1:09 AM EDT, Sun August 28, 2016
Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Rookie LBs Kentrell Brothers, Jake Ganus got longer look in Cincinnati

Injuries to a trio of Vikings linebackers in Eric Kendricks, Edmond Robinson and Brandon Watts last week created additional opportunities for a pair of rookie linebackers who are trying to crack the 53-man roster. The beneficiaries were fifth-round pick Kentrell Brothers of Missouri and, to a lesser extent, Jake Ganus, an undrafted rookie out of Georgia. Both got bumped up to the second team at times during the two joint practices with the Bengals. And they got a handful of reps with the top unit, too, as coach Mike Zimmer mixed and matched his personnel. Then, in the 17-16 preseason victory...

Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Vikings return to practice with Floyd, Kendricks and eight others sidelined by injuries

It was musical stationary bikes on Sunday as the Vikings returned to the practice field, without 10 players, with exactly four weeks before the regular season opener in Tennessee. A slew of players are still held back by injuries, namely defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd (knee), linebacker Eric Kendricks (hamstring), receiver Jarius Wright (undisclosed) and guard Brandon Fusco (undisclosed). All four did not play in Friday night’s preseason opener against the Cincinnati Bengals. Third-year defensive tackle Shamar Stephen filled in for Floyd, linebacker Audie Cole for Kendricks at middle...

Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Mike Zimmer calls joint practices 'productive,' mum about Friday plans

The Vikings and Bengals concluded their joint practices this morning with a partially-padded but fast-paced session that lasted a little over an hour. The Vikings made it through both practices with no major injuries and no fisticuffs with those spunky Bengals. And Zimmer believed the practices with a possible playoff team in Cincinnati were productive. “We had a good couple days of work,” he said after this morning’s practice. “I think both teams acted in a professional manner. We got a lot of work done. It was nice and hot out here both days, so that was good for...

Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Today's Vikings regime able to weather cornerback depth concerns

This, folks, is why you never stop looking for cornerbacks in the NFL. This is why you draft a first-rounder one year and surprise everybody with a second-rounder the next. This is why you sign Captain Munnerlyn one year and Terence Newman the next. The Vikings were down three corners before their first joint practice snap against the Bengals in Cincinnati on Wednesday. Starter Newman stayed behind because of an injury. Marcus Sherels, the punt returner and scrappy emergency corner; and young veteran Melvin White, an intriguing, under-the-radar guy with size (6-2, 215), also didn’t make the...

San Francisco Chronicle

With Charles Woodson gone, Reggie Nelson steps up

For all the new faces at training camp, there is a notable old one missing. Though Woodson made some big plays for the team that went 7-9 last season, the safety’s overall play was a little erratic. Nelson, 32, tied for the league high with eight interceptions for the Bengals last season and made the Pro Bowl for the first time. Nelson missed the offseason workouts with an ankle injury sustained in the playoffs last season. The ball-hawking defensive back likes to get inside quarterbacks’ heads. “He just has a knack for reading quarterbacks’ eyes and timing the ball,”...

Columbus Dispatch

Bengals | Top pick William Jackson III has serious injury

CINCINNATI — Bengals first-round draft pick William Jackson III quietly walked off the turf at Paul Brown Stadium before practice ended Monday, and Tuesday The Enquirer confirmed through a league source that the cornerback suffered a torn pectoral muscle in his chest.adcelannotate = {"mobilepaywallcategory" : "MOBILE_PREM-SPORTS","nativepaywallcategory" : "NATIVE_PREM-SPORTS"};

San Francisco Chronicle

Raiders’ new safeties bounce back from offseason of injuries

Raiders’ new safeties bounce back from offseason of injuries The sun was out Friday, the Napa scenery was beautiful and on the field, safeties Karl Joseph and Reggie Nelson were suited up and running with the first team. Joseph, Oakland’s first-round pick, and Nelson, the free-agent signee from the Bengals, had missed all of offseason workouts with injuries. Though Friday was the first day of training camp, Joseph and Nelson already have been here four days, practicing with the rookies because the two missed offseason workouts. Del Rio enjoyed seeing “them both moving around well,...

Columbus Dispatch

Bengals | Injured Tyler Eifert spectator as training camp begins

CINCINNATI — Tyler Eifert pointed to a crescent-shaped scar surrounding the ball on his left ankle. That little spot is keeping the Cincinnati Bengals tight end out for training camp, and maybe more. He had surgery two months ago to repair a partial ligament tear that he suffered during the Pro Bowl. He was in a cast for six weeks and has to wear a protective boot for at least another week.adcelannotate = {"mobilepaywallcategory" : "MOBILE_PREM-SPORTS","nativepaywallcategory" : "NATIVE_PREM-SPORTS"};