The Vikings clarified after Bradford's brief return Monday night that the quarterback didn't suffer a new injury in the game, but was suffering from some "wear and tear" in his twice-repaired left knee. He looked unwell against the Bears, showing little zip on underthrown passes to Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs, while dropping at even the suggestion of pressure behind a struggling offensive line. With Teddy Bridgewater on the PUP list and eligible to return soon, could Bradford's Vikings career be coming to an end?
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Zach Parise, Wild forward (↑ UP)
Parise's season debut could be on the horizon. He returned to practice Monday, but the team has yet to offer any sort of timeline for his return. Regardless, the fact that Parise is practicing again is encouraging. He remains a gifted offensive talent who could jump-start the Wild's offense after potting 19 goals last season despite missing 13 games.
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Stefon Diggs, Vikings receiver (↓ DOWN)
In Bradford and Diggs' last game together, the third-year receiver went off, hauling in seven receptions for 93 yards and two touchdowns in a runaway win over the New Orleans Saints. Bradford targeted his top receiver just three times in Week 5, including an underthrown shot with Diggs outracing double coverage that nearly turned into an interception. Diggs finished the day with just one catch -- four yards, courtesy of Case Keenum -- on four targets.
Jerick McKinnon, Vikings running back (↑ UP)
McKinnon looked electric against the Bears, piling up more than 100 yards from scrimmage for just the fourth time in his career. The final tally: 16 carries for 95 yards and a touchdown, plus six catches for 51 yards. He out-touched and out-snapped Latavius Murray, who gained just 31 yards on his 12 carries.
Paul Molitor, Twins manager (↑ UP)
He's staying, folks. One of the frontrunners for AL Manager of the Year after guiding the Twins back to the playoffs, Molitor signed a three-year extension Monday. Molitor might have spent the bulk of his Hall of Fame career with the Milwaukee Brewers, but after growing up a Twins fan, the St. Paul native says he's looking to get his hometown team back to the World Series.
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Adrian Peterson, former Vikings running back (↓ DOWN)
Is this how it ends for Peterson, hopping from team to team in search of the large workload he needs to be successful? He landed with the Arizona Cardinals on Tuesday after five futile weeks in New Orleans, where he rushed for 81 yards on 27 carries in four games. Somewhat fittingly, the Cardinals cut former Peterson foe Chris Johnson to make room for him. Arizona is desperate for help after losing starting running back David Johnson to an injury that is expected to keep him out for much of the season, so Peterson should at least get some work.
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Casey Mittelstadt, Gophers forward (↑ UP)
The seventh-ranked Gophers fell four spots in the latest USCHO.com poll after falling to Minnesota Duluth and edging Union in the Ice Breaker Tournament, but it was a big weekend for their prized freshman. Mittelstadt scored his first collegiate goal in a 2-0 win over the Dutchmen, helping the Gophers to their first win of the season.