Minnesota Vikings Player News: Last 24 hours, All Positions

News: Keenum will start in Week 15 against the Bengals, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Impact: The rumors about Teddy Bridgewater taking the job went quiet the past month as Keenum continued to play at a high level. Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer made it clear that one bad outing won't cost Keenum the job, as Sunday's 31-24 loss in Carolina was preceded by eight consecutive victories, with five of those coming against teams that currently own winning records. Keenum threw two picks and lost a fumble in Sunday's loss, but he also tossed a pair of touchdowns while accounting for 320 yards of offense (40 on the ground).
News: Murray said he still deals with general soreness in his surgically repaired ankle, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Impact: This is at least the second time this season that Murray has mentioned the lingering effects of his March ankle surgery. Of course, it was a much bigger concern when he talked about the ankle in early October, at which point he'd taken only 14 carries for 38 yards in four games. He's since emerged as the more reliable half of a split backfield with Jerick McKinnon, averaging 3.9 yards per carry on 15.7 totes per game (60.9 yards) since Dalvin Cook suffered a torn ACL in Week 4. Given that Murray hasn't been listed on the injury report recently, his ankle doesn't seem like a major concern heading into a Week 15 home matchup with an injury-riddled Cincinnati defense. He'll try to bounce back from a nine-carry, 14-yard showing in Sunday's 31-24 loss to the Panthers.
News: Sendejo had nine total tackles and an interception in Sunday's 31-24 loss at Carolina.
Impact: Sendejo played all 64 snaps on defense, and his interception was the second of the season. He's been a reliable source of tackles as well, as he's averaging 6.6 per game after tallying 4.9 last season.
News: Forbath was 3-for-4 on field-goal attempts (30, 22 and 27 yards), missing from 54 yards, in Sunday's 31-24 loss at Carolina. He also made his only extra-point attempt.
Impact: Forbath has made just four of his last nine field-goal attempts, but two of the misses were over 50 yards. He's been shaky at times this season, but his job security doesn't appear at risk.
News: Griffen had five total tackles and his 13th sack in Sunday's 31-24 loss at Carolina.
Impact: After recording a sack in each of Minnesota's first eight games, Griffen had failed to take down the quarterback in two of his last three contests. He has a nice matchup in Week 14 against a struggling Bengals offensive line that has given up the 12th most sacks in the NFL.
News: Joseph had ten total tackles and a sack in Sunday's 31-24 loss at Carolina.
Impact: Joseph now has 3.5 sacks this season, leaving him well on pace to exceed last season's career high of four sacks. The veteran nose tackle remains a reliable anchor on the Vikings' defensive line, but don't expect the high tackle total to be a weekly theme.
News: Bell had two receptions for seven yards on two targets in Sunday's 31-24 loss at Carolina.
Impact: Bell played 31 of the offense's 74 snaps, as he saw playing time with No. 2 tight end David Morgan sidelined with a concussion. Bell is unlikely to make a notable impact in the passing game even if Morgan remains sidelined.
News: Floyd had one reception for three yards on two targets in Sunday's loss at Carolina.
Impact: Floyd played just five snaps on offense as he's fallen to No. fifth on the wide receiver depth chart. No receiver after Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen is getting enough playing time for viable fantasy value in most formats.
News: Wright had two receptions for 13 yards on two targets in Sunday's loss at Carolina.
Impact: Wright played 26 snaps on offense, which was his most since Week 7. He hasn't had more than four targets in any game this season and continues to serve as the fourth or fifth receiver, however, which offers little value in most fantasy formats.
News: Treadwell had two receptions for 23 yards on four targets in Sunday's loss at Carolina.
Impact: Treadwell played 32 of the offense's 74 snaps which was the most among receivers after Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen. His playing time bounced back after playing just 19 snaps the week before, but no receiver after Diggs and Thielen is getting enough playing time for viable fantasy value in most formats.
News: Rudolph left the locker room after Sunday's loss at Carolina in a walking boot, ESPN 1500 am Twin Cities reports.
Impact: Rudolph played the entire game Sunday and didn't appear to have suffered an injury. There are no specifics on his injury from this report. The boot may be precautionary, but his status is worth monitoring this week in practice.
News: Kyle Rudolph had three receptions for 41 yards and one touchdown Sunday in the Minnesota Vikings' 31-24 loss to the Carolina Panthers.
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News: Stefon Diggs had six receptions for 64 yards Sunday in the Minnesota Vikings' 31-24 loss to the Carolina Panthers.
Impact: Diggs is clearly behind Adam Thielen on the depth chart but he still came up with a solid performance in this one. He has gone over 60 yards in two of his last three games and had 10 targets against Carolina for his most since he had a season-high 11 against the Bucs in Week 3.
News: Jerick McKinnon ran for 46 yards on seven carries Sunday in the Minnesota Vikings' 31-24 loss to the Carolina Panthers. He added two receptions for nine yards.
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News: Laquon Treadwell had two receptions for 23 yards Sunday in the Minnesota Vikings' 31-24 loss to the Carolina Panthers.
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News: Adam Thielen had six receptions for 105 yards and one touchdown Sunday in the Minnesota Vikings' 31-24 loss to the Carolina Panthers.
Impact: Thielen just continues to impress. He went over 100 yards for the third time in five games even if he caught just six of a season high-tying 13 targets. Most of his yardage came on a 52-yard reception in the fourth quarter. He has 32 catches on 50 targets for 534 yards with three touchdowns in his past five games.
News: Latavius Murray ran for 14 yards on nine carries Sunday in the Minnesota Vikings' 31-24 loss to the Carolina Panthers. He added two receptions for six yards.
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News: C.J. Ham ran for zero yards on zero carries Sunday in the Minnesota Vikings' 31-24 loss to the Carolina Panthers. He added one reception for nine yards.
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News: Case Keenum was 27 of 44 for 280 yards and threw two touchdown passes Sunday in the Minnesota Vikings' 31-24 loss to the Carolina Panthers. He threw two interceptions, fumbled once and was sacked six times. Keenum added 40 rushing yards on five carries.
Impact: Keenum matched his season high with two picks and also lost a fumble on a strip-sack. He was also hurt by some drops and was sacked six times, but still managed to throw for 280 yards and even rushed for a season-best 40. Keenum has passed for over 1,000 yards, completed over 70 percent of his passes and thrown seven TDs with just the two interceptions in his last four games.
News: Michael Floyd had one reception for three yards Sunday in the Minnesota Vikings' 31-24 loss to the Carolina Panthers.
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News: Jarius Wright had two receptions for 13 yards Sunday in the Minnesota Vikings' 31-24 loss to the Carolina Panthers.
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News: Blake Bell had two receptions for seven yards Sunday in the Minnesota Vikings' 31-24 loss to the Carolina Panthers.
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News: Kai Forbath converted three of four field-goal attempts Sunday as the Minnesota Vikings lost to the Carolina Panthers 31-24. He made kicks of 30, 22 and 27 yards, and missed a 54-yarder. Forbath tacked on one PAT.
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News: Diggs turned 10 targets into six catches for 64 yards in Sunday's 31-24 loss to the Panthers.
Impact: Diggs was the intended receiver on a fourth-quarter interception thrown by Case Keenum and was once again outplayed by both Adam Thielen and tight end Kyle Rudolph in the passing game. The third-year man out of Maryland started the season hot with four touchdowns in three games but has only reached the end zone once since.
News: Lamur (foot) was wearing a walking boot following Sunday's loss to the Panthers, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Impact: Lamur also was seen using crutches postgame, but there's no other indication as to the severity of the injury at this point. The 28-year-old's status for Week 15 likely will be unclear until Wednesday when the Vikings resume practice.
News: Reiff (ankle) was wearing a walking boot following Sunday's loss to the Panthers, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Impact: Reiff exited Sunday's game with the left ankle injury and did not return to the contest. Rashod Hill replaced him at left tackle, but Reiff's availability for Week 15 is likely to remain a question mark until the Vikings start practicing this week.
News: Murray rushed nine times for 14 yards and caught both of his targets for six yards in Sunday's 31-24 loss to Carolina.
Impact: Murray got two more touches than Jerick McKinnon, but gained 35 fewer yards from scrimmage. The former Raiders running back came in with 323 yards and four touchdowns on the ground over the previous four weeks, so this performance should be viewed as an outlier rather than a precursor of more struggles to come.
News: McKinnon rushed seven times for 46 yards and caught two of three targets for nine more in Sunday's 31-24 loss to Carolina.
Impact: McKinnon was far more effective on a per-touch basis than Latavius Murray, averaging 6.6 yards per rush compared to Murray's 1.6. Neither running back was able to get into a rhythm with Minnesota never holding a lead in this one, but the team's 10-3 record suggests gameflow won't be an issue most weeks. If McKinnon keeps outplaying Murray, he'll get a greater share of the workload moving forward after being out-touched, 11-9, in this one.
News: Rudolph caught three of five targets for 41 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 31-24 loss to Carolina.
Impact: Rudolph caught an 18-yard touchdown in the first quarter to tie the game at 7-7. With four trips to the end zone in the past three weeks, the 28-year-old tight end's heating up at the perfect time for fantasy owners.
News: Thielen caught six of 13 passes for 105 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 31-24 loss to Carolina.
Impact: Thielen was the intended target on an opening-drive Case Keenum interception and dropped a would-be four-yard touchdown in the front corner of the end zone just before halftime. He seemed to make amends two plays later, but further review revealed that he failed to possess the ball to the ground, resulting in his second dropped touchdown of the drive. Thielen's 52-yard score in the fourth quarter erased any ill will Vikings fans or fantasy owners had after his poor performance in the first half, however. The breakout star has 632 yards and four touchdowns over the past six weeks.
News: Keenum completed 27 of 44 passes for 280 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions in Sunday's 31-24 loss to Carolina. He also scrambled five times for 40 yards and lost a fumble.
Impact: While Keenum was picked off on a deep ball intended for Adam Thielen on the opening drive, he made amends with an 18-yard touchdown pass to tight end Kyle Rudolph on the next possession. The quarterback threw another interception while targeting Stefon Diggs in the fourth quarter, but looked Thielen's way with more success on a 52-yard touchdown on the next drive and added a successful two-point conversion to Blake Bell. While a late winning drive by Carolina ended up rendering Minnesota's comeback moot, Keenum once again provided a serviceable fantasy performance despite the mistake-filled effort.
News: Reiff (ankle) won't return to Sunday's game against the Panthers, Ben Goessling of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Impact: Reiff will continue to be replaced by Rashod Hill at left tackle, while he shifts his focus to getting healthy for a Week 15 matchup against the Bengals.
News: Reiff injured his left ankle during Sunday's game against the Panthers, and his return in questionable, Steve Reed of the Associated Press reports.
Impact: Reiff left the Vikings' sideline to be evaluated in the locker room during the second half of Sunday's tilt, while Rashod Hall is filling in at left tackle.
News: Lamur is out for the rest of Sunday's game against the Panthers with a foot injury, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Impact: Lamur's main contributions are on special teams, as he has just 12 tackles (eight solo) and one fumble recovery through 12 games. He'll have one week to get healthy and avoid missing his first game since the 2014 campaign.
News: Elflein (shoulder) is listed as inactive for Sunday's game against the Panthers.
Impact: Elflein was able to practice in a limited fashion throughout the week, so his inability to suit up on Sunday comes as a bit of a surprise. Starting left guard Nick Easton will move over to center in Week 14 during Elflein's absence.