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 Latest Vikings Player Notes
Feb 20 2018 - Teddy Bridgewater
  QB Teddy Bridgewater barely played last season, but despite the lack of appearances, the Minnesota Vikings quarterback said it was the favorite season of his football career. Bridgewater still is working his way back from a crushing knee injury suffered during the 2016 preseason. His only action last season was attempting two passes without a completion and running out the clock in Minnesota's Week 15 blowout win over the Cincinnati Bengals. Bridgewater might become a free agent if an independent arbitrator says his rookie contract should carry over into 2018 because of time he spent on the physically unable to perform list last season.


Feb 13 2018 - Josh Andrews
  OL Josh Andrews signed with the NFC runner-up Vikings after spending last season with the Super Bowl championship Eagles. The 6-foot-2, 311-pound Andrews will be joining new Vikings offensive coordinator John DeFillippo, who was hired earlier this month by the Eagles. Andrews spent last season on the Eagles' practice squad. Most of the playing time during his career has come on special teams.


Feb 2 2018 - Dalvin Cook
  RB Dalvin Cook, who sustained a severe knee injury early in the 2017 season, is on schedule to return to the field in 2018. Cook, a second-round pick in the 2017 draft, rushed for 354 yards on 74 carries (a 4.8-yard average) and scored two touchdowns in three-plus games in his rookie season. However, he suffered a torn ACL in Week 4 and missed the rest of the season.


Feb 1 2018 - Terence Newman
  CB Terence Newman wants to continue his playing career next season. Newman told KFAN radio on Thursday that the Vikings' lopsided 38-7 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC Championship Game is not the way he wants to end his NFL career. "I want to play (next season), because we made it to an NFC Championship," Newman said. "We fell short. We fell way short ... I want to be able to have an opportunity to win a ring. It's that simple."


Jan 30 2018 - Anthony Barr
  LB Anthony Barr is entering the final season of his five-year rookie contract and is looking for the Vikings to sign him to a long-term extension before Week 1. "Yeah, I love it here," Barr told the Pioneer Press of St. Paul. "Absolutely. I really love my teammates. I really love this team. I love the city. I could see myself being here for the future." Barr, 25, has made the Pro Bowl in each of his last three seasons and has not missed a game in the past two seasons. He will make $12.306 million next season but declined to say if he was seeking a certain dollar amount for an extension.


Jan 28 2018 - Harrison Smith
  S Harrison Smith returned an interception 79 yards for a touchdown for the NFC in the Pro Bowl Sunday .


Jan 27 2018 - Anthony Barr
  LB Anthony Barr $9,115 was fined by the NFL for an infraction during Sunday's NFC Championship Game. Barr was fined for unnecessary roughness following an extra point by Philadelphia in the fourth quarter. The fine was the third this season for Barr, who was docked $18,231 for a horse collar tackle in Week 3 and $9,115 for an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty in Week 6.


Jan 25 2018 - Adam Thielen
  WR Adam Thielen and QB Case Keenum didn't have too many complimentary things to say about their experience in the City of Brotherly Love -- and that's aside from the final score of Sunday's NFC Championship Game. Thielen reportedly saw the carnage close up, as he was on the team bus that was under siege from Eagles fans. "I think that's kind of ridiculous for fans to be acting that way," Thielen said, via Twincities.com. "I've heard some crazy things. You don't ever want to see that. Honestly, it's just a game. You love when fans are passionate about their team and stuff like that. When it starts crossing the line, I think that's ridiculous."


Jan 25 2018 - Case Keenum
  QB Case Keenum and wide receiver Adam Thielen didn't have too many complimentary things to say about their experience in the City of Brotherly Love -- and that's aside from the final score of Sunday's NFC Championship Game. "It was tough. I'm not gonna tell you any stories," Keenum told KFAN in Minneapolis. "There were some situations that were not good." Keenum told the radio station that he was thankful he had a few friends in attendance at the game as a means of protection for his family. "I'm glad I had some of my friends there to intercede," Keenum said. "It was tough on everyone, not just us on the field."


Jan 22 2018 - Terence Newman
  CB Terence Newman, 39, might have played the last game of his 15-year career. His role was reduced this year. He went from starter to splitting nickel-back duties with Mackenzie Alexander. Alexander, a second-year pro, has made tremendous strides and could handle the job on his own. But Newman still has value as a player and is a strong leader. Of course, he will be 40 next September.


Jan 22 2018 - Jerick McKinnon
  RB Jerick McKinnon led the Vikings in carries (10) and catches (11). He had 126 yards from scrimmage, including team highs in receiving (86) and rushing (40).


Jan 22 2018 - Pat Elflein
  C Pat Elflein suffered what's believed to be a serious left ankle injury. He went down in the second half and was in a walking boot and on crutches after the game.


Jan 22 2018 - Joe Berger
  RG Joe Berger said he's probably played his last NFL game after 13 seasons. The 35-year-old said he will take some time before making it official. He's a free agent. "If nobody wants me," he said, "it makes the decision easy." He played well this season and didn't miss a game. The Vikings probably will try to bring him back for another year.


Jan 22 2018 - Adam Thielen
  WR Adam Thielen played through a lower back injury that NFL Network reported as small back fractures. The team's leading receiver caught only three of nine balls thrown his way for 28 yards.


Jan 22 2018 - Kyle Rudolph
  TE Kyle Rudolph hauled in a 25-yard touchdown pass from Case Keenum for a quick 7-0 lead with 10:14 remaining in the first quarter.


Jan 22 2018 - Adam Thielen
  WR Adam Thielen was active despite multiple reports that he suffered "slight back fractures" in last week's playoff win over the New Orleans Saints.


Jan 22 2018 - Case Keenum
  QB Case Keenum completed 28-of-48 passes for 271 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions for the Vikings, who dropped their sixth consecutive NFC Championship Game. "It was an incredible season," Keenum said. "It just stinks it has to end like this."


Jan 19 2018 - Shamar Stephen
  NT Shamar Stephen was ruled out against the top-seeded Eagles. The 6-foot-5 Stephen was unable to practice all week due to back and ankle injuries. He appeared in 15 games this season, starting one, and registered 19 tackles and a sack.


Jan 19 2018 - Adam Thielen
  WR Adam Thielen, who has been limited in practice all week by lower-back issues, was listed as questionable for the NFC Championship Game. Thielen started all 16 regular-season games and caught 91 passes for 1,276 yards and four touchdowns. He had six receptions for 74 yards in the win over the Saints.


Jan 19 2018 - Andrew Sendejo
  S Andrew Sendejo remained in the league's concussion protocol despite being a full participant in Friday's practice. He was scheduled to undergo further tests Friday, but coach Mike Zimmer told reporters that he expects him to play.


Jan 18 2018 - Michael Floyd
  WR Michael Floyd was added to the injury report on Thursday. He has an illness, but should be able to play if the team decides to activate him.


Jan 18 2018 - Shamar Stephen
  NT Shamar Stephen (knee/ankle) missed practice for the second straight day on Thursday and is not expected to play. He is a good run-stopper as part of the defensive line rotation. Jaleel Johnson, a rookie, could see some playing time with Stephen sidelined.


Jan 18 2018 - Mackensie Alexander
  CB Mackensie Alexander was limited again on Thursday because of a rib injury. He is expected to play.


Jan 18 2018 - Adam Thielen
  WR Adam Thielen appears healthy enough to play after being limited in Thursday's practice because of a lower back injury. He missed Wednesday's practice. If he has a setback and misses the game, it would be a huge blow. Jarius Wright and Laquon Treadwell would need to step up alongside Stefon Diggs.


Jan 18 2018 - Andrew Sendejo
  SS Andrew Sendejo, who was knocked out of Sunday's game because of a concussion, should be able to play Sunday after practicing for the second straight day on Thursday. Head coach Mike Zimmer said, "He'll be fine." If he can't play, he will be replaced by Anthony Harris. Harris played well in place of Sendejo during three regular-season starts and in relief last week against the Saints.


Jan 18 2018 - Shamar Stephen
  NT Shamar Stephen was the only Minnesota player not to practice Thursday. Stephen is dealing with back and ankle injuries.


Jan 18 2018 - Andrew Sendejo
  S Andrew Sendejo (concussion) also participated in individual drills for the second straight day. Sendejo remains in the league's concussion protocol, although Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer has said he will be "fine."


Jan 18 2018 - Adam Thielen
  WR Adam Thielen returned to practice Thursday after sitting out the previous day. Thielen missed Wednesday's practice due to a lower-back injury, but was participating in drills Thursday during the portion of practice open to the media.


Jan 18 2018 - Mackensie Alexander
  CB Mackensie Alexander was limited in Wednesday's practice because of a rib injury. He is expected to be able to play.


Jan 18 2018 - Adam Thielen
  WR Adam Thielen missed Wednesday's practice because of a lower back injury. He finished Sunday's game and appeared to be fine. If he were to miss the game, it would be a huge blow. Jarius Wright and Laquon Treadwell would need to step up alongside Stefon Diggs.


Jan 18 2018 - Andrew Sendejo
  SS Andrew Sendejo, who was knocked out of Sunday's game because of a concussion, remains in the NFL's concussion protocol process. He was limited in Wednesday's practice. If he can't play, he'll be replaced by Anthony Harris. Harris played well in place of Sendejo during three regular-season starts and in relief last week. Harris had a key forced fumble and recovery at the goal line in the win over the Rams. Last week, his run blitz led to the key tackle for loss that forced the Saints to kick their go-ahead field goal with 29 seconds left rather than convert the third-and-1 and run out the clock before kicking the game-winner.


Jan 18 2018 - Xavier Rhodes
  CB Xavier Rhodes had a forced fumble and an interception in last year's 21-10 loss at Philadelphia.


Jan 18 2018 - Brian Robison
  DE Brian Robison helped spark a 48-30 upset win over the playoff-bound Eagles in Week 15 of the disappointing 2013 season. Robison had two sacks on Nick Foles, who also will be starting Sunday's game.


Jan 18 2018 - Terence Newman
  CB Terence Newman, a former Cowboy, has played the Eagles 21 times, including once in the playoffs. He has 78 tackles, three interceptions, 21 pass deflections and a sack against the Eagles. The 39-year-old corner is making his first appearance in a conference title game.


Jan 17 2018 - Mackensie Alexander
  CB Mackensie Alexander (rib) was limited in practice Wednesday. Minnesota visits Philadelphia on Sunday in the NFC Championship Game.


Jan 17 2018 - Shamar Stephen
  NT Shamar Stephen also sat out practice Wednesday with back and ankle injuries. Minnesota visits Philadelphia on Sunday in the NFC Championship Game.


Jan 17 2018 - Adam Thielen
  WR Adam Thielen was not a full participant in Wednesday's practice, but vowed to be be ready for Sunday's NFC Championship Game. Thielen missed practice with a lower back injury. He watched from the sidelines but said he would be ready for Sunday's game. "I'm good," Thielen told the St. Paul Pioneer Press. Thielen started all 16 regular-season games and caught 91 passes for 1,276 yards and four touchdowns.


Jan 17 2018 - Andrew Sendejo
  S Andrew Sendejo is expected to be ready to play in Sunday's NFC Championship Game versus the host Philadelphia Eagles. "He'll be fine," coach Mike Zimmer said on Wednesday of Sendejo, who sustained a concussion during the third quarter of Minnesota's 29-24 win over the New Orleans Saints on Sunday in the divisional-round playoff game.


Jan 16 2018 - Case Keenum
  QB Case Keenum's 318 yards passing rank third in franchise history for a playoff game. The record is 423 by Jeff George against the Rams in January of 2000. Next is Randall Cunningham's 331 against the 49ers in January of 1998.


Jan 16 2018 - Stefon Diggs
  WR Stefon Diggs' 61-yard catch was the longest game-winning postseason touchdown in franchise history. It also was the seventh-longest postseason reception in franchise history. The longest was a 75-yarder by Gene Washington versus the Browns in January of 1970.


Jan 16 2018 - Shamar Stephen
  DT Shamar Stephen, who already was limited because of an ankle injury, injured his knee in the first quarter and was unable to return on Sunday. As a solid backup run stopper, he is an important part of the defensive line rotation.


Jan 16 2018 - Kai Forbath
  PK Kai Forbath made up for a missed 49-yard field goal by making a 53-yarder in the closing minutes. It was the longest postseason field goal made in franchise history. Forbath also made field goals from 20 and 49 yards.


Jan 16 2018 - Mike Remmers
  OL Mike Remmers played his third different position in the past three games. Originally, the team's starting right tackle this season, he played right guard in the regular-season finale against the Bears. Sunday, he played left guard. It was the eighth different line combination the team has used this season.


Jan 15 2018 - Andrew Sendejo
  SS Andrew Sendejo left the game with a concussion . Sendejo was down on the ground motionless for several minutes after a hard hit. by WR Michael Thomas Sendejo later walked off on his own and missed the rest of the game while being evaluated for a concussion. The Vikings' players were incensed by what they thought was a dirty hit. Cornerback Xavier Rhodes was yelling at Saints players while Sendejo was down.


Jan 15 2018 - Jerick McKinnon
  RB Jerick McKinnon and RB Latavius Murray each had a rushing touchdown for Minnesota.


Jan 15 2018 - Latavius Murray
  RB Latavius Murray and RB Jerick McKinnon each had a rushing touchdown for Minnesota. Murray capped a 58-yard drive with a 1-yard touchdown run to start the second quarter one play after Williams was called for pass interference in the end zone.


Jan 15 2018 - Case Keenum
  QB Case Keenum finished 25 of 40 for 318 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Keenum orchestrated the most improbable of NFL comebacks. He connected with Stefon Diggs for a 61-yard touchdown as time expired to send Minnesota past the New Orleans Saints 29-24 and into the NFC Championship Game next week in Philadelphia. Trying to get into field-goal range in the final seconds, Keenum lofted a pass high to Diggs, who went up for the ball with New Orleans safety Marcus Williams looking like he might have been trying to avoid getting a pass-interference penalty. Diggs made the catch, turned, stayed in bounds and raced the rest of the way down the sideline for the game-winning touchdown.


Jan 15 2018 - Shamar Stephen
  DT Shamar Stephen left the game with a knee injury and did not return.


Jan 15 2018 - Rashod Hill
  OL Rashod Hill started at right tackle with Jeremiah Sirles backing up.


Jan 15 2018 - Mike Remmers
  OL Mike Remmers made his first career start at left guard for the Vikings, moving from right tackle.



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