Hey Teddy, hey Teddy! No. 5 returns to practice Wednesday, officially defying early reports of his knee injury suffered 14 months ago being career ending. The Vikings have three weeks to decide whether to activate him off the PUP list to the 53-man roster or place him on injured reserve, and right now, all odds point to the former. What a story.
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Case Keenum, Vikings quarterback (↑ UP)
While Teddy and Sam Bradford rehab their respective injuries, Keenum is doing more than his part holding down the fort. Although he threw his first interception of the year against the Packers on Sunday, the 29-year-old directed the Vikings offense to a 23-10 win, his third win under center in Minnesota. Keenum now ranks 11th in the National Football League among qualifying players with a 93.1 quarterback rating, ahead of Russell Wilson, Phillip Rivers, Cam Newton and Matthew Stafford -- the latter being the highest-paid player in the league.
Sam Bradford, Vikings quarterback (↓ DOWN)
Will we ever see Bradford play for the Vikings again? Is his career in jeopardy with all his knee problems? These are valid questions as Minnesota continues on with its season and the quarterback room getting crowded. So, eh, maybe dealing that first-round pick was too heavy a cost?
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Laquon Treadwell, Vikings wide receiver (↑ UP)
Treadwell appears like he’s having fun playing football again. After a frustrating one-catch rookie campaign, he’s showing signs of why Minnesota selected him in the first round out of Ole Miss in 2016. The 6-foot-2 receiver had the best moment of his young career Sunday, leaping high in the air and reaching back with one hand to snag a Keenum pass by the fingertips and move the chains for the Vikings. Treadwell celebrated on his jog back to the huddle, pounding his chest with a big smile on his face.
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Conor Rhoda, Gophers quarterback (↓ DOWN)
Rhoda’s job is in jeopardy. On a rainy Saturday night, the fifth-year senior was benched in the second quarter for sophomore Demry Croft, who passed for three touchdowns and almost led the Gophers to a comeback win over No. 21 Michigan State. In three Big Ten games, Rhoda has just 383 yards with three interceptions on 29-of-63 passing.
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Target Center (↑ UP)
The Timberwolves opened the doors on the renovated Target Center this week, and the results are stunning. Long gone are the days of the nostalgic yet uncomfortable blue and green seats. We’ll miss the trees, sure, but a fresh look to go along with the roster’s makeover sets the stage for a new era in Wolves basketball and a new atmosphere at Target Center.
Minnesota Wild training staff (↓ DOWN)
Anytime the medical department of a team is this busy this early in a season … yeah, not good.