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Fri. Aug 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Greenway returned to practice Thursday after getting tests on a sore wrist earlier in the week, ESPN reports.
Impact: Greenway played with a fractured right wrist during the second half of last season, but the Vikings wouldn't specify if the tests were on the same wrist. Luckily the injury looks minor since he's back in practice, but it's something to keep in mind in case it becomes an issue again.
Wed. Aug 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Greenway underwent tests for a sore wrist, but the injury isn't thought to be serious, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. "He's got a little wrist," Zimmer said. "It's not a big deal. He's been MRIed and X-rayed and we just don't want to irritate it more."
Impact: Greenway played with a fractured right wrist during the second half of last season, but the Vikings wouldn't specify if the tests were on the same wrist. It likely won't impact his availability for Week 1, but he may not play in the preseason as a result.
Tue. Aug 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Peterson is unlikely to play Saturday at Kansas City or in Minnesota's final preseason game, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. "I really don't see the need," head coach Mike Zimmer said.
Impact: The Vikings are playing it safe and just holding him out of game as a healthy scratch. Matt Asiata and Jerick McKinnon will get more carries in the preseason as his primary backups.
Tue. Aug 19, 2014 | STATS
News: Simpson has appealed a pending three-game suspension for a repeat violation of the NFL's substance abuse policy. Simpson confirmed Tuesday that he was absent from practice Monday to attend a hearing on his case at league headquarters in New York. Simpson said he "just told them the truth," but he acknowledged he was unsure whether his argument would persuade the NFL to reduce or eliminate any punishment.
Impact: Simpson was arrested last November on suspicion of drunken driving when his sports car broke down on a freeway just outside of downtown Minneapolis. He pleaded guilty to careless driving and refusing to submit to a chemical test, avoiding jail time for community service and two years of probation. Simpson served a three-game suspension to start the 2012 season.
Tue. Aug 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Wright left Wednesday's practice with a sprained ankle, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Impact: The injury is likely minor, but worth monitoring because Wright could have a larger role early in the season with Jerome Simpson appealing a three-game suspension for a recent DUI arrest. If healthy, Wright could begin the season as the third receiver.
Tue. Aug 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: DeCicco was released by the Vikings, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Impact: DeCicco underwent hip surgery last week, so he likely got an injury settlement with the team.
Tue. Aug 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Blanton (hamstring) returned to practice Monday, but worked behind Chris Crocker for reps with the first-team defense at strong safety, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Impact: Blanton was the leader for the starting safety role early in camp before his hamstring injury. He may still have time to win the starting job if he can prove he's healthy in the final two preseason games.
Tue. Aug 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Simpson faces a three-game suspension for a November DUI arrest, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. He attended a disciplinary hearing with the NFL on Monday in New York to appeal the suspension.
Impact: This report makes it sound like the suspension has been issued and Simpson is trying to appeal it. Simpson was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving last November. He pleaded guilty on Jan. 2 to careless driving and refusing to submit to a chemical test following a plea deal and received two years of probation. Given his previous three-game suspension for a violation of the NFL's substance-abuse policy for a drug-related felony charge in 2012, it seems very likely he'll miss some games.
Mon. Aug 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Simpson traveled Monday to New York for a disciplinary hearing with the NFL to defend himself against a possible suspension for a November DUI arrest, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Impact: Simpson was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving last November. He pleaded guilty on Jan. 2 to careless driving and refusing to submit to a chemical test following a plea deal and received two years probation. Given his previous three-game suspension for a violation of the NFL's substance abuse policy for a drug-related felony charge in 2012 (for mailing two pounds of marijuana to his Kentucky home), it seems probable that he could miss additional games for his latest arrest.
Mon. Aug 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Walsh has missed both field goal attempts over 50 yards this preseason as well as missed an extra point.
Impact: Walsh is moving from a dome to an outdoor stadium this season as the Vikings play two seasons at the University of Minnesota's outdoor stadium while their new stadium is being built. He's been outstanding from long range in his career (12-for-15 over 50 yards), but his early misses from long range in two home games are raising concerns he won't fare as well outdoors. He's at no risk of losing his starting job, however.
Mon. Aug 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: While Matt Cassel will start Minnesota's third preseason game on Saturday at Kansas City, head coach Mike Zimmer said Teddy Bridgewater may see time with the first-team offense during the game, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Impact: Cassel is seen has having a lead in the competition for the starting job after two solid preseason performances. His start in the third game likely indicates he's in the lead for the job, but the opening for Bridgewater to play with the first-team offense means the competition isn't settled.
Mon. Aug 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Cassel will start Minnesota's third preseason game Saturday at Kansas City, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. However, coach Mike Zimmer said Teddy Bridgewater may see time with the first-team offense during the game.
Impact: Zimmer said he's not ready yet to name a starting quarterback. Cassel has been impressive in two preseason games and appears to have a lead on the starting job, but Bridgewater improved in his second game, and getting time with the first-string offense may mean the competition remains open.
Aug 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Cole had two total tackles in Saturday's preseason win over Arizona and while Jasper Brinkley started at middle linebacker, the starting job remains an even battle between the two, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Impact: It's also possible the two could share the role with Brinkley getting more time in likely running situations. It sounds like the battle for the starting job will be decided late in the preseason.
Aug 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Brinkley started at middle linebacker and had five total tackles in Saturday's preseason win over Arizona. However, the starting middle linebacker job is still a close battle between Brinkley and Audie Cole, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Impact: It's also possible the two could share playing time, as Brinkley seems stronger in early downs against the run. It sounds like the position battle won't be decided until late in the preseason.
Sat. Aug 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Crocker started at strong safety in Saturday's preseason win over Arizona and had one tackle.
Impact: It looks like Crocker is the leading candidate to start at strong safety given his history with new Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer from their time with the Bengals, and with Robert Blanton sidelined with a hamstring injury.
Sat. Aug 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Sherels (hamstring) played in Saturday's preseason win over Arizona and had nine total tackles.
Impact: He'll make the roster again this season as a reserve defensive back and as the primary punt returner.
Sat. Aug 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Banyard had six carries for 64 carries in Saturday's preseason win over Arizona.
Impact: Even with this strong outing, it's not clear he'll win a roster spot. He's behind Adrian Peterson, Matt Asisata and third-round draft pick Jerick McKinnon on the depth chart and it's not clear if the Vikings will keep four running backs on the roster.
Sat. Aug 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Prater left Saturday's preseason game to be evaluated for a head injury, ESPN 1500 am Twin Cities reports.
Impact: Prater is on the roster bubble and this may cost him valuable time in the preseason.
Sat. Aug 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Rudolph had four receptions for 89 yards, including a 51-yard touchdown, in Saturday's preseason win over Arizona.
Impact: With new offensive coordinator Norv Turner's history of success with tight ends, many expect Rudolph to be a big part of the offense and have a career year. Saturday's game will only fuel that outlook. Rudolph was limited to eight games last year after suffering a season-ending broken foot in Week 9, but looks fully healthy this summer.
Sat. Aug 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bridgewater was 16-of-20 for 177 yards passing with two touchdowns and led a late game-winning drive with just over a minute to play left in Saturday's preseason win over Arizona.
Impact: Bridgewater was much improved in his second preseason game and looked much more decisive. However, Matt Cassel played the entire first half and was impressive by going 12-of-16 for 153 yards and a touchdown. Bridgewater's performance came against a lesser, third-string defense, but his improvement should keep him in the race for the starting job. Cassel likely still has a lead in the competition, but Saturday's outing likely keeps Bridgewater in the mix.
Sat. Aug 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Cassel was 12-of-16 for 153 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's preseason win over Arizona. He started the game and played the full first half.
Impact: Cassel was impressive in his half of work as he led the Vikings to a touchdown and two field-goal drives against the first- and second-team defense of Arizona. However, Teddy Bridgewater was also impressive by going 16-of-20 with two touchdowns and leading a late game-winning drive (albeit against a third-string defense). Cassel should remain ahead in the competition for the starting job after this game, but he likely hasn't sealed the deal given Bridgewater's outing.
Fri. Aug 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Robinson (hamstring) is doubtful to play in Saturday's preseason game, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Impact: Robinson could begin the season as the team's third cornerback and get time in nickel situations (with regular starter Captain Munnerlyn moving inside) if healthy.
Fri. Aug 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Chris Crocker has been working with the first-team defense in practice and appears to have a shot to win the starting strong safety job over Sanford, ESPN reports.
Impact: It was assumed Sanford was the leader for the starting strong safety job heading into training camp, but it sounds like both Sanford and Robert Blanton (if healthy) have passed him on the depth chart.
Fri. Aug 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Crocker has been working with the first-team defense in practice and appears to have a shot to win the starting strong safety job, ESPN reports.
Impact: Crocker's history with new Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer from their time with the Bengals could help him win the starting role. He's competing with Jamarca Sanford, Robert Blanton and Mistral Raymond.
Fri. Aug 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Blanton (hamstring) will not play in Saturday's preseason game, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Impact: Blanton may have been the leader for the starting safety role early in camp before his hamstring injury. However, he's likely losing the race due to the missed time, and his availability for Week 1 is uncertain.
Thu. Aug 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Cassel may play the entire first half in Saturday's preseason game, ESPN reports.
Impact: It appears Cassel has widened his lead on the starting quarterback job the past week with Teddy Bridgewater having a mediocre performance in the first preseason game and having struggled at time in practice (five interceptions last two practices). Cassel's extended playing time may also be a sign his lead on the starting job is growing, but it's still early in the preseason and a poor or strong showing by either quarterback could quickly change the depth chart.
Thu. Aug 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Matt Cassel may play the entire first half in Saturday's preseason game with Bridgewater coming in with the second unit offense, ESPN reports.
Impact: After Bridgewater's mediocre showing in the first preseason game (6-of-13 for 49 yards and taking a pair of sacks), it seems Cassel has widened his lead on the starting job with him possibly playing a full half. Bridgewater has also thrown five interceptions in the past two practices, which has added to the appearance he's falling behind in the competition. However, head coach Mike Zimmer has downplayed Bridgewater's practice interceptions and it's still early in the preseason. Bridgewater still has time to win the starting role with a few strong preseason showings.
Thu. Aug 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Peterson won't play in Saturday's game against the Cardinals, ESPN.com reports.
Impact: The Vikings are simply playing it safe with Peterson, with an eye toward keeping him healthy for Week 1 in mind. While Peterson could possibly see the field briefly in the team's third preseason contest, it's equally plausible that he'll sit that game out too. Matt Asiata and Jerick McKinnon are currently listed behind him on the Vikings' posted depth chart, but once the games count, Peterson remains in line to see the bulk of the team's rushing duties.
Thu. Aug 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Ford (broken) foot has started to run and could return in a week or so, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Impact: It looks like Ford has a chance to be ready for the start of the regular season.
Wed. Aug 13, 2014 | RotoWire
News: DeCicco will have surgery on his hip Thursday, ESPN 1500 am Twin Cities reports.
Impact: He was a long shot to make the roster, so he'll likely be released with an injury settlement.
Aug 10, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Joseph (calf) is expected to return by the start of the regular season, NFL.com reports.
Impact: Joseph was shot in the leg by a stray bullet fired in a Minneapolis night club early Saturday morning. An innocent bystander, Joseph's injury was thankfully only a minor one and he was released from the hospital later on Saturday. Nonetheless, Joseph is expected to miss up to two weeks, but should be fine for Week 1. The first-year Viking's 59 tackles ranked fourth among all interior defensive linemen last season, while the same amount of stops saw Joseph lead his position in tackles during the 2012 campaign.
Aug 10, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Cassel will start Minnesota's second preseason game against Arizona, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Impact: Cassel outperformed rookie Teddy Bridgewater in the first preseason game, but both may again get time with the first-team offense. Cassel played three series in the first game and could see more time in the second game. It's still early in the quarterback race, but Cassel is still in the lead to start Week 1 at this point.
Aug 10, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Sperry agreed to a contract with the Vikings, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Impact: Sperry played for Vikings offensive coordinator Norv Turner from 2009-2012, when he was the head coach at San Diego. However, he'll have a hard time making the roster, as he's far down on the depth chart.
Sun. Aug 10, 2014 | STATS
News: Joseph has rejoined the Minnesota Vikings after being shot in the leg at a bar, and he is expected to recover in time for the start of the regular season.
Impact: Joseph took part in meetings Sunday morning, but he probably will be held out of practice for the next week or two.
Sat. Aug 9, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Joseph was shot in the calf at a nightclub on Friday night, but the Vikings relayed that he's OK, Matt Vensel of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports.
Impact: Joseph was apparently a bystander, but luckily, the injury is minor, and he's been treated and released. Over the last three seasons, he's averaged 55.7 tackles, three sacks, and one fumble recovery per year.
Fri. Aug 8, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Simpson had one reception for six yards in Friday's preseason win over Oakland, but got most of the playing time ahead of Jarius Wright in three-receiver sets, ESPN 1500 am Twin Cities reports.
Impact: Simpson and Wright were seen as in a battle for playing time in the third receiver role, but Simpson clearly looked in the lead in Friday's game.
Fri. Aug 8, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Wright didn't have a reception but ran a reverse for a 17-yard gain in Friday's preseason win over Oakland. Jerome Simpson got most of the playing time in three-receiver sets over Wright, ESPN 1500 am Twin Cities reports.
Impact: Wright was seen in competition with Simpson for the third receiver role this spring, but he looks behind Simpson at the start of training camp.
Fri. Aug 8, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Robinson missed Friday's preseason game due to a hamstring injury, ESPN 1500 am Twin Cities reports.
Impact: Robinson could begin the season as the team's third corner. When he's been on the field in practice, he starts at one cornerback spot, with regular starter Captain Munnerlyn moving inside in the nickel. However, Robinson will need to show he can stay healthy after injury problems last season.
Fri. Aug 8, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Ponder was 3-of-7 for 39 yards in Friday's preseason win over Oakland.
Impact: Ponder is clearly the No. 3 quarterback as he's had almost no time with the first-team offense in training camp and didn't play until the third quarter of the first preseason game.
Fri. Aug 8, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Kalil started Friday's presason game at left tackle and recovered a fumble.
Impact: Kahil had minor knee surgery in the offseason, but he's looked healthy during training camp and the first preseason game.
Fri. Aug 8, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Cole had four tackles in Friday's preseason win over Oakland.
Impact: Cole showed he was over last year's season-ending ankle injury. Cole will compete with Jasper Brinkley for the starting MLB role this preseason.
Fri. Aug 8, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Thielen had one reception for 15 yards and returned three punts for an average of 17 yards in Friday's preseason win over Oakland.
Impact: Thielen has drawn praise for his performance in training camp and showed a spark in his first preseason game, but it's not clear if that will be enough for the undrafted free agent to make the final roster.
Fri. Aug 8, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Barr started at strong-side linebacker and had half a sack in Friday's preseason win over Oakland.
Impact: It was an impressive debut for the rookie as it looks like he'll get plenty of playing time right away this season.
Fri. Aug 8, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Coleman had three total tackles and an interception in Friday's preseason win over Oakland.
Impact: Coleman started at strong safety with Robert Blanton (hamstring) and Jamarca Sanford (back spasms) hurt and Chris Crocker not playing since he just signed with the team. Coleman's strong performance could put him into the mix to start at strong safety, but he more likely works in a reserve role if he makes the team.
Fri. Aug 8, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Sherels didn't play in Friday's preseason game due to a sore hamstring, FoxSportsNorth.com reports.
Impact: The injury is likely minor and he's still likely to win a reserve defensive back and punt return role.
Fri. Aug 8, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Sanford did not play in Friday's preseason win over Oakland due to back spasms, ESPN reports.
Impact: Sanford is competing with Robert Blanton, Mistral Raymond and rookie Antone Exum for the starting strong safety role. All but Exum are dealing with injuries in the preseason. Sanford's injury sounds minor and he may be able to play in the team's next preseason game.
Fri. Aug 8, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Raymond left Friday's preseason win over Oakland with a concussion, ESPN reports.
Impact: Raymond has several weeks to be ready for the regular season but may not play much again in the preseason as a result of the injury.
Fri. Aug 8, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Asiata started Friday's preseason opener against the Raiders, picking up 13 yards and a touchdown on three carries, with another two yards on one receptions.
Impact: Adrian Peterson was rested, leaving Asiata as the starter and Jerick McKinnon as the backup. The two running backs are competing to work behind Peterson, who once again figures to consume the lion's share of the touches when healthy. Asiata and McKinnon both played reasonably well, so perhaps the next few preseason games will create some separation.
Fri. Aug 8, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Patterson caught three passes for 38 yards on four targets in Friday's preseason opener against the Raiders.
Impact: Patterson was as active as anyone could have hoped for, catching two passes from Matt Cassel and one from Teddy Bridgewater. At the very least, Patterson should produce a bunch of big plays this season, but he also has a chance to lead the Vikings in targets.
Fri. Aug 8, 2014 | RotoWire
News: McKinnon rushed for 45 yards on 12 carries in Friday's preseason opener against the Raiders.
Impact: McKinnon, a third-round rookie out of then-FCS Georgia Southern, is competing against Matt Asiata to serve as Adrian Peterson's primary backup. Asiata worked as the starter in Peterson's absence, while McKinnon played most of the first half, and then saw a few snaps in the third quarter. The rookie running back did most of the heavy lifting on the field-goal drive led by Teddy Bridgewater, who was wholly unimpressive in his NFL debut. Although the winner of the Asiata-McKinnon battle doesn't figure to see many touches so long as Peterson stays healthy, a part-time third-down role could be part of the deal. McKinnon returned two kickoffs in Friday's game, but Cordarrelle Patterson is expected to handle those once the regular season begins.
Fri. Aug 8, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Cassel outplayed Teddy Bridgewater in Friday's preseason opener against the Raiders, completing five-of-six passes for 62 yards while leading the Vikings to a touchdown on his only drive.
Impact: Cassel is believed to have the early leg up, and he took another step toward the starting job Friday night. Bridgewater took a pair of sacks -- one with a fumble -- and completed 6-of-13 passes for 49 yards. However, it's still too early to rule out the rookie, as the second and third preseason games are typically far more important than the first and fourth. What's more, practice performance will also play a role in the Vikings' final decision.
Fri. Aug 8, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bridgewater struggled in Friday's preseason opener against the Raiders, completing 6-of-13 passes for 49 yards, and also taking a pair of sacks.
Impact: Matt Cassel started and led the Vikings to a touchdown on his only drive, before giving way to Bridgewater, who handled five drives and played into the third quarter. Bridgewater's only series with the first-team offense produced three points, but the field goal was mostly due to penalties and the rushing of Jerick McKinnon, rather than anything Bridgewater did. Cassel was already believed to hold an edge in the QB competition, and he reinforced that notion Friday night. Still, it's too early to bury Bridgewater, as Cassel is a known and mediocre commodity.
Mon. Aug 4, 2014 | STATS
News: The Minnesota Vikings have signed veteran safety Chris Crocker to give new coach Mike Zimmer some insurance on the unproven back end of his defense.
Impact: Crocker signed on Monday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but the 12-year veteran played seven seasons under Zimmer when he was the defensive coordinator at Cincinnati and Atlanta.