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Field Gulls

Throwback Thursday: Shaun Alexander runs for 201 vs. Green Bay

Would you believe it’s been 12 years since the Green Bay Packers made their first ever trip to CenturyLink Field? Back then it was known as Qwest Field, and the defending NFC champion Seattle Seahawks were banged up and struggling heading into a Monday night showdown (November 27th, 2006) against Brett Favre’s team. Seattle entered Week 12 with a record of 6-4, but were losers in three of their last five. Matt Hasselbeck suffered a knee injury against the Minnesota Vikings, and Seneca Wallace managed a respectable 2-2 record in his absence. Also injured was Shaun Alexander, whose foot...

Daily Norseman

Tidbits from today’s Minnesota Vikings Mini Camp session

There were a couple of newsworthy items in there Today in Eagan, the Minnesota Vikings started their three-day mandatory Mini Camp, the last time the team will be together before the start of Training Camp in late July. There hasn’t been anything earth-shattering thus far where news is concerned, but there have been a couple of newsworthy nuggets that we can pass along. #Vikings rookie DT Jalyn Holmes is rehabbing a right hand injury that will sideline him through minicamp this week. Suffered earlier in OTAs. He expects to be ready for training camp.— Andrew Krammer (@Andrew_Krammer)...

Bleeding Green Nation

Looking back at how the Vikings fueled the Eagles’ Super Bowl win in Minnesota

Taking some time to appreciate a special championship run. SB Nation’s NFL blogs have been running some fun, hypothetical “What if?” articles this week. For my post, I wrote about how former Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater suffering a devastating knee injury during a training camp practice ultimately led to the Eagles winning their first Super Bowl ... IN Minnesota’s home stadium. You can read the entire thing over at the SB Nation mothership. Here’s a tease: The Vikings don’t trade for Bradford if Bridgewater doesn’t get hurt. And the Eagles don’t win the Super...

Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Access Vikings: Keeping an eye on injuries

Mandatory minicamp started for the Vikings with several players out because of injuries, causing a lot of shuffling of positions on the first day.

Daily Norseman

‘What If’: Dalvin Cook Doesn’t Get Hurt

We Continue ‘What If’ Week With A Recent One With as much success as the Minnesota Vikings had last year, there are a couple things that, had they turned out differently, we might have seen a different ending to the 2017 season. One of them, and arguably the biggest ‘what if’ from last year, was the Dalvin Cook injury. In just three games, rookie running back Dalvin Cook had put himself smack dab in the middle of ‘Rookie Of The Year’ conversation. He was one of the leading rushers in the NFL, and had managed to eclipse a career start of Adrian Peterson, the future first ballot...

Daily Norseman

Evaluating Mike Zimmer

As the Vikings progress through OTAs, Mike Zimmer begins his fifth year as head coach. A lot has happened over the last four years, most of them good. Let’s take a look back at how the Vikings have progressed under Zimmer, the changes, the good and bad, and what’s yet to be done. Taking Over From Leslie Frazier When Mike Zimmer took over from Leslie Frazier following the 2013 season, the Vikings defense was ranked worst in the league in points allowed and second-worst in yards allowed. There were some key injuries that contributed to that (Harrison Smith was lost for the last half...

Daily Norseman

David Parry has made some big changes over the past year

After an arrest, he’s trying to turn his life around Back in February of 2017, when defensive tackle David Parry was still a member of the Indianapolis Colts, he was involved in a bizarre incident where he got drunk and stole a golf cart at an Arizona housing complex. That incident led to the Colts releasing Parry, and he missed much of last season with the New Orleans Saints with an ankle injury. The Vikings gave him a tryout, and obviously liked what they saw enough to offer him a one-year deal for the veteran minimum. Parry has told Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press that...

Bucs Nation

Noah Spence feels good heading into minicamp

Bucs need Spence to stay healthy in his third year. There is no doubt that Noah Spence is coming off of a very disappointing sophomore season. The pass rush specialist has really been hurt ever since he has arrived in Tampa Bay. He did however play through a torn labrum and a dislocation during his rookie season, but this past year’s injury was much worse. Spence injured his shoulder during the team’s second game of the season against the Minnesota Vikings. He tried to play through it like last year, but the shoulder popped out a total of four times during a four week span and the pain...

Twin Cities

Vikings rookie DE Hercules Mata’afa out for season after suffering torn ACL

Vikings undrafted rookie defensive end Hercules Mata’afa suffered a torn ACL on Wednesday when he was injured without contact on a kickoff in a practice during organized team activities. He will be placed on injured reserve and miss the entire season. Mata’afa’s agent, Kenny Zuckerman, said Mata’afa was very distraught after suffering the injury, but […]

Daily Norseman

Hercules Mata’afa’s ACL tear is, apparently, not that bad

As far as ACL tears go, I guess. Probably still hurts like hell. We told you earlier today that undrafted free agent defensive lineman Hercules Mata’afa suffered a torn ACL during the Minnesota Vikings’ OTAs on Wednesday afternoon. On the bright side, there’s apparently at least one person that doesn’t seem to think Mata’afa’s injury isn’t that bad. On the downside, that person is his agent, who probably isn’t a doctor and likely doesn’t even play one on television. Kenny Zuckerman, the agent for Hercules Mata’afa, had this to say to Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul...

Lombardi Ave

Packers: Three questions facing Aaron Rodgers in 2018

The top three questions for Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers ahead of the 2018 season. The 2017 season ended almost as soon as it started for quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Rodgers broke his collarbone in Week 6 against the Minnesota Vikings. Before the injury, the Packers were 4-1 coming off a win against the Dallas Cowboys, […] Packers: Three questions facing Aaron Rodgers in 2018 - Lombardi Ave - Lombardi Ave - A Green Bay Packers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.

Twin Cities

Vikings’ Kyle Rudolph likens his many surgeries to ‘getting my teeth cleaned’

Kyle Rudolph had surgery during the offseason. So what else is new? The Vikings tight end had a procedure in February to repair a severely sprained right ankle that bothered him late last season. He considered it routine. “I’ve had five surgeries in the last 10 years,” the eight-year veteran said Tuesday following a practice […]

ClutchPoints

Vikings RB Dalvin Cook participates in full-team drills for first time since ACL tear

It has been a long path toward recovery for second-year running back Dalvin Cook of the Minnesota Vikings since tearing his ACL back last September that abruptly ended his rookie campaign. However, he has been steadily recovering from the injury over the last several months that has put him on track to be ready for […] The post Vikings RB Dalvin Cook participates in full-team drills for first time since ACL tear appeared first on ClutchPoints.

Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Rudolph and Cook return to practice after injuries

Kyle Rudolph (ankle) and Dalvin Cook (knee) returned to Vikings practice

Daily Norseman

Dalvin Cook is officially back on the field

This is not a drill! (But it is just OTAs.) It’s been eight months since Dalvin Cook tore his ACL in a Minnesota Vikings’ loss to the Detroit Lions. On Tuesday at the new Twin Cities Orthopedics Performance Center, he took a big step in his comeback. According to Courtney Cronin of ESPN (among other sources), Cook officially participated in 11-on-11 drills today at the team’s OTAs in Eagan. This marks the first real, live football action that Cook has seen since his injury. Prior to today, Cook had been limited to individual work and rehabilitation drills, but was cleared to join the...

Daily Norseman

Weekend Open Thread: June 2nd and 3rd, 2018

Welcome Aboard! Good Morning! I hope your weekend is going great whether you’re working, fishing, or doing absolutely nothing. Sometimes life intrudes on my fun of being able to post open threads which is what happened the last couple of days. Shoutout and thanks to Gone Fishin for stepping up and getting the threads posted while I was otherwise occupied. I have a 40mile bike ride and some other fun stuff planned for the weekend, what are you doing? Around the DN since our last thread: Wludford has moar OTA tidbits, and thankfully no injuries to report. Vikings news from other sources...

The Viking Age

Nick Easton would also like an extension from the Vikings

The veteran offensive lineman recently expressed his desire to remain with the Minnesota Vikings following the 2018 season. Unfortunately, it took Nick Easton breaking his ankle for some people to really realize how valuable he was to the Minnesota Vikings and their offensive line last season. After Easton suffered his injury during the Vikings’ Week […] Nick Easton would also like an extension from the Vikings - The Viking Age - The Viking Age - A Minnesota Vikings Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.

Twin Cities

U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison, ‘a masive football fan,’ will boycott NFL over national anthem policy

Rep. Keith Ellison, the Democratic congressman from Minnesota’s 5th District, had started looking ahead to the next NFL season with great anticipation. He believes Kirk Cousins is a better downfield passer than Case Keenum, expects running back Dalvin Cook will be “awesome” returning from a major knee injury and thinks the Minnesota Vikings have the […]

Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Is 2018 Laquon Treadwell's time to shine for Vikings?

I know. I almost can’t believe I wrote that headline. But this is the final day of May, when anything is possible in the NFL. So here goes my best pitch for why Laquon Treadwell could be an important part of the Vikings’ offense in 2018: *The third-year receiver actually made some incremental progress last season, catching 20 passes and getting into all 16 games. It was nearly impossible not to improve on an injury-filled rookie year in which he only caught one pass, but Treadwell did improve. *At 6-2, 215, Treadwell has good size. When he was drafted in 2016, the talk was that he could...

Newark Star-Ledger

Is it too early to get excited about Jets' Teddy Bridgewater? | Breaking down that question

The New York Jets are in the middle of organized team activities, and quarterback Teddy Bridgewater has looked good so far, coming off a serious knee injury. The Jets signed the former Minnesota Vikings quarterback in NFL free agency this offseason.

Gang Green Nation

Jets OTA injury update

Jets head coach Todd Bowles provided updates on a number of injuries after Tuesday’s OTA session. Teddy Bridgewater On how Bridgewater has looked over the four OTAs... He has shown no signs of weakness with the knee. He is moving around and taking every rep and every snap like everybody else. So, he is progressing and getting better. All reports have been positive on Bridgewater. We won’t know how much his 2016 knee injury has affected his mobility until the preseason begins, but it stands to reason he will be ready to go. The Vikings were prepared to play him in big games last...

Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Vikings OTA observations: Mike Remmers taking reps at right guard

The full Vikings’ 90-man roster was present during the fifth Organized Team Activity practice on Wednesday morning. Linebacker Anthony Barr returned after taking out an insurance policy to protect himself against injury, in lieu of a contract extension he wanted before OTAs this spring. He completed the Vikings’ starting lineups after sitting out last week. The next most notable change was Mike Remmers moving to right guard, as forecasted a week ago by head coach Mike Zimmer. Remmers took snaps at guard throughout Wednesday’s team sessions. Rashod Hill replaced him at right tackle. With...

Twin Cities

Vikings LB Anthony Barr says he missed week of OTAs to get insurance policy

Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr said Wednesday he missed last week’s first week of organized team activities in order to get an injury insurance policy. Barr, who will make $12.3 million in 2018 in the final year of his contract, returned Tuesday for the second week of OTAs. He again participated Wednesday. “I was hoping to […]

Daily Norseman

Anthony Barr clarifies his absence from OTAs

Not the reason we were expecting to hear Since there aren’t very many other stories to talk about coming out of Minnesota Vikings’ OTAs, let’s do one more about the absence of linebacker Anthony Barr from last week’s session. Barr gave some clarification at today’s festivities in Eagan, and his reasoning was that he was waiting on an insurance policy. No, really. Anthony Barr on why he missed last week's OTA: "I was hoping to get [a contract] done before OTAs. That didn't happen, so I protected myself, got an injury insurance policy, and that took about a week to get situated. I...

Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Teddy Bridgewater generating buzz with strong spring for Jets

If the running Twin Cities Twitter/media joke question “How’s Teddy lookin’?” came to a sad end first with Teddy Bridgewater’s awful preseason injury in 2016 and then the Vikings’ decision to move on from the QB in favor of Kirk Cousins this past offseason, allow me to revive it now in happier times. How’s Teddy lookin’? Pretty good. Really good, actually. That’s according to folks in the New York media, who have been watching Bridgewater closely during early practice sessions with the Jets and have been generating some buzz on Teddy’s behalf. The New York Daily news...

NFL Spin Zone

Denver Broncos: Case Keenum in similar situation to breakout 2017

The Denver Broncos signed quarterback Case Keenum in free agency, and they provide a similar situation to the one he thrived in with Minnesota. No one saw the 2017 season coming from Case Keenum. The veteran was forced into action following an injury to Sam Bradford early in the season with the Minnesota Vikings, ultimately […] Denver Broncos: Case Keenum in similar situation to breakout 2017 - NFL Spin Zone - NFL Spin Zone - NFL news, rumors, analysis, opinions, stats, mock drafts, scores, and GIFs.

Daily Norseman

The Future of Anthony Barr

The second day of the Vikings OTAs concluded today, and all but two Vikings took part. One who didn’t was Jeff Badet, who had an ankle issue, and the other was Anthony Barr, who didn’t have an injury issue. Mike Zimmer said during his press conference today that Barr had spoken to him and told him he wouldn’t be there, and it remains unclear if it was just today, or the rest of OTAs as well. Zimmer said he wasn’t sure if it had something to do with his being in the last year of his contract or not. While it’s too early to conclude this is some kind of hold out or Barr expressing...