Keenum (7) calls out to a teammate...

Keenum steps up in battle of back-up quarterbacks; Elflein struggles at center

Here's a look at some of the players who were impressive in the Vikings' exhibition opener, as well as a few who need to show some improvement to meet expectations.
Vikings
August 10

Cornerback Waynes' shoulder injury doesn't appear to be serious

Trey Waynes grabbed at his shoulder after tackling Bills receiver Sammy Watkins on a 5-yard pass from quarterback Tyrod Taylor. He went out after the next play.
Vikings
August 9

Joseph's new Vikings contract: $62.5 million with $31.5 million guaranteed

The Vikings’ new deal for Linval Joseph makes the nose tackle the eighth-highest paid player in the league at his position. He's getting $11.5 this season.
Vikings
August 9

How they do it: Vikings have different approach to defensive line play

Andre Patterson stresses the importance of taking shorter routes to the quarterback and using strength rather than simply breezing past the opponent's offensive line. Here's why.
Vikings
August 8

Vikings defensive end Danielle Hunter is not under Las Vegas' radar

If you’re placing an opening bet on the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year, the odds for Jadaveon Clowney and Danielle Hunter are the same, at least at Bovada Sportsbook.
Vikings
August 7
Minnesota Vikings running back Latavius Murray (25) was activate to th...

Good news for Vikings: RB Murray set to make debut

The team activated running back Latavius Murray from the physically-unable-to-perform list on Monday, in time for the Vikings’ penultimate practice in Mankato.
Vikings
August 7

Hill's 'scare' a reminder of Vikings' tenuous OL depth

Offensive line depth is hard to come by, and a lack of it can derail your season.
Vikings
August 6

Vikings offense shows highs, lows in final night practice in Mankato

The Vikings’ retooled run game was at the forefront Saturday night, beginning with goal line and red zone work in 11-on-11 drills.
Vikings
August 6

Left tackle Hill carted off field, returns to sideline

Hill, the 25-year-old tackle, appeared fine as he returned only moments later to the sideline in full pads. He did not return to practice.
Vikings
August 5

Vikings, nose tackle Linval Joseph agree to 4-year contract extension

His four-year extension has a total value of $50 million with $31.5 million guaranteed, according to NFL Media.
Vikings
August 5
Minnesota Vikings Michael Floyd attempted a catch during the afternoon...

Tough catches help Michael Floyd stand out in Vikings camp

While he won’t be available to the Vikings for the first four weeks of the season, wide receiver Michael Floyd is doing plenty in training camp to ensure he’ll have a sizable role in the offense when he returns.
Vikings
August 4

Vikings have given up on finding replacement for 'true professional' Sendejo

For the first time in, well, maybe ever, it doesn’t appear the Vikings have any desire to try and move Andrew Sendejo out of the starting strong safety job.
Vikings
August 4

Can rookie Isidora provide a needed push for the Vikings offensive line?

Fifth-round pick Danny Isidora has made a strong impression in the early going, even moving his way into the first-team lineup at right guard. “I’ve been impressed with Isidora the whole time he’s been here,” head coach Mike Zimmer said.
Vikings
August 3

'Chip on my shoulder': Vikings' Johnson insists he's more than a pass rusher

In addition to his pass rushing skills, defensive tackle Tom Johnson hopes to bolster a Vikings run defense that struggled at times last season.
Vikings
August 3
Minnesota Vikings cornerback Xavier Rhodes (29) tipped the ball away f...

Terms of the deal: Rhodes gets $32.8 million in guaranteed money

The five-year contract extension for Xavier Rhodes made him one of the five highest-paid cornerbacks in the NFL. But the Vikings also looked out for their salary cap needs in the deal.

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