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 Latest Vikings Player Notes
Oct 19 2018 - Dalvin Cook
  RB Dalvin Cook will miss his third consecutive game due to a hamstring injury. Vikings coach Mike Zimmer told reporters Friday that Cook will sit out Sunday's game at the New York Jets. There were expectations that Cook would return to the lineup after he went through a full practice on Wednesday, but he left practice early on Thursday and Friday.


Oct 17 2018 - Everson Griffen
  DE Everson Griffen won't return to the team this week as he continues to deal with a mental-health issue. Griffen, a three-time Pro Bowl player, will miss his fifth straight game.


Oct 17 2018 - Sheldon Richardson
  DT Sheldon Richardson is preparing to play his former team but isn't getting involved in any talk with the Jets, who were his team through his first four NFL seasons. "Another game," Richardson said Wednesday. "Not putting myself above the team. Whatever personal vendetta I have is between me." Richardson didn't get into any reasons for a vendetta. He made one Pro Bowl appearance for New York but was traded to Seattle in 2017. "In the Rex (Ryan) regime, I was doing pretty good for the most part, making a name for myself in the league," Richardson said. "After that, you know, just kind of self-inflicted wounds and just me not overcoming my own personal battles in life. They got me out of there and they changed everything around there. That's pretty much it."


Oct 17 2018 - Adam Thielen
  WR Adam Thielen continued his record-setting start last week by catching 11 passes for 123 yards. Thielen has 58 receptions this season, the most by any player in NFL history through the first six games of the season. Thielen's 712 receiving yards is tied for the third-most for a player through the first six games of a season. It's the highest total in the league this season and a Vikings' record through six games. He's had three games with at least 10 catches this season, just one shy of Cris Carter for the most in a single season in team history. Thielen's six games with 100 receiving yards is two behind Randy Moss for the most in a single season in team history, a feat Moss accomplished twice. "He's one of the best in the league right now," Jets head coach Todd Bowles said of Thielen.


Oct 17 2018 - Danielle Hunter
  DE Danielle Hunter is streaking. Hunter is the only player in the NFL to record a sack in every game he's played this season. Hunter begins the week tied with Houston's J.J. Watt for the lead in sacks with seven and tied with Indianapolis defensive end Margus Hunt for the league lead with nine tackles for loss. "I think Danielle can play a million plays if he wanted to," head coach Mike Zimmer said. "He is 22 or something and he is built like Adonis."


Oct 17 2018 - Mike Hughes
  CB Mike Hughes, the No. 30 overall pick in this year's draft, was officially placed on injured reserve and he will miss the rest of the season after tearing the ACL in his left knee. It's the second straight season Minnesota has lost its top draft pick to an ACL tear. Last year, running back Dalvin Cook sustained the injury in Week 4. "For a young guy, he was real professional about everything," head coach Mike Zimmer said. "Studied hard, asked good questions. Never afraid to ask anything. Not afraid to compete. A lot of times it's just learning the speed of the game and trying to understand the concepts and coverage and things like that."


Oct 17 2018 - Mackensie Alexander
  CB Mackensie Alexander has split time with first-round pick Mike Hughes this season, but Alexander's role should grow with Hughes out for the season with a torn ACL in his left knee. Alexander played much of Sunday's game, including the first snaps for anyone, in the nickel back spot. "He's been more disciplined in coverage, I guess that's the best way to say it," head coach Mike Zimmer said of his improvement. "I think he understands things so much better now, being there. Sometimes these young guys have a hard time moving around to different spots, so I think it's just good to settle things down."


Oct 17 2018 - David Parry
  DT David Parry was re-signed this week as CB Mike Hughes was placed on injured reserve. Parry made the Vikings' roster out of training camp this season and played in two games, notching a sack in Week 2 against Green Bay. Parry was released when defensive tackle Tom Johnson returned to Minnesota after being released by Seattle.


Oct 17 2018 - Latavius Murray
  RB Latavius Murray is coming off a career-high 155 yards rushing against Arizona last week. Murray, starting in place of the inactive Dalvin Cook, had 24 carries and four rushes of at least 20 yards for Minnesota's best rushing output of the season. Entering last week's game, the Vikings were second-to-last in the league in rushing, while Arizona had the league's second-worst run defense. New York is 17th in the league in run defense, giving up 108.7 yards per game.


Oct 17 2018 - Linval Joseph
  DT Linval Joseph was held out of practice on Wednesday as the team got back to work in preparation for Sunday's game in New York. Joseph was listed with ankle, knee and shoulder injuries on the injury report. Joseph missed one snap last week due to injury but came back in the game. Without Joseph, Minnesota might have to turn to second-year tackle Jaleel Johnson and the recently re-signed David Parry.


Oct 17 2018 - Riley Reiff
  LT Riley Reiff missed Wednesday's practice with his ongoing foot injury. Reiff missed Sunday's game leading to Rashod Hill switching from right tackle to start on the left side and rookie Brian O'Neill making his first start at right tackle.


Oct 17 2018 - Andrew Sendejo
  S Andrew Sendejo was still out as Minnesota returned to practice on Wednesday. Sendejo missed last week's game with a groin injury. George Iloka started in Sendejo's place and the Vikings used a rotation at safety and nickel that included Iloka, Jayron Kearse and Anthony Harris.


Oct 17 2018 - Dalvin Cook
  RB Dalvin Cook was a full participant in Wednesday's practice, a good sign after the second-year back has missed three of the past four games with a hamstring injury. Cook practiced full last Thursday but was limited again last Friday. He was listed as questionable for the game and head coach Mike Zimmer said he was "close" to returning, but the team opted to play it safe with Cook. Latavius Murray started in Cook's place last week and ran for a career-high 155 yards against Arizona.


Oct 17 2018 - Tashawn Bower
  DE Tashawn Bower practiced in full on Wednesday as he makes his return from an ankle injury. Bower has missed the past two games with the injury, leaving Minnesota thin at defensive end with Everson Griffen away from the team. Rookie defensive tackle Jalyn Holmes has taken snaps at end.


Oct 17 2018 - Stephen Weatherly
  DE Stephen Weatherly was a full participant in Wednesday's practice with a rib injury. Weatherly has started the past four games with Everson Griffen away from the team tending to a mental-health issue.


Oct 16 2018 - Jalen Myrick
  CB Jalen Myrick was released from the practice squad by the Vikings Tuesday (Oct. 16).


Oct 16 2018 - Craig James
  CB Craig James was signed by the Vikings to their practice squad Tuesday (Oct. 16). He had been waived from reserve/injured with an injury settlement by the Vikings Sept. 7.


Oct 16 2018 - Mike Hughes
  CB Mike Hughes (torn ACL) was placed on reserve/injured by the Vikings Tuesday (Oct. 16). He is eligible to be designated for return and begin practicing after missing at least six weeks and can play after eight weeks.


Oct 16 2018 - David Parry
  DT David Parry was signed by the Vikings Tuesday (Oct. 16). He had been waived by the Vikings Sept. 19. Parry (6-2, 317) rejoins the Vikings after spending the 2018 offseason and training camp with Minnesota. Parry saw action in the first two contests of this season before being waived. The Marion, Iowa native entered the league with the Indianapolis Colts as a fifth-round selection (151st overall) in the 2015 NFL Draft. He spent the 2015 and 2016 seasons with the Colts, starting in all 32 of their games. After spending all of the 2017 offseason with Indianapolis, Parry was released during roster cuts to 53 and joined the Saints practice squad on September 4, 2017. The Stanford graduate spent the 2017 season with New Orleans. He has totaled 81 tackles (50 solo), nine tackles for loss, five sacks, and 12 quarterback pressures in his 35 career games.


Oct 15 2018 - Dalvin Cook
  RB Dalvin Cook was inactive for the third time in four games on Sunday because of a hamstring injury. Coach Mike Zimmer said, "It's close," regarding Cook's return. "I mean, we just have to feel comfortable with it," Zimmer said. Cook has just 36 carries this season in three games.


Oct 15 2018 - Mike Hughes
  CB Mike Hughes was lost for the season after tearing the ACL in his left knee in Sunday's win. Hughes, the No. 30 overall draft pick this year, had made 21 total tackles, one interception, one forced fumble and three pass deflections as he started two games on defense and had also spent time as a kickoff and punt returner. It's the second year in a row Minnesota has lost its top draft pick to an ACL injury after Dalvin Cook only played four games last season.


Oct 15 2018 - Latavius Murray
  RB Latavius Murray started for Dalvin Cook in Sunday's win against Arizona and had the best rushing performance of the season for Minnesota. Murray had 24 carries for a career-high 155 yards rushing. He had four runs of at least 20 yards.


Oct 15 2018 - Brian O'Neill
  RT Brian O'Neill made his first NFL start on Sunday with LT Riley Reiff inactive because of a foot injury. O'Neill, a second-round pick this year, started at right tackle with Rashod Hill sliding from the right to left to replace Rieff. "He's progressed an awful lot," coach Mike Zimmer said of O'Neill. "I thought he played pretty well yesterday. He battled, very smart, picked up a lot of the things that they were trying to do. He's getting better all the time."


Oct 15 2018 - Adam Thielen
  WR Adam Thielen had 11 catches on Sunday and now leads the league with 58 receptions, an NFL record for the most receptions through the first six games of a season. Thielen had 123 yards receiving, his sixth straight game with at least 100 yards. The six-game stretch is just the second in NFL history for a player to start the season with six such games. Charley Hennigan also posted the feat in 1961 for Houston. It's the most consecutive games to start a season with at least 100 yards receiving in the Super Bowl era.


Oct 15 2018 - Danielle Hunter
  DE Danielle Hunter had two sacks on Sunday to extend his personal-best streak. Hunter has a sack in every game this season. He's the third Vikings player with a sack in six games to start a season and the first since Everson Griffen in 2017. Hunter has seven sacks this season. Griffen had seven in his first six games last year and Jim Marshall had 10 through six games in 1969.


Oct 15 2018 - Adam Thielen
  WR Adam Thielen caught 11 passes for 123 yards and a touchdown in a 27-17 win over Arizona Sunday.


Oct 15 2018 - Kirk Cousins
  QB Kirk Cousins was 24 of 34 for 233 yards passing, one touchdown and one interception in a 27-17 win over Arizona Sunday.


Oct 15 2018 - Latavius Murray
  RB Latavius Murray had 24 carries for 155 yards and one touchdown in a 27-17 win over Arizona on Sunday. The Vikings ran for 195 yards as a team and had five runs of at least 20 yards after posting one such run in the first five games. "Good, because we've been wanting to run the ball like that all season," Murray said of how the win felt. "We wanted to take advantage of that."


Oct 10 2018 - Everson Griffen
  DE Everson Griffen was still missing as the team returned to practice on Wednesday to prepare for Sunday's game against Arizona. Griffen, who is dealing with a mental health issue, has missed three games.


Oct 10 2018 - Marcus Sherels
  CB/RS Marcus Sherels returned to full practice on Wednesday from a ribs injury. Sherels was limited all last week in practice and was inactive for Sunday's win at Philadelphia. Sherels has missed three games with the injury.


Oct 10 2018 - Tashawn Bower
  DE Tashawn Bower missed Wednesday's practice due to an ankle injury. Bower hasn't practiced since being limited on Oct. 3.


Oct 10 2018 - Andrew Sendejo
  S Andrew Sendejo was new to the injury report this week and he didn't practice on Wednesday because of a groin injury. Sendejo played every snap of Sunday's game.


Oct 10 2018 - Riley Reiff
  LT Riley Reiff didn't practice on Wednesday as he deals with a foot injury. Reiff was a full participant in last week's practices but had to leave Sunday's game early because of the injury.


Oct 10 2018 - Dalvin Cook
  RB Dalvin Cook was limited on Wednesday to start the week's practices as he tries to come back from a hamstring injury. Cook was held out of last week's game because of the injury, his second time being inactive in three weeks. Cook has totaled 36 carries in three games this season.


Oct 10 2018 - Trae Waynes
  CB Trae Waynes was cleared from concussion protocol and returned to practice on Wednesday on a limited basis. Waynes missed last week's win because of the concussion but said he feels "good, ready to go."


Oct 8 2018 - Latavius Murray
  RB Latavius Murray tied his season high with 42 yards on 11 carries. His long was 12 yards.


Oct 8 2018 - Linval Joseph
  DT Linval Joseph recovered a fumble and returned it 64 yards for a touchdown in Sunday's win over the Eagles. He also had a sack.


Oct 8 2018 - Stefon Diggs
  WR Stefon Diggs had 10 catches for 91 yards in Sunday's win over the Eagles. Diggs also ran the ball twice for 25 yards


Oct 8 2018 - Adam Thielen
  WR Adam Thielen had seven catches for 116 yards and one touchdown against the Eagles, becoming the first player in the Super Bowl era to have 100 or more yards receiving in each of his team's first five games.


Oct 8 2018 - Kirk Cousins
  QB Kirk Cousins completed 30 of 37 passes for 301 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions against the Eagles.


Oct 8 2018 - Linval Joseph
  DT Linval Joseph had a 62-yard fumble return for a touchdown. Joseph's touchdown came with the score tied at 3-3 and the Eagles on the march, reaching the Vikings' 31. It was there that defensive end Stephen Weatherly, playing more snaps with Everson Griffen out, beat right tackle Lane Johnson with an inside beeline move straight at Carson Wentz, who never stood a chance. Weatherly popped the ball up and it landed in Joseph's hands. "I paired it off with speed off the ball," Weatherly said of his big play. "The tackle kind of overset and I was able to power inside and come down on the quarterback. I wasn't trying to go for anything special, just trying to wrap him up and get him to the ground the proper way so I wouldn't get a flag. I looked up and (Joseph) is running in the opposite direction." Joseph lumbered 64 yards for a touchdown with 4:12 to play until halftime. "We needed some points, we needed a big play," Joseph said. "That was a big play. I felt like that jump started us to go out there and get the win." Johnson saw the play a bit differently. "We thought it was a blitz," he said. "I was siding out for the blitzer, never came. I looked inside of me, sacked the quarterback, and I think led to us losing the game. I'll bite the bullet. There is no excuse. Put it all on me. I'd like to have that play back, no question."


Oct 8 2018 - Stefon Diggs
  WR Stefon Diggs had 10 grabs for 91 yards.


Oct 8 2018 - Adam Thielen
  WR Adam Thielen became the fourth receiver to top 100 yards against the Eagles defense this season, joining Julio Jones, DeSean Jackson, and Corey Davis. Thielen had seven receptions for 116 yards and a three-yard touchdown catch.


Oct 8 2018 - Kirk Cousins
  QB Kirk Cousins ended Sunday with a passer rating of 109.6 with 39 completions in 37 attempts for 301 yards with one touchdown. The Vikings only scored one offensive touchdown.


Oct 7 2018 - Brandon Watts
  S Armani Watts, a rookie, stepped in for injured Eric Murray but left the game with a groin injury shortly afterwards. Watts aggravated an injury he sustained in practice on Thursday; he entered Sunday's game as questionable. The injuries at safety seriously tested the team's depth in the secondary. Jordan Lucas, acquired in a trade from Miami just prior to the start of the season, stepped in for Murray and Watts and delivered his first career interception. "(Lucas) steps in, he's been playing special teams for us," Reid said. "He steps in and gets an interception, which is a great deal." The Chiefs have been without expected starting safeties Eric Berry and Daniel Sorensen for the first five games of the season. Lucas finished the game alongside Ron Parker in the backend of the secondary. Neither player appeared on the team's roster until after the club's final preseason game. "Our safeties, I'm not sure you want to play safety for us," Reid said. "It's a rough position right now. We're down to about our sixth safety." The Chiefs signed free agent safety Josh Shaw on Tuesday to add additional depth at safety. He was not active on Sunday, however.


Oct 5 2018 - Kentrell Brothers
  LB Kentrell Brothers had his roster exemption lifted by the Vikings Friday (Oct. 5). He had been reinstated from reserve/suspended Sept. 28.


Oct 4 2018 - Dalvin Cook
  RB Dalvin Cook did not practice Thursday because of a hamstring injury, and head coach Mike Zimmer expects to list Cook as questionable on Friday's injury report. The Pioneer Press reported that the Vikings will make a game-day decision on whether Cook will play in Sunday's game against the Philadelphia Eagles. Cook injured his hamstring in overtime against Green Bay on Sept. 16. He missed one game before returning against the Los Angeles Rams last week.


Oct 3 2018 - Eric Kendricks
  LB Eric Kendricks was listed as a full participant in Wednesday's practice with an elbow injury.


Oct 3 2018 - Tom Johnson
  DT Tom Johnson, who missed last week's game with an ankle injury, was a full participant in practice on Wednesday as Minnesota started preparation for Sunday's game against Philadelphia.


Oct 3 2018 - Tashawn Bower
  DE Tashawn Bower was limited in practice on Wednesday with an ankle injury. Bower saw 25 percent of the snaps in last week's game with Minnesota playing without Everson Griffen.



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