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Tue. Sep 2, 2014 | RotoWire
News: While Brinkley is listed first on the depth chart at middle linebacker, head coach Mike Zimmer may not officially announce a starter until later in the week, ESPN 1500 AM Twin Cities reports.
Impact: The Minnesota middle linebacker role may not be great for fantasy purposes whoever wins the job, as the middle linebacker will come out of the game during nickel and dime packages with Chad Greenway staying on the field.
Tue. Sep 2, 2014 | RotoWire
News: While Blanton is listed first on the depth chart at strong safety, head coach Mike Zimmer may not officially announce a starter until later in the week, ESPN 1500 AM Twin Cities reports.
Impact: Blanton appears set as the starter after the release of Chris Crocker and Kurt Coleman, but it's also possible the strong safety job could be a committee with Andrew Sendejo and Antone Exum also getting snaps.
Tue. Sep 2, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Thielen (hip) returned to practice Monday, ESPN 1500 AM Twin Cities reports.
Impact: Thielen will begin the season as the No. 4 wide receiver on the depth chart due to Jerome Simpson's suspension, but it's unlikely he'll be on the field much on offense.
Tue. Sep 2, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Smith (neck) returned to practice Monday, ESPN 1500 AM Twin Cities reports.
Impact: Smith enters Week 1 as the fifth receiver and will likely get all of his playing time on special teams.
Tue. Sep 2, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Barr (ankle) returned to practice Monday, ESPN 1500 AM Twin Cities reports.
Impact: Barr missed Minnesota's final preseason game with a sprained ankle, but it doesn't look like an issue for Week 1.
Tue. Sep 2, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Joseph (calf) returned to practice Monday, ESPN 1500 AM Twin Cities reports.
Impact: Joseph was shot in the leg by a stray bullet fired in a Minneapolis night club Aug. 8, but his injury was luckily minor. It looks like he'll be able to play this week against St. Louis.
Mon. Sep 1, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Ford was signed to Minnesota's practice squad, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Impact: Ford was productive at times last season with 11 receptions for 133 yards, so he could be on the active roster at some point.
Mon. Sep 1, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Colter was signed to Minnesota's practice squad, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Impact: Colter, an undrafted free agent from Northwestern, played mostly quarterback in college. He did have stretches in college where he was used as a receiver, so time on the practice squad will help him make the permanent transition.
Mon. Sep 1, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Banyard was signed to Minnesota's practice squad, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Impact: Banyard had a strong preseason with 212 yards rushing and 5.9 yards per attempt, so the Vikings could turn to him if injuries strike.
Aug 31, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Dean was waived by Minnesota, ESPN 1500 am Twin Cities reports.
Impact: He'll likely sign with another team or a team's practice squad, as he played 16 games last year.
Aug 31, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Gray was claimed off waivers from Cleveland, ESPN 1500 am Twin Cities reports.
Impact: It's not clear how he'll fit in with the Vikings, but offensive coordinator Norv Turner worked with Gray in Cleveland, so he may find a role.
Sat. Aug 30, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Smith (neck) has made Minnesota's final 53-man roster, ESPN reports.
Impact: Both Smith and Adam Thielen made the 53-man roster while Jerome Simpson serves a three-game suspension. However, one of the two is likely to be cut when Simpson returns.
Sat. Aug 30, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Theilen (hip) has made Minnesota's final 53-man roster, ESPN reports.
Impact: Theilen will likely begin the season as the No. 4 receiver while Jerome Simpson serves a three-game suspension. Theilen left the final preseason game with a hip injury, but it's thought to be minor.
Sat. Aug 30, 2014 | RotoWire
News: With the release of Chris Crocker and placement of Jamarca Sanford on injured reserve, Blanton appears to have won the starting strong safety job.
Impact: Blanton was in competition with Crocker and Kurt Coleman for the starting job, but both were released. However, the Vikings have not made an official announcement.
Sat. Aug 30, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Line (ankle) has made Minnesota's final 53-man roster, ESPN reports.
Impact: The Vikings surprisingly kept two fullbacks, so Line will likely be active on special teams.
Sat. Aug 30, 2014 | RotoWire
News: James was released by the Vikings, ESPN reports.
Impact: James, who was taken in the sixth round of the 2014 NFL Draft, is likely a candidate for the practice squad.
Sat. Aug 30, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Ford (foot) was released by the Vikings, ESPN reports.
Impact: He was a surprise cut as he caught 11 balls for 133 yards last season. Perhaps he wasn't back from the broken foot he suffered early in the preseason.
Sat. Aug 30, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Crocker was released by the Vikings, ESPN reports.
Impact: It's a surprising move as he was seen as perhaps the leading candidate to start at strong safety. With Crocker released, Robert Blanton will likely begin the season as the starter at strong safety.
Sat. Aug 30, 2014 | STATS
News: The Minnesota Vikings have placed Sanford on injured reserve.
Impact: Sanford was drafted in the seventh round in 2009 and has spent the last three seasons as one of the team's starting safeties. His best season came in 2011 when he had 118 tackles and his only two career interceptions. But Sanford missed much of the offseason workouts with injury. Then he injured his quad two weeks ago against Kansas City and had to miss the preseason finale against Tennessee on Thursday night.
Sat. Aug 30, 2014 | STATS
News: The Minnesota Vikings have cut veteran safeties Chris Crocker and Kurt Coleman and placed Jamarca Sanford on injured reserve, leaving them thin at safety as the season opener approaches.
Impact: New coach Mike Zimmer brought in Crocker, who he coached in Atlanta and Cincinnati, and signed Coleman to bring more depth to the strong safety beside Harrison Smith. But neither did enough to stick around for the regular season.
Sat. Aug 30, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Ponder made the final roster, the Vikings' official website reports.
Impact: With Matt Cassel the Week 1 starter, and Teddy Bridgewater the clear No. 2, Ponder never really had a chance to be anything more than the third quarterback. He at least did enough to keep a spot on the roster and could be the subject of trade rumors.
Sat. Aug 30, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Gray has been released by the Browns, Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Impact: A quarterback and wide receiver in college, Gray was competing for a roster spot in Cleveland as a tight end and fullback. He brings an interesting array of skills to the table, but doesn't seem to be particularly good at any one thing. If he draws interest from other teams, it will likely be as a reserve fullback/tight end. Last season, he got a few touches as a wildcat quarterback, but only caught two passes on nine targets.
Sat. Aug 30, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Banyard has been released by the Vikings, The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Impact: Banyard could draw some interest around the league after running for 111 yards on 18 carries in Thursday's preseason finale. With Adrian Peterson, Matt Asiata and Jerick McKinnon all healthy, the Vikings had little reason to keep a fourth running back. If Banyard clears waivers, the Vikings will likely assign him to the practice squad.
Sat. Aug 30, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Colter has been released by the Vikings, ESPN reports.
Impact: Colter faced long odds to make the roster since being converted from mostly playing quarterback in college to wide receiver. He's a candidate for the practice squad.
Sat. Aug 30, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Sanford (quad) has been placed on injured reserve, ESPN reports.
Impact: Sanford entered training camp as the expected starter at strong safety, but he fell behind Chris Crocker and Robert Blanton and then suffered an injury in the third preseason game.
Sat. Aug 30, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Blanton started at strong safety in Thursday's preseason win over Tennessee, but it's not clear who will win the starting job, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Impact: It's not clear if Chris Crocker or Blanton will win the starting job as a decision isn't expected until shortly before Week 1.
Sat. Aug 30, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Jasper Brinkley started at middle linebacker and had two tackles in Thursday's preseason win over Tennessee and appears to have won the starting job over Cole, but head coach Mike Zimmer hasn't made a final decision, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Impact: Cole started the game at outside linebacker and later played middle linebacker, which shows he's likely a backup at multiple positions. It's also possible the two could share playing time, as Brinkley seems stronger in early downs against the run.
Sat. Aug 30, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Brinkley started at middle linebacker and had two tackles in Thursday's preseason win over Tennessee. He appears set to start at middle linebacker, but head coach Mike Zimmer hasn't made a final decision, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Impact: Audie Cole started the game at outside linebacker and later played middle linebacker, which shows he's likely a backup at multiple positions. It's also possible the two could share playing time, as Brinkley seems stronger in early downs against the run.
Fri. Aug 29, 2014 | STATS
News: Simpson has been suspended for three games for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy, his second such punishment in three seasons. Simpson missed the first three games in 2012 following a felony drug conviction.
Impact: The league announced the punishment Friday, putting Simpson on the sideline until Sept. 22 when the Vikings begin practice for Week 4. Simpson will sit out games against St. Louis, New England and New Orleans.
Fri. Aug 29, 2014 | RotoWire
News: The NFL has upheld Simpson's three-game suspension stemming from a November DUI arrest, ESPN.com reports.
Impact: Simpson is thus eligible to return to the Vikings' lineup for the team's Sept. 28 contest against the Falcons. Upon his return, his role will hinge on the health and production of his fellow wideouts, though presuming the availability of Cordarrelle Patterson and Greg Jennings, Simpson would slot in no higher than No. 3 on the team's depth chart at the position, at that time.
Thu. Aug 28, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Ponder was 12-of-15 for 121 yards and led the Vikings on three scoring drives in Thursday's preseason win over Tennessee.
Impact: It was a nice outing for Ponder late in the game against the third-string defense. He enters the season as a distant third on the depth chart at quarterback.
Thu. Aug 28, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Line left Thursday's preseason win over Tennessee with an ankle injury, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Impact: It's not clear if he'll make the team despite showing he was back from last season's knee injury.
Thu. Aug 28, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Thielen had three receptions for 30 yards, including a three-yard touchdown, in Thursday's preseason win over Tennessee. However, he left later in the first half with a right hip injury, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Impact: Thielen had a strong preseason with a 75-yard punt return and a touchdown reception. He'll likely make Minnesota's active roster as the Vikings are likely to keep him and Rodney Smith on the active roster for the first few games with Jerome Simpson likely to miss three games due to a suspension.
Thu. Aug 28, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Banyard had 18 carries for 111 yards in Thursday's preseason win over Tennessee.
Impact: Banyard got the bulk of carries with Adrian Peterson and Matt Asiata held out of action. Banyard had a strong preseason with 212 yards rushing and 5.9 yards per attempt, but it may not be enough to win a final 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.
Thu. Aug 28, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bridgewater completed 4-of-9 passes for 17 yards and a touchdown in Thursday's preseason finale against the Titans.
Impact: With Matt Cassel already named the Week 1 starter, Bridgewater got to start the final preseason game, though he only played two drives. He was the beneficiary of a strong running game, and while he finishes the preseason with a 5:0 TD:INT ratio, he threw for only 5.8 yards per attempt, completing 30-of-49 passes for 283 yards. While not as effective as the touchdowns indicate, Bridgewater played well enough that there will surely be controversy if Cassel doesn't play well this season.
Thu. Aug 28, 2014 | STATS
News: Peterson is reiterating that he hopes to remain in Minnesota until he retires in response to a report that he reached out to Jerry Jones about playing for the Dallas Cowboys this summer. The 29-year-old Peterson is in the fourth year of a seven-year contract.
Impact: Peterson issued a statement on Thursday after ESPN reported that he asked Jones about playing in Dallas. Peterson says it "was a casual conversation between NFL colleagues in which I never indicated I wanted to leave the Vikings. I have always said I understand the NFL is a business but that I would love to retire as a Viking."
Tue. Aug 26, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Smith may miss Thursday's preseason game with a sore neck, ESPN reports.
Impact: Both Smith and Adam Thielen may make the active roster for the first few games of the season with Jerome Simpson likely to miss three games due to a suspension.
Tue. Aug 26, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer said there's a "good chance" Bridgewater will start Thursday's final preseason game, ESPN reports.
Impact: The Vikings will likely rest Matt Cassel since he's been named the regular-season starter. Bridgewater will get a chance to play with some members of the first-team offense, but most starters will likely be rested or limited to just a series or two.
Tue. Aug 26, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Barr will miss Thursday's preseason game with a sprained ankle, ESPN reports.
Impact: The injury is said to be minor and he's expected to be ready for Week 1. Barr had a strong preseason with 1.5 sacks in three games and looks set to start at linebacker and be featured in Minnesota's pass rush.
Mon. Aug 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Coach Mike Zimmer confirmed Monday that Cassel won the starting job over rookie Teddy Bridgewater, ESPN.com reports.
Impact: Word leaked shortly after Zimmer informed the team Monday morning that Cassel would hold onto his starting job. Zimmer made it official shortly thereafter. "At this stage and where we're at right now, that's the best thing to do," Zimmer said.
Mon. Aug 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: An MRI on Loadholt's ankle injury showed a contusion, but there is no sprain, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Impact: It looks like he'll be ready to play in the team's first regular season game.
Mon. Aug 25, 2014 | STATS
News: Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer has named veteran Matt Cassel as the team's starting quarterback for the season opener against the St. Louis Rams.
Impact: Cassel has been sharp while starting all three preseason games. He has completed more than 66 percent of his passes for 367 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. He opened training camp in competition with rookie Teddy Bridgewater for the starting job.
Mon. Aug 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Ford (broken foot) was activated from the PUP list.
Impact: Ford had started running last week, so there's a decent chance he'll be ready for Week 1. He'll have a lower profile role then late last season with Kyle Rudolph fully healthy.
Mon. Aug 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Raymond (hamstring) was waived/injured by the Vikings.
Impact: Raymond will land on IR if he clears waivers. He was thought to be a key reserve in the secondary but fell behind on the depth chart, before getting hurt in the preseason.
Mon. Aug 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bridgewater's teammate, Matt Cassel, will reportedly start at quarterback for the Vikings in Week 1, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Impact: The report indicates that coach Mike Zimmer is in line to make the move official at a press conference Monday, but given that Cassel started all three of the team's preseason tilts, the outcome isn't unexpected. With the decision, Bridgewater will thus be an injury away from the team's starting assignment, though in the event that Cassel struggles as the season rolls along, the team could elect to turn to Bridgewater for a spark.
Mon. Aug 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Cassel has reportedly been named the Vikings' starting quarterback for Week 1, according to NFL.com.
Impact: Cassel has transitioned well into new offensive coordinator Norv Turner's system during the preseason, averaging 9.4 yards per attempt while completing nearly 67 percent of his passes. The veteran was expected to edge out Teddy Bridgewater, as the rookie first-rounder adjusts to running an NFL offense, and coach Mike Zimmer confirmed Cassel's starting status to his team Monday. Cassel represents a very serviceable stand-in quarterback to bide time until Bridgewater is ready to become the starter. However, with Minnesota's opening three games against the Rams, Patriots, and Saints, Cassel could face a trial by fire versus three strong defenses.
Aug 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Wright (ankle) caught one pass for 14 yards in Saturday's preseason game against the Chiefs.
Impact: Wright hauled in his only target, while bouncing back from a minor ankle injury that he suffered during Wednesday's practice. With Jerome Simpson facing a three-game suspension to start the season, Wright will likely head into Week 1 as the team's No. 3 wide receiver.
Aug 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Blanton (hamstring) had one tackle in Saturday's preseason win over Kansas City. While Chris Crocker started at strong safety, Blanton got time with the first-team defense, ESPN reports.
Impact: It sounds like the battle for the starting job has narrowed to Blanton and Crocker. Blanton showed he's healthy, after missing two weeks during training camp with a sore hamstring.
Sat. Aug 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Rudolph had two receptions for 38 yards in Saturday's preseason win over Kansas City.
Impact: Rudolph continues to have a strong preseason as he appears to be Matt Cassel's favorite target and should have a large role in the offense. Given new offensive coordinator Norv Turner's history of success with tight ends, he could be set for a career year.
Sat. Aug 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Jennings was targeted twice, but did not have a reception, in Saturday's preseason win over Kansas City.
Impact: Jennings has had a quiet preseason with three catches in three games, but there's no reason to worry as he's a veteran with a set starting job. He showed last season he can still be productive with better quarterback play and the strong play of Matt Cassel and Teddy Bridgewater in the preseason could indicate a strong rebound season for Jennings.
Sat. Aug 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Thielen had a 75-yard punt return in Saturday's preseason win over Kansas City.
Impact: He didn't factor in the passing game, but looks set to begin the season on the active roster as the Vikings are likely to keep him and Rodney Smith on the active roster for the first few games with Jerome Simpson likely to miss three games due to a suspension. Marcus Sherels will begin the season as the punt returner, but Thielen is likely second in line.
Sat. Aug 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Robinson (hamstring) made his 2014 debut in Saturday's preseason win over Kansas City, lining up as the third cornerback in the nickel package, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Impact: Robinson took some surprising heat from head coach Mike Zimmer for not practicing or playing while hurt, but it looks like he'll be ready for the regular season.
Sat. Aug 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Ponder did not play in Saturday's preseason win over Kansas City.
Impact: He hasn't played the last two preseason games as the Vikings wanted to give as many snaps as possible to Matt Cassel and Teddy Bridgewater. Ponder is clearly the No. 3 quarterback and there's debate whether the team will keep him on the roster or trade or cut him at the end of training camp.
Sat. Aug 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Mauti left Saturday's preseason win over Kansas City with a foot injury, KFAN 100.3 FM in Minneapolis reports.
Impact: Mauti is nominally in the starting middle linebacker battle, but he'll likely fulfill a reserve role again this season.
Sat. Aug 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Colter did not play in Saturday's preseason win over Kansas City.
Impact: He had one catch in the second preseason game. It doesn't sound like he's going to make the final roster, but remains a candidate for the practice squad.
Sat. Aug 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Sanford suffered a quad injury in Saturday's preseason game, Fox Sports North reports.
Impact: It was assumed Sanford was the leader for the starting strong safety job heading into training camp, but he appears to have fallen behind Chris Crocker and Robert Blanton. He didn't get a chance to move up on the depth chart since he was out early in the game.
Sat. Aug 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Raymond left Saturday's preseason win over Kansas City with a hamstring injury, KFAN 100.3 FM in Minneapolis reports.
Impact: Raymond suffered a concussion in the first preseason game, but was over that issue before the hamstring injury. The injuries have hurt his chances to win the starting strong safety job, but he'll be a key reserve.
Sat. Aug 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Loadholt left Saturday's preseason win over Kansas City with a lower leg injury, but head coach Mike Zimmer said he didn't think it was serious, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Impact: Loadholt is a key cog in Minnesota's offensive line as the starting right tackle, so hopefully this isn't serious.
Sat. Aug 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Working behind Matt Asiata, McKinnon gained 43 yards on six carries and nine yards on two receptions in Saturday's preseason game against the Chiefs.
Impact: Asiata was also productive while starting in place of Adrian Peterson (rest), picking up 48 yards on 11 carries and 34 yards on two receptions. The usage indicates that Asiata is still second on the depth chart, but it's hard to ignore the veteran's utter lack of athleticism in comparison to McKinnon's incredible combination of size and strength. In the event of a Peterson injury, McKinnon would presumably have some kind of role in the offense.
Sat. Aug 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Starting in place of Adrian Peterson (rest), Asiata had 11 carries for 48 yards and two receptions for 34 yards in Saturday's preseason game against the Chiefs.
Impact: Jerick McKinnon also had a nice game, gaining 43 yards on six carries and nine yards on two receptions. While Asiata may still be second on the depth chart, McKinnon is the far more talented player, and would likely at least take a good chunk of the workload in the event of a Peterson injury.
Sat. Aug 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Patterson caught three passes for 71 yards and a touchdown on five targets in Saturday's preseason game against the Chiefs.
Impact: Patterson got behind a Kansas City defender in the first quarter, and Matt Cassel put the ball right in his breadbasket for a 53-yard touchdown. The speedy wideout is having a solid preseason, providing hope that he'll make the leap from big-play threat to something more like a true No. 1 receiver.
Sat. Aug 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bridgewater completed 4-of-7 passes for 40 yards and two touchdowns in Saturday's preseason game against the Chiefs.
Impact: Head coach Mike Zimmer said beforehand that Bridgewater might get some snaps with the first-team offense, but Matt Cassel ended up playing deep into the third quarter. Bridgewater played well once he got into the game, but his opportunities were limited due to excellent starting field position on his first two drives. He did convert both of those chances into seven points, finding backup TE Allen Reisner for a pair of touchdown strikes. Though the rookie has played well the last two games, Cassel still appears to be leading the competition. Cassel's Saturday performance was more of a mixed bag, as he completed 9-of-17 passes for 152 yards and a touchdown, but also had an interception, a fumble and three sacks.
Sat. Aug 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Cassel completed 9-of-17 passes for 152 yards, with one touchdown and one interception in Saturday's preseason game against the Chiefs.
Impact: Cassel played deep into the third quarter, leaving Teddy Bridgewater to work with the second-string offense. The usage implies that Cassel is the favorite to start Week 1, but he was already thought to be ahead in the competition, and the Vikings haven't made anything official. Cassel's highlight in Saturday's game was a well-placed deep ball to Cordarrelle Patterson that went for a 53-yard touchdown. On the other hand, Cassel threw a bad pick, was sacked three times, and fumbled once. Bridgewater completed 4-of-7 passes for 40 yards and two touchdowns, as two of his drives started inside the Chiefs' 10-yard line.
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 whether the tests were on the same wrist. Luckily, the injury looks minor, 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.