Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier told reporters on Thursday that tight end Kyle Rudolph hasn’t made much foot with his injured foot.
Frazier said Kyle Rudolph (foot) hasn’t made as much progress as originally had hoped and hasn’t practiced this week.
— chipscoggins (@chipscoggins) December 5, 2013
At least Minnesota has a viable back up in John Carlson.
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Vikings RB Adrian Peterson mentioned that he has considered the idea of playing football in Texas again. “I’ll be a liar if I sit here and say that it’s something that hasn’t crossed my mind before,” Peterson said during an interview with Scott Van Pelt and Ryan Russillo on ESPN Radio. “But I’ve also said to myself, ‘Wow, it’ll be so amazing to be one of those players who stays with one team his entire career.’ “ Peterson is from Palestine, Texas, but left the state to play football at the University of the Oklahoma. Interestingly enough, Peterson specifically mentioned that he has at the very least considered the idea of possibly playing for the Cowboys or Texans at some point. “Being from Texas I’ve always wondered if it’d be cool to play in Dallas or play back home in Houston,” Peterson said. “But that’s not something I’ve really been thinking about this year.” Peterson, 28, is in the third year of his seven-year, $96 million contract that includes $36 million g
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The Minnesota Vikings’ win on Sunday leads to a new perspective on the usual topics for our mailbag. Perspective is needed this season. Minnesota’s season isn’t as bad as it might seem, having given up the lead in the final minute four times this year. The record also isn’t good and the play leads to insight about the positions that need to be fixed going into next year.
Here are this week’s questions in our weekly Vikings mailbag:
Question: Hey Brian, I don’t know how you do it. I am a vikings fan of over 30 seasons, and a season ticket holder. I am used to the pessimism from Vikings fans but I have to get this off my chest.
11 months ago this team overachieved and made the playoffs, Spielman scored huge in the draft and after what he did last year in the draft expectations were through the roof. Now a few tough losses later (this team could easily be 6-5) and we are jumping off the ledge saying fire everyone, and get a big name head coach. Quick name a super bowl winning coach to
Amazingly, the Minnesota Vikings are still game planning.
The Vikings went so far as to name certain players as starters for their upcoming game against the Baltimore Ravens. I mean, come on guys. Baltimore? You think you’re going to go to Baltimore, go play outside in the cold, against a team performing well against the run, having Matt Cassel named as your starting quarterback, and bother competing? Just send the practice squad, man. It’ll be more enjoyable.
Yet, in a way, we’ve already seen that sending out the practice squad WASN’T that enjoyable, because the guys that have been starting at certain positions pretty much this entire year, have more or less been a mistake. Case in point? When Head Coach Leslie Frazier named MLB Audie Cole as the starter for the next game (and likely the rest of the season), moving LB Erin Henderson to the outside, and essentially admitting that starting Erin Henderson in the middle all year has been a mistake.
The Sasketchewan Roughriders defensive end Alex Hall worked out for the Minnesota Vikings yesterday. Hall was a former Cleveland Browns seventh-round draft pick from St. Augustine’s College, Hall has also played for the Philadelphia Eagles, Arizona Cardinals, and New York Giants. The Vikings also worked out wide receivers Dontrelle Inman, Chris Matthews and Nick Moore […]
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Chris Cook learned of his fine from the NFL on Wednesday for contact with an official in Sunday’s win against Chicago and immediately appealed the 26,250 fine.
Cook was ejected Sunday after touching an official following a touchdown by Bears receiver Alshon Jeffery, who went over the top of Cook to make the athletic play.
“I kind of touched his arm but it wasn’t really like I was trying to push him on the ground or something,” Cook said Wednesday. “It makes it seem like I was trying to push him on the ground or something like that but I just got up and said ‘that was bull’ about the play a few plays before. I can’t really do anything about the calls that they make within the game and I’ve just got to be a man about it and just move on to the next play.”
Cook had a bigger issue with a previous play where he was in line to make a possible interception — which would have been the first of his career in his fourth NFL season — and said the re
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Audie Cole’s play in the middle of the Minnesota Vikings’ defense the past two games will keep him starting at middle linebacker even as Erin Henderson returns to the lineup.
Cole, a 2012 seventh-round pick, was credited by coaches for 18 tackles two weeks ago when Henderson was out while dealing with a personal matter and then followed up with nine tackles in Sunday’s win against Green Bay. He has one sack, two tackles for loss and five quarterback hurries in the two games.
“I like the way Audie’s playing,” coach Leslie Frazier said. “He’s done a good job for us in that role. At this point, I want to take a look and see if this will help our team. I think it does, with this configuration. And we’ll reevaluate it when we come back on Monday. But I think it makes our defense better.”
Cole started in the middle last week as Henderson was disciplined for an arrest in November. Cole ended up playing the entire game as coaches were pleased with
Audie Cole was released several weeks ago and went unclaimed by 31 other teams. Cole was signed to practice squad, and later called up to the 53 man roster. After being called up Cole came in mid game to play linebacker when Erin Henderson was injured. Well it looks now like the Vikings will start […]
Matt Cassel is on track to start this week at quarterback for the Minnesota Vikings, with Christian Ponder recovering from a concussion.
Coach Leslie Frazier said Wednesday that Cassel “more than likely” will start instead of Ponder when the Vikings play at Baltimore on Sunday. Cassel took over late in the second quarter last week when Ponder was hit in the head and passed for 243 yards in half of a game to help the Vikings beat Chicago in overtime.
Frazier said Ponder had yet to pass all of the post-concussion tests. Even if he can practice Thursday, that’s not much time for a quarterback to properly prepare. Frazier said Josh Freeman will be the backup to Cassel, who has started two games and relieved Ponder in three others.
Matt Cassel will likely start at quarterback for the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, coach Leslie Frazier said Wednesday. Christian Ponder has not been cleared to practice after sustaining a concussion last Sunday against the Chicago Bears, and Frazier said the Vikings were not planning on having Ponder for the team’s upcoming game against the Baltimore […]
According to Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Minnesota Vikings QB Matt Cassel will be starting this week against the Ravens. Christian Ponder sustained a concussion against the Chicago Bears in Week 13, leaving the game just before halftime. Cassel took over and completed 20-of-33 passes for 243 yards, a touchdown and an interception.
Quarterback Matt Cassel will start for the Vikings this week after Christian Ponder suffered a concussion last week.
Matt cassel told me it is definite he will start Sunday
— Chris Tomasson (@christomasson) December 4, 2013
Cassel said he found out this morning he will start
— Chris Tomasson (@christomasson) December 4, 2013
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MINNEAPOLIS — Inside the Metrodome, the season hasn’t gonethe Minnesota Vikings’ way. On Tuesday, just outside the east entrance of the21-year-old building, the team held the biggest moment of its season.Vikings owners Zygi and Mark Wilf were joined by politicaland business leaders, along with several fans, for a ceremonial groundbreakingfor the team’s new billion-dollar stadium, set to be built on the currentfootprint of the Metrodome.As the Wilfs, Governor Mark Dayton, Minneapolis Mayor R.T.Rybak and others donned purple construction helmets and used gold shovels todig into fresh dirt in the east Metrodome parking lot, construction had alreadybegun not far away for the new stadium, which is set to open in time for the2016 season.”I feel a little bit like coach (Leslie) Frazier musthave felt after the game on Sunday,” Dayton told a group of supporters ina ceremony Monday. “I can’t believe it’s over and I can’t believe wewon.”The stadium has been 10 years in the ma