Minnesota Vikings

Wednesday web roundup: Minnesota Vikings

Vikings make J’Marcus Webb signing official ►
To make room for Webb, the Vikings put right tackle Phil Loadholt on injured reserve. Loadholt will have surgery on a torn pectoral muscle.

Adrian Peterson Rumors: Dallas Cowboys, Seattle Seahawks … ►
The Minnesota Vikings may look to trade or release Adrian Peterson once his suspension is completed and teams like the Dallas Cowboys, Miami Dolphins, Baltimore Ravens …

Aaron Rodgers Says He Wasn’t Trolling Vikings With Grape Soda ►
Rodgers made it clear on Tuesday that such disrespect towards the Vikings was not intended and the quarterback even called out those for suggesting it was …

Xavier Rhodes making an impact for Vikings ►
ESPN Vikings reporter Ben Goessling discusses the development of Xavier Rhodes.

Vikings expect Sharrif Floyd to return this week from a knee injury ►
The Vikings wanted to practice outside today, but they’ll be inside. They’ll “wait and see” about testing the elements on Thursday, Zi

Report: Minnesota Vikings bring J’Marcus Webb back to spell Phil Loadholt

Yesterday we reported that starting right tackle Phil Loadholt would miss the rest of the season for the Minnesota Vikings thanks to a torn pec. Today the Vikings made a move to fill the hole left by Loadholt.
According to J’Marcus Webb, he’s back with the Vikings:

I’m a Viking! Camera Gyrl, let’s ride or die! Everyone else—-move out the way!!! Go Vikings! http://t.co/4j4vRVTN0E
— J’Marcus Webb (@jmarcuswebb) November 25, 2014

Webb last played for the Vikings in December of 2013 against the Detroit Lions. He’s played 54 games in his career, primarily with the Chicago Bears.
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Aaron Rodgers blasts those who accused him of trolling Vikings

Green Bay Packers quarterback caused a stir in the media on Sunday, after the Packers defeated the Minnesota Vikings 24-21. In a post-game conference, Rodgers was drinking grape and purple-colored Crush Soda, which resembles the Vikings colors.

#Packers QB Aaron Rodgers swears he wasn’t squeezing Vikings with grape soda. pic.twitter.com/nVjbdgAuvg
— NFL Profit (@NFLprofit) November 25, 2014

Rodgers claims he had no intention of trolling the Vikings, and seemed rather disgusted at the accusation:
“Seven years. To all the idiot trolls out there, seven years. It’s been grape for the last five, the first couple years it was orange or grape. Seven years,â€* Rodgers said.
He then continued: “Anybody who knows, any of the local media or anybody who’s seen me after a game, I’m always carrying that around with me,â€* he went on. “That’s probably the only soda that I ever drink — right after the game, when you’ve got to get those nutrients back with you. So that’s my post-game (snack),â

Pass rush power rankings: Is Everson Griffen of the Vikings the NFL’s sackmaster?

My how the time flies.
12 Weeks are in the books for the 2014 NFL season, which means now is a great time to update our pass rush power rankings.
Let’s go through the list and find out who the top 12 sackmasters are around the league, starting with the guy who was last year’s runner-up for the most sacks in the NFL…
12. Robert Quinn: St. Louis Rams
If you don’t know, ask Colin Kaepernick:

Quinn has come on strong after a slow start and has six sacks over his last six games.
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Vikings Injury Update: Phil Loadholt out for the season

The Minnesota Vikings offensive line has for the most part struggled this season, and now they’ll be without another starter going forward. Right tackle Phil Loadholt was injured last Sunday against the Green Bay Packers, and he is now out for the season after being diagnosed with a torn pectoral. On Monday, Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer said Loadholt is likely to undergo surgery on Friday. #456290960 / gettyimages.com Mike Harris stepped in for Loadholt on Sunday, and he’s expected to be Minnesota’s starting right tackle for the rest of the season. This is Harris’ first season with the Vikings, after going undrafted in 2012 and spending his first two seasons with the San Diego Chargers. If he starts Sunday’s game against the Carolina Panthers, it will be the 13th start of his career.The Vikings have already been doing without starting right guard Brandon Fusco, who suffered a torn pectoral of his own back in September.Loadholt has two years remaining on his contract, so he will surely be back as the Vik

Were any Minnesota Vikings named as Week 12′s biggest heroes or goats?

Twelve weeks into the 2014 NFL season, the league is starting to take shape. It’s easier and easier to see what teams are contenders and which ones are just not ready for primetime.
How did each team get to their current point? In part, it was because of the performance, good or bad, of some key players and coaches. Some helped their team, while others hurt the squad.
Who fell into each category? Here are the “Heroes and Goats” from Week 12:
Blount looked comfy again in New England
LeGarrette Blount – Less than a week after getting released by the Steelers, the once-former Patriot was back in the lineup in New England, filling the void in the backfield caused by the sudden fall from grace of last week’s fantasy football supernova – Jonas Gray. The vagabond running back responded with 78 yards and two touchdowns on just 12 carries, proving that he’s most at home in the Patriots backfield.
Stanton wasn’t ready for the big time
Drew Stanton – The Cardinals tra…

Adrian Peterson Would Be a Great Investment for Colts

Right off of the bat, you may think by the title that this is jumping the gun a little bit.After all, not only has Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson not been reinstated by the NFL yet, but he is still a member of the Vikings. However, most reporters close to the situation speculate that Peterson has already played his final miraculous snaps for the purple and gold.In the instance that you live under a rock or do not have a television, radio, the internet or access to a newspaper, Peterson was indicted on charges of misdemeanor reckless assault in September. News came out that he took punishment of his four-year-old son over the line this summer when Peterson inadvertently injured his son while using a switch on him. He was then made inactive by the Vikings, briefly reinstated for less than a week, placed on the Commissioner’s Exempt List and then was suspended for the rest of the season (without pay) by the NFL and told he would not be able to apply for reinstatement until April 15, 2015.The NF

Matt Kalil apologizes for knocking Vikings fan’s hat off during parking lot exchange (vid)

An ugly day on the field for embattled Minnesota Vikings right tackle Matt Kalil got even uglier following the game when he was recorded knocking off a disgruntled fan’s hat during a brief confrontation after a 24-21 loss to the Green Bay Packers. Kalil, who has struggled mightily this season for a player selected with…Read More
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Adrian Peterson Compares Ferguson Ruling To His Own Legal Battles

You would think Adrian Peterson might want to lay low for a while, but he did no such thing Monday night.
Peterson, like many others, was upset shortly after a grand jury in Missouri ruled police Darren Wilson wouldn’t be charged after shooting unarmed teenager Mike Brown to death in August. However, it was how the Minnesota Vikings running back voiced his dismay that’s made him the target of criticism.
Peterson took to Twitter shortly after the news broke, and essentially made the story about himself — at least to an extent. Peterson compared the verdict to his child abuse charges in Texas — the same charges that have caused him to miss the entire 2014 NFL season to date.

The GRAND JURY DECIDED NOT TO INDICT ME TOO! But that changed a week LATER! MAYBE,BUT NOT LIKELY N THIS CASE #PUTyourTrustNGODnotINtheWORLD!— Adrian Peterson (@AdrianPeterson) November 25, 2014
The thing about that tweet, you see, is there are really no similarities whatsoever between the two cases.
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Vikings won’t succeed without weapons for Bridgewater

Even though a 4-7 record isn’t anything exciting, this year’s Minnesota Vikings have been a fun team to watch. Rookie head coach Mike Zimmer has taken together plenty of young players and has given the Vikings a stingy defense that’s 14th in the NFL right now.
The rushing game, led by Jerick McKinnon and Matt Asiata, have been able to help fans get over the Adrian Peterson child abuse scandal, as this team has been able to hold on strong despite the embarrassing situation surrounding their franchise player.

.@AaronRodgers12 and the @packers squeak by the Vikings as they take this one, 24-21. #FNIA pic.twitter.com/e1cOYnfPnt
— SundayNight Football (@SNFonNBC) November 24, 2014

But the Vikings season hasn’t been as good as it should be because of the offensive issues. Rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is struggling with a 3-5 record and just six touchdowns against seven interceptions.
And part of the reason is because the Vikings don’t have enough talent to help out Bridgewater. …

Adrian Peterson tweet about Ferguson situation

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson probably should refrain from tweeting ever again after his most recent run-in with the social media site.

Come on AP, there is nothing good that can come from displaying this message to the masses while the city of Ferguson is almost literally being burnt to the ground in protest following a grand jury decision not to indict Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown.
And comparing this situation to yourself. Yeah, that’s a bit too much for this one scribe.
Peterson deleted the tweet shortly thereafter, probably failing to realize that you simply can’t delete posts in the social media world.
Photo: USA Today
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Report: Minnesota Vikings lose offensive lineman for the rest of the season

According to NFL insider Ian Rapoport, the Minnesota Vikings have lost right tackle Phil Loadholt for the rest of the season to a torn pec:

#Vikings RT Phil Loadholt has torn his pec, source says, and will require surgery. His season is over.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 24, 2014

It’s a hard blow for the Vikings’ front five.
For the season Loadholt is rated around average compared to other tackles by Pro Football Focus, but on the other side Matt Kalil has struggled greatly, scoring a -28 grade thus far.
ESPN says that Loadholt’s surgery is scheduled for Friday:

Phil Loadholt will have pectoral surgery Friday, likely ending season #Vikings (via the 1500 ESPN SportsWire) http://t.co/cNELAw5dHG
— 1500 ESPN (@1500ESPN) November 24, 2014

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Vikings Injury Updates: Cordarrelle Patterson injures knee, ankle

Minnesota Vikings wide-receiver Cordarrelle Patterson suffered minor knee and ankle injuries during Sunday’s game against the Green Bay Packers.  Brian Murphy reports Patterson was hurt during his forty-two yard kick-off return in the third quarter of the game.  Patterson was briefly tended to by the training staff on the sidelines but later returned to the field. #461414571 / gettyimages.com Patterson will be re-evaluated on Monday, but he indicated he didn’t feel the injury was significant. It’s not unusual for NFL teams to be cautious in evaluating a player like Patterson with explosive play abilities. Patterson finished with two catches for just eighteen yards, but his kick-off return kept pressure on the Packers in the second-half.  The Vikings continue to look for answers against teams in the NFC North division. Like what you’re reading? Subscribe to our email list for daily injury updates! Email Address Follow @sprtsinjryalert For more commentary and analysis, visit our friends

Minnesota Vikings: Defense shines in 24-21 loss to Packers

After an embarrassing route in their first matchup with the Green Bay Packers, the Minnesota Vikings hoped to spoil the Pack’s hot-streak coming into this week. Although the Vikings still came out on the losing end of a 24-21 slugfest, Vikings’ fans have to be happy with the way the defense played against the hottest offense coming into this weekend.
After a horrendous 2014 so far, Kalil’s season got even worse after 3 blocking penalties and poor technique in pass protection.
If you would have told me on Friday that the Vikes’ D could hold Aaron Rodgers to just over 200 yards and two touchdowns, I would have taken the end result of the game without any hesitation. However, the Vikings’ offense was not able to muster up more than two touchdowns and two field goals. One of my biggest fears coming into this game was that the Packers’ pass rush was going to eat the Vikings’ offensive line for breakfast. While Matt Kalil had a horrific game (adding to the worst season for any offensive lineman in th

Minnesota Vikings: Evaluation of Teddy Bridgewater so far

When the Minnesota Vikings drafted Teddy Bridgewater out of Louisville with the 32nd pick in this year’s draft, there is no doubt they believed he would be their franchise quarterback. After making his 7th start as a Viking, it is only natural to evaluate Bridgewater’s performance up to this point.
Like most young quarterbacks thrown into the starting role early in their rookie season, Bridgewater has experienced his fair share of ups and downs. When evaluating a rookie quarterback, it’s important to remember that success usually doesn’t come to quarterbacks in their first year starting in the NFL. As a whole, the Vikings’ offense has struggled all season, failing to score over 20 points in seven of their eleven games.
The passing game, and Bridgewater in particular, have struggled to find the end zone, as it took seven starts for his first two passing touchdown performance. Through his first 8 games, he has thrown just six touchdowns to seven interceptions. However, these struggles cannot be place