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Adrian Peterson Excited about the Vikings Offense

Adrian Peterson Excited about the Vikings Offense

Andy Lyons/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Running back Adrian Peterson has been carrying the Minnesota Vikings offense for years, but now he’s excited to see how the rest of the team’s playmakers have developed heading into the 2014 season.
“This is g…

Linval Joseph Returns to Practice After Shooting Incident

Linval Joseph Returns to Practice After Shooting Incident

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(MANKATO, Minn.) — One day after being struck by a stray bullet at a nightclub, Linval Joseph was back at practice on Sunday for the Minnesota Vikings. Joseph, who was hit in the calf, is expected to be ready for the start of the regular season.
“I appreciate everyone’s thoughts and concerns over the past 24 hours. I am extremely thankful that this was a minor injury for me,” said Joseph in a statement released by the team. “My thoughts are with all of the victims at this time. I am looking forward to getting back onto the field with my teammates in the near future.”
The shooting occurred near the back of 400 Soundbar in Minneapolis where the defensive tackle and some teammates spent several hours after their first preseason game. A total of nine people were wounded when a gunman opened fire in what police are calling a gang-related shooting. 
“He’s pretty good, really, for the most part,” head coach Mike Zimmer said. “He was in the meeting this morning and paying attention to what corrections he needs to make when he was playing. He’s a fairly quiet guy anyway so I’m sure it shook him up like it shook all of us up. He’s a very high-character, high-quality young man.”
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Vikings’ Joseph Struck by Bullet, Released by Hospital

Vikings’ Joseph Struck by Bullet, Released by Hospital

Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Minnesota Vikings defensive end Linval Joseph was struck in the calf by a stray bullet fired in a nightclub in downtown Minneapolis early Saturday morning.  
Joseph’s injury was minor and he was treated at a local hospital and released.
“The entire Vikings organization is extremely thankful that Linval was not seriously hurt, and our thoughts are with all of the victims of this shooting,” the team said in a statement. “The team will defer any further comment to the Minneapolis Police Department during its ongoing investigation.”
Joseph signed a five-year, $31.25 million deal with the team in March and isn’t expected to miss more than two weeks, ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter reports.
Police are still searching for the shooter, who injured nine people in the nightclub, according to the Star Tribune of Minneapolis.
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Vikings Extend TE Kyle Rudolph’s Contract

Vikings Extend TE Kyle Rudolph’s Contract

Hannah Foslien/Getty Images(NEW YORK) –  The Minnesota Vikings have rewarded tight end Kyle Rudolph with a contract extension, the team confirmed on Monday.
The deal is reportedly for five years and worth a minimum of $36.5 million, with $19.4 million guaranteed.  It could wind up being worth as much as $40 million.
“I’m extremely excited to get this extension completed and continue my career with the Minnesota Vikings,” Rudolph said in a statement. “I’ve said all along I wanted to stay in Minnesota. I love the fans, the community and, most importantly, I’m excited about where this team is going. I’m looking forward to the 2014 season and helping this organization reach our ultimate goal.”
The 24-year-old Rudolph has 109 receptions for 1,055 yards and 15 touchdowns in 39 games over three seasons with Minnesota.  The team selected Rudolph in the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft.
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Vikings Suspend Coach for Anti-Gay Remarks

Vikings Suspend Coach for Anti-Gay Remarks

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The Minnesota Vikings suspended special teams coordinator Mike Priefer for three games on Friday after an independent investigation found Priefer made a homophobic comment in the 2012 season.
In a statement released by team owner Ziggy Wolf and president Mark Wilf, the Vikings apologized for the incident. 
“In this instance, Coach Priefer fell short of what is expected. Accordingly, we have decided to suspend Coach Priefer without pay for the first three games of the 2014 regular season. In addition, he will be required to satisfactorily complete specialized workplace training that will include an emphasis on the managing of diversity and sexual orientation.”
Allegations over an alleged anti-gay comment came from former punter Chris Kluwe, who claimed that he was released by the organization because of his advocacy for the LGBT community. While the report found Priefer had made disparaging comments, no evidence was obtained to support Kluwe’s claim as to why he was released.
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Greg Jennings Passing the Torch to Cordarrelle Patterson

Greg Jennings Passing the Torch to Cordarrelle Patterson

David Derner/Diamond Images/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Greg Jennings sees that emerging receiver Cordarrelle Patterson is on the verge of becoming a star.
“I’m going to be honest: Once I saw him make a couple…

Seahawks Sign Kevin Williams

Seahawks Sign Kevin Williams

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The Seattle Seahawks have loaded up on defense again.  Seattle and defensive tackle Kevin Williams agreed to a one-year contract on Thursday.
The one-year deal is worth $2 million, according to league sources.
The six-time Pro Bowler spent 11 seasons with the Minnesota Vikings and started 15 games last season in a difficult year for the team.
Seattle will have their mandatory three-day minicamp on Tuesday.
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Greg Jennings Happy to have Teddy Bridgewater on the Vikings

Greg Jennings Happy to have Teddy Bridgewater on the Vikings

Andy Lyons/Getty Images(MINNEAPOLIS) — With the issues the Minnesota Vikings issues at quarterback in recent years, wide receiver Greg Jennings is thrilled the team has drafted former Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.
The Vikings traded back i…

Adrian Peterson Supports Pay for Play

Adrian Peterson Supports Pay for Play

Andy Lyons/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson believes the NCAA should pay college athletes.
Peterson spoke during a conference call on Wednesday and said that players like former Texas A&M quarterback Johnny M…

ESPN: Vikings Sign Defensive End Everson Griffen to Five-Year Deal

ESPN: Vikings Sign Defensive End Everson Griffen to Five-Year Deal

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The Minnesota Vikings wasted no time in free agency as ESPN is reporting that they’ve brought back defensive end Everson Griffen to a five-year deal.
ESPN is also reporting that Griffen’s deal is worth $42.5 millio…

Vikings Introduce Mike Zimmer

Vikings Introduce Mike Zimmer

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.) – The Minnesota Vikings introduced their new head coach Mike Zimmer on Friday.
Zimmer is the third head coach hired since owners Zygi and Mark Wilf bought the team in 2005 and spent the last five seaso…

Vikings Hire Mike Zimmer

Vikings Hire Mike Zimmer

David Dermer/Diamond Images/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The Minnesota Vikings have hired Mike Zimmer as their new head coach, reports ESPN.
Zimmer is set to become the third head coach hired since current owners Zygi and Mark Wilf bought the team in 2005…

Detroit Lions Hire Jim Caldwell as Head Coach

Detroit Lions Hire Jim Caldwell as Head Coach

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(ALLEN PARK, Mich.) —  The Detroit Lions have hired Jim Caldwell as their next head coach.
The 58-year-old Caldwell will replace Jim Schwartz, who was fired following a 7-9 season.  He spent the past two years with th…

Vikings Fire Head Coach Leslie Frazier

Vikings Fire Head Coach Leslie Frazier

Andy Clayton King/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — After a disappointing 5-10-1 season, the Minnesota Vikings have fired head coach Leslie Frazier.
“We have tremendous respect and appreciation for Leslie and what he has done for the Minnesota Vikings,” team o…

Scoreboard Roundup – 12/29/13

Scoreboard Roundup – 12/29/13

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — NFL: Philadelphia Eagles 24 (10-6) – Dallas Cowboys 22 (8-8)
Pittsburgh Steelers 20 (8-8) – Cleveland Browns 7 (4-12)
Indianapolis Colts 30 (11-5) – Jacksonville Jaguars 10 (4-12)
Minnesota Vikings 14 (5-10-1) – Detroit…

Bengals Roll Past Vikings, 42-14, Clinch Playoff Berth

Bengals Roll Past Vikings, 42-14, Clinch Playoff Berth

Andy Lyons/Getty Images(CINCINNATI) — Andy Dalton is in the playoffs for the third consecutive year after the Bengals clinched a playoff berth following their 42-14 win over the Vikings on Sunday.
Dalton threw for 366 yards and four touchdown passes i…

Ravens Edge Vikings On Late Touchdown

Ravens Edge Vikings On Late Touchdown

Rob Carr/Getty Images(BALTIMORE) — A little bit of snow was not going to stop these two teams.
Marlon Brown hauled in a touchdown pass from Joe Flacco with four seconds remaining as the Baltimore Ravens rallied to defeat the Minnesota Vikings 29-26 on…

Minnesota Stuns Chicago in Overtime Win

Minnesota Stuns Chicago in Overtime Win

Andy Lyons/Getty Images(MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.) — Blair Walsh made a 34-yard field goal with 1:43 remaining in overtime to give the Vikings a 23-20 win over division rival Chicago on Sunday. The win puts Minnesota at 3-8-1 while dropping the Bears to 6-6 …

Packers and Vikings Play to 26-26 Draw

Packers and Vikings Play to 26-26 Draw

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(GREEN BAY, Wis.)  –  Two NFC North rivals battled in freezing cold tempatures at Lambeau Field on Sunday, but neither team got to feel the satisfaction of a hard-fought victory.
Backup quarterback Matt Flynn threw…

Percy Harvin Set to Make His Seahawks Debut on Sunday

Percy Harvin Set to Make His Seahawks Debut on Sunday

David Dermer/Diamond Images/Getty Images(RENTON, Wash.) — After sitting out the first ten games of the season, wide receiver Percy Harvin is finally ready to make his debut with the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday against his old team, the Minnesota Viking…

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