Vikings
October 15
Vikings running back Dalvin Cook was a full participant in practice for the second straight day Friday.

Vikings expect to have Dalvin Cook back against the Panthers

Cook, Anthony Barr, Justin Jefferson and Adam Thielen didn't have injury designations in the team's final injury report, meaning they should be available Sunday.
Vikings
October 15
Vikings running back Dalvin Cook is on track to return from a sprained ankle on Sunday.

Vikings at Carolina: Three story lines, two key matchups, one prediction

The Vikings are beginning their toughest stretch of the season, but have a good opportunity to get to .500 before their bye.
Vikings
October 15
Panthers linebacker Haason Reddick is second in the NFL in sacks with 6.5.

Panthers scouting report: Blitzing defense, struggling QB await Vikings

Carolina, featuring a young and fast defense and new quarterback Sam Darnold, has lost two in a row after a 3-0 start and will be without Christian McCaffrey again.
Vikings
October 15
Will Ezekiel Elliott and the Cowboys stay on a roll against the Patriots?

Mark Craig's Week 6 NFL picks against the spread

Our NFL insider is suspicious of home-field advantage, but has a few road favorites you should avoid.
Nfl
October 15
Former Washington Football Team president Bruce Allen.

Emails show cozy relationship between NFL's top lawyer, ex-Washington team president

Washington Football Team president Bruce Allen sent emails to the NFL's top lawyer in which he joked about Native Americans and diversity, griped about referees and mocked player safety initiatives.
Vikings
October 14
Vikings receiver Justin Jefferson (18) will likely be the focus of Carolina’s pass defense as he was against the Lions on Sunday.

Vikings' Jefferson expects to play Sunday at Carolina

Wide receiver Justin Jefferson has a sore left ankle and has been limited in practice this week but said Thursday, "I'm good to go."
Vikings
October 13
Christian McCaffrey and Dalvin Cook are both fighting to return from injuries in time for Sunday’s Vikings-Panthers matchup.

Cook and McCaffrey, standouts from 2017 draft, await first NFL meeting

The Vikings' Dalvin Cook and Carolina's Christian McCaffrey have never played against each other because of injuries, reflecting the fraught nature of their position.
Vikings
October 13
Vikings rookie Christian Darrisaw played 28 snaps at left tackle against Detroit.

Vikings get chance to evaluate Darrisaw, remain undecided on his role

Rookie left tackle Christian Darrisaw, who missed most of training camp and the first three games with an injury, rotated with starter Rashod Hill on Sunday and played 28 snaps.
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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.
Vikings
October 13
Jon Gruden

Neal: Troubling Gruden case yet another sign of NFL's broken culture

The NFL's awful hiring history didn't lead to Jon Gruden's behavior, but anyone familiar with the league's homogeneous upper crust shouldn't be surprised views like his are shared within it.
Nfl
October 13
Las Vegas Raiders director of team security Bob Stiriti, left, and former Raiders head coach Jon Gruden run off the field after the team’s 20-9 loss

Why Jon Gruden's departure means more trouble for the Raiders

The Raiders moved to a new, $2 billion stadium in Las Vegas last year, hoping to build a football dynasty. Things haven't gone as they'd hoped.
Vikings
October 12
Vikings super fan Syd Davy greeted a Detroit Lions fan in the stands on Sunday.

As Vikings showed us again, winning ugly in the NFL is still a thing

On the NFL: Vikings fans annoyed by Sunday's game should ask any Lions fan over the past 60 years if winning ugly beats losing ugly.
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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.
Vikings
October 12
Lions Pro Bowl center and former Chanhassen High School standout Frank Ragnow has a season-ending toe injury that requires surgery.

Lions Pro Bowl center Ragnow out for season

Frank Ragnow — a former Chanhassen High School standout and a 2018 first-round pick out of Arkansas who signed a $54 million, four-year extension in May, making him the NFL's highest-paid center — went on injured reserve last week for a toe injury.
Vikings
October 12
Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins (right, with running back Alexander Mattison) surprised the Vikings’ social justice committee last week \with a $50

Cousins surprises Vikings' social justice group with $500,000 gift

The committee has been in operation since before the 2018 season, working on issues like law enforcement and criminal justice reform and educational outcomes for students of color.
Vikings
October 12
Micah Hyde returned an interception for a touchdown in Buffalo’s win over Kansas City.

Top teams, best performances, predictions and trends: The NFL after Week 5

NFL Insider Mark Craig looks back at Week 5 and looks ahead to Week 6.
Colleges
October 12
KiJuan Ware wants to make Macalester a winner, and much more.

After 11 jobs in 10 states, Macalester's Ware set to 'make this thing go'

Football Across Minnesota: A Black coach is trying to put down roots, finally, in St. Paul. A quarterback's seven-season roller-coaster ride ended too soon. Vikings play-call frustration, wishing Trey Potts well, what to watch this weekend and more.
Sports
October 12
Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer left and  quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) went over a play during Minnesota Vikings training camp at TCO Perform

Big football stories: Zimmer/Cousins, Vikings run defense, Trey Potts

Daily Delivery goes 100% football: The Vikings haven't gotten desired results from off-season moves, what to make of Alpha male shoving on the sidelines and college football writer Randy Johnson on the Trey Potts injury.
Vikings
October 12
Vikings kicker Greg Joseph kicking field goals in the second half has been a familiar sight this season. He had three against Seattle.

Vikings offense goes quiet in the second half

The Vikings haven't scored an offensive touchdown in the second half since Week 1. Here are all their second-half scoring plays. Week 1: 27-24 OT…