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Vikings
January 10
Alexander on IR, Kearse won't play, rookie cornerback added to roster

Alexander on IR, Kearse won't play, rookie cornerback added to roster

The Vikings put cornerback Mackensie Alexander, who had arthroscopic knee this week, on injured reserve Friday, a day before their playoff game against San Francisco.…
Vikings
January 10
Vikings mailbag: How do the Vikings win this one? Why a Saturday game?

Vikings mailbag: How do the Vikings win this one? Why a Saturday game?

Solving the skills of the 49ers and the mysteries of NFL scheduling are among the things that Vikings fans want to know about leading up to Saturday's game.
Blogs
January 8
Film review: 49ers' flurry of pre-snap motion a unique challenge for Vikings defense

Film review: 49ers' flurry of pre-snap motion a unique challenge for Vikings defense

Before every 49ers snap on Saturday afternoon, Vikings defenders will start solving the puzzle of Kyle Shanahan's offense that sends its players east and west…
Vikings
January 7
Surgery sidelines Alexander; could his time with Vikings end?

Surgery sidelines Alexander; could his time with Vikings end?

Mackensie Alexander had an operation to repair a meniscus tear and will need to decide whether he wants to test the free-agent market.
Vikings
January 6
In Vikings' wild-card win over Saints, Thielen returns as a deep threat

In Vikings' wild-card win over Saints, Thielen returns as a deep threat

On Sunday, he made a catch that set up the game-winning score to Kyle Rudolph.
Vikings
January 5
Mackensie Alexander out, Ifeadi Odenigbo in for Vikings in New Orleans

Mackensie Alexander out, Ifeadi Odenigbo in for Vikings in New Orleans

Cornerback Mackensie Alexander, who played 541 snaps defending the slot for the Vikings this season, is officially inactive for Sunday's NFC wild-card game against the…
Vikings
January 3
Mike Zimmer, Rick Spielman get vote of confidence from Vikings ownership

Mike Zimmer, Rick Spielman get vote of confidence from Vikings ownership

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer and General Manager Rick Spielman (pictured) both have contracts through next season. As the team prepared Friday for its wildcard playoff…
Blogs
January 3
Vikings corners Mackensie Alexander, Mike Hughes will not play Sunday in New Orleans

Vikings corners Mackensie Alexander, Mike Hughes will not play Sunday in New Orleans

The Vikings secondary will be without two of its top four cornerbacks during Sunday's NFC wild-card game in New Orleans. Cornerback Mackensie Alexander, who played…
Vikings
December 31, 2019
Somehow pressuring Brees among Vikings' challenges in New Orleans

Somehow pressuring Brees among Vikings' challenges in New Orleans

Of all the things you know about future Hall of Fame quarterback Drew Brees, the most debilitating should be he’s the NFL’s least-sacked and least-pressured quarterback.
Vikings
December 30, 2019
Reports: Browns again request interview with Vikings OC Stefanski

Reports: Browns again request interview with Vikings OC Stefanski

Kevin Stefanski, leading the Vikings’ eighth-ranked scoring offense in his first season as coordinator, was a finalist after twice interviewing for the Browns job last year.
Vikings
December 30, 2019
What does Vikings' playoff path look like?

What does Vikings' playoff path look like?

Here's some FAQs on the Vikings’ upcoming schedules: both their playoff path and their 2020 slate.
Vikings
December 29, 2019
Vikings sit six starters for today's game vs. Bears; Cousins not expected to play

Vikings sit six starters for today's game vs. Bears; Cousins not expected to play

With the NFC's sixth playoff seed in Minnesota, the Vikings deactivated six starters among seven inactives before Sunday's game against the Bears. Linebacker Anthony Barr,…
Vikings
December 24, 2019
Packers didn't need to blitz Cousins to pressure him into poor play

Packers didn't need to blitz Cousins to pressure him into poor play

In both of their Border Battle victories, the Packers pressured Kirk Cousins, mostly through the middle of the Vikings’ offensive line, winning with their ability to rattle Cousins without blitzing him.
Vikings
December 23, 2019
Mattison inactive for Vikings; Boone gets first NFL start

Mattison inactive for Vikings; Boone gets first NFL start

Running back Alexander Mattison is still dealing with pain in his sprained ankle, which will force him to miss his second straight game.
Vikings
December 19, 2019
Jim Marshall's Hall of Fame bid for expanded Centennial Class falls short

Jim Marshall's Hall of Fame bid for expanded Centennial Class falls short

The Vikings have made pushes in the past to get Marshall into the Hall of Fame, but stepped up efforts in hopes the NFL's expanded 100th anniversary class would include Marshall.
Vikings
December 19, 2019
Vikings nearing incentive bonuses; Bailey, Cousins have big ones in play

Vikings nearing incentive bonuses; Bailey, Cousins have big ones in play

A number of Vikings players are nearing incentive bonuses, including a potential $1 million payday for kicker Dan Bailey and a potentially bigger longshot play in quarterback Kirk Cousins' contract.
Blogs
December 18, 2019
Film review: Why Vikings linebacker Eric Kendricks was a Pro Bowl snub

Film review: Why Vikings linebacker Eric Kendricks was a Pro Bowl snub

The numbers love Vikings linebacker Eric Kendricks, but his coaches and teammates appreciate him even more. While the defense was on the sideline during Sunday's…
Vikings
December 16, 2019
Two-way terror: Vikings' Hunter shows he can demolish the run, too

Two-way terror: Vikings' Hunter shows he can demolish the run, too

As Hunter puts himself in the NFL Defensive Player of the Year conversation with his 13 1/2 sacks, he’s continued to close in on his coach's vision of what he can be as a run defender.
Vikings
December 15, 2019
Vikings CB Xavier Rhodes, questionable due to ankle injury, will play against Chargers in Los Angeles

Vikings CB Xavier Rhodes, questionable due to ankle injury, will play against Chargers in Los Angeles

Ahead of possibly another rotation, all Vikings cornerbacks are available for Sunday afternoon's game in Los Angeles against the Chargers. Xavier Rhodes, listed questionable due…
Vikings
December 12, 2019
Rudolph nominated again for NFL's Walter Payton Man of the Year honor

Rudolph nominated again for NFL's Walter Payton Man of the Year honor

Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph and his wife, Jordan, have long been involved with the University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital.
Vikings
December 11, 2019
Vikings' Danielle Hunter named NFC Defensive Player of the Week

Vikings' Danielle Hunter named NFC Defensive Player of the Week

Two of the last four times Vikings defensive end Danielle Hunter has played the Detroit Lions, he’s earned an NFC Defensive Player of the Week honor just days later.
Blogs
December 10, 2019
'Pick your poison'? How Vikings blitzes set up Danielle Hunter, others for success

'Pick your poison'? How Vikings blitzes set up Danielle Hunter, others for success

Safety Harrison Smith shrugged, caught between the logical half of his brain and the passionate side that badly wanted a shutout after his Vikings defense…
Vikings
December 9, 2019
Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs pulled down a 44- yard reception in the second quarter against the Lions on Sunday at U.S. Bank Stadium.

Change in offense makes Diggs one of NFL's biggest downfield threats

After early-season frustration over his role with Vikings, Stefon Diggs has emerged as one of the top downfield threats in the NFL. That hasn't happened by accident.
Vikings
December 8, 2019
Reiff clears concussion protocol, will start against Lions

Reiff clears concussion protocol, will start against Lions

Riley Reiff passed through the five-step protocol, meaning he was cleared by the team physician and an independent neurological consultant, and is active against the Lions
Vikings
December 5, 2019
Thielen's hamstring injury keeps him out of Vikings practice

Thielen's hamstring injury keeps him out of Vikings practice

Receiver Adam Thielen did not practice for the Vikings on Thursday because of his lingering hamstring injury.

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