Helmets on the turf during Minnesota Vikings OTAs scrambles Wednesday, June 9, 2021, in Eagan, Minn. (Carlos Gonzalez/Star Tribune)

Breaking down the Vikings 53-man roster as it stands right now

The current version leaves the team thin at positions like running back and defensive end, and there isn't a long snapper on the roster right now.

Podcast: Vikings head into regular season needing a confidence boost

September 2
Podcast: Vikings head into regular season needing a confidence boost
Ben Goessling, Andrew Krammer and Michael Rand discuss a Vikings team that's coming off a winless preseason and a key injury before a meaningful snap was played.

Final cuts due Tuesday: Our latest 53-man Vikings roster projection

August 30
The Vikings need to reduce their roster from 80 players to 53 by Tuesday afternoon.
There are position at wide reciver, in the secondary and along both the offensive and defensive lines as the Vikings still need to cut 27 players.
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October 26
Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott, right, and running back Ezekiel Elliott lead the league’s highest-scoring team.

Vikings facing strongest test against full-throttle Dallas offense

The Vikings defense will have its hands full Sunday night against a high-powered Dallas offense. Here's a look at where the Cowboys have thrived, and one area they've stumbled.
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October 22
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Vikings mailbag: Sizing up a tough stretch? Corner options?

In the latest Vikings mailbag, Andrew Krammer answers reader questions about the upcoming schedule and who is the most overrated and underrated player on the roster.
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October 21
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Building him up: Breaking down Christian Darrisaw's starting debut

A deeper look at Darrisaw's first NFL start revealed an impressive combination of strength and athleticism that has been elusive for this Vikings offensive line.
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October 17
Podcast: Vikings keep living on the edge during overtime win in Carolina

Podcast: Vikings keep living on the edge during overtime win in Carolina

Ben Goessling, Andrew Krammer, and Chip Scoggins recap a rollercoaster afternoon from Bank of America Stadium, where the Vikings needed nearly 600 yards and overtime to dispatch the Panthers.
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October 17
Vikings players warm up in Charlotte.

Inactives: Vikings offense near full strength for Sunday in Carolina

The Vikings' top weapons — Dalvin Cook, Justin Jefferson, and Adam Thielen — are active against the Panthers despite dealing with injuries, and first-round tackle Christian Darrisaw will make his first start.
Vikings super fans Sid Davey and David Garza showed up in Canton to support the Vikings during their 1st preseason game of the season.
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October 13
Vikings receivers Justin Jefferson (18) and Adam Thielen rested Wednesday.

Receivers Jefferson, Thielen held out of Vikings practice

The Vikings are a little banged up after five games as Justin Jefferson and Adam Thielen were among six injured players sidelined at Wednesday's practice.
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October 13
Podcast: Vikings offense still adjusting before facing a fast Panthers defense

Podcast: Vikings offense still adjusting before facing a fast Panthers defense

Ben Goessling, Andrew Krammer, and Michael Rand discuss coordinator Klint Kubiak's offense, the left tackle rotation with Rashod Hill and Christian Darrisaw, and more.
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October 12
Detroit Lions running back D’Andre Swift (32) broke a tackle of Minnesota Vikings safety Harrison Smith (22) scoring in the fourth quarter.] Jerry H

Why does the Vikings run defense keep springing leaks?

The Vikings defense is starting to come together, but there remains a major flaw that should be of added concern because of the team's next three opponents.
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October 11
Podcast: Confidence in offense a topic after Cousins leads comeback win

Podcast: Confidence in offense a topic after Cousins leads comeback win

Ben Goessling, Andrew Krammer, and Jim Souhan discuss the confidence in the Vikings offense, or perhaps lack thereof from the coaching staff, from U.S. Bank Stadium after the narrow 19-17 win over Detroit.
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October 10
Running back Dalvin Cook on the field before the Vikings took on the Denver Broncos in a preseason game in August.

Vikings inactives: Dalvin Cook to miss second game due to ankle injury

Running back Alexander Mattison will get his second start of the year for Cook, who was listed questionable for the third straight week due to a sprained right ankle.
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October 8
Vikings defensive end Danielle Hunter (99) has five sacks in four games.

Vikings mailbag: New contract for Hunter? Trade buzz? Fit for Barr?

Send questions to @Andrew_Krammer on Twitter or andrew.krammer@startribune.com. Listen for answers on the weekly Access Vikings podcast or find them here on Friday mornings.
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October 6
Podcast: Winless Lions come to town at just the right time for Vikings

Podcast: Winless Lions come to town at just the right time for Vikings

Ben Goessling, Andrew Krammer, and Michael Rand preview Sunday's game against the winless Lions, losers of eight straight going back to last season.
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October 5
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) was forced too through and incomplete pass by Cleveland Browns defensive tackle Malik McDowell (58) lat

Even Vikings best blockers were no match for Browns. Here's why

A deeper look at how the Browns bulldozed the Vikings' offensive line, throwing off its timing and creases in the run game while affecting Kirk Cousins' ability to find open targets.
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October 3
Podcast: Vikings in a 1-3 hole after dropping another close game to Browns

Podcast: Vikings in a 1-3 hole after dropping another close game to Browns

Ben Goessling, Andrew Krammer, and LaVelle E. Neal discuss the Vikings' 14-7 loss to the Browns, and coach Mike Zimmer's reaction, in the latest Access Vikings podcast.
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October 3
Vikings running back Dalvin Cook last played against Arizona in Week 2.

Vikings inactives: Dalvin Cook returns; Anthony Barr remains sidelined

Cook returns from a one-game absence due to a sprained right ankle, while the Vikings defense will still be without linebacker Anthony Barr because of a knee injury.
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October 1
Vikings tight ends Ben Ellefson, left, and Tyler Conklin, right, celebrate Conklin’s touchdown against Seattle with Adam Thielen.

Vikings mailbag: Does Herndon have role? Does Stefanski have advantage? A Cook question, too

Send questions to @Andrew_Krammer on Twitter or andrew.krammer@startribune.com. Listen for answers on the weekly Access Vikings podcast or find them here on Fridays.
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September 29
Podcast: Kevin Stefanski's return tops Vikings-Browns storylines

Podcast: Kevin Stefanski's return tops Vikings-Browns storylines

Andrew Krammer and Michael Rand discuss Browns coach Kevin Stefanski's return, Kirk Cousins, and more on the latest Access Vikings podcast.
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September 28
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) celebrated after throwing a touchdown to Adam Thielen in the second quarter.

What's behind improved play of the Vikings offensive line? Here's a good look

The Vikings offensive line deserves credit for more consistent play, but it's a group effort that's getting more out of the blockers up front.
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September 27
Podcast: Despite Cook's absence, Cousins keeps rolling vs. Seahawks

Podcast: Despite Cook's absence, Cousins keeps rolling vs. Seahawks

The Vikings finally beat the Seahawks, and quarterback Kirk Cousins was a big reason why. Ben Goessling, Andrew Krammer, and Chip Scoggins recap the 30-17 win.
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September 26
Vikings running back Dalvin Cook (33) walks to the locker room after the end of the first half against the Denver Broncos in a pre-season game at U.S.

Vikings-Seahawks inactives: Cook will sit against Seattle

Dalvin Cook is officially out for the Vikings' home opener against the Seahawks due to a sprained ankle suffered last week in Arizona.